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    Question Considering carpc - Subaru Legacy - nightmare of an install

    Hello all - noob here! I have an '08 Subaru Legacy with stock nav installed. Here are the problems:

    - No Bluetooth
    - Nav is '04 technology (slow, hardly any color to screen, etc.)
    - Cubby allows only for install of screen, which is why I'm looking possibly for a carpc vs. a simple install of a double din box unit
    - Cubby will need professional fiberglass modification to accept a 7" screen

    What I've found:
    - Lilliput appears to make a solid 7" touch screen
    - Looks like a variety of solid, pre-built carpcs available
    - I can add a backup camera, DVD, etc. if desired

    What I need help on:
    - Can Bluetooth be added? If so, will sound run through the car speakers and mute the radio?
    - Does the pc need servicing (i.e. installed in accessible location) or can it be buried under the seat?
    - I have absolutely NO tech skills in this area; is this a bad idea for someone like me? I'm looking for someone in the area I can pay to do a professional installation (OC, CA)
    - With nav running through the pc, will it mute the radio automatically when providing directions?

    Anything I need to be aware of? Consider? Any thoughts/suggestions would be much appreciated!

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdoggydog View Post
    What I've found:
    - Lilliput appears to make a solid 7" touch screen
    - Looks like a variety of solid, pre-built carpcs available
    - I can add a backup camera, DVD, etc. if desired
    Lilliput does make a good screen. They are the cheapest. Xenarc makes more "upper end" ones I suppose. If you want the best, go for transflective. I dont think you will have too bad a time in a scooby, but if you had a convertible <blah> or something, then the transflective would be worth it.

    A variety of prebuilt ones are available. Check out the mp3car.com store, they have prebuilt units available, and they can even install the OS and test things before shipping (for more $$$)

    Backup camera would probably go right to the screen, bypassing the PC altogether. However there is nothing stopping you from using a video input to the PC (like a PCI video input card) and recording the camera or whatever else you want. Someone did liscense plate recognition I think, or speed sign recognition.

    As for the fabrication, Nexon (or Nexson, I forget his username here) does custom fiberglass work with great results. Again, expect $$$.

    Quote Originally Posted by tdoggydog View Post
    What I need help on:
    - Can Bluetooth be added? If so, will sound run through the car speakers and mute the radio?
    Yes and if you want it to. Problem is that bluetooth is not a very nice solution over the PC. If you are going this route, you can look into Centrafuse with their BlueSoleil stack and preapproved hardware dongle/phone list.

    Quote Originally Posted by tdoggydog View Post
    - Does the pc need servicing (i.e. installed in accessible location) or can it be buried under the seat?
    Not a sentence that can be compounded that way. Yes the PC will need servicing. Yes you can put it under your seat. Some people put it in the spare cubbies in the inside of the car, like those little plastic trim pieces with huge otherwise nonusable space behind them. Servicing is generally done wirelessly, or through the screen interface. Hardware servicing is much less common, but still will probably need to be done quite a bit at least initially.

    Quote Originally Posted by tdoggydog View Post
    - I have absolutely NO tech skills in this area; is this a bad idea for someone like me? I'm looking for someone in the area I can pay to do a professional installation (OC, CA)
    Yes. A PC is not an easy plug-n-play solution. If you think it is or want it to be, then you will become very frustrated.

    Quote Originally Posted by tdoggydog View Post
    - With nav running through the pc, will it mute the radio automatically when providing directions?
    Again, if you want it to. The whole point of a CarPC is to make it do whatever you want. There are NO limits. Mine lowers the volume about 50% while it speaks the directions.

    Quote Originally Posted by tdoggydog View Post
    Anything I need to be aware of? Consider? Any thoughts/suggestions would be much appreciated!

    Thanks!
    I would suggest if you are willing to learn, is to try and do it yourself. Build a computer, make it work. Buy a spare dash piece and try to make it look good. That way if you fail, you have at least some experience. Anybody can build a PC nowadays, fabrication however is much more difficult. If you want something more plug-n-play, look into the Guru. It is an all in one solution, with support.
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    Your hardware concerns are all available. Your lack of tech skills will hinder you greatly. I'm also new to the game, but the carputer is a whole different ball game then just amp and subs. There's a lot to know and understand and the local best buy doesn't install them.

    I feel you'll spend a lot more by not doing this install/research yourself; but I'm sure you could find a local member willing to put something together and install it for you for a small fee.
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    just wanted to throw a couple things in here-- some members are working on easy to use, BestBuy-installable units, but they are a little in the future yet...

    if you are wiling to learn, then the forums can help. If you are looking for someone to install and maintain it for you-- that will be tough to come by-- alot of members here might be willing to help you install it, but have other things to do, so servicing might become a issue.

    if all you are looking for is bluetooth, backup camera, and navi, there are plenty of prebuilt BestBuy type units(pioneer, kenwood, jvc, etc..) available already that might be a better alternative. and after fabrication, and paying someone to install it for you, it might end up being cheaper.

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