'02 Chevy Tracker: Trying a plan for once
Well, after some 6 long months of headscratching, reading forums, and trial and error, I've come to a conclusion...
I will be re-doing my whole install (just computer stuff).
I started with a headunit, 1 amp, subs, and stock speakers. Ran this setup for the longest time. Then 6 months I put a laptop in the trunk with a power inverter, and a usb powered touchscreen up front. I ran into so many problems with this.
1. Took the headunit out, hooked touchscreen/laptop up and laptop sound wouldn't go through the amp with lpf on or off. Tried amp in another car, nothing. Taking the headunit out killed the amp!? (maybe it was it's time, had it for 6+ years).
2. Put headunit back in for now till I got a new amp, head unit wouldn't turn on. Replaced the fuse and headunit turns on. Back to original setup but no amp so no subs at this time.
3. Found a cheap pair of subs that came with an amp from someone who used them in a truck. Barely fit in my trunk width-wise but they are shallow and larger size, so more room in trunk plus bigger/better bass :).
4. Hooked the new amp/subs up and they sounded much better than the oversized box/small subs I used to have.
At this point, my headunit is lost!? Lost!? How do you lose a headunit? (Found out after a while my fiance gave it to her mom since she thought we didn't use it)....
So, before I knew it was given away, I purchased a cheap replacement headunit, and turned out to have better eq controls, rca outs, aux in, etc than the old headunit. So it turned out ok I guess.
5. Now, I hooked the laptop up again and ran the sound through the headunit, success! It worked, I didn't think I would get to this point.
6. The excitement didn't last long as I tried to setup sleep/hibernate abilites to notice the tabs weren't there in power configs. Huh, how does something not have a hibernate option (oh well, I'll figure it out later, at least it's up and running so I can turn it on/off for now).
7. Made some small modifications and got touchscreen drivers/functionality to work. Rebooted the laptop and nothing on the touchscreen (Oh great!).
8. I guess the usb driving power/video/data wasn't a good idea but I'll get it to work. The usb needed an active extension cable and a powered hub to boot (it's working ok now).
9. Finally figured out the hibernate options, needed Lenovo proprietary software. Set all options needed in that, and couldn't hit the ok button (it was off the bottom of the screen and not enough screen area to move the window up to hit ok). Tried enter, but it cancelled the changes. Tried tabbing different amounts with enter, nothing.
10. Power options were driving me insane not staying how I wanted, power inverter was causing problems running laptop and usb hub, touchscreen was finicky even with powered hub, graphic problems and driver problems as well, problems I didn't want to deal with anymore...
So here we are today!
Already took the laptop, hub, and power inverter out of the trunk.
Spent today thinking abut system hardware.
1. Monitor: 7" vga/usb touchscreen (avg $150). Replaces the usb driven touchscreen which I could sell to offset some cost.
2. Mobo/CPU: AMD Dual Core, 3.0GHz, GeForce 6100 integrated video chipset for graphics. I think 6100, while outdated nowadays, will run pretty much anything I need to in the car. Rated at 65w. Mobo/cpu/heatsink/graphics for about $120ish, don't think it's too bad. http://www.cpusolutions.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=2027&idcategory=210
3. HDD: 2.5" sata drive ($39.99).
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...d=ITD&body=QA#. Shouldn't take more than 25 watts on average.
4. DVD: slimline external dvd drive. Average 25w.
5. RAM: 2x2GB ($48.99) http://www.cpusolutions.com/store/pc...1&idcategory=0. Shouldn't take more than 5 watts from what I've read.
6. Power: 250W M4 ($88). Should be enough to power usb devices as well as pc and monitor. http://store.mp3car.com/M4_ATX_HV_25..._p/pwr-042.htm
*Dual blue sound activated cold cathodes ($16). http://www.crazypc.com/products/PV1-8240B.html. I figured shouldn't be more than 10 watts max (still seems high).
*Blue led 80mm fans x2 ($6x2). http://www.crazypc.com/products/5870B.html. Accounting for 2 watts each.
2 sheets of plexiglass for case ($16). Local Lowe's hardware store.
At about 145ish watts and between $324 and $389 so far...
I left out quite a bit of stuff: OBDII, GPS, Wi-Fi, etc... At this point I am only planning to get up and running and add the other stuff later.
Word of caution I'm not a fabricator or anything even close to that, so I did what I could for a temp solution at the time on mounting a touchscreen...
Any comments/suggestions on hardware would be awesome. I won't be ordering anything for another couple weeks so I got a while to determine hardware. But once I get the money I want to be set to order :).
Edit: Updated some hardware/prices/links/etc...