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    Advice on double din radio needed, please

    Hello everyone, I've been following your community for some time now, and thought it would be the right time to register.

    I have a fourth gen Pontiac Firebird, to which I would like a new radio / DVD double din head unit. I would like to be able to watch DVD's, and navigation would be quite nice to have too. I think that a carputer would suit best for my needs, as I live in Finland and we have other region codes for the DVD's over here, but I wouldn't like to implant anything as a carputer into the car. Therefore I guess a double din radio with a screen and VGA input would be best, so I can hook up my laptop from i.e. the trunk when I need to use something from a computer, as GPS navigation.

    I have never implanted a computer into a car, so I don't know how difficult or hard it is, it may be easier than I think. I have quite advanced knowledge in assembling computers though, so that shouldn't be a problem.

    My budget for this is about 1200$, so now I ask you all to give your opinion on this, what do you think I should get?

    This system would replace my original radio unit, so therefore the carputer (if you think I should get one) would have to be able to play normal radio stations, as I enjoy listening to the radio on long trips.

    Here is an example of a head unit I have been thinking about buying, but I would have to find out a way to 'release' it from playing only Region 1 coded DVD's as we have Region 2 here. I e-mailed Crutchfield about this, but they replied that atleast they don't know of any way to do it.

    Ken

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    Hi dude... nice bird too...

    I live in Funland too... Anyway i think ur budget might be enough for nice carputer, if u spend it wisely. I doubt buying this kenwood thingy is among smartest options u have. I dont know unit in question... but is clear it cant challenge general purpose carputer.

    Now theres many ways u can install carputer... when i build my first implementation few months ago... i didnt know anything about cars really before hand... so my priorities where: not to make any installations which i couldnt remove and recover to original state... and keep expenses at minium cause i just wanted to try out the hobby at first. I had tablet computer and didnt take long to get an idea to use it... so i just needed to build simple mount and connect it to headunit and arange some extra power for it. That is my setup very easy for beginner... surely looks bit like cop car but so far ive been pleased with it... However since im getting into hobby im really interested to do better implementation later time and have been trough forums and literature a bit...

    So u have double din... well instead of that kenwood monster get 1 DIN xenarcs flipout touchscreen. Leave current headunit or get new one with AUX input into other DIN. Put VIA EPIA 12000 mainboard into some box and hide it into trunk, arange extra battery for it, and then get extra goodies as much as budget allows. Install CF or RR into it and enjoy driving.

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    Hello Pervert Bear, and thank you for your reply. I have been looking at the ready built carputers here in the Mp3car.com store, and something like that would maybe be a quite good alternative with an external touch screen monitor. The stock head unit does have an AUX in, so I could even keep it. How hard is it to connect the computer to the car, and do I need a second batter or is the one enough? What do I need to connect one of those ready built systems to my computer, and about how much would it cost? What about the power inverters, and how could I connect it so that the computer would turn on and off as you turn on and off the car?

    I would like to be able to get back the 100% factory look, without any screw holes and such. Therefore I would prefer a double din monitor, but a carputer would be very nice though

    Ken

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    I'm just now finishing my Car Computer install in my double DIN Buick Century. I am using a Xenarc 7" TSV and using an adapter made by www.humount.com for $95.



    I'll upload some pictures later this weekend. I used a Travla C134 case, SP13000 mobo, DVD slot loading burner, SATA 5400rpm 80GB HD, and 512MB DDR400 memory, and an M1-ATX power supply. I also had to have an audio amp installed--I'm using a Boss Chaos 350, and the M1-ATX has a remote power (anti-thump) switch to start the amp when the computer is on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDumas
    I'm just now finishing my Car Computer install in my double DIN Buick Century. I am using a Xenarc 7" TSV and using an adapter made by www.humount.com for $95.



    I'll upload some pictures later this weekend. I used a Travla C134 case, SP13000 mobo, DVD slot loading burner, SATA 5400rpm 80GB HD, and 512MB DDR400 memory, and an M1-ATX power supply. I also had to have an audio amp installed--I'm using a Boss Chaos 350, and the M1-ATX has a remote power (anti-thump) switch to start the amp when the computer is on.
    Oh, that sounds really interesting, looking forward to se the pictures. I wonder if the Humount adapter would fit my Firebird too, it isn't in the list, but it may still fit. About how much did you pay for that computer setup and power adapter?

    Good luck with your project

    Ken

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    Hi Ken,

    Got it done this weekend. Here's the link to my install pictures of the completed project.
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...058#post681058

    Diane~

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDumas
    Hi Ken,

    Got it done this weekend. Here's the link to my install pictures of the completed project.
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...058#post681058

    Diane~
    The pictures didn't load, but from what the car looks it just have to look awsome. Will check back later and see if I could see the pictures

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    Try that link again.. the pictures should load for you. Thanks for the nice comments!

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