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    New F150 plan...

    Hello everyone, I'm new to these forums and am planning on putting a pc in my new F150. Does anyone have a setup on 2005/06 F150? I would appreciate any help... mainly with working with the Lariat dash, etc.. thanks.

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    Options?

    I have the same interior in my '06 f150 except that mine is 4x4.

    Here are some thoughts that I have. PC goes in the console since its HUGE. Then either removing the factory radio and putting a touchscreen there or moving the heat/air controls in place of the cig. lighter (since I dont smoke anyway) and squaring off the oval edges and putting a "popup" touchscreen where the controls used to be.

    I even considered taking out the factory radio and putting a popup touchscreen and an aftermarket head unit in that huge gaping hole. I think all 3 options would work. Any thoughts on this?

    I thought about a drop down screen but it sits back pretty far and would cover the rearview mirror, but I guess I could put a 10" display and a CCD camera in the back window and us it as the rearview

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    Hmm... A 10" screen would fit in there huh? I was already considering purchasing a 7" lilliput with touchcontrols in place of the factory radio. Thanks for the input and let me know if you have any more ideas. Thanks.

    PS: I already have a P4 2.8GHZ with motherboard and 512MB Ram ready to install all the necessary software. Undecided whether to go windows or linux. Thanks.

    J

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    no a 10" wont fit in the dash.. but i will work as a drop down off the ceiling.. if you have the rails vs the sunroof.

    i am not a linix person.. I can use it but windows is just easier to use.. to me anway.

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    I do have the rails up on top. But i was measuring the dash and it seems a 10" will fit in there. Will have to cut a little on the sides tho. I was leaning towards windows also.... either Media Center edition or XP Pro. I mainly want it for DVDs, music, and GPS.

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    it's amazing what a little thing called search can reveal!

    2005 F150 Carputer

    and you might want to do a bit of research regarding running such a power hungry processor in a CarPC set-up....completely pointless....

    welcome btw!

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    It looks like that dash is just screaming for a screen to be installed in place of your head unit. You could quite possibly fit one of those "Super TM 868" touchscreens in that space although I do not know the exact dimensions I have been up close to the F-150 dash assembly and looks like it might be close if you trimmed the bezel. Then on the blank spots on either side of the cigarette lighter perhaps some USB ports or even relocate the cig lighter and put a disk drive in its place? Either way, that strikes me as an ideal dash because its so flat.
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    Red GTi: Thank you for the link and I also have a 1.7GHZ P4. Should I stay away from the P4? I have a couple of old 1GHZ AMD Athlon processors also.

    Eternal: Thanks, I will look into that screen. This is a great panel to install almost anything. The center console also is huge and can prolly hold all the pc parts to include a few HDs.

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    I'd suggest reading a LOT before you decide on a set-up or even start thinking about buying ANYTHING or thinking about tearing appart your car.

    I'll give you a hint...those of us who have gotten this hobby to be successful for in car use, spent MONTHS reading before we ever did anything.
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