those are a/c vents
no war paint, but the question is what is the point of a carpc. you see, one guy pictures a PC ejecting from a hidden compartment, another visualizes a system with 7 different "stations" all independently zoned for each passenger, another envisions a whole bunch of digital gages replacing there cluster, still another envisions pulling up to there house & having there car connect to there home network & starting up there hot tub for them, that's a carpc. it's your thoughts & ideas & obsessive compulsive urges to try & build what you can't just buy, but what you envision that you think you can build & that you think you want.
it is an outlet, a form of expression, a way to challenge yourself & something to immerse yourself in with dreams & ideas. many have big dreams but don't have the resources necessary or are not willing to dedicate the resources necissary & don't realize all that can be involved, yeah, then they wind up with a disappointment. yeah I think most go into it thinking it's going to be easier than it is, & yeah, I think a large majority who initiate a carpc wind up eventually learning more & more & I guess many realize that it is not what they thought it was. it is only normal that many will bail, after a first, second, third or even forth attempt. only the really obsessive compulsive type who refuses to give up & is willing to go that extra mile, who is willing to beat there head against the wall trying to solve this or that problem without the thought of just giving up & admitting defeat, who is willing to learn & try things & make mistakes without getting discouraged...
a few years ago there was a huge influx of people who thought that a carpc was the cheaper alternative to a multimedia system. they saw that a multimedia system can cost them thousands & they figured that a PC can be done cheaper especially since they had an old PC or 2 laying around & give them all the same things but cheaper. yeah right, that is a bad reason to choose a carpc. at least now adays with todays technology advancements & lowering costs of just amazing technologies that doesn't seem to be as much of a reason as it used to be, I mean now adays mm head units can be had cheap & with many bells & whistles so all the guys who just want multimedia can now go to best buy & get something for well under a grand & have it all installed in a matter of hours & done. not a substitute for a carpc, but an alternative, & the right alternative honestly for most. that is what most want, & the carpc is just what they mistakenly considered a viable alternative because they just don't fully realize that a carpc is a challenge & has way more obstacles & don't fully realize the full cost of a carpc. a successful carpc costs a lot, & I'm NOT talking money, it costs a whole lot to ever get to the point of a good carpc.
if you look through the completed projects thread you will see many half assed attempts by those that just think it's as simple as getting it to power up & just work, & these are the ones that after a while there just gone. but then you will also see that there are many who actually dedicate a ton of time, resources & yeah, even money to build what they envision. I think each & every fully successful carpc is from just crazy determined obsessive compulsive people who will stop at nothing to get what they want. you are right that so many get into this & then later realize everything that they have gotten themselves into & that it is not what they envisioned. for them it is the right choice to cut there losses & just go with an alternative that works for them. maybe you do need to be a little crazy to really pull off a successful carpc, you have got to want it beyond reason, beyond obstacles & beyond the problems you will encounter. a carpc costs a lot, & many will just not be willing to go through everything necessary, either because they did not realize or are not willing to be persistent even in the face of defeat. I promise there is not one sucessful carpc builder who hasn't had there fair share of defeat & failures in there journey, the difference between sucess & failure though is detemination & not giving up & being able to give it all it requires to get the results dreamed of.