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    new carpc

    Hey, I'd like to build a computer for my car. I have a 1996 Mercury Sable and would like to know if you guys can help me with a few things. I would like to keep the total hardware+software cost under $500 including a screen and I am very experienced with windows and linux. I want to use it for a GPS navigation system with auto-reroute, an mp3 player, and a dvd player. Another thing I would like to do is buy a data cable and plug my sprint phone into it for wireless internet access. Unfortunately, I am inexperienced at cutting and soldering and don't want to mess anything up.
    Here are my main questions:

    1) What hardware do I need?
    2) What software do I need?
    3) Should I locate the system in the trunk?
    4) Where could I locate a screen?
    5) What are some good anti-theft devices besides my normal car alarm?

    Here is what my interior looks like:

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    no not again. i think you use this and this to figure it atleast the basic. we are not here to tell you all the stuff you need to build a car computer. its your choice be unique

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    I know, I've already ready a lot of stuff on these forums and searched google a lot. I have found a lot of different things, but the ways I have found would all become farily expensive pretty fast so I was asking for ideas.

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    Yeeaaaahh...... if you want it to be decent, the $$$ add up quick. $500 is a bit low. Try searching for 'ghetto installs' or 'low cost installs' or something, and you can see how people can shave $ off here and there. Scavenging for computer parts is your best bet. And eBay. Character LCDs are probably the biggest cost-saver.

    A brand name HU that does that stuff runs like $1800-2000 (and still not half of what an actually CarPC can do), and a lot of people here are happy to get their project in under $1000 (I know I didn't).
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    Yeah, I've got about 10 computers so I have extra components everywhere. The main problem I have is where could I put the LCD screen and how would I keep people from stealing it besides hiding it?

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    Hide it, fab it into the dash, or get a good alarm.
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    Ok but a still arising question is where would I put the LCD when its in use so either the driver or passenger can use it?

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    down in front of the gear shifter
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    You want cheap !! character LCD 20x 4 ,
    Keypad for input!
    Linux or winamp lcd plugin
    Any processor and mobo faster than 166mhz
    Cheap as chips on a rainy day!

    NO GPS / DVD !!!
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    Yeah but if I just wanted it to be an mp3 player I'd plug in my archos 10gb mp3 player. The main function I need is GPS as I have a bad sense of direction which generally is not very good :P What is good software for GPS on linux? Also, what kind of cheap GPS receiver could I use with that software for linux?

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