I have a 2001 BMW X5 with factory nave that I painfully retrofitted myself, including the factory video module. I also added a car computer and was mainly using it for music playing, dvd movies and videos. I even built the slot load dvd player in the arm rest console. I will eventually post pics here for all to see. Its a year laterr now and I have expaned/upgraded my carputer system. This is what I got
Sumicom S620, 100gb internal, dvd/cd-rw, 512mb, pcmcia, tv-out. This thing is hooked up.
80gb 2.5 hooked up to firewire
DVD in console hooked up to firewire
Dlink USB wireless 108mbps
Firefly RF remote
USB to serial for my IBUS adapter
Diamond PVR600 to watch static TV.
Gyration Wiress K/M
Powered by a EZpro 2.4 power controller
P1900 powersupply, w/ 3rd 5v output
a few Opus POL's
some USB hubs, extender and a firewire extender.
Tank module, tank battery.
I am very happy with both setups. computer and factory. The factory nav is great, simple but on point and effective. The whole system interacts with my cluster which I also had to replace and code to the vehicle for fule consumption and other trip data. Man, now that I think of it I spent a great deal of time and effort and pain on the factory system. Ok, back to my point. The reason why I bring this up is because I love the carputer but I hate viewing it on the factory nav and the factory nav dosent have touchscreen so I really cannot mess with these car programs that are out there. I am currently uising CarAMP which was designed for the BMW to uses IBUS and the controls on the steering wheel and board monitor. I am also experimenting with Meida portal and I am modifing a skin so it appears larger on my screen and can be controlled by board monitor buttons. I love Free Drive for NAV but I still think my NAV system is better. The girl instructs you better on my nav and its more accurate, plus theres a gyro and motion sensors when sats are not available. I also have a backup cam and voice activation. Selling this system could by me two carputer setups and god only knows I spend much more then that.
I could keep going on but it comes down to this. Should I just toss my factory setup, cant believe I even have the balls to say that, add in a FM tuner on the carputer and get a 7" touch screen and custom bezel from the guy that makes them here in this fourm. Or should I just leave all my hard work alone and deal with the display and continue to try and find a touchscreen for a 6.5" widescreen lcd which seems to be f*ucking non-existant. okay, now its time to add this guy ----->
I could also, and this is a real pain in the ***, replace the LCD in my board montior housing with a VGA touch screen and canabolize it so thats my main display and use a composite video in from the 6.5" to input the factory video. I know of someone who did this on the bmwnav group. This is really extreme and I dont have a way to contct this guy and ask questions. Again....