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    N'CTRL needs your help...help him put together his car PC..!!

    Make it like you're teaching a 4 year old girl to put one together. Ok, make that a barely 18 school girl, but don't get too distracted.

    Anyway, that pretty much describes the level I am on. I don't have a huge clue about how to build/assemble/create one. I have been planning one and reading about them for months now, so I guess I have a general idea.

    That said, I have a 2002 WRX, and plan on running the Xenarc touchscreen and Opus power supply (but 90W or 180W ). Other than that, I think a 60G or 80G lap top hard drive should be sufficient, but where to get one?

    What programs to I use? I want to run a GPS set up as well.

    Those who know the WRX, I'd like to mount everything behind the screen in the space where the double din radio was. I think I can do this on my own using the factory chassis, but help me pick my parts. I also want to run a slim load DVD/CD-R drive and maybe two USB ports behind the glove box.

    I am very hands on and can fabricate things, so that isn't an issue.

    I also, if at all possible, would like to run the factory speakers, what's the easiest way to do this?

    Ok, all that said folks, line up the parts for me.
    If it's at all possible, a place to get them would be cool to. I have a friend that works at CompUSA so I get discounts there as well.

    Here is a diagram of what I know so far, it's poor, but it works.


    TIA

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    Also, I don't want to run an aftermarket head unit. Is there a way to still get the local radio stations?

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    You can buy alot of the parts you need online. You'll probably find better deals online than at CompUSA. A good place to start is the mp3car store and ebay.

    Which program/frontend you use all depends on what feature your looking for. I suggest you download all of them are try them out and see which one you like.

    You can use your factory speaker without buying an new headunit. If your current head unit has an aux in you could use that to get the audio from the computer. If not you could use a 4 channel amp to get sound to the speakers.

    I suggest you read up a little more, there is alot of information here and you will find your answers easily. See if you can find the answers you are looking for, if you can't then try to post more specific questions.
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    Ok, thanks.

    I have no problem ordering online.

    I ask here because I know there's a few people who have done what I'm looking to do on their WRX.

    As for the speaking thing, I've heard of using a 4 channel amp. I just have to figure out how to hook it up I guess. I can't use my stock head unit as that's where the screen and hard ware will be.

    Another thing i'm confused by is how to power the carputer? Where/how do I source it.

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    Prepare to get flamed. I will refrain this time because you are a lost cause.

    Edit: Ah ****it. What the hell. Your gonna have to invest a **** load of time into this. DO NOT ask someone to do all the work for you. Before I ever posted I downloaded all the software. Yes everyone of them. And ran them on my home pc just to see what each one included. I suggest you do that. The rest is up to you. Find the model you want, then go to http://www.froogle.com and find the lowest price. I really doubt you will ever get that far so this is probably a waste of time for me. But oh well. How the hell do you think you could use your stock speakers? Get an amp and hook it up - thats how. This is a very expensive hobby so unless your prepared to spend a lot of time and money, dont attemp it. Is it just me or does it seem that there has been a tremendous influx of these type of posters lately? Did someone post this website on an MTV show or something to bring in all these people? Something must have happened.

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    You can still use your stock head unit even if your putting the screen in its place. You can relocate it somewhere else like your glovebox. It depends on how much money you want to spent. It may be cheaper to use your stock head unit, but it may be easier to hook up a amp to the speaker.
    Take a look here. HOW TO: Get sound from PC to Car Stereo / Amp

    To power the carputer, you already mentioned the opus. You hook up the car battery to the opus and connect the opus to the computer like a regular power supply.

    Read up in the newbie sections alot of your question have alread been answered.
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    get a ready made small pc like mine hack it up fab it how u want and stick it in ur center console :-D

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    I got a nice plexi carputer for sale
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    Quote Originally Posted by slappy
    Prepare to get flamed. I will refrain this time because you are a lost cause.

    Edit: Ah ****it. What the hell. Your gonna have to invest a **** load of time into this. DO NOT ask someone to do all the work for you. Before I ever posted I downloaded all the software. Yes everyone of them. And ran them on my home pc just to see what each one included. I suggest you do that. The rest is up to you. Find the model you want, then go to http://www.froogle.com and find the lowest price. I really doubt you will ever get that far so this is probably a waste of time for me. But oh well. How the hell do you think you could use your stock speakers? Get an amp and hook it up - thats how. This is a very expensive hobby so unless your prepared to spend a lot of time and money, dont attemp it. Is it just me or does it seem that there has been a tremendous influx of these type of posters lately? Did someone post this website on an MTV show or something to bring in all these people? Something must have happened.
    Calm down buddy. Don't need to get all wilded up. If you don't feel like helping then don't. I'm not saying you need to spoon feed people, but instead point them in the right direction so they can find there answers. There no need to discourage people from picking up a good hobby.
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