'07 Scion tC - Newb Plan-advice
So I've been reading through just about everything I can on the car PC subject (here and elsewhere, retail sites, etc..)
I am good with computers and electronics (I couldn't count the number of PC's I've built, servers, troubleshooting.) I'm a software engineer and open source hacker. Needless to say, I've got the computer hardware part down =)
I know next to nothing about car electronics (well, knew next to nothing. I know a bit more after educating myself). I'm still a bit fuzzy on power supplies for autos, but I am fairly certain I can puzzle through that with some more research.
So, let's get to the plan. Here are my thoughts, and I would greatly appreciate any advice, links, how-tos, or people's completed tC projects (I think I found all the scion posts I could on these boards and studied them religously).
The end goal of this is to run:
Sirius Satellite Radio
From a computer in the trunk. I plan to put a touchscreen in the double din slot in the dash, and mount the stock headunit and a CD/DVD ROM in the glove box.
I want to do this all in stages (as this is my only mode of transportation to/from work), so here my steps:
1: Move Headunit to glovebox
2: Install display in dash (with wiring to the trunk for VGA/USB)
3: Use spare laptop in trunk as PC (to start, this eventually will get updated) using an inverter (requires booting laptop up manually, and I am OK with this to start.)
4: Wire system for audio
That's the first install step. Here are what I plan on using (THIS IS WHERE ADVICE IS MOST APPRECIATED)
Touchscreen and double din mount from here http://www.mechatroniks.com/wrx/ordering.html
Another poster on this site had success using this, I plan to use kit4. I'd like to be able to revert to factory at some point when I plan. Does anyone know if this will/will not work, or special mods I might need?
That's the tricky part for me, is installing the touchscreen. Everything else I believe I can do (or figure out). Once that set up works, I will replace the laptop with a small form factor PC with a PSU to power the unit up on ignition. This is also when I will add GPS, ODB-II, Satellite radio and backup cam (it will be a USB webcam).
Please, if anyone sees any flaws in my plan or anything, please let me know. I made out this plan so I could ask before I took things apart and spent money, only to find out it was flawed in some way.