Lexus IS200 Car PC Advice and Help!
Newbie here from the UK! Please let me know what you think of my plans for my Carputer. The system is to go in my Lexus IS200.
My main intention for building the Car PC is for Navigation and Movies. I have been a reader of these forums for almost 1 year – just now it seems systems are go for the Carputer!
I intend to put the screen in the factory Sat Nav housing (if I can get the housing cheap enough!)
I have been slowly collecting components:
7” Xenarc Touch Screen TFT
Pansonic Slimline slot DVD/CDRW
150W Opus DC-DC PSU
Gyration RF Compact Keyboard/Mouse
P4 2.4Ghz 533FSB CPU
MSI Bluetooth Dongle
512Mb Crucial DDR400 Ram
120Gb 3.5” HDD
Old Cheap Mobile for PAYG GPRS
Digital TV Tuner Card (Radio Maybe) -at a later stage
USB GPS Receiver
Micro ATX Motherboard
Case (may try something out of Plexiglass)
Sound card – maybe integrated sound card is better option?
FM Modulator (crap I know – but the car has no Aux-in)
Reversing Camera (Can hook up to input-2 on the Xenarc and power from reversing light)
Centra Fuse (Looks Amazing and seems to run the most reliabily for me)
Map Monkey (Looks Great, but in testing not sure of routing quality)
Co-Pilot 8 UK (when released)
Regarding the sound a few members on the Lexus Owners Club UK are working on a plug-in Aux-in adapter – some hopefully the FM Modulator will only be short term.
Now I know that the CPU is abit overkill - but I pulled it out of an old system of mine where the motherboard screwed up, so I may as well use it if I can.
I would rather use Micro-ATX then ITX because I can afford the loss in space and that MicroATX parts are cheaper and easier to upgrade.
I know that the best resolution is 800 x 480 for a carputer. Anybody know of any MicroATX motherboard onboard grapic chip that can do this – or would powerstrip be able to do it?
I am also concerned about power. Maybe a semptron CPU would be better? Seems to run cooler then the P4.
Thanks in Advance!