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    Carputer Plans - A few questions

    I found out that I can get a decent AM/FM tuner for a carputer from the MP3Car store, though i'm not 100% sure that it will work with Australian frequencies yet?

    So what i've got left to work out is:

    Where to find a decent motorised in-dash touchscreen?

    And being that i've found that tuner i'll run the system without a headunit, so i'll need to use amps, (i'm getting a new amp for my sub so i'll move my current sub amp to my front speakers (my rears would still be an amped though so i'd need to get a small 2 channel amp or get a 4 channel amp and replace my current 2 channel).
    Now if i'm going to run with a headunit how can i do i control the volume (I know i could do it on the computer but i'd prefer to have a hardware volume control ) Do i use a preamp for this? How can i do such SQ things as time alignment, crossover, etc Do i use a processor such as the alpine hx701 (i think thats the code)?

    Is there any new gps software based on Destinator PN yet? I have got both destinator 3 and PN for my pocket PC and i have found PN to be much eaiser to use. But i've never used any of the front ends for carputers yet (freedrive and mapmonkey)

    I'm not currently aware on any methods to allow dual zone entertainment... I'd like to be able to have it so that i could be using gps software or listening to music in the front, and the rear passengers could be watching a DVD or playing a game. I don't want to have to drag the window from the front screen to the rear screen each time. I guess an easy "cheat" way would to get a PS2 or Xbox for the rea, and have multi source monitors where the back passengers just select which source they want to watch. That would give DVD and gaming capabilities but they wouldn't have all the pc features. Is there any other way?

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    yes on the alpine 701. There are other options. I suggest searching the car audio forum. We have discussed the various options in there.
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    bump...

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    decent motorized ts? check the sites store: http://store.mp3car.com


    and I'll say this again. The questions that you have asked have been answered in the car audio sub forum....perhaps you are having trouble finding that forum? how about I link you to it: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/car-audio/

    The FAQ emporium would even be a good place to spend some time, I'll even link you there: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/the-faq-emporium/

    This is not a hobby that you can just jump into and be done with in a day. This hobby requires a good deal of time and research.
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    I want to know why he bumped his own thread after lying dormant for six months...
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Ok, the reason i bumped it (I probably should have put more info...), is i am now finally at the stage of building my carputer... I just bought and received my touchscreen yesterday. I ended up picking up a Digital World Wide In-Dash Motorised Screen (DWW-700M) from an Aussie Car Audio forum...

    Also I now have a Pioneer P6850 (Aussie version of the 6800) which has 3 RCA Pre-Outs and I have also got a RCA input (via the P-Bus). I have also now got a monoblock amp running my sub and a 4-channel amp running my fronts only atm (need another RCA lead to hook up the rear's to be amped)(rears are running off the headunit)

    Now I guess I am still considering maybe getting a 701 and the RUX controller to replace my headunit and then have a decent EQ, X-Overs, Time-Allignment etc...

    My question still remains about the GPS Software... I have successfully setup MapMonkey on my laptop using the destinator 3 maps, but i was wondering if its possible to use the PN Maps as they are alot more up to date...

    And the dual zone entertainment question still remains...

    Has there been any break throughs for AM/FM radios that work well for carputers? I saw a "Radio Shark" bty Griffin that gives AM and FM radio for computers I am wondering if anyone has had any success with these in cars? If i could find a good solution for AM/FM radio i would feel totally comfortable removing my headunit...

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    good god man....all of this information would have been really helpful instead of just bumping our own thread without this info.
    Jan Bennett
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