just finished setup 3 days ago, tested all weekend, here's the feedback
planning: 3 months
implementation: 20 hours
2 x 6.5 infinity component
dell latitude d600 notebook
1.7Ghz Pentium M
1.25 GB ram
32MB ATi Radeon mobile
40 GB primary disk
80 GB modular bay secondary hard disk
internal intel pro set wireless
snapstream firefly remote
i'm not yet using a frontend. the setup basically consists of a few commands programmed into girder that aid in operating iTunes while driving. so, i guess, iTunes is my frontend.
1. I love it. It was all worth it.
2. I've learned a hell of a lot.
3. I don't understand why anyone would choose to integrate a headunit.
I've encountered only one problem, but it seems this may be a major one as i dont have a clue where to start resolution.
While I'm driving with iTunes open and I select a song to play, it begins playing fine. Sometimes, after a minute or so, the audio begins to sound as though it is being ran through the blades of a helicopter. I'm not sure how to describe this. It continues to sound like this until the song is restarted or until a new song is chosen. Also, sometimes it skips for just a brief second at random. I have not been able to duplicate these problems sitting in my garage stationary.
Prior to placing a computer in this mix, i drove around for a month with an ipod connected directly to an amp, no problems.
This points me towards vibration of the hard drive, but this would counter all knowledge i previously thought i held regarding the way disks operate.
Any thoughts? I'm currently digging up previous threads regarding hard drive shock protection. fun. Thanks for any comments and thanks to everyone for the help in getting this from idea to fruition.