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    Trans Am CarPC?

    Well first off like anyone would be able to tell by me posting in this forum, I want to build a CarPC and put it in my Trans Am. Fabricating, getting things in posistion and making things look good will not be a problem! Getting a CarPC to do what I want is...Well since I am a newb and don't know much about them. I am basically looking to spend around $900-1100 on a CarPC and this is what I want it to do!
    -MP3 Playback
    -All forms of DVD playback/Video Playback
    -Incorporate OBDII
    -Decent Sound output
    -Power ON and Power OFF ability with Ignition
    -And that is about it for what I can think of right now.
    I will tackle this project alongside my new interior and speaker upgrade.
    I would like to know what I need to buy, hardware, software, cables, power supplies, and so on to get this thing kicking. Also knowing where to buy these products would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance for all the help and input.
    -97 T/A -Hooker LTs -ORYpipe w/ cutout -Slowmaster 80 -SLP Short stick and shifter -Strano 35mm Sway -Some other minor stuff

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    I would also like to possibly have bluetooth, wireless, ect.. Also if I get an AMP would I need to keep my head unit?
    -97 T/A -Hooker LTs -ORYpipe w/ cutout -Slowmaster 80 -SLP Short stick and shifter -Strano 35mm Sway -Some other minor stuff

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    A lot of the hardware you seek (if not all of it) can be found in the store section of this website. Various threads deal with the pros and cons of all the hardware you have available.

    Incorporate OBDII - http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/engine-management-obd-ii-engine-diagnostics-etc/
    Power ON and Power OFF ability with Ignition
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/power-supplies/
    All forms of DVD playback/Video Playback
    - Just make sure you have a good DVD player with good enough software and hardware to support it.
    MP3 Playback - LOL, this one goes without saying. A good audio player combined with the right front end software is essential.
    Decent Sound output
    - A good head unit or amplifier is essential.
    Also if I get an AMP would I need to keep my head unit? - You wouldn't NEED to, but it would require some knowledge of wiring audio. If you are running the sound card directly to an amp, make sure the sound card is high end. Generally, the factory sound card isn't up to the task of competing with a head unit. Or this is at least what I have heard from other users.
    Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

    Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
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    - Get compatible phone for mobilephone.net.
    - Facilitate HVAC control.

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