New to carputers. Old laptop + lilliput screen OK?
I'm new to carputers but have plenty of experience with electronics and such. This is my plan for my carputer, just wanted some input on do's and don'ts and whether this will suit my needs:
What I plan to get:
Cheap old laptop off ebay (somewhere in the 200-300mhz range)
Lilliput 7" touchscreen or some bare LCD with touch screen of the same size.
802.11b PCMCIA card
Possibly a new hard drive
Possibly a GPS card
Possibly a wireless internet card
Possibly a USB wireless keyboard/trackball
Whatever power supply or inverter is necessary
How I plan to install it:
Clean install of Win ME (for fast load times) or Win 2k for stability if ME screws up too much.
Remove the LCD screen from the laptop and hook the Lilliput or other 7" screen w/touch.
Custom mount the screen into my dash.
Mount the laptop inside my (lockable) glove compartment.
Mount power switch for laptop somewhere concealed but easy to get to.
What I want it to do:
Play MP3s with no skips
Possibly access the internet via the wireless internet adapter (through a wireless ISP of course)
Possibly run some sort of GPS map program
Download any files I want from my desktop computer through a wireless router in my apartment to the laptop.
I want the LCD screen to be discrete (don't want it getting stolen). I may try to figure out a way to hide or disguise it.
I know that the laptop would probably be too slow to play DVD/Divx if it's only 200-300mhz.
I know that the Lilliput or other touch screen would require a VGA port and a Serial port to function.
I know that I may have to buy more ram for it to function properly.
I know that I would have to check how many PCMCIA slots the laptop had before buying so I could add one or two cards to it.
Basically I had my head unit stolen a few weeks ago and thought this would be a good opportunity to put a computer in there which I have always wanted to do.
I would like to keep the total price <USD$600 but I am willing to go over a little if it is worth it. This does not include GPS/Wireless internet cards if I decide to get them.
Any comments people have would be appreciated :)