1997 Infiniti QX4 CarPC Install.
A little background about myself and the vehicle:
I am currently 16 years of age. I will soon turn 17 in May. I have been "playing" with computers from a very very early age. My parents bought me my first desktop at age five. The QX4 was purchased after I totalled my fathers 2000 Toyota Tundra. The accident was not my fault in any way (some idiot crossed stop traffic blind into my turn lane and bent the frame). My father has agreed to sell me the QX4 as soon as he can afford to purchase a new truck. I do not know when this will be. It could take up to two years so I could have a lot of "planning" time I am new to this hobby and do not fully understand how everything works. I joined a year ago and have been reading and reading on how these things work. If I post something that will not work or is stupid to even attempt please let me know in a polite way. Again I'm only 16. With that said lets get into what I wan't to do to this beast!
Minimum CarPC requirments:
I want the gig of ram because I don't like system lags. The small footpring is required because the rear seats will be folded down quite often. I am a drummer and even at my early age I have gigs around town often. My drumset will be located back here and I don't want the carpc to get in the way. The right side is just preference. There is a cargo bay on the right side in the rear of the SUV. I'm hopping I can either get an amplifier or the actual carpc inside of it. As for the 250GB hard drive well let's just say I have A LOT of music. On my home PC right now I have around 18GB's. I originally had 28GB's but my computer crashed and I had to reformat the hard drive.
- 1GB Ram (low profile)
- Small physical footprint
- Must be located on the right in cargo area
- 250GB HDD (lots of music)
Okay lets get down to some business
Items to be purchased for CarPC (links provided):
This is just for the initial install. I will add things like GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, ect. later. I want to get the actually computer in before I add things like that. I have built computers before and have come to the conclusion that you add the bells and whistles after you get your bare system up and running smooth.
Now a little about the audio in the car.
The stock system is a Bose "high quality" stereo system. I put quotes around that because I am not to impressed with its performance. Granted it is a ten year old car but I've heard better out of a stock system. I would like to replace all four speakers in the doors with some high quality Pioneer speakers. If any of you out there think I should use different let me know I have Pioneer speakers in my daily car that I use to drive back and forth to school right now they sound good to me.
Items to be purchased for Audio System:
I'm going to try, once I start installing, to be as detailed as possible without confusing people. I got a lot of useful information out of vladcarpc's worklog. He was clear about his actions and gave detailed photographs and diagrams. Thank you vladcarpc. I hope that other new hobbiests can use this worklog to tutor themselves.
Here is a diagram of what I will do.
(Made in Powerpoint)
I stole the general idea from vladcarpc's diagram. I like his setup so I think it's a good idea to use it
Now for a few pictures of the vehicle:
The exterior of the vehicle:
Here's the cargo area where I have decided to place the amp:
The cargo area measures:
Length (Left to right) at most narrow point = 9 inches
Height = 14 inches
Depth = 5 inches
That means the area of this cargo box is 630 cubic inches.
Hopefully plenty of space to get an amplifier in
Okay. I'm currently looking for a job. Once I get one I will start purchasing all the items I need to install. Maybe I can even talk my father into letting me tear into the QX4 haha. I seriously doubt it but it's worth a try. I'm going to make a drawing of the enclosure the computer will be in. I will mount the enclosure over the wheel well so I can still fit my drums inside the vehicle and fold the seats down.
Thanks for looking. I'll start posting as soon as I start working on this. I just thought I would post what I would like to do so people can either lend me guidence or critisize me.
Any input would be apreiciated!