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    I wanna hear about your CarPC system builds

    A lot of forums I have been on has a thread where people post up what they have and the modifications they've done. I wanted to start a thread for people to put up a detailed build of their CarPCs. I figured this would be awesome for others looking to do a build. I know I am starting a CarPC project and am curious to see what components, front end, and apps people have used on theirs. Below is the general plan I have for mine.

    Car: 2008 Dodge Caliber/1999 Dodge Durango (May find a way to use same pc for both vehicles)

    Purpose
    Multimedia center (XM, iTunes, AM/FM/HD radio, DVDs, Movies, Pictures)
    Control electronics through USB relay board (Emergency lights, Flood lights, Winch)
    Control Uniden scanner
    Amateur radio control for digital modes
    Track car maintenance
    OBD II capabilities
    Navigation

    Components
    ASRock QC5000-ITX Motherboard/CPU combo with aftermarket WIFI/Bluetooth chip (Purchased)
    Directed AM/FM/HD kit w/MSJ cable (Purchased)
    1TB SSD (Not yet purchased)
    Same case and screen as E1iO Computer (Purchased)
    KMtronic 8 relay USB board (Not yet purchased)
    M4-ATX-HV psu (Purchased)
    Sirius XM radio (Future add on)
    GlobalSat MR350P-S4 Serial GPS Receiver (Not yet Purchased)
    JoyCon Steering wheel controls (Considering)

    Software
    Centrafuse (FrontEnd)
    iTunes
    Parallel Desktop

    OS
    Considering a Mac OS with Windows 7 running on Parallels in order to use Messages for text and iPhone hands free interface. Been playing with the combination on my laptop and may work really well since Centrafuse is having issues with the new iPhones. Might be a good round about way of addressing the iPhone compatibility issue.

    Figured this would be an interesting project to experiment with. I am basically trying to build a control center for my car where I can do everything from one point. Let me know if anyone has any suggestions. I know once I get a rough install and start playing with the configuration I will be asking about iTunes embedding and fixing apps.

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    Hi. And welcome to forum. I have built a few carpc's myself. There was this Honda I went COMPLETELY overboard with..

    http://www.mp3car.com/show-off-your-...me-tuning.html

    I learned a lot from this build. And I exploited every feature that my carpc build could offer. I got an industry leading(intel) ssd and a quad core processor to make it boot fast, and in its own right it did. But I had the project for 4 years. and for that 4 years it kept evolving and changing and I kept trying to make better. Then I tried something different in my chevy uplander..

    http://www.mp3car.com/show-off-your-...4-1-carpc.html

    This was incredible to me. If you shut the car off watching a movie. when you turn it back on, it resumes. No struggling to get a radio, it is built in and works flawlessly. The big thing for me became to hunt specs for the head unit. sadly the name brands seem to be less than these pure android head units you can get on fleabay. When my Honda project got t-boned and I had to find a replacement project, This is the route I chose..

    http://www.digitalcorvettes.com/foru...d.php?t=248554

    I just hunted specs on the head unit. The one I got has 1024x600 res. a quad core processor and ddr3 memory. It has a bunch of usb ports and 2 micro sd card slots and it runs android 4.4 kitkat. unlocked by any manufacturer. it does whatever android does. For ~$350. And it installs like a double din stereo. And it is everything we could ever want out of a carpc.

    ...unless you need to run windows specific software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AutoWiz View Post
    I just hunted specs on the head unit. The one I got has 1024x600 res. a quad core processor and ddr3 memory. It has a bunch of usb ports and 2 micro sd card slots and it runs android 4.4 kitkat. unlocked by any manufacturer. it does whatever android does. For ~$350. And it installs like a double din stereo. And it is everything we could ever want out of a carpc.
    Nice find. The build quality on this head-unit looks like it's done well, especially for its price.
    Although I did notice the screen is glossy. How do you find that using it in a vehicle? I think I'd prefer a matte over gloss or some non-reflective coating...
    Also is Google Play Store available on these things or how do you go about getting 3rd party apps on them?
    Last edited by trippah; 01-11-2016 at 02:55 AM.

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    It is capacitive multi touch. makes for a much better image and touchscreen function than 4 or 5 wire resistive touch overlay. The trick to mounting these head units in a vehicle is to play with the mounting angle so that when you are sitting in the car looking at the screen it is not aiming upwards or above the level of the rear deck, or it will always be prone to glare. the 1024x600 screen with capacitive touch is the best screen I have seen on any auto head unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AutoWiz View Post
    It is capacitive multi touch. makes for a much better image and touchscreen function than 4 or 5 wire resistive touch overlay. The trick to mounting these head units in a vehicle is to play with the mounting angle so that when you are sitting in the car looking at the screen it is not aiming upwards or above the level of the rear deck, or it will always be prone to glare. the 1024x600 screen with capacitive touch is the best screen I have seen on any auto head unit.
    Yup, capacitive is the way to go.

    How is 3rd party apps downloaded on this thing? I've looked through YouTube but none of the vids I seen demos the API Installer which I'm presuming is the Google Play Store alternative for rooted devices such as this. Any chance you can record a demo of the API Installer, or let us in on how it works, how many apps are available..etc?

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