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    Planning a project. Need ideas and a little help.

    I've been lurking for the better part of 2 months so far. I'm finding a lot of old information and not so much recent history for the car pc builds. My research is ongoing and before I take the plunge into building a nice high powered for my truck, I'd like to make my way in to the game with what I have if at all possible. I've got a lenovo ideacentre Q150 with an Intel Atom dual core 1.66 processor and a 250 gig hard drive for starters. I can't find anything on the forum about these types of computers in the car pc world and I'd like to know if the automatic hybernation and resume would be possible on one of these. I'm also going to list other obstacles I'm working on below. This project will be going into a 2011 F250. I realize there are a lot of nice options out there for head units with nav, but I really enjoy challenging projects and would like to get programs like dashcommand for real time OBD2 diagnostics. I'm thinking I can get a nice rig for the same price if not less than a high end double din nav unit. Here we go.


    Hardware/Software

    Computer- Lenovo Ideacentre Q150? will it work?
    Monitor- Initially starting with a 15" that I have laying around so I don't have to make dash mods just yet. Will go to an 8" touchscreen if everything works out.
    Steering wheel control integration- Joycon EX Steering Wheel Control PC Interface (still researching but I think this is the ticket)
    Front end- I don't have any preference but I've downloaded riderunner and have been toying with it. I really like the Elite series of skins but I keep crashing it as of now.
    Navigation software- I'd love to use iGuidance for ease of embedding but it has been discontinued. I'm leaning towards copilot now but trying to make sure it will embed (good) in to RR before I go to far. Map updates are important to me as I live in Houston.
    Sound- This will be replacing my head unit. I'll have to split my audio into two amps. One for my door speakers and one for my subs. Will be using a usb sound card (still researching the split for 2 amps)
    Wifi- another reason I like the ideacentre. wifi is built in. I should be able to broadcast from my phone with the new share everything plan from Verizon (legally that is).
    HD radio- Is a must. Doesn't look to hard to integrate into any FE. Still looking into it but this is a low level considering other obstacles I have to overcome.
    DVD- Nice to have but not needed. Very low on my list.
    CD player- Haven't played a CD in years. This is not needed.





    Wish list

    I'd love to remove the HVAC controls and control the A/C and heating from the car pc but I know that will take me forever to accomplish. If I removed the HVAC controls, I could have 2 monitors.



    If all goes well, I'll be building an I3 system with a SSD and nice sized hard drive. Im thinking that I can dive into this for the cost of the Nav software and possible DC-DC power supply in the beginning and test and tune before I start spending the big bucks.

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    That lenovo unit will work fine, you have done some good research and really your on the right track. I use Co-Pilot for my everyday use not embedded in any front-end, but it is possible. I have a 07 F150 and put most of my comp under back seat area.


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    Good luck SNO

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    I was just given a software copy of the old garmin mobile PC. I guess I'll switch directions on the nav for now. It was the right price. Which power supply would I have to use to make this pc work? It already has an external psu with a small jack that plugs into the back.

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    this will be your best bet for power and just use the small jack end from your power brick http://store.mp3car.com/DCDC_USB_Int..._p/pwr-047.htm

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    Thanks. I'll keep that one in mind. I have some questions that I can't seem to find very definitive answers on.

    1. When it comes to OBDII diagnostics, I hear Dashcommand may not read everything on my truck without having the Ford enhanced diagnostic add-on. I'm really only concerned with fuel pressure, exhaust gas temperature, transmission temperature, ambient temperature, RPM, boost, and a few other small ones. I just can't seem to get much information from Palmer performance Engineering about this. The main reason for wanting to stick with Dashcommand is to be able to embed into a FE. I'll go all out and get the scan XL if anyone has ever had success embedding but I just can't seem to find any information about anyone ever trying it. Ideas?

    2. When using Navigation, is it possible to have the sound level lower on the music when the navigation program is giving turn by turn direction or will everything be the same volume? I'm wondering if I'll be able to listen to music without getting lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmomo0128 View Post
    Thanks. I'll keep that one in mind. I have some questions that I can't seem to find very definitive answers on.

    2. When using Navigation, is it possible to have the sound level lower on the music when the navigation program is giving turn by turn direction or will everything be the same volume? I'm wondering if I'll be able to listen to music without getting lost.
    I know in centrafuse navigation with sygic or destinator, there are special settings that will pause music when gps needs to speak, or will reduce the volume by like 60 percent so you can hear the gps clearly. I know nothing about RR.

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