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    New to the forum -any advice appreciated

    What's up guys, some of you may know me from RS25.com or ScoobyMods, I've decided the next mod to my Suby will be a carputer and I can't wait to learn everything I can about everything I can.
    The car is a 2001 Subaru 2.5RS and I would especially like to hear from any other MY00,01 owners.

    So far I have a very basic system, a 7" screen that I really hope is a touchscreen from the previous owner of the car, a P3 933mhz, 20G hard drive and a cd drive. For power I have only a 12V DC adapter. I think I've decided that I will have to put it in the trunk which I am apprehensive about, are there problems associated with vibrations from subs?

    Some software I have: windows 2000, itunes, winamp, google earth, firefox, front end interface, and easyobdII for engine diagnostics.

    What i'd like to get so far is a dvd drive, a gps receiver with software, a dc-dc power supply that can turn the system (including amp) on/off with my ignition, rca adapters so I can use my subs and speakers with the computer, bluetooth capability - because I'd like to use my phone through the car speakers if possible.

    So basically I don't know anything at this point, but I'm like a sponge and I've already learned so much from this forum. If anyone has ideas or advice, I'd be very appreciative

    Thanks,

    Rich

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    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advfaq.php

    There's an excellent place to start.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Thanks Perv - and btw without trying to sound like an a** kisser I read lots of your old posts and your manifesto on smart questions, lots of good stuff in there. I've read as much as I could of the faq's in the last few days but there is just so much and I want to do the best I can with what I have.

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    It's not my manifesto. It just makes good sense.

    Yeah, there's a lot of information to absorb. It's impossible to grasp anything in one sitting.
    You're still going to have questions and whatnot. The vast majority of the members here are more than happy to help fill in the blanks and clear up what isn't sinking in.

    Welcome to the madness!
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Here's a few things you're going to want to research before you start buying:

    Sirf Star III for GPS devices
    Startup/shutdown controllers and smart power supplies

    Knowledge of these drastically changed my install plans.
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    Xenarc 700TSV - VGA Monitor
    Intel D945GCLF Motherboard
    M2-ATX-HV

    2005 Honda Civic

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    My biggest problem right now is that I don't have internet at home, so I keep finding all this info and trying to cram it all into a 1/2 hour session at the library or a 2 hour session while my laptop runs off battery as I sit in my car by some stranger's house that has wireless and hasn't protected his connection. Basically it seems like every time I get really into something I run out of time.
    The huge list of links in the forums is really helpful, especially the "Which is the best ____" I went through all the front ends that I've heard about, and almost all the GPS software.

    The thing I'm really worried about is my utter lack of code reading/writing. It seems like all the guys who run these car pc's have a solid computer programming background which I definitely don't. I'm just hoping I can find bits and pieces and put it all together myself so I don't have to be spoon fed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AutoFX View Post
    The thing I'm really worried about is my utter lack of code reading/writing. It seems like all the guys who run these car pc's have a solid computer programming background which I definitely don't. I'm just hoping I can find bits and pieces and put it all together myself so I don't have to be spoon fed.
    Don't worry about that.
    I'm certainly no programmer. Now, to customize Roadrunner, knowing how to jockey code is probably helpful, as RR is the least user-friendly to customize.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Don't worry about not knowing programming. I'm a developer myself but carputer's don't require much more than changing "ignative=false" to "ignative=true".
    Ampie Case
    2.5" Hard Drive 80GB Samsung 5400RPM
    256 MB DDR2 PC5400
    Xenarc 700TSV - VGA Monitor
    Intel D945GCLF Motherboard
    M2-ATX-HV

    2005 Honda Civic

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