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    New to the CarPC

    I am new to the carpc idea. i was wondering if any would could explain how it works and if you can use any kind of pc. Also if you do not mind telling me the price range involed in one of these systems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeBS2004
    I am new to the carpc idea. i was wondering if any would could explain how it works
    Electricity in one end, gubbins inside, buttons or something to control it, music, video or directions out the other end.

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeBS2004
    and if you can use any kind of pc.
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeBS2004
    Also if you do not mind telling me the price range involed in one of these systems.
    $50->$5000 or more.
    Old Systems retired due to new car
    New system at design/prototype stage on BeagleBoard.

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    Try the FAQ at the top of the page.

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    Don't expect any helpfull answers here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarum
    Don't expect any helpfull answers here...
    I thought mine was helpful. I was leading him in the right direction. The questions he asked are all answered (and more) in the FAQ. Why re-type them?

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    The FAQ is great, but it could def. be updated with some more detailed info.

    I would like to see a step by step guide and stuff, most people just waste their replies by using the when you could put some guides, etc in their and save everybodies time.
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    i agree with you a step by step guide would be very helpful

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    I have a PC and a Touch Screen monitor what do i need to hook it up and have DVD/Mp3/Navigation

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeBS2004
    i agree with you a step by step guide would be very helpful
    A step-by-step guide for WHAT, might I ask?
    I will post a detailed installation log of my project, sure. But my project is different from anyone else's.

    Some people have a laptop sitting ont he front seat of their car with a GPS attached to it and a tape adapter feeding into the stereo. You want a step-by-step guide for that? If you need spoon-feeding for THAT, then you've made a poor choice of hobbies, my friend.
    How about the people who have done wonders with fiberglass & bondo to custom-mold a 7" (or larger in some cases) screen into their dash? How would a step-by-step guide for the guy who did that in his Acura help you when you've got a Ford?

    My point is that everyone has different ideas for their project, what they want to get out of it, etc., so there can be no 'step-by-step guide' that encompasses everyone's idea of what a carPC should do or what it should look like or where it should be mounted, and so on.
    Mine is going to be gaming-oriented when all is said and done. I'll show you how I get a VGA-output into my dash, sure. If that helps you, great. For most people it's rather pointless, as it has nothing to do with their project or what they want to accomplish.

    Frankly, building a CarPC isn't rocket science. You're building a PC. If you know how to do that, then you've got half the battle.
    Setting up all the pieces/parts that are specific to your project in your environment (power supply, GPS parts, audio components, etc.) as well as the software needed to accomplish the tasks you want (GPS software, audio drivers, touchscreen drivers, auto-specific front end, etc.) is the part where it gets complicated, even maddening for some.

    Face it, there is no step-by-step guide.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeBS2004
    I have a PC and a Touch Screen monitor what do i need to hook it up and have DVD/Mp3/Navigation
    I know you're a n00b, but come on...

    To play DVDs, you need a DVDROM drive and software to play the DVDs (WMP9 or PowerDVD or WinDVD to name a few).

    To play MP3s you need to have the MP3 codec installed (you probably already do), a sound card, and a method for connecting the soundcard to the car speakers (a whole other discussion)

    To do GPS navigation, you need a GPS receiver and software that translates the signals and displays the position on a map.

    To 'hook it up' (as you so vaguely put it), you're going to need lots of cables, a method of getting the car's DC power to juice up the components, a method of getting the PC audio to the car speakers (see above), etc.

    No offense, brother... If you need to know what pieces you need to accomplish this basic stuff, then you've got a long, difficult journey ahead of you. I know I've got one, and I know about a lot of this stuff.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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