Laptop/docked vs. Actual car pc?
I'm fairly new to the car end of the PC thing, but have a really phenominal audio system already installed and am considering an inexpensive way to add additional car pc capabilities. Money is tight atm, as my job may "expire" in June, but I already have a few things so I thought I'd get some input from the experts.
Can I make a useful and relatively durable pc system for my car using my current laptop and creating a custom fitted docking station for it? I really have wonderful audio and video capability, but I'd like to add: navigation, bluetooth, web access and possibly satellite radio to the mix... but I won't need those things daily.
Here is what I've got to start with:
- Dell 1545 laptop w/mini mouse
- 7" In Dash Touch Screen X/VGA Monitor
- Sarotech 260S and 260X Digital Media Players (w/ 2.5" 500gb - 250gb hdds) connected via digital outputs to audio system and to video outputs through standard RCA
- Audison Bit 1.1 Processor - Pioneer 880 HU - McIntosh/Zapco Amps - Scanspeak/Morel/JBL speakers - etc.
Any pointers to good threads on NAVI - blue tooth and other soft/hard ware would be greastly appreciated. I've done some searching, but there is just sooo much to browse using the keywords I've tried.