2000 Range Rover - the basics
So I am obviously new here with my first post. After reading for the past two hours I am so happy with what I have found... mp3car.com that is :nw: I am completely amazed at what some people do for fun! You guys certainly rock :rock:
I have been working for my company for 10 years. We design and manufacture custom PCs for vehicular market, mainly the emergency vehicle market. Our systems usually are installed by car stereo techs or auto techs. People that don't usually understand much about a PC, or we get IT people that don't know much about cars. I am commonly finding myself training people on how to "bridge the gap" and learn PCs or learn about cars. :nutz:
So getting back to the PC, we are currently in production on what we call the M5II. This system is a mobile PC that has:
*1.8 Intel PM processor
*4 USB 2.0 ports
*2 IEEE-1394 ports
*1 type 3 PCMCIA slots (or 2 type 2)
*3 Com ports on the external panel
*10/100 Ethernet port
*2 PS2 ports (keyboard/mouse)
*Audio in / Audio out on 2.5mm audio jacks
*Internal GPS (optional)
*Internal video card in order to input video on an RCA connector (optional)
*Power Control Module in order to shut the PC down in case of a low battery scenario or a timer based on the ignition switch.
We also have three different size touch screen displays to accommodate the police and fire customers. 8" 12" & 15" Please be aware that we design these displays (the entire PC for that matter) in a way that the average joe can install and maintain, so it needs simplicity. This PC is deployed into fleet vehicles (not personal cars) so they need to be rugged as well. Since we need to keep the price down we need to manufacture as few designs as possible to accommodate everyone. Our system runs off of the vehicle battery and is able to survive the voltage drop the car battery experiences when the V8 of a Crown Victoria starts cranking. It has been fun battling hard drive failures and temp extremes over the years. We manufacture our product with the temp specs of -25 to 65.5C.
I just installed one of our latest systems into my Range Rover so I can test the new product and to show customers the system and its versatility. By no means is this system on the level of the installations that I have seen in here, but I thought you might like to see anyway. I am obviously not on the level of most of you and my install is meant to showcase my product more than to customize the Range Rover, but comments suggestions, and ideas are certainly welcome!