Carputer TIME!! please HELP!!
Hey guys new to the board here.. now i did some searching before this post of the thread, and found some great knowledge, I have experience and a Degree with Computer Science, so i can catch on pretty quick.. anyhow here is my question basically.
I want to run a carputer, in my 330ci.. I am going to purchase the Touch screen from ebay, and have one of the guys over at e46fanatics to hopefully be able to build me a bezel for the screen...
Well I am fairly new to the whole mini-tx mobo's as i have not really touch base with this type of product, so i need some help/suggestions from you guru's of these carputer..
I am basically on a small tight budget, hoping to only shed 700-800$ at most for this carputer setup.. The screen alone, should set me back $200 if i get the right price on it..
so about 600$ to spend on the actual brain of the carputer... I have spare DDR 512mb memory laying around, and i can get a 160gig for roughly $120 (IDE) but i can always count on my spare 80gig, i have to in order to save extra cash..
I went to my local Fryz electronics today to see if they have any minboards , well they dont really have much of an array of mini mobo's to select from, they actually have a mini. mobo, 1.0ghz with a1 PCI slot, 1 DDR slot, for $179.. So i am thinking on purchasing this for the core start of the carputer.. Is this a good buy ??
What a low expense, but still function great power supply should i purchase, I am guessing the OPIUS brand from the info. i was able to gather from the search ?? Need something with some type of shutdown timer, dont want to really turn the key off and just automatically shut down the carputer is there something that can put the carputer into hibernation, say if i just park the car to go into the store ?? (obviously i will turn the carputer off when not using for long periods of time, in order to save battery life)
So i have read that i can wire the carputer into the stock Car Amp, that way I would not need to have a Headunit on board to control the audio ?? One thing I was not able to find was the Product/Item I would need to basically use the speaker output jack on the mobo to have a direct hookup to the stock Amp ?? Is there such a device that can do this, or would i have to hack and splice some wires and build my own ??
so the mobo of course has one free PCI slot, the mobo has onboard video so what would be the best option to fit on the empty PCI slot ?? I was thinking maybe a USB expansion, because you cant have enough usb ports :) ...
I have spare Wireless USB adapters.. but i dont think signal strenght from a USB adapter would be that great ?? in this case should i Go with a Wireless PCI adapter, and have some type of external antenna mounted outside the vehicle that can pickup broadcast signal with a 1/4 mile radius ??
Bluetooth is a must, since i have the Cingular 8125 it would make it easier for me to transfer files from my phone to carputer.. Plus I was wondering, maybe through bluetooth I can use my 8125 as an external modem, and have it connect to the GPRS network and use that as my alternative Internet Connection ??
Wireless Peripherals would include Keyboard and Mouse.. For easier navigation when web browsing and so on..
Well the mobo has two IDE slot, one will be for the Hard Drive, and the other Secondary for the DVD/CD drive... ?? Now what would you guys prefer me go with, an INternal Drive or a External ?? The carputer will be mounted in the rear TRUNK.. I was thinking going with external USB drive, because i can run a externed USB cable from trunk to the glove box and have the drive in the glove box that way less hassle when wanting to change cds/dvd's... thoughts an suggestion on this ??
I have contacted my local Audio guys that i have done business with in the past, about labor cost and they say they will charge me $150-$200 for the labor.. i think its pretty decent cost, yes ??
Only reason i would not install the carputer myself is due to the fact of lack of knowledge when it comes to Audio Components and wiring and taking apart my vehicle.. I dont want to waste extra time if i dont have to or break things inthe process .. ???
Well basically that is my whole rundown of the carputer, please any SUGGESTIONS and Inputs are greaty appreciated I would like to get this done right the first time around and save as much money as possible :) ...
Oh ya, and hopefully I have posted this Thread in teh correct Category, My apologies if it has to be moved/towed to a more suitable Category.. Thanks