I'm a newbie to carputers, but I've been doing research. Ibuld PCs for fun and am a professional software engineer. Here's my thoughts:
Question 1. what is the best way to interface the drive to the computer that will be in the trunk. I've read most of the messages here and one person suggested using a old cat5 cable, but i think he's refering to audio only, i want to be able to watch DVD movies.
A: Go USB2 or firewire. Get a slim slot loading DVD drive in an extrnal enclosure and connect it to the trunk via a USB 2 / firewire cable. This is the tidiest and most effective solution.
Question 2. Is there is anyone here that has a 2000 (or near) Camry, that they have modified with a computer, screens, drives, etc. I'd like to hear from them on how/where they installed their componets .
A: Do a search, I bet there is.
Question 3. Once i recieved my 7" Lilli, i relized how small it was, and now i want to install another monitor (will have 2 in all), I've searched the web and this site, and was wondering if anyone knew of a display roughly 10" square or of a site that has a selection of LCD screens?
A: I've seen these sites and the screens are ridiculously expensive. We're talking at least twice as much as the lilliput. I'd buy a second lilliput (without the touchscreen perhaps).
Question 4. I have been looking for a motherboard to replace the laptop, I like the idea of the VIA M10000, I like the size and mainly how little power it draws but some of the reviews i have read, mention problems with compatibilites with some software/hardware. Which makes me want to get a regular motherboard and deal with the power requirements that they need then to deal with software/hardware problems. Is this a real problem with the 10000 ?
A: Such incompatibilities are news to me. I shall be receiving my M10000N soon...I don't anticipate any such problems. If you have room you could fabricate a box for a micro ITX m/b and go the underclocked Pentium / Athalon route. Trouble is, they draw a lot of power and generate a lot of heat. You may be drawing more power than a 150W opus can handle.
The most difficult aspect is regulated power and controlling the startup & shutdown of the PC. Opus is expensive but a quality product.