Paper carputer system, how's it look?
Ok, I've been lurking on this forum for weeks now. And I've learned a ton. I've put together a system on paper I think will work well for my needs. Need some advice though before I drop ~$2000. Questions/concerns are in bold.
Goals - Smooth operation of the following
1. Mp3 playback
3. Wireless Internet
6. reverse and front mounted camera's
7. OBDII interface
Here's how I plan to acheive these abilities.
1. the carputer - bought here from mp3car store
MP3Car Custom Car Computer (3688)
- Build Build & Test
- Motherboard VIA EPIA MII12000 Mini-ITX Mainboard Q1 - does this include 2 or 4 USB ports?
- Hard Drive 2.5" Hard Drive 80GB Samsung 5400rpm
- CD/DVD Drive Teac 24x Notebook CD-ROM (refurb)
- Memory Ultra Low Profile 256MB DDR RAM
- Bluetooth Linksys USB Bluetooth
- Operating System None (I have xp here at home)
- Keyboard None
- Monitor Xenarc 700TSV (Black) Q2 - can I just hook this up off my Headunit's power, or does this require a regulated power supply?
- Sound Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS (/w MII12000 only)
- Wireless Linksys USB Wireless G
- P1900 140 watt power supply + P5v module to power computer, usb hub and external dvd drive. Q3 - how does this connect to the computer? soldering involved? will it be compatable?
- 1 gig Ram Q4 - Is this overkill? would 512 be enough?
- external dvd/cd drive
*Q5 - if anyone has a suggestion of what dvd drive to get, please post, I'd prefer it's dimensions to be 6"x6"x2" to fit under the headunit
- USB hub- number of ports to be determined when I know how many usb ports come with the computer.
- BU - 303 USB GPS receiver
- IGuidance seems to be the best program for me as it has voice recognition
4. as far as the OBDII and camera options. I just need to know that my base system will be upgradeable in the future to add these.
5. I still need to do a little more research as to what front end I want to use.
6. Various Cables
- Mic to RCA connection to headunit
- Lots of USB extension cables.
Q6 - If the computer only comes with 2 USB ports, Should I scrap it and go with something else. I don't think up to 8 devices connected via USB to 2 ports will be very smooth.
how's it look? any suggestions to improve the system? Anything I'm overlooking or not doing right?
Thanks in advance