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    Car Pc info and help.

    Hello,
    I have been reading for a little over 4 hours now and i still need help. I was originally looking at the pioneer zb110 stereo but i wont ever be happy with it. I want to go the car pc route. So here are my questions.
    Thanks for the responses so far. I m going with a dell computer, its cheap and has solid hardware. Going to mount it in glove box and see how the HD reacts to the bumps.. I Dl the front end solutions and Ride runner is very nice. I do a lot of leg work, its just that I cant find a lot of info on Google with reviews. Can you guys point me to the better hardware companies?
    I want a motorized touch screen ( I think maybe dont know better) I keep running across cheap china knock offs. I was wondering solid nav brands to work with Ride Runner and blue tooth units. The reason im asking for things instead of doing the leg work is bc some of you guys have read articles for months and months and know tons of info off the top of your head. I do the same thing but I want to move on this project and the info that you know off the top of your head could save me up to 6 months of research. Thank you all in advance for your thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerichobrown2 View Post
    Hello,
    I have been reading for a little over 4 hours now and i still need help. I was originally looking at the pioneer zb110 stereo but i wont ever be happy with it. I want to go the car pc route. So here are my questions.

    What is a ball park estimate that this project will cost,if I start from scratch?
    No solid answer to that. IT all depends on the hardware you want to use, if you're going to retain a headunit, buy new amps, what hardware you have lying around, etc.

    What is the best software to run (My needs are bluetooh, nav,mp3, divx playback, hand free calling with Iphone 3g with import contact list)
    "Best" is subjective.
    The general consensus is that you should download them all, try them out and see what suits you best.

    Which OS to run xp, 7?
    There's more support for XP than any other OS, but it's mostly a question of compatibility and personal preference.

    Any good all in one solutions?
    I think you mean an all-in-one prebuilt system like the Infill G4 and similar units.
    If this is what you mean, then no.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    all of it depends entirely on what you want to spend on the different parts. you could build a system for $3,000, or only spend $600, if you shop carefully. the difference is the speed, and the quality of the parts that you would use

    the 'best' software or os, varies widely-- just as if you asked different groups of guys what the best car in the world is, or who makes the best cheese burgers...

    i know that none of this helps you much, but most of the carputer instal is just as much based on your personal opinion as it is what you have available--for instance--if you want to do it on the cheap, and can't afford/don't want to spend another $100(or whatever it really costs) for centrafuse, you could go with ride runner for a front end...

    the nice thing about most of the front ends is that all of the ones that i know of offer at least a free trial version for you to try out.

    while i hear that win 7 is starting to look decent, other then the flashy new interface, and the new os smell, i don't see a reason to recommend it over good ole' xp

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    I'm new at this myself but I'll offer what I know so far.
    I bought a used intel atom based pc for like $250. That had everything I needed computer wise including a dc-dc power supply.
    I purchased a 7" touchscreen with bezel to easily fit in my car for another $250.
    am/fm radio is important to me so I got the directed hd radio and a cable to control it for 70 total. I still need to buy an amp, I'll spend about 100+ there and all the wiring/fuses etc. for the actual install.

    My original goal was to replace the headunit with a touchscreen and have am/fm radio, gps, media, automotive diagnostics, and to learn as much as possible. I also didn't want to have to fabricate anything.

    I'm using Centrafuse as my front end currently with xp as an os but those can be additional expenses. Riderunner is supposedly one of the better free solutions as it has the most support. I plan on checking it out myself soon even though I already have centrafuse.

    I dont know anything about all in one solutions. What would be the fun in that.

    One thing I've learned is the people on this forum are helpful but expect you to do your own leg work to learn the basics.

    It's been fun and rewarding for me so far, I hope to have my system installed in the next 2 weeks.

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    My needs are bluetooh, nav,mp3, divx playback, hand free calling with Iphone 3g with import contact list
    If that's all you want to do, then you may not need a carpc at all. You'll want a carpc if you want the software and hardware expandability freedom that you can't get from locked HU. Furthermore, you will want to have a lot of time configuring, tweaking and retweaking to get your install the way you want it.

    Cost wise, you'll probably end up spending more on a carpc-based solution in the long run. This is because it is expandable and those expansions often cost money. Your also spending for any non-free OS like windows and other software that you will install, and likely pay for upgrades too (ie, winxp to win7, cf2 to cf3, etc).
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    Quote Originally Posted by kev000 View Post
    Cost wise, you'll probably end up spending more on a carpc-based solution in the long run. This is because it is expandable and those expansions often cost money. Your also spending for any non-free OS like windows and other software that you will install, and likely pay for upgrades too (ie, winxp to win7, cf2 to cf3, etc).

    a great point-- my carputer started out costing about $800-1,000, and then went through 3 soundcards trying to find one that worked for me, which i estimate put the overall cost around 2,000 (i don't keep track of hobby expenses, so it is all a guess. if you keep track of it, it is no fun anymore!), and now i am replacing my motherboard with a better one... carputers can be a never ending hobby, while some installs have gotten to a 'set-it-and-forget-it' point, most are always changing, and so are the costs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    a great point-- my carputer started out costing about $800-1,000, and then went through 3 soundcards trying to find one that worked for me, which i estimate put the overall cost around 2,000 (i don't keep track of hobby expenses, so it is all a guess. if you keep track of it, it is no fun anymore!), and now i am replacing my motherboard with a better one... carputers can be a never ending hobby, while some installs have gotten to a 'set-it-and-forget-it' point, most are always changing, and so are the costs...
    See I think in the long run it will be cheaper. Say you bought the top of the line pioneer at 1500 bucks. Well the thing will needed to be upgraded in 2 years so that is another 1500 bucks. So it will be 3k in 24 months. Now if I buy the dell usff, that is enough hardware to power something for 2 or 3 years. Its only $279.00 a touch screen is at most 5oo. A sound card 149 maybe 200 and that is for the high mid range price. If I make upgrades over the 2 years you can figure a 1000 but it still less then 3000. Any way this is my sales pitch to my wife.

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