1 - Get the '97. It will definitely be OBD compliant. The '94 is no guarantee.
2 - Start reading in the FAQs. The link is in my sig.
Ok so first let me introduce myself as probably the most noobish guy around. I'm Myles and I'm from Kansas where temperatures can be extreme. I am about to purchase a Mitsubishi 3000gt, yet I have two to choose from. one is a 1994 and the other is 1997. I'm not sure how the electronics and mechanics from both of those years will affect a carputer much, except that the i have heard that the 1994's computer is like a hybrid OBDII or something, which could affect what I want in the end.
What I want is to build a carputer that can integrate with the engine to do diagnostics and such, bluetooth, wifi and data from a cell phone data plan, and able to stream internet/fm radio, gps, and hook up to an audio amp. I was looking through the other forums and threads, and I found a host of good topics and answers, but I still am not sure about how they will go together and such like what parts I will need or could use to do what I want.
Lets say that I have 1500 to spend on the carputer and screen. How would you go about building this from the ground up, and how would you connect it to the electronics in the car to have it work with the diagnostics and maybe even help with stuff like fuel control from "touring" to "sport"?
Thanks in Advance!!
94 is OBDI, 97 is OBDII, the I is just basic engine management. and really does not give hardly any engine readings. for what it sounds like you want go with the 97.
I believe in 96 was when all the cars started going to OBDII, so i'd go with the 97 as well hands down.
pdanet seems to be working for me to use internet as a modem and works with usb and bluetooth.
I recently bought obd link from scantools for OBD II
but yeah until I get more experience with carpc I can't comment or suggest much.
Thanks for pointing me to faqs!
So I did some research and I looked around online for different parts and such. I am going to use Centrafuse as my frontend unless anyone knows a better one. Here is a list of the different parts and the links to their websites, however I do not know what kind of touchscreen or what kind of powersupply and wattage I would need to have this work Any ideas? Would these all be compatable together and not give me a major headache?
ZOTAC G43ITX-A-E LGA 775 Intel G41 HDMI DVI Mini ITX Intel Motherboard - $90
Intel Pentium E6700 Wolfdale 3.2GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80571E6700 - $85
Major Brand 2GB DDR2 DIMM 800MHz, PC2-6400 RAM - $40
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX90G 3.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive - $185
Flexible bluetooth wireless keyboard - $31
Some cheapo walmart wireless mouse - $20
Now all of these things are perphials and such that I would like to addon on to the main computer. I do not immediatly so I can add them as I go, but would this computer setup be able to handle all of these?
BU-353 Weather-proof GPS Receiver - $36
HQCT 1.0 (High Quality Car Tuner) FM Radio - $160
Nano Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Bluetooth Network adapter by Interlink - $30
ElmScan 5 USB OBD-II by ScanTool - $130
USB Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Version 2.20 4 Sensor Kit - $290
CMOS Waterproof, High Resolution Backup Camera, License Plate Mountable - $45