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    Smile Total novice with several pressing questions...

    Hey guys, (and gals)... [I preface this message by saying that I read the novice thread and if I irritate anyone by asking a question that was posted before that I failed to understand, I'm sorry. Please bear with me as any help is greatly appreciated.]

    As stated in the title, I'm a complete novice to this whole car audio scene. I know more than the average person about computers though, and I know I want a car pc, which leads me to where I am now. I've been doing some extensive research to try and figure out everything I need and how it works before I take that plunge and spend all the money on the items. The actual pc itself is unimportant, I can figure that out no problem, but I have some questions regarding its interfacing with the automobile itself. I want to mount it in the trunk to keep it out of the way, as well as not having to worry about space issues. But I'm wondering the following:

    1.) How do I interface the audio with my head unit? I have a not so old Pioneer 7200. I believe it has aux. inputs on the back. Is there a converter cable I can purchase to convert the aux. inputs to an 1/8 inch to connect it to the pc? I would prefer to use a direct connection for the best sound performance as opposed to some type of FM broadcaster...

    2.) How are power issues solved? How does the PC start up automatically with the turn of the key? And vice versa, obviously a pc isn't going to like being immediately shut off without a proper shut down. How have you guys overcome this issue, and what parts/pieces/cables do I need to interface the power supply with the car?

    3.) What operating systems do you guys use to achieve optimal boot times? I don't really want to wait for 3 minutes before my car audio starts.

    And finally, I'm looking to have this all put into a 1999 or 2000 Jetta. Has anyone here done that? I want to have the touchpanel LCD mounted into the dash where the existing factory stereo is now, and have my pioneer head unit either mounted in my glove compartment or on the floo since I don't plann on using anything except my car pc for tunes. Has anyone had their touchpanel flush-mounted into the dash of their Jetta? I know its a long shot on that question, but I figured I'd ask.

    Again, sorry I was a little wordy but I needed to convey my concerns completely. Thank you again for your consideration, and any advice/answers are greatly appreciated!

    Ryan

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    Welcome aboard!
    Question 1. Yes there is an adapter for the Pioneer HU:
    http://www.pie.net/sec14sb4.htm
    Just one of a few different ones out there.
    Question 2. You can either go with the Opus (preferred but expensive) or use an inverter and a shutdown controller. A quick search on here will give the details for either.
    Question 3. I use XP Pro and without doing any tweaking have a boot time of around 30 seconds. The OS is actually your choice. It is going to be no different than your desktop as far as how it works generally speaking. Tweak all you like. Another search will yield different choices here as well.
    Question 4. You can mount an LCD in your double din opening. Just do some more searching here and Google and you will find many tutorials and pics.
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    XP has a boot program available from microsoft.com that will monitor your system's boot up sequence and tell you what takes the most time. From your control panel, you can disable services that aren't necessary to your setup. I had a 12 second boot-up at one time on XP Professional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Jeckyl
    XP has a boot program available from microsoft.com that will monitor your system's boot up sequence and tell you what takes the most time. From your control panel, you can disable services that aren't necessary to your setup. I had a 12 second boot-up at one time on XP Professional.
    I actually didn't know that. What is it called? Or you can just link me if that's easier.

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    Thank you.

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