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    Hi! + What would you guys suggest?

    Hello, The name's NssOne. I'm looking to start my own carpc project soon for my 2001 Audi A4 and I would like some suggestions.

    Here's what I would like to do with it:
    Play MP3s of course
    Play DivX/XviD/DVDs
    Receive FM/AM
    Connect to home network/internet
    Play video game emulators (NES/SMS/Genesis)
    Have external A/V input (for Xbox or PS2)
    [I believe that's it]

    What I have figured out already:
    I already ordered a RadioShark
    I already have a solution for a slim-line USB slot loading DVD-rom
    What screen I'm planning on using (it's a touchscreen of course)
    I have (partially) figured out the USB/game controller aspect but I may need some help there.

    My questions:
    What pc set up should I get that would probably be powerful enough to do such things for the lowest cost? I'm thinking about purchasing a VIA solution from here but I'm not sure of how powerful the different boards are.
    Will WIndows 2000 work for this setup still? I already have a license for 2000 and I don't feel like purchasing an XP license just for this car. I would like to use Ubuntu but the problem is the fact that there is no interface software for the RadioShark for Linux.
    What quick shutdown/startup procedures have been produced? Anything that works with little time on waiting for the pc to shut down? Or anything that shuts down on its own like a car deck would? There's times I'm in and out of my car a lot.
    Is there anything I'm forgetting about?

    FYI:
    I am rather computer savvy.
    I don't want/need a GPS solution.

    I would really appreciate some feedback. Thank you for your time.

    Peace.

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    I'm a newb, but have done a ton of reading so far.


    here's my comments.


    a lot of people complain about the radio shark. but you already ordered it so /shrug.
    any PC you can build today will be powerful enough to play divx movies/dvds and emulate any of those systems.



    how do you plan on getting the sound from your cars PC to the speakers?

    How big of a screen do you plan on using.

    what size radio are you replacing? din size.


    if you have 5" in height or so to play with, the xenarc 7" touchscreen seems to be a very nice screen. Power is already regulated and if you have a camera or console hooked up to it, the screen will auto switch to that video source once power is on that video input. It bypasses the PC altogether.

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    Hi, thanks for the reply.

    I'm not sure of the DIN sixe of my car, it's probably Double DIN if I had to guess because it's a huge stock radio. I am already planning on getting the 700TSV and purchasing the headrest harness with it as well and using that to hold thescreen and make it a removable piece as well. The total height of my stereo's space is about 4.5" only though, but I think I can work something out to make it poke out a little bit.

    I never really thought about using the screen itself as a monitor for the auxilary video, I just figured I would do something with the PC itself.

    For the sound, I'm planning on buying an Ampie system from here, it will come with the wiring harness for the stereo and such already so that will be taken care of.

    Thank you for your reply again, I really appreciate it.

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    I'm unclear on something here.


    do you plan on keeping your stock radio and running the PC sound through it and putting the screen for the PC for the back seats?


    if that's the case, you already have AM/FM in your stock radio.

    double DIN would be 4". a din is 2". just fyi.

    To answer a few more questions of yours.


    windows 2K will work. although XP is more media freiendly and you can buy it for around $100 now.

    Just about any motherboard and CPU would work for what you are looking to do. I suggest doing a search on your car in the "show off" section and see what others have done.

    For power supply and shut off, the way I understand it an m2atx dc-dc power supply does it's own shutdown sequence, and can be done with the car off. so you dont have to worry. If you pic a motherboard with s3 standby, then it's even faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kireol View Post
    I'm unclear on something here.


    do you plan on keeping your stock radio and running the PC sound through it and putting the screen for the PC for the back seats?

    double DIN would be 4". a din is 2". just fyi.

    To answer a few more questions of yours.


    windows 2K will work. although XP is more media freiendly and you can buy it for around $100 now.

    Just about any motherboard and CPU would work for what you are looking to do. I suggest doing a search on your car in the "show off" section and see what others have done.

    For power supply and shut off, the way I understand it an m2atx dc-dc power supply does it's own shutdown sequence, and can be done with the car off. so you dont have to worry. If you pic a motherboard with s3 standby, then it's even faster.
    Thanks for our reply. I working on this carpc to replace my current stock radio (which I know will be a difficult task for my car). I've seen a couple of projects for cars around the same year as mine so I do have an idea of what an install would entail, albeit a somewhat faint one still since I haven't had a chance to really look at the guts of the dash.

    Thanks for your reply on the shutdown sequence as well. I was doing some searching on that subject in the forums and the results were all a jumble of recent or irrelevant matches and I got frustrated trying to dig through all of them to find out what I needed to know. I now understand about the power supply choices for the custom carpc builds.

    And it's good to know WIn2k will work because I'm probably sticking with it and not bothering with a license for XP.

    Thanks again.

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    no problem on the replys.



    I've noticed there are a few members on this forum that think "JUST SEARCH OMG SEARCH SEARCH YOU STUPID FRIKKIN NEWB SEARCH LKASJDLKASJDLKASJDLKADJS", but if you dont know what words to search on, their logic doesnt work. logic. heh. yeah.


    anyway, I dont think yours will be very hard, but here's some things to keep in mind along the way.

    Search on your cars model number. or a car similar. that's where I started. I searched on "dodge ram". looks like you've done this already, but that's the best I can recomend.

    Next, here's some basics to keep in mind.

    You have to get the sound to the speakers. well, you dont HAVE to, but to hear the sound you should .

    if you use a head unit in, stock or aftermarket, it's already hooked up to your speakers. so now you have to either use an FM modulator to get the sound to the speakers (not recomended) or you have to get it in wired. This is the method I am chosing to do. I'm replacing my stock head unit, with an aftermarket head unit with an auxillary input on the back.

    If you want to replace your stock head unit completly, then you will need to buy at least one amplifier. Unless yer seriously into car audio and know how what to get and how to install and tune in, I'd go to a car stereo store. at minimum best buy or circuit city. but even better to a store that exclusively does car audio. You'll need to go from (the car PC) to (your amps) to (your speakers)

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    Welcome noob

    just fyi, the ampie system rocks, i have 1, it does not come with the wiring harness for sound output, what u need is a cable that has an earphone jack connector that plugs into yr soundcard on one end leading to RCA connectors on the other that lead to an amp, they r widely available from any audio store and they r cheap or u cud just make yr own cable. goodluck with the project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slipmatt View Post
    Welcome noob

    just fyi, the ampie system rocks, i have 1, it does not come with the wiring harness for sound output, what u need is a cable that has an earphone jack connector that plugs into yr soundcard on one end leading to RCA connectors on the other that lead to an amp, they r widely available from any audio store and they r cheap or u cud just make yr own cable. goodluck with the project.
    Well, what are the wires hanging out of the back of the case in the picutres on this site? https://store.mp3car.com/PhotoGaller...=4#largerphoto
    They look like a wiring harness to me from what I've done in the past (I've installed at least 2 decks in my old cars on my own). Well, if not, then I'll probably find a way to get this working on my own or with the help of the car audio shop that's probably going to help me install the system.

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    lol - That's a wiring harness for the power supply....not for audio...can you pick out where the audio is on the back plate of the motherboard from those pictures?

    If not, I would let the shop help you, I would let them do the whole thing.
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