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#1 (permalink) Old 05-01-2005, 04:13 PM
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I'm going to be putting a computer in my car, I was wondering if anybody has done this already.

I'm going to get a micro-itx motherboard and put that in the glove compartment, then run wires to the little penbox under the OBC where i'm going to have inputs and a CD-Drive.

If anybody has, can you tell me how you did it, or if you ran into any problems?

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A guy in the E46 forum did it. THere is a second member that is going through the process right now. Make sure you get a good power supply. I also have this as a project for the future, but am currently busy taking care of school bills.

Visit mp3car.com to see what's available, what they recomend, and weigh that againsta what you already have.

Good luck.

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I have a Clarion AutoPC in mine - does navigation, MP3s, radio, CD changer, voice guide and more. It took me 4 hours to install - and it can be had off Ebay used for about 200$. If you do your own carputer from scratch, it's a good idea to get IDE-to-flash adapter and boot off a large-capacity flash card (e.g., CompactFlash) for almost instant-on boot process. With USB and EarthMate GPS (and MS Streets and Trips) you could have a very decent navigation system (I'm assuming you are going for a 7" LCD installed by the windshield or the temperature controls). You may need to change to a stereo system with AUX-in port - or get a diagram to somehow hook up to the car's sound system for MP3s and such. They also sell nice micro-keyboards on Ebay, that measure about 6" x 4". Let us know how it goes.
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