The install was fairly easy, since I have torn this car apart in the past for the remote start alarm and the stereo. The toughest part was deciding where to install the touchpad. I found a convenient place in the center column where I could hide the wires and mounting bracket, fabed it up and installed. The best part isÖ I can un-install every bit of this computer without a trace (all mounting holes are concealed)
The design called for power and video to the screen. The screen requires component video input so I found a 25ft 3 signal RCA cable with a video cable (much better RF shielding that audio). And in one of the audio runs I ran the 12V to power the screen. A few connectors, brackets and screws later she was ready to go.
One thing I wanted was a dedicated powered USB hub at the front for any peripherals I wanted to attach. That required a 12V to 5V converter, and a good spot for it. The armrest provided a great location. I mounted the hub to the lid with room for flash drives, iPod and mini external hard drives.
While I was at it I installed a dedicated line for the iPod as well. No more adapters just clean sound.