Project Dellude: Started without help from here
OK, so... I started putting a computer in my car and I did not know about this site. I participate in other forums and was referred to here. I thought it would be great to get some feedback and suggestions especially on things to do from here.
OK, so here goes
I put a dell Dimension desktop 4550 in a 94 Honda Prelude. 15 inch LCD monitor in the dash. Using a 400W inverter to power it. I have Infinity speakers and subs with profile amplifiers. All wiring was redone for the audio. Running Winxp pro and using WMP. I installed the DVD drive where the old head unit was and the HDD in the storgae spot beneath. I then epoxied and bodoed the original case front to them. That is not done yet but it is close. But everything is functional and works great with no engine noise or road noise. The puter is located on the firewall on the passenger side just below the dash. you only lose about 4 inches of leg room.
I did not use a signal amplifier/vltage booster. I got adequate sound and quality for everyday listening. If I decide to compete with this then I for sure will. I also extended teh power button to the area by the dvd drive to turn it on that way. I have to turn the puter on and off just like a desktop and would like something more practical but I dont think you can because of the Dell factor. I have also not yet finished the rear dashboard(cover with vinyl), the amp rack(wiring neatness and cosmetics), and the computer cover(fiberglass work that will require more time than school, work, and a family will allow at the moment).
I did it all myself and will finish it by myself. I am big into car audio and had this dell laying around after I built my A64 rig. It also plays DVDs but that is more for show.
I would like to add a mini keyboard to the console are. There is a space in front of the binacle and below the shifter that one way fit. I put the mouse in the cup holder. I also like the 4.1 surround sound and may go to five. seven is a bit redundant especially in such a small space but my audio card has that capability.
It was suggested to me on another forum to add a front endWhat do they do and what is the advantage to just booting and clicking an icon if all I do is listen to music.
I dunno if I have left anything out but it will come to me hopefully if something is mentioned or the right question is asked. Oh, total is 3500 watts of current in the car.