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    my carPC Idea '84 camaro

    I have a Camaro with a GM din and a half stereo opening. I want the DVD rom, USB, SD slots in a head unit with the brain box with mother board, PCI slots, HDD somewhere else, if only right behind the stereo.

    My idea is to start with an aftermarket din and a half stereo Shell and build the head unit there then find a small PC case and build the brain box is this plausible? I have made a VERY rough sketch of what the layout of the Head unit would be



    will this work?

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    oh yea transformers car =)
    if you good with fabrication then it is possible. ... i wopuld also stick with front load DVD roam instead of regular as you draw it.
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    like tempgp said, as long as you have good fabrications skills this will work, i also agree that a front loading, or laptop cd/dvd drive would be a better alternative to a standard tray loading home pc drive. what were your plans for the screen?

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    I was hoping for some hardware suggestions, already have the Screen its a 7" flip down touchscreen

    only way I can see connecting the head unit to the CPU is via USB, I am having trouble with the Media card reader, they all come with a 9-pin USB header not standard usb. An adaptor would be perfect, then it would work with my 2 Usb ports too. Ebay has 15' usb "printer cables" aren't they standard USB cables? I was planning on using a powered USB hub and powering the DVD player too
    whats the best silim ATAPI to USB adapter?

    Edit: found this, http://amigakit.leamancomputing.com/...ge.php?pID=898 gooD idea?

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    you can always DIY byt cating and replacing connector heqads, thats as to cable. As to other part of the question i didnt really get what you are asking?
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    Well you can get something along the lines of a FitPC which would easily fit in the space behind the radio. I have a third gen camaro (87) so I'm soon going to be running into the same issues as I try to integrate a carpc into it. As for the MediaCard reader, you could wire that directly into some Cat5 cable (you MUST use twisted pair for lengths of USB), but you're likely to run into interference issues. That cable you linked might work if it's long enough. There aren't any standard USB connection media card readers out there?
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    I could have sworn I saw an adapter for ATAPI to USB that had a round power jack instead of the typical 4 pin floppy power option. I tried searching it on here but I came up with nothing. The power still needed to be 5v. which I might as well ask too, how do I go from 12v to 5v in a car?


    here's my crazy wiring diagram. am I over complicating this? over simplifying? missing something? also the piece I was talking about above is in there (blue)


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    it doesn't look like you have overcomplicated anything yet-- you have only just begun!

    i have not seen any atapi-usb adapters that only have one round plug yet,this is all i could find:
    http://www.addonics.com/products/io/adsatapisa.asp

    I have been using a atapi-ide adapter and then a ide-usb convertor for my own setup-- i tried a ide-sata adapter connected to a sata-usb, but i had issues with the setup not initilizing before the rest of the computer powered up.

    for 5v power, you can use the dcl11, or the carnetix cnx-p5v

    http://store.mp3car.com/Automotive_P..._p/pwr-022.htm

    http://store.mp3car.com/Carnetix_CNX..._p/pwr-016.htm

    both will provide regulated 5volts, up to 15 watts, and can be mounted anywhere you need it.

    malcom-- is there a specific color code to use cat5 for usb interconnects? i tried to make my own a while ago(i just soldered all the wires however i felt was the best order), and was never able to get any devices to connect over my cat5 cable(windows just gave me the-'device not recognized' beep).

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    soundman98,
    how long was your CAT5/6 extention? USB can allow up to 7 meters wire (recomennded 3.5m max) and device on other end has to have its own power for this lenght. Signaling wire in separate pair, ground and power in another pair, thats what i had... oh cable waht Cat6 double shilded. my lenght 15 feet
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    i used 10-12ft of cat5 and used a old usb port from the front of a old tower. i have since hacked up some 6 foot usb extensions, and the extensions work fine now.

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