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    2000 Nissan Altima Carlink System...

    Well, I've been lurking for a while and now it's time for me to start on my car pc journey. I'm not going to call it a Car PC because everytime I mention "car pc" to someone who doesn't know what it is, they look at me like I'm crazy. When you mention "CarLink" however, they think it's the coolest thing in the world. So I shall now refer to my "car pc" or "carputer" as CarLink. It's funny how the average consumer buys into technology phrases, terminology. I also have a little bit of a marketing background so I tend to know what works and what doesn't.

    I am driving a 2000 Altima. There are very few CarLink-type systems in 2nd generation Altimas. Hopefully, this install will provide some support to those with these models.

    CarLink's purpose:
    Navigation (Iguidance)
    MP3 Playback
    Video Playback
    DVD Playback
    Phone operation
    Weather reporting
    Web browsing
    Picture viewing
    Integration with my HomeLink unit (Kitchen PC)

    Ultimately, I would like to add OBD-II.

    Hardware Specs (everything marked with an X is what have to buy):
    M10000 Mobo
    1 GB PC2100 RAM X
    100 GB 2.5" IDE HD X
    Engenius USB WIFI w/antenna
    M-2 ATX PSU
    Liteon Slim DVD R/RW Drive
    Two (2) 2.0 USB Hubs X
    DWW-750 FM Monitor
    Solarius GPS Bluetooth Receiver (can be used as USB as well)
    Targus USB bluetooth adapter
    Ampie Case
    USB Thumb Keyboard X
    angled mini microphone to be attached to monitor X (can be found here http://cgi.ebay.com/Angled-Mini-Micr...QQcmdZViewItem)
    Sony Xplod Speakers (yeah I know they're not great, but whatever...my stock speakers were fully blown)
    Hopefully Griffin Powermate


    Software Specs:
    Windows XP Pro
    Roadrunner with LSXVoid 2.0 skin
    Iguidance 3.0 (or latest version)


    NOTES
    One USB Hub will be placed in the back and will control the GPS, touchscreen function of monitor and WIFI. The other hub will be placed in the front, middle arm rest area and control the DVD drive, bluetooth, powermate and USB Thumb Keyboard. Also, the monitor (DWW 750-FM) comes with a 2.0 USB attached in the monitor for anybody who gets in your car and has a USB stick.

    The monitor is awesome. It serves as an amp which I can run the audio out of the pc to the audio in of the monitor which in turn will go to my speakers. There's also a 2.0 USB port on the monitor just in case your passenger wants to show you something from his USB stic and a headphone and microphone jack on the side of the monitor. With the headphone jack, a passenger can turn the monitor towards him and watch a DVD without disturbing the driver. I'll install that small angled microphone and use it for phone calls.


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    I have attached a diagram and a picture of my car. I recently backed into a wall and got a whole in my rear bumper. So this accident may give me an excuse to put a camera back there. I'll post pictures of the hole and ask people here what I should do with it.

    Please post questions and suggestions!

    Matthew Stover07

    P.S. I'm on yahoo! messenger at [email protected]
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    don't worry it's ok to call it a carpc here, we all kind of get the idea
    lol

    good luck on the project

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    make sure your usb hub can take the power load of all your devices. you might need to run a 5V line to it for power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacewaya View Post
    Well, I've been lurking for a while and now it's time for me to start on my car pc journey. I'm not going to call it a Car PC because everytime I mention "car pc" to someone who doesn't know what it is, they look at me like I'm crazy. When you mention "CarLink" however, they think it's the coolest thing in the world. So I shall now refer to my "car pc" or "carputer" as CarLink. It's funny how the average consumer buys into technology phrases, terminology. I also have a little bit of a marketing background so I tend to know what works and what doesn't.

    I am driving a 2000 Altima. There are very few CarLink-type systems in 2nd generation Altimas. Hopefully, this install will provide some support to those with these models.

    CarLink's purpose:
    Navigation (Iguidance)
    MP3 Playback
    Video Playback
    DVD Playback
    Phone operation
    Weather reporting
    Web browsing
    Picture viewing
    Integration with my HomeLink unit (Kitchen PC)

    Ultimately, I would like to add OBD-II.


    NOTES
    One USB Hub will be placed in the back and will control the GPS, touchscreen function of monitor and WIFI. The other hub will be placed in the front, middle arm rest area and control the DVD drive, bluetooth, powermate and USB Thumb Keyboard. Also, the monitor (DWW 750-FM) comes with a 2.0 USB attached in the monitor for anybody who gets in your car and has a USB stick.

    The monitor is awesome. It serves as an amp which I can run the audio out of the pc to the audio in of the monitor which in turn will go to my speakers. There's also a 2.0 USB port on the monitor just in case your passenger wants to show you something from his USB stic and a headphone and microphone jack on the side of the monitor. With the headphone jack, a passenger can turn the monitor towards him and watch a DVD without disturbing the driver. I'll install that small angled microphone and use it for phone calls.


    -----------

    I have attached a diagram and a picture of my car. I recently backed into a wall and got a whole in my rear bumper. So this accident may give me an excuse to put a camera back there. I'll post pictures of the hole and ask people here what I should do with it.

    Please post questions and suggestions!

    Matthew Stover07

    P.S. I'm on yahoo! messenger at [email protected]

    Well I had to make some changes:

    Hardware Specs (everything marked with an X is what have to buy):
    M10000 Mobo
    1 GB PC2100 RAM **Changed to 512 MB**
    100 GB 2.5" IDE HD **Changed to 80 Gig**
    Engenius USB WIFI w/antenna
    M-2 ATX PSU
    Liteon Slim DVD R/RW Drive
    Two (2) 2.0 USB Hubs **Changed to One (1) 7-Port hub powered
    DWW-750 FM Monitor
    Solarius GPS Bluetooth Receiver (can be used by USB as well)
    Targus USB bluetooth adapter
    Ampie Case **Changed to Black Morex case**
    USB Thumb Keyboard X
    angled mini microphone to be attached to monitor X (can be found here http://cgi.ebay.com/Angled-Mini-Micr...QQcmdZViewItem)
    Sony Xplod Speakers (yeah I know they're not great, but whatever...my stock speakers were fully blown)
    Hopefully Griffin Powermate
    **Decided to not go with this**
    KitLink Power!
    CarLink coming soon!

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