Need help for a carpc in 2000 jetta
Hey guys and gals,
Not really too new to the concept of the CarPC. Always wanted one. Unfortunetaly, I'm only good with typing/programming a pc, not the electrical/mechanical work needed to install one ;)
So this is why I need help. I looked at quite a few threads, but alot of stuff just went over my head. Like the Opus threads.
Anyways, this will be going in a 2000 Jetta GLS (so no climatronic). I only have the single DIN HU in there, and I'd prefer not to have an HU whatsoever. I'd be mounting the PC either in the glovebox or underneath passenger seat..or as a last resort in the trunk where my 6cd changer is currently.
Now the questions....
Without an HU, is there a way to get the sound into the speakers? I know I need an amp, but seeing as I only saw 2-3 amps, I don't know if the wiring for speakers goes into that or to the sound card inside the PC.
Will a 7 inch lilliput touchscreen fit (with some bondo'ing I guess) in the double DIN slot? I want to make it look stock, like this guy did with his Audi http://forums.audiworld.com/a4/msgs/1734601.phtml . Also, I'd be using a slot DVD/CD drive in case a passenger wishes to listen to their own cd or something, don't need a burner. Anything out there that's quiet? (I heard that slim slot drives are noisy from some threads here).
My biggest concerns however are with power. Is the Opus able to turn the PC on (probably a ShuttlePC, unless someone has problems with it they'd like to mention?) with the turn of the key (and like someone said, not fizz out while engine is cranking), and turn off when the key is taken out? I'd be using WinXP so I don't think I'd need a on/off button installed on the dash, in case of freezes.
Also, I live in Montreal, Quebec....In Canada. the weather in winter can sometimes get pretty chilly (The windchill doesnt affect the temperature inside the car, right?). Without windchill it can get to -30 Celsius or so. Will that be a problem?
Can someone put up a list of what I'd need? I have my own ideas, but I'd like to hear what other people suggest and maybe a diagram or two to help me out to figure out where all the electrical stuff has to go in order to make everything work
Thanks for any help that can be sent my way :D