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    So is it possible to have it set up to where it can control the HVAC system

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightJumper View Post
    So is it possible to have it set up to where it can control the HVAC system
    Yes, it is possible. But it depends on your system and how it's controlled. For example, many control their hvac through a relay system using something like the fusionbrain. Others can control their HVAC by sending messages across the CAN Bus. Depends on your car.
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    Opinions on this screen, looking for something less than 200
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightJumper View Post
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    Well one thing to think of is, what do you plan on doing with your car PC ? Think of the things you do with your house PC and think, can I do that while driving ? Think of peripherals you can use which will make interacting with your car PC as less distracting as possible.

    As far as hardware, you do not have to drop top dollar and purchase the most top of the line hardware. From experience, when you install a PC into vehicle you really limit it's uses. This is not a bad thing. You will be able to tweak and refine your setup to perform a few task admirably. With my setup, it is based off of a Pentium 2 @ 400 Mhz with 640MB of RAM. I have about 200GB of total storage. Some may think why so old, well I run Streets and Trips 2K9, Windows Media Player 11, WiFi, GPS, DVD playback, Divx playback and Windows XP really with no problems at all. I have benchmarked my machine against more modern platforms 1Ghz and up and really seen no "real world diffrence" accept for maybe longer loading times. The monitor I use is an older 15" Compaq LCD monitor. I popped the the plastic off the monitor and painted it all black with a textured finish. The mouse and keyboard have been reduced to a 3"x5" touch pad and qwerty keyboard combo.

    Some issues you may come up against will be EMI and RFI ground noise, aesthetics and "How and the heck am I going to power all this ?". I went with a 400 WATT DC to AC inverter. I connected the positive line directly to the battery and the ground (negative) to the vehicle frame. Remember to use heavy guage wire, proper electircal fittings and connections and at a minimum place a fuse on the inverters positive lead at the battery. Use a fused power strip with the inverters 110V AC outlets. If you have experience with installing car audio installation some of this may be second nature.

    The people on this forum are very helpfull. They put up with me for a long time but I was able to teach myself alot and I pulled off a pretty decent installation.

    As a side not, make a call to your state and local police and inquire about any laws or ordinances in place in regards to moving pictures and or computers in a vehicle. Hate to see you jump into this and find out it may be illegal where you live.

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    So i found a possible monitor that is pretty good the only thing is its for home use so it has a normal power outlet to power it, how would i go about powering that

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    You would need a inverter to power the screen(which are notorious for noise)

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    You would need a inverter to power the screen(which are notorious for noise)
    Proper grounding will even eliminate inverter noise. I run a domestic LCD with my setup using an inverter and have no issues. My case may be unique but does prove you can run and inverter and have a system 99% noise free.

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    On another note will i be able to hook up my stock audio system to the computer or will i need something in order to do that

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    I had to create an AUX adapter for my Panasonic head unit. I found the pin outs on line and with a little spontaneous engineering I pulled it off. I could of bought one but if I remember right they wanted $75 for their adapter. I made mine from the remains of some old head phones and an old PC power supply.

    Their are alternatives to that of course. You could use a FM transmitter and or a cassette adapter. You might even get lucky and your head unit may have a ready to use phono-plug AUX input. Good Luck!

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    Which GPS program do you guys use, I got the BU-353 but not sure which program to run to get GPS

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