Making a Car Computer; Need Your Help!
Hey guys, This is my first thread at this board. Iíve been thinking in the past couple days about installing a computer in my car.
To be honest with you, I thought its going to be a simple thing. But nowÖ. I think its not.
First, here is what I have on my mindÖ
I want to have a computer that can play mp3 files, DVDs, TV and connects to the internet.
I went shopping this morning and got a Creative sound card, which has front and rear outputs. I also got a VGA card, 80GB HDD and a TV card which would allow me to watch TV on the computer.
The computer is going to be either Intel Celeron4 2.6Ghz, 512MB DDR ram or AMD 3.2. Theyíre both at the same price. So Iím not sure which to get. I want something that doesnít heat much.
Iíll also install a wireless network card. Since many parts of the city provide wifi hotspots. Which should allow me to connect to the internet while driving. And Iím going to install a Bluetooth card. So I can connect other computers to my car computer to transfer files and stuff.
Iím thinking about getting a computer external DVD drive. So I can put it in the glove compartment to make it easy for me to put data CDs or play movies while driving.
I Donít think Iím going to have any problems building the computer cuz I believe I know what I want exactly and how to do it. But the problem is I know nothing about cars. So far and after taking a look at the forum I realized Iíll need to get an amplifier for my car cuz I donít have AUX in (Iíve got a 2002 Mercedes C200 SC).
Things in my head right nowÖ
1-What kind of touch screen should I get? I saw the 7Ē one on this site. But its expensive and too small! Any other options?
2-how is the computer going to take electricity from the car?
3-what software do I need to make the computer suitable for a car use?
4-this might sound silly, but where the hell am I supposed to put the computer case? The trunk?
5-can all those stuff keep up with the heat? It gets REALLY hot during summer.
Last but not leastÖ please tell me what I should keep on my mind and what issues should I look up to help me accomplish my project.
Thanks for your time!