Hi to all you carputer hobbyists. I have though about this hobby for a long time and have decided to jump into it finally. I would like to get recommendations from expert carputer people. I have and read the Car PC Hacks book (nice reading) and a budget of $1300 which can strech to $1500 but hope it won't have to.
First of all, I have included 3 pictures of my car to show you where things will go. This will give you a better idea of what I am trying to do. The radio will be replaced with the lilliput 7" LCD screen. If you have any other screen that might be better, let me know please. I will put a USB hub where the XM radio thing is. My carputer will be in the trunk, unsure where yet. I am also hoping to somehow put a CD/DVD player in the center console which you should see in picture #3. If I have enough space where the USM hub goes, I will put it there instead.
My carputer will be used for gaming(PS2 emulation, NES emulation, etc.), MP3 storage and playing them, FM radio, Navigation, on board diagnostics, DVD Playback, TV Viewing, and any other cool thing this thing can do.
With this in mind, I would need a carputer to handle this. I am not really sure what to get. This is where I would like recommendations. I can build the computer from scratch if this will save me lots of money.
I also have 2 amplifiers and 2 subs. One amplifier powers my 4 speakers and the other my 2 subs. I will be getting rid of my head unit completely so I will depend on the carputer for radio.
I will be starting everything from scratch which means i have no spare parts. Everything will have to be bought.
Please let me know what I need. My alternator is 100Amps. I also have a cig. lighter adapter in the trunk. Your recommendations will bring me from 0% complete to at least 5% :-). Progress is great.
P.S. If anyone lives in Western Washington please let me know and maybe we could hook up and you can help me that way.