'05 Outback XT, Getting Started
I've been watching the forums for quite some time. Now that my 250-hp toy has finally arrived, its time to install a complete carputer.
A few questions:
1) Anyone else thinking about doing an install on an '05 legacy or outback?
2) I'm torn between taking my 1 Ghz Thinkpad and using that for an install, or putting in an ITX system. I'm leaning towards the latter, but the laptop still has some appeal (I get a new laptop for outside the car use, and it seems like there would be less power issues). Any opinions on the matter?
3) LCD Screens. Before I shell out the extra $150 for the Xenarc, is it really better than the Lilliput?
Also, check out this link for a picture of the '05 Outback dash/console. It's some other guy's picture, but you get the idea (ignore the XM unit he has pasted on there). I'd like peoples input on placing an LCD screen. I think I'll avoid the built-in for now, or unleast until I can order an aftermarket dash kit with a big double din to work on in my spare time. The space above the clock and between the vents just isn't big enough for building in a 7" screen, I've measured it a dozen times... I may just mount one there instead.
link to picture: http://www.xmfan.com/viewtopic.php?p=200565
4) My spec system:
Morex 3677 mini-ITX case, Via EPIA MII12000 Mini-ITX + CF, PCMCIA, 512 mb, 80 gb 5400 rpm Hitachi 2.5 inch drive, carnetix regulator, and an external audigy N2X.
Any comments on this? Seems like a pretty standard setup, correct. Main goals are MP3, DivX, Nav, etc... so pretty much needs to be able to do everything.
is 60W going to be enough for all this stuff (1.2 GHz + USB soundblaster, gps?)
5) Audio. I've been reading around some other message boards (XM radio, Empeg, etc.) and it looks like the '05 outback stereo system doesn't have a standard antenna input... and people are saying an FM modulator won't work in it. I think this sucks. So it looks like I'll be doing a crappy wireless FM solution for the time being until someone figures out a way to do an FM modulator in this car. Any suggestions for alternatives. (Stereo does not have a tape deck or auxilliary inputs).
I'd appreciate people's input!