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    1997 e36 BMW car pc install.

    Hi, long time since i posted here.
    I currently have an e36 BMW and i have an old kenwood touchscreen headunit with control box in the boot with a media player in the front for films etc.
    this whole set up is very dated and due to the age is a little tempremental.

    I am looking at building a car pc, but it has been years since i paid attention to these forums. Im not looking at spending too much either.

    So what do i need?

    7inch touch screen, lilliput still the brand?
    pc, gps receiver, fm tuner, dab tuner?
    dc-dc converter
    amplifier for speakers?

    I dont like the idea of a headunit in the glove box :/ can you run straight from a pc to a 4 channel amp? perhaps also a monoblock for a sub? (maybe)

    what software is used these days? is it better to use an old laptop or a pc? how much power ram etc?

    also video out for the screens in the head rests, does the software allow you to have different things playing on the screens then the head unit, say a film in the back for the kids and sat nav for dad?


    Alan

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    I would dump the lilliput and look at the ones supplied by linitx

    Radio is still pain in the arsenal, there is a DAB unit out but can't recommend the current supplier

    There are plenty of DC ATX PSU's around now.

    You can go straight to an AMP from a PC, I haven't but many have.

    You can use an old laptop but you will eventuall move on to a dedicated PC.

    Software, Windoze is the main option, plenty of frontends out there, Linux and Mac OS's are still trying to catch up, there main hinderance is a good navigation app.

    Video on headrest screens, yes and no. Personally I am now going with a 2 PC set up, one for front and one for the two headrest screens.

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    thanks for the advice Im not sure wether to do this or just stick with the current set up :/
    I think i have seen your website and its that which pushed me towards doing this

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    I'm actually in the process of redoing the PC side (keep changing my mind as to how I want the boot install ) must be on plan M or N by now.



    Glad my site has inspired someone.

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    I guess there is no way to integrate any data from the obd1 port into the front end

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    Yes and no.


    I would say it's possible, but to my knowledge hasn't been done yet.


    All it needs is someone to be able to monitor the com port when they have the diag software (like carsoft) connected and be able to interpret what comes through it.

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    Ibus software

    Been searching and lurking for a week now and this seems like a good thread for my first post.

    Enforcer, based on your BMW expertise: I just ordered Resler's Ibus USB interface and want to experiment with what data can be sent/received and put on touchscreen using RR although I will use a laptop initially. I've seen Ibuscomm, Navcoder, beboxm3, etc. What is currently the go-to software to interface with the Ibus? Not really sure where to begin with software for the Ibus.

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    iBus software question

    Been lurking and searching for a week and since this is a BMW-related thread it looks like an good thread for my first post.

    I'm still in planning stages of a carputer for my e39 and would like to play around with some iBus software on my laptop then integrate into RR. I've seen Navcoder, Ibuscomm, IBUSAnalyser, beboxmp, and RR I-Bus.exe. Enforcer, some good looking e39 installs on your website. Any suggestions on what is currently the best choice or most available source code to start with?

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    iBusComm is usually the one people start with.

    There are various plugins for the frontend RideRunner which also come with source code.

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    query, why is it yes and no for the head rest screens

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