Carputer in '03 Vette - plz suggest
New to the forums here. Not new to computers.
Lately I have had a wild hare up my a** to put a carputer into my brand new 2003 Corvette Z06. Yes this is my first (Vette and carputer), and no it is probably not a good idea to cut my teeth on my new 45k car but bear with me, I am pretty handy...
So here is what I think I want so far. Please review and suggest. You'll notice I have far more questions than answers here...
Display - Lilliput 7" Touch Screen or the new Pixelon being looked at in LCD/Display discussions (XGA) - I will most likely pick one or the other
M/B - Via MII
most likely, but open to suggestions (see problems below)
Case - determined by M/B and possible slot problems mentioned below
- Wireless 802.11g
- FM/AM tuner card
- TV card if it is possible to do this without the boomerang (or similarly large) antenna (anyone know?)
- ODBII hook-in (to control computer and see instruments, etc.)
- Large Hard Drive - I have seen threads here that say standard mechanical HD's wont survive vibration/G's (suggestion was use flash or similar instead), that they can survive if you use RC car shocks, use laptop HD as it is better suited for rough handling, and some that say a standard hard drive with nothing special works fine. All I know is that plain flash won't work it wont hold enough data. Any guidance?
- keyboard - initially I thought I would only use an on-screen keyboard with the LCD touch pad. I have since reconsidered using IR, problem is that IR receiver is large (I want this carputer to look 'factory' so only visible component will be LCD). Suggestions?
Problems I have found along the way:
Other than those mentioned in 'Wants' I require am/fm card and wireless NIC. The MII has only 1 pci slot. I would also like to have, as mentioned above, possibly a TV tuner card... Is there any good suggestions? Possibly a combo card or a better M/B with more slots? or USB devices?
Wireless NIC, btw, will allow me to hook up home network to car to download MP3's, movies, etc.
Secondary problem: I am also wanting to integrate my car Heat A/C controls and remove that from the dash if possible... I know in the Vette it is all electronic (no vacuum) so it should be possible with a PLC. However there appears to be some processing relating to temperature (you set a thermostat on the A/C controller). I am not sure if this processing is done in the Heat A/C head unit, or if this data is passed back to the main computer and processed there... Any suggestions on that?
Thanks to you all for your educational posting thus far. I would have never considered doing this until I came across this board.