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    Is there a website for this?Anyone in chicagoland area?

    is there a website that shows a step by step process of doing a car computer?

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    There are websites documenting people's progress with their car pc's... just look in people's signatures for links. Just look around for what you need for a car pc, do some research, and ask questions when you get stuck. Trust me, there's a ton of good info here, you just have to do some work looking for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gleinz
    and ask questions when you get stuck.

    well...you should search before asking. probably 99% of any problems you could run into have already been discussed way too many times.
    rebuilding carpc... kinda..

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    And from what i have gathered, there cant be any single all encompassing guide, because no two car computers are alike. Everything is always custom built, meaning that it depends on:
    * the budget of the person building it,
    * the car that it is going in
    * the time available to build it
    * the skills of the person building it
    * the parts that the person building it already has lying around (ooh, look a DVD drive... that might come in useful!)
    * the parts available to the person building it (if you cant buy any parts where you are then you might as well just get a 500W inverter, and put your home PC in the boot, and a normal 15" LCD mounted on the dash somehow!)

    (And yes, I do realise the irony of a newbie like myself giving advice)

    In my case i just started reading the threads, and after a couple of weeks i had a fair understanding of how things work! But another thing i have noticed (correct me if i'm wrong) is that at this stage it isnt for the faint hearted. If you know nothing about computers it will be difficult - it seems that you should at least know how to build your own PC, and set up a PC for optimal performance etc..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dominik
    In my case i just started reading the threads, and after a couple of weeks i had a fair understanding of how things work! But another thing i have noticed (correct me if i'm wrong) is that at this stage it isnt for the faint hearted. If you know nothing about computers it will be difficult - it seems that you should at least know how to build your own PC, and set up a PC for optimal performance etc..
    and know how to install a car stereo system
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dominik
    And from what i have gathered, there cant be any single all encompassing guide, because no two car computers are alike. Everything is always custom built, meaning that it depends on:
    * the budget of the person building it,
    * the car that it is going in
    * the time available to build it
    * the skills of the person building it
    * the parts that the person building it already has lying around (ooh, look a DVD drive... that might come in useful!)
    * the parts available to the person building it (if you cant buy any parts where you are then you might as well just get a 500W inverter, and put your home PC in the boot, and a normal 15" LCD mounted on the dash somehow!)

    (And yes, I do realise the irony of a newbie like myself giving advice)

    In my case i just started reading the threads, and after a couple of weeks i had a fair understanding of how things work! But another thing i have noticed (correct me if i'm wrong) is that at this stage it isnt for the faint hearted. If you know nothing about computers it will be difficult - it seems that you should at least know how to build your own PC, and set up a PC for optimal performance etc..
    Well said newbie
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    Hehe, thanks...

    Installing Car stereos is important too, because the actual wiring of the system (power for PSU/Screen, audio, etc) is not a trivial task if you havent done it before.

    (i can imagine a newbie trying to pull apart a brand new merc to run wires )

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    if you don't know how to do something, the best way i've found (this would be the best way that i consider) is to have someone else do it, and then disect it. I knew nothing about installing amps/subs/head units, so i had circuit city do it (still regretting that choice, they know nothing they also sold me some walmart wire (a amp kit) for 70$ keep in mind it was only 8 gauge) and then just traced the wires, and took it apart, and put it back together. Of course this is a pricy way to do things, but it happened to be conveinit.

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    It also helps to have some skills... like how to solder wires, use power tools, etc, etc... for example most of installing a car stereo involves running wiring through your car.

    Which reminds me, get comfortable with ripping pieces of plastic off your car... unless you want all the wires to be hanging out all over the place.

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    I'm finding that trial and error is a good teacher....I've been working on my set up for a while now. In the process I've learned to sand properly, paint/prime, use fiberglass and wire stuff. A good part of it was reading here and various other websites but another big chunk was just jumping in after I did some planning. Granted my plans changed along the way...

    However before all this I've built my own computers which proved helpful.

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