Newb Carputer Prep/Install
Hey everyone ... 1st off, very cool and informative forum. A lot of you guys are amazing. Some of the work I've seen is very inspiring.
I just recently bought a 2003 GMC Envoy XL SLT. After learning a little about carputers, I've been dying to get one.
I have a few questions. 1st let me tell you what I have.
Dell Inspiron 6000, 1.7 Ghz, 1GB RAM running Windows Media Center 2005
S-Video Out, WiFi, SD input ...
TomTom Navigator 5 (this was hooked up to my Treo 650 which I no longer use)
Can the laptop be used in such a way that whenever I need the laptop, it can easily be taken out?
I know I'm gonna have to invest into a touch screen. I'm thinking it will take the place of the Bose HU. I think I can fit a 7" screen there.
So far from what I've read, I'm still gonna need a HU or an amp to power the Bose speakers. Is that right?
Do any of you guys know what size screen will fit my vehicle?
I'm also gonna need an inverter (at least 350 watts) to power the laptop?
I'm assuming I'll be connecting the laptop to the touch screen via s-video?
If all the equipment I've mentioned so far is correct, I'm hoping to achieve a stock look touch screen install that'll enable me to access pictures, mp3s, GPS, movies and internet connectivity. I'm thinking of placing the laptop, 6 channel amp (for existing Bose speakers), 2 channel amp (for box with 2 CVR12s) and inverter under the front and rear seats.
Do you think I need another battery for more power since I'm running so much, or will what I have now suffice?
Do touch screens have usb and mini jack inputs so other things like iPods can be connected?
Sorry for picking your brain. I just want to do it right the 1st time. Thanks in advance for all who help.