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    Hi All

    I've finally decided to go the carputer route, as I am getting tired of reading e-mails on my cellphone, navigating by garmin IQUE and lugging tons of CD's around.

    Problem is, I am in South Africa, and most people here have not heard about these things, nevermind selling any decent components for in-car use. So, I must be very sure that all components I buy from overseas works together, and provides me with what I want.

    After weeks of browsing every possible carputer website, I am getting to the point of finally deciding on components, and this is where I am running into technical difficulties, as I am not 100% sure of exactly how everything fits together.

    I think I've decided on the placement of my 7" touch-screen, as I've got the idea from SQUID and also been communication with SUVPuter. Everything in the dash looks the same, except that my vehicle is RH drive.

    My requirements are the following:

    1. Replace my existing Radio & 6CD Shuttle with a Carputer USB FM Radio, and a CD Player/DVD Player. I need advice on good components to use for this.
    2. GPS Navigation. I travel quite a bit per day for my work, around 300km, and I need to navigate down to street level. Currently I use a Garmin IQUE M5, with South African streetmaps loaded. Also, I do quite a lot of off-roading and bush driving, and for this I load other maps as well. Navigation software I can use are quite limited, and the only I could find is someting like Garmin's NROUTE.
    3. I need to be connected to the internet while driving, for e-mail purposes, and I was thinking of using a 3G/GPRS modem which I currently uses on my laptop. When I am stopped at my office or my house, I've got access to a wireless network, so that must fit into my system as well.
    4. Normal audio and video requirements would be DVD playback, and MP3's for CD quality audio(replacing my CD Changer)
    5. If possible, I would also like to fit a rearview camera
    6. OBD Diagnostics while am I driving would also be nice, however I do not know if the ELMSCAN adapters and software would work in vehicles in South Africa.

    I've narrowed my components down to the following.

    1. VOOM-PC2 Enclosure
    2. M2-ATX 160W Powersupply
    3. EPIA EN15000 Mobo with 1Gb memory
    4. 7" VGA Touchscreen (Zenarc/Lilliput/CarTFT etc) Must be good quality
    5. External CD/DVD Drive to be fitted somewhere for easy use. Not in VOOMPC case as this will be under seat
    5. A Good quality USB GPS
    6. OBD Scantools etc (for future expansion)

    If everybody has any comments on my components selection, I would really appreciate feedback.

    Unfortunately, I do not have the luxury of fitting the Carputer in the back of my car, as it is a SWB, and the only place is really under one of the front seats. As I do not always travel in tar, the location must be quite secure, and the carputer must be able to withstand more than the average bouncing and jolting of road-going vehicles. and also extreme temperatures

    I am really looking for help on the following, and any posts or links to the required info would really be appreciated.

    a) Is fitting a VOOM-PC2 case under the front seat a good idea. I've checked my dash, and there is really no space
    b) How do I replace my existing radio head unit, while still utilising my existing speaker setup of my car. Do I need an amp, how do I connect it to my CarPC, what would the sound quality be like, do I need an external soundcard etc
    c) For GPS navigation, I would really like voice prompts etc. How do I get that working through my system, while playing music for example.
    d) Also, I would really need my existing Nokia E61 to be able to use my existing bluetooth handsfree carkit to play back through my car speakers and muting the radio, as it is curretly linked into my radio/speaker connections with a type of speaker relay connector. Is there any good Phone software that can maybe provide me with the same facilities, but through the CarPC.

    I think this is most of my questions and requests for now.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outdoorman View Post
    Unfortunately, I do not have the luxury of fitting the Carputer in the back of my car, as it is a SWB, and the only place is really under one of the front seats. As I do not always travel in tar, the location must be quite secure, and the carputer must be able to withstand more than the average bouncing and jolting of road-going vehicles. and also extreme temperatures
    I would be weary of installing anything under the seats as there are numerous issues under there. Namely, dirt grit and grime ALWAYS finds it's place there.


    b) How do I replace my existing radio head unit, while still utilising my existing speaker setup of my car. Do I need an amp, how do I connect it to my CarPC, what would the sound quality be like, do I need an external soundcard etc
    There is a FAQ regarding this very question in the FAQ emporium as well as the FAQs in the nav bar. http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advf...iew&advfaqid=7

    c) For GPS navigation, I would really like voice prompts etc. How do I get that working through my system, while playing music for example.
    You would just have the navigation running at the same time. To get it to mute the music when voices come over, you will have better luck running a front end.

    d) Also, I would really need my existing Nokia E61 to be able to use my existing bluetooth handsfree carkit to play back through my car speakers and muting the radio, as it is curretly linked into my radio/speaker connections with a type of speaker relay connector. Is there any good Phone software that can maybe provide me with the same facilities, but through the CarPC.
    Please check out the software forum for information on this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Outdoorman View Post
    Does that really say 46 degrees! Holy hell is that hot.

    Just another suggestion, since you wont be putting the cd/dvd drive in the case, then just get the Ampie/VoomPC case version #1. It is much cheaper, and since you wont be looking at it, it shouldnt matter what it looks like.

    Also for #4, it's "Xenarc" not "Zenarc" but pronounced the same as if it were a zed. If your budget allows, I suggest the transflective. Any place that gets into the mid-40's is a place where there is sun like no other. Regular screens (Xenarc/Lilliput) will be unreadable in the day time. Transflectives are expensive but worth it. Also the "CarTFT" versions are just Lilliputs. There are only 2 makes on the whole market.

    Xenarcs auto-switch for rearcameras, so that may be another factor to consider.

    Also I dont know how your import laws work, but since South Africa is related to the UK, you might have lower import fees buying from a UK source such as linitx.
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    A new Carputer - To be Fitted into Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 2006 Model (SWB Model)

    Hi RedGTIVR6 and 2k1Toaster

    Thanks for the feedback, and the links. Sorry about the spelling error.

    and yes, it does get that hot. That was in October last year, up in a game park in South-western Zambia.


    Just one other technical question:

    How much current does a typical system draw from your battery, to power your PC, the screen and a GPS, and maybe playing a DVD or MP3s? Reason for my question is that I am already running a dual battery system for powering my fridges and lighting when I am camping, and I do not want to overstress my car's battery too much. Very difficult to start an automatic 4x4 with a diesel motor early in the morning.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outdoorman View Post
    Hi RedGTIVR6 and 2k1Toaster

    Thanks for the feedback, and the links. Sorry about the spelling error.

    and yes, it does get that hot. That was in October last year, up in a game park in South-western Zambia.


    Just one other technical question:

    How much current does a typical system draw from your battery, to power your PC, the screen and a GPS, and maybe playing a DVD or MP3s? Reason for my question is that I am already running a dual battery system for powering my fridges and lighting when I am camping, and I do not want to overstress my car's battery too much. Very difficult to start an automatic 4x4 with a diesel motor early in the morning.

    Thanks

    It all depends on your system. You said you were getting a via board, so a few amps at most. Via boards are between 11W and 25W so 1A to 2A, and then the screen is 1A when on, Each USB device can draw a maximum of 500mA. GPS is probably 300mA, touchscreen probably under 75mA.

    So total for a low power system is probably 5A to 10A after you add up everything, and that is maximum.
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    Just look at the fuse on the power supply and that will tell you a maximum current draw.
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    A new Carputer - Fitted into Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 2006

    Thanks for all the replies.

    I've now revisited my complete plan, and I am thinking of going the route of fitting an in-dash display unit.

    Can anyone give me some info regarding quality etc? Which are the best units to buy?

    Thanks

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