Originally Posted by jbelle7435
First, READ THE FAQs. You will get most, if not all, your asnwers there.
Ae you talking about the new redesigned Civic? If not, then a search on the forums for your car will probably show you some install examples. If it is the new one, then you may have to determine the size of the opening below the radio, or you can post a pic. We might be able to tell you, HOWEVER, it is most likely at least a single din size.
You have to decide what you want the computer to do. Trust me, what I want it to do is probably very different from what you want it to do. Some people want DIVX, others don't. Some want to game, others don't, some want OBDII, well, I think you get the picture. Do some research, and you will see what these things can do. Then decide what you want, and pick your equipment accordingly.
The motorized lilliput you speak of will probably fit. There may be some modification of the radio/cubby hole bexel required, but it shouldn't be too bad. Also, I am not sure if the Lilliput is out yet, but check out the MP3Car.com store and DigitalWW.com for some options.
You can do on a carputer anything you can do with a desktop computer. Since there are TV cards available, then the answer is Yes, you can do TV, HOWEVER, there are problems with reception because the car produces interference, and antennas aren't as easy to install, and aren't as good as a home antenna. It can be done though. You also might need a slightly better computer to run one.
Not sure what you are talking about when you say "I heard the SVGA is better and can I use those motoriazed fold out (dvd, nav, tv, LCD)instead of VGA if possible to still use with the compuetr because in the end I want Winxp working in the car." We talked about the screen already. If you want to use your computer, your best choice, and perhaps your only choice, is one of the screens from MP3Car or DWW. What do you consider a " motoriazed fold out (dvd, nav, tv, LCD)instead of VGA" unit??????????? How would your Screen, assuming it is VGA and accepts the signals from a computer (is not Video/RCA) affect the operating system you use on your computer??????
Are you a computer person?? Sounds like you might not be. Perhaps you should consider some of the fine products that are complete units, and just bring them to an installer to install. Installation varies, depends on what needs to be done, how much the installer charges per hour, and how much he wants to rip you off for doing something special like installing a computer in a car. No one can tell you what that will cost with out knowing more about your car, and you system/setup.
Vibration is really not the main concern for placement of your computer, unless you routinely drive the Baja 1000 or something. The important aspects are heat and size/room. The trunk is great place since there is generally more room, and there is air to circulate into and out of the system. Under the seat is good to, but not every Motherboard and case will fit there. It depends.
Ya, you missed reading the FAQs and searching the forums.