Building you own is the only way to go. Prebuilt carputers most the time are crap.
[Routis '04] [Opus 90W] [160GB Maxtor HD]
[Lilliput 7" TS] [VIA M10000] [XMPCR]
[512MB RAM] [Custom housing]
[Deluo GPS Mouse] [E-MU 0404 Soundcard]
Progress Meter: [==============|] 99.9%
i peiced mine together with available parts.
BASSRR ==> [Audio Player/MusicDB/Cd Player/Ripper/Rate/Internet Radio/Audio Capture/Youtube Video]
RRTube ==> [View/Download Youtube Videos]
WifiMan ==> [Wifi Manager]
RRec ==> [Audio Capture]
If You Want To Be Given Everything, Give Everything Up ...
Bird York -- In The Deep --
Check the link in my signature. I built my car PC case using two single-DIN radio cases. I bolted them together to create a double-DIN enclosure and then mounted everything inside. Then I mounted the LCD on the front, and installed a 4-channel amplifier under the passenger seat.
Building yourself is rewarding and you feel a sense of accomplishment. Also, for those of us who regard this as a hobby and not just an upgrade to the car audio system, we'd rather build our own system from scratch because it allows us to make use of our creativity and problem-solving skills on a regular basis which would otherwise not be used if we were simply installed a CD player.
Love the drawer idea! Just skimmed your worklog and I'm very impressed with the way you mounted it in the trunk. Makes it very easy to troubleshoot.
I would have to agree with Build Your Own - BYO.
There are many reasons this works, The main one being customized and tailored for the job. If you use a slot in pre-built device that is made as a one fits all.. Then its going to be restricted and configured to work on a lower level.
Having built something yourself, You know how much power the thing is needing and taking. You know what sound card is being used and the ratings. You know that the DVD drive has a slight angle mount for when loading your disc's.
All of these little things matter so much in the larger end picture, Doing all this means cables are run to the length they are needed, Secured at the right places with the right colours and connectors ready to be removed and installed quickly..
Another thing which i dont know how many people have done, But is something i recommend.. Having a bench plug/socket installed.. This way when you remove the unit(s) from the car. You will be able to place it on the desk. Plug in one single plug and everything is good to go.. This has been one of the issues that allowed me to remove the projects easily and when i want to quickly so i can make a change and put it back in without it taking an hour.
2004 Holden WL Caprice Auto GENIII
Base System = Raspberry Pi
Everything else is pending for now as switched from a Mini-ITX setup