Chances are your console will accept a DIN-sized stereo, if not more. If it can, then all you need is one of the fold-out screens, as you stated. There's no bracket needed.Originally Posted by DST
Read, young padawan:3 - I need to decide on how to power my system. Initially I was planning to go through an inverter, into a UPS, into the computer and connect the two via USB so the UPS could shut the computer down with the car. Is this even possible without tapping into the ignition? I'm not sure how to do this if I do have to hit the ignition but I'm confident theres documentation out there. I dont really like the DC option but it seems to get better and better the more I research it. I figured that if I could get the computer to draw out of the UPS battery instead of directly from my car's then the power should be pretty clean. I'm starting to wonder if the UPS will just bypass the battery during normal operation though. Ive read alot of posts about lots of noise from inverter users and that kind of scares me.
FAQ: Power Supplies Explained (Part 1)
Read some more:4 - I need to figure out how exactly to interface the computer with the power amp. I dont know anything about car stereo systems beyond wiring up a harness. I always thought there was some kind of control line that went from the receiver to the power amp that governed how much juice was going to the speakers. I read about quite a few people going straight from a sound card to the power amp though. My only guess is that it is just multiplying the signal that comes in, so if you adjust the pre volume, the power amp is responding to that change exponentially. Which is wierd to me considering that I thought a car stereo and a sound card output are not very similar in strength.
Wiring Diagram (with Amplifier)
VGA has a fairly long maximum range. Make sure to get quality shielded cable so it won't induce noice into the speaker wiring.5 - This probably should be 2...I need to find out what the max length of all cable types is, especially a VGA cable. USB I am not very worried about.
I think you're going to be getting seperate wired and wirelss NICs. AFAIK, there's no wired/wireless combo cards. I could be worng.6 - I need to find a good NIC that has both a wireless antenna and an RJ-45 connector. One with bluetooth as well would be nice too.
If there is such an animal, I personally wouldn't go for it, since you'd be without ANY network connection if it needs replacing.
Besides, most motherboards have onboard wired ethernet, and there are USB wireless adapters that work just fine. No muss, no fuss.