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    First time carputer install.. need help

    I'm planing on putting a computer in my car in spring, pretty much to illiminate the mess i call the cd collection thats hanging from the visors. I have a few questions about a few things like, i want to make mine a little bit differant than any out there. I have lots of songs on 2 hard drives, i'm gonna transfer them all to my older 40gig before i put it in the car. i want to hook up the computer to a 7" monitor up front so i can see whats goin on etc what cords will i need, what adapters? also i'm going to get the smallest keyboard i can find, and a roller ball mouse so i dont have to move it around at all.. just mount it to something i'll be running either winamp or something like that . again what cords, etc will i need? now the trick part.. the cd/dvd/cd burner rom drive will be goin in place of the ashtray, that way i can burn cd's, watch dvds, and rip cd's onto my hard drive... where can i get power cords and signal cords that long? oh by the way.. the motherboard, hd, etc will all be goin under the back seat wich i'm going to modify so it will fit under, run some ventalation to keep it cool etc. I know this is toataly possible to do.. just have to find the right cords etc. getting sound to the sytem will be no problem.. all i'll need is a sound card with rca jacks, run those up to the aux in on my cd player and its all good... any comments or info on where i can get these cords, or if i can safely modify the ones that are in the computer i will be using to do this? thanks allot for the help

    I am very good with electronics and computers, but this is toataly new to me so its time to learn some new stuff.. thanks for the help guys n gals

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    All of that information has been discussed here.

    If you search on the specifics, you will find your answers. If you cannot find anything specific, then post the specific question(s).

    There are many many system setups posted here look at those as a base. Use it for what you might want to get or might want to stay away from. Some of them have specific shopping lists too.
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    oh yeah, Welcome new member!
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    Sounds like you just need to buy extension cords for the mouse, keyboard and VGA. Hard drive cable extension is a little more complicated. Forum members have had mixed results from extending IDE cables, the trend if you do decide to opt for an extension is to use cat5 cable to run between locations. However, once again, mixed results. I would go for an IDE to USB2 converter and run a usb hub up to the car dash, that way you can have all your devices connected to the hub... keyboard, mouse etc all come in usb now. Speaking of keyboard and mouse, try and get wireless, it'll be a lot easier to use, plus you can just chuck it on the back seat if its getting in the way etc.

    Hope this is helpful.

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    Thanks guys.. i've been reading threw some .. well lots of the posts and finding lots and lots of great information...
    another question.. if i went touch screen, could i eliminate the need for a keyboard and mouse? making the wiring simpler would always be nice.. yeah i know i can run everythign threw usb.. but i'm not sure if i could run the cd-rom off of usb.. if i could somehow that would be great.. maybe one of those external oens may?

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    If you have a touchscreen you probably won't need a keyboard or mouse except maybe for some debuging.

    If you use a usb to IDE converter for the CDROM you will still have to run power up to the cdrom, just go down to the local electronics store, pick up some molex connectors and some wire.

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    Yeah i just found my TigerDirect.com magazine.. i'm sure you've heard of it. i've found some very good deals on the cd-roms that would work great for me. and for future ideas down the road, like controlling much more detailed things i found these programable keyboards they come in 16 key 20 key and 58 key. in the tigerdirect.com site the part #'s are (p55-2008 for the 16 key),
    (p55-2000 for the 20 key), (and p55-2004 for the 58 key) would these be able to be used when programed with the right keys to be able to push a certain button and open a window, or push a differant one and open them all, turn on headlights etc??

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOJO
    but i'm not sure if i could run the cd-rom off of usb
    yes
    search keywords: "cdrom" and "usb" , "DVD" and "USB", "IDE to USB"

    you can even do that on www.tigerdirect.com
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    Opening windows and turning on lights will require many relays and many hours of work. I'm sure this is what you meant as just installing a carpc surely could not magically control your HVAC and tilt your seats too.
    Today I stuffed some dolls full of dead rats I put in the blender. I'm wondering if maybe, there really is something wrong with me.

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    Oh i know it would take many many relays and lots of long hours of work to make it open windows, turn on lights, etc.. i'm willing to do that, working with electronics and computers is what i like so i would probably enjoy it. thanks for all the input everyone.. i think i've found everything i'll need to build this and make it happen.. now just to buy it all.. lol

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