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Old 05-19-2006, 04:34 PM   #1
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I just thought about doing a car PC setup.

I must have missed the post, or XCNTRK75 is too busy posting about his power mods to show off his other goodies.

http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=43094

And another cool CAR PC setup on a new Legacy GT.

http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=73485

I have a co-worker who has a setup in his G35, it's pretty slick.
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Old 05-19-2006, 04:41 PM   #2
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That is a pretty sweet setup!

Although, your links both point to xcntrk75s setup.

Man, I can't keep up with all of yous guyses mods!
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Old 05-19-2006, 05:02 PM   #3
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both the same link, but nice setup. i'm just not too sure about having an lcd in my car
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Old 05-19-2006, 05:40 PM   #4
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both the same link, but nice setup. i'm just not too sure about having an lcd in my car
Links corrected.

The touch screen interface is pretty intuitive in my co-workers G35. I wasn't sure if it was worth the trouble, but I think I'm sold.
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Old 05-19-2006, 08:57 PM   #5
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Man the CarPC was one of the best mods Iíve ever done

Youíll notice in those pics the Legacy is still a 2.5 (NA) with automatic. Thatís how long Iíve had the CarPC and it gets better everyday. I have since rebuilt the system (software setup) and now run WindowsXP since it boots so much faster and has more advanced hibernation. I also use WiFi so I can park in my driveway and transfer MP3ís to my car on the flyÖ But by far the best part is the engine monitoring capabilities. Iím constantly performing automatic logging of any situation when the motor is pushed.

I love it!!!!



PS: And yes I am busy working new mods and other tricks up my sleeves
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Old 05-19-2006, 10:55 PM   #6
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Anthony - Are you an engineer or IT guy or something along those lines? I've seen your setup posted before but never realized the capabilities it has
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Old 05-19-2006, 11:14 PM   #7
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Very nice Anthony!

Splinter on LCO has a pretty slick setup, mostly made for music playing.

http://bbs.legacycentral.org/viewtopic.php?t=22863
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Old 05-20-2006, 12:43 AM   #8
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Anthony - Are you an engineer or IT guy or something along those lines? I've seen your setup posted before but never realized the capabilities it has
Good guess
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Old 05-20-2006, 12:47 AM   #9
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I was thinking of a car pc setup, but was wondering how to run the entire stereo from the car pc, or where to put the normal deck.

Do you still have a cigarette adapter for power accessories? Where did you move it?
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Old 05-20-2006, 12:48 AM   #10
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From the 1000 foot level what is involved here. How much are we talking minus the software and engine management stuff. How hard was the install as far as custom wiring and power management (key on/key off vs hibernation). The rest I am guessing is just straight forward hardware and software build, right?

Thanks for the info. If it sounds "doable" for me I will dig deeper for the details I am sure.

Anyone seen this in a BE?
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Old 05-20-2006, 08:04 AM   #11
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All the info you could ever need can be found at MP3car.comÖ

The basic requirements of a CarPC are the same as a home unit. First you need a PC, some use laptops, some use old existing hardware resources, and some use mini-ITX motherboards designed for compact media rich environments. Of course youíll need a means of display being a monitor, TFT touch-screen is ideal as you can use custom software designed for the mobile environment (i.e. large buttons which work for a car while driving, etc). Youíll also need input devices such as keyboard/mouse. This is less important as the touch-screen perform some of this function albeit limiting. Youíll also need to provide power such as a DC-DC power supply. Buying a quality power-supply will provide greater flexibility with power-up/shutdown features. My Opus PS for example, waits 10 seconds after the ignition power is removed, then provides a shutdown signal to the motherboard commanding it to enter hibernation. Once the mobo has successfully hibernated, the Opus kills all power.

As for the with or without head-unit approach; this is of long debate and is the preference of the user. You can utilize an FM tuner card in your CarPC, then interface the sound-card output with an in-car amp and youíve removed the need for a head-unit.

Costs are all over the place. I built mine on the cheap, buying all used parts and using my own stuff where possible. My unit came it at about $600 bucks. Iíve since enjoyed the system so much that I upgraded my touch-screen from the inexpensive Lilliput to the higher quality Xernac.

If anybody has any questions, feel free to hit me up. Iíd love to see this awesome modification in more subaruís!!!
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