Re: Car-puter. Two months later... :)
Walkinshaw: Thanks for the ideas the voice activation thing will DEFINATELY be the next thing I try.
I built the system as CHEAPLY as possible. Believe it or not the WHOLE system EQ, Inverter PC, screen, Hard Drive, TV-OUT Card, SUB Amps, Speakers, Keyboard, Remote WHOLE THING! Cost me UNDER $1000!!!!
The screen is not of the best quality i bought it from E-Bay. It only cost me $120 (+$35 postage) It's LCD and not an active matrix and because it uses TV-OUT the quality aint the best. But after mucking around with Screen res and stuff it's VERY readable and DivX look f#$ing AWESOME :D
I also ran a scan disk after using the system 2 months and NOT 1 BAD SECTOR OR ANYTHING!!! I was weary about the hard drive not liking bumps etc especially considering the pedders suspension makes the ride a little bumpy.
I've made a play list in winamp and chucked in the startup directory so after 1 and a half minutes of booting up :( it starts playing automatically. This doesn't bother me cos I warm up the car longer than that before driving it anyway. Had to put in a constant power switch so that thew PC gets constant power while cranking and also made a few mods to MS-DOS.sys sos that it doesn't run scan disk because "the computer did not shut down properly"
It works sweet. I'll show it off at the next meet. Missed out on the last one where ya's went on the saturday cruise.
ED Farimont 5LTR MPFI V8
Pedders lowing, EL GT 17x8's, ELGT Extractors and 2.5" Exhaust. 3.45 LSD Elec shift kit, full respray with colour coding mirrors, grille, moulds.SVO Boot spoiler, 70mm Herrod MAF, K&N Filter.Built in Pentium III 500, 40GB HDD, 64MB Geforce 4, LCD Screen, IR Remote,Laptop style keyboard, Clarion EQ, Kenwood 4ch, Philips 2ch, Kenwood 6x9's and Kenwood Tornado 12' Subby :D