I've been wanting to do this for years, and am finally in a position where I have the time and money to tinker with it. So here goes.
I haven't actually bought anything yet but have been doing alot of research and this is what I'm looking at to get me started.
Screen: Lilliput 629GL with 3M Capacitive Touch Module
Mobo: Intel BOXD510MO Nixed that board. I still like it, but I like the ZOTAC NM10-A-E better
Video Card: VisionTek Radeon X1300 (No need anymore found other options)
Memory: Corsair XMS2 Also changed this, to PNY Optima I know more memory means longer boot time, wanna know how much different it really is and if I'm willing to sacrifice that time for overall performance.
Boot Drive: OCZ Vertex Turbo (Went with This on a newegg daily deal)
Storage Drive: Western Digital Scorpio 500gb
Bluetooth: Some random USB dongles that I got off Ebay a while back. Bought a bunch cause they were only 25c + 5.00 grouped shipping they work great surprisingly.
GPS: Yup you guessed it BU-353
Wifi: Intel 4965 mini pci-e No need, new board has built in wifi.
Power: M4 ATX 250W No need for as large a power supply as the video card is gone now, and the power draw of the Zotac board has low draw too.
Radio: Caught a lucky deal on ebay for the now labeled HDCC300 Visteon Zoom HDZ300 for 1/3 of what they are going for regular now so I had to jump on it.
Front End: Centrafuse
Like I said, I've been doing research for a long time, so I doubt this will change much, but wouldn't be surprised if it did(nope not surprised at all). What I'm looking for the most is anyone's input/suggestion on the video issue. I'll probably start ordering all the parts next week and then the fun begins.
Can you do HDMI instead of S-Video? HDMI would give yourself a lot of options of boards with integrated HDMI and you wouldn't need to worry about the S-Video/power draw then.
I thought of that as well but finding a drop down LCD with HDMI input seems to be as difficult as finding a good mobo with composite out. Well it's more so the fact that manufacturers say 2 Video inputs, and then leave you to guess what format those inputs might be. Reasonable assumption is that they are Composite, but no guaranty.
any of the converters are going to draw a considerable amount of power also...and for the price of a good quality one you might as well get a screen with a vga or dvi input.
OK so finally things have started to move along. I stopped being so picky, and I ended up going with the ZOTAC NM10-A-E. I like the built in options on it, and the expansion options. So no more need for the video card.
I also found a drop down LCD with VGA input. It's on the large size....let me rephrase that, it's fricken huge at 19", but I think if I place it right it won't be too bad.
The Capacitive Touch Screen came in today. It got here extremely fast as it only shipped from Miami to Tampa. The 7" Lilliput should be here on Wed-Thursday as well as the rest of the components and I can get this party started.
Stopping by to rant for a second. I hate to stereotype but all cables are WHORES. No matter how hard you try to manage your cables if you miss one tiny thing they will make sure they intertwine themselves with each other in the throws of insulator, conductor passion. /endrant
So I've been thinking randomly a bit (this is what I do) and what came to mind is creating a circuit that while the power was applied to the Carputer would move cool air into the center console, where I will be placing the bulk of my hardware, and out the other side. However once the Carpc was shut down, one of the fans reversed and the purpose of the fans was to move all the air out of the center console, since in a DC motor reversing the spin is only as much as reversing polarity.
I don't have a extremely solid grasp of thermodynamics, but my hope is to cut at least a couple degrees for these hot South Florida summers.
As I'm typing this though I'm starting to think of reason's why this would be a bad idea in a car setup as far as power and grounding are concerned, it will be a challenge.
While I do like a challenge, does anyone have the knowledge in thermodynamics to let me know if it's worth it or not? I'm planning on going with at least 80mm fans 120mm if my center console will accommodate fans that large, will probably check tomorrow. Right after I take the 30+ min drive to go pick up the Andrea mic array and 5 pin connectors for the capacitive touch screen that UPS thought a mailing address of Secord Ave was equivalent to 102nd Street North.
So far behind on posting on this thread. The large portion of my install is done now, my camera failed me and I was too impatient to wait to get a new one. This thread is going to get a rush of pictures once I get my new one trying to make up for it. The biggest thing I personally would have to say about my install is that I wish I would have gone with something other than the m2-atx for power. Currently I am manually, because the PS will not do it automatically, having to turn on the PC, and unplug the wire so the PS will not shut down about a minute after turning it on. As well as insuring the power on/off wire is disconnected when I get out the car so I don't walk out to a almost 3 ton dead weight in the morning. At first I thought it might just be me but after some googling it seems like it's a common problem. I could always put it in "Dumb" PS mode....but why use Helen Keller when you paid for Whitney Houston (before Bobby B.). Ultimately what has happened is the m2 randomly decides when to power up and power down. I'm looking into and praying to all the is holy in this world that it is just a firmware hickup and that I can find a way to reflash without too much hassle.
My friends see me putting a computer in my car and ask "Why?". I saw there was no computer in my car and asked "Why not?" - Ripoff of Robert Kennedy