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Hey I just wanted to get an idea as to how many people would be interested in getting a PC for your 350Z. I am working with a company right now to build one for my 350Z. I am working on getting a 7" touch screen monitor and a PC that is only about 6"x5.5"x1.75" Weight: 4 lbs. I am working on the company about the price, but for right now it is going to be about $429 for the monitor and $429 for the PC. Here are the sites as to take a look at the specs for the two items above:

PC: http://www.xenarc.com/product/mp-fl8.html
Monitor: http://www.xenarc.com/product/700ts.html

I will post pics for each of the items in the next two posts.

If you are really interested please send me and e-mail to

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Please put Car PC in the subject line.
 

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The "In Z PC"tm by Image Engineering is the only PC designed for the 350Z. It has be Tested and Proven For over 2 years now. the Power Supply on the Xenarc is just one of its weak points. A Fan less P4, will have MAJOR heat issues.


But for under $500 it might be a good deal, but you get what you pay for
 

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Here is a list by leemik:

VIA EPIA MII10000 Mini-ITX Motherboard w/ 1GHz CPU "Nehemiah" core
$178 at http://www.directron.com A really small motherboard (6"x6") onboard LAN, PCMCIA slot, video and sound. Takes regular desktop DDR memory.. Runs cool, fast enough for what I want to do. There are 2 versions of this motherboard.. The Nehemiah core is the one you want because it's much faster.

Kingston 256MB PC2700 266MHz DDR RAM
$14.99 at Circuit City on sale last week!

Samsung 30GB Notebook HD
$74.99 at http://www.directron.com You don't have to use a laptop HD.. You can just use any old desktop one. preferably 5400rpm to draw less current. I'm using a laptop drive because I think there is even less current draw and they are more sturdy in a mobile environment.

Notebook HD to IDE Converter
$9.99 at http://www.mp3car.com/store/index.php Only necessary if you are going to use a laptop HD.

OPUS 90Watt DC-DC power supply
$159.99 at http://www.mp3car.com/store/index.php it's pricey but it's the best car DC power supply. There are cheaper solutions (~$86.99)but you could have problems depending on how much stuff you are running off the computer.

i.Trek Mouse GPS Receiver for PC (USB)
$99.99 at http://store.yahoo.com/semsons-inc/index.html You don't have to pay this much but this product got pretty good reviews and I needed a waterproof unit because I wanna mount it on the roof of my car for best reception. Some folks have paid like $45 for a decent receiver

iGuidance GPS Navigation software
109.99 at http://www.inavcorp.com/products/iguidance2.html I chose iGuidance.. you can choose CoPilot or whatever else you want. I will be installing multiple packages just to make sure I have all the bases covered and they should all work with the i.Trek Mouse GPS receiver.

The Digimoto 3.7 OBDII package ISO interface
$109 http://www.digimoto.com/ Optional.. only if you want OBDII scanning capability. Comes with Elm Scan blackbox, OBDII cable and Digimoto version 3.7 software

Gyration Ultra GT Mouse and Keyboard
$79 at http://www.staples.com again you don't have to pay this much for a keyboard and mouse but I like the product a lot. Actually, you don't have to buy any keyboard or mouse if you have a touchscreen lcd like the lilliput or xenarc.

Linksys USB wireless network adapter
$99 at http://www.compusa.com/ Only needed if you want to do some wireless surfing when you are parked next to a Starbucks or something.. I've tried it and it's cool.. picks up a lot of unsecured networks in the city..

Please keep in mind that you can go a lot cheaper on all those items above.. I just chose the stuff because other's have run it successfully in the past..

I also chose to go without a computer case and optical drive..


Here is my list:
>1. Motherboard - mini-itx I am running the M10000, however, there are
>newer and faster models out - approximately $165.
> http://www.viavpsd.com/product/epia_m_spec...otherboardId=81
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>2. Memory - any memory will work as long as it is compatible with the
>motherboard (i.e. speed or MHz). I am running a 512Mb chip @ 133 MHz -
>approximately $65
> http://www.pricewatch.com/1/33/2425-1.htm
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>3. Harddrive - you can run a full size hard drive 4in*6in*1in however, I
>would recommend running a laptop harddrive 2.5 in. The laptop hard drive
>requires less power and runs cooler than the full size drive. I am running
>a 40Gig laptop drive 5400 rpm - approximately $100
> http://www.basoncomputer.com/TSMK4025GAS/item.aspx
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>4. IDE 44 Adapter - since the laptop harddrive uses 44 pins you will
>need to purchase an adapter. The adapter changes the pinout from 40 pins to
>44 pins - approximately $10
> http://www.cablesnmor.com/hard-drive-converter.html
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>5. Slimline DVD\CDR combo drive - If you do not plan to burn CD in your
>car you can just get the slimline DVD drive (8x) - approximately $50.
> http://www.logicsupply.com/product_info.ph...products_id/110
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>6. Case - There are several mini-itx cases available on the web. You
>will have to do a search and pick the one that suits you the most. I bought
>mine from ebay. The case I bought already had the powersupply built in. Be
>sure when you do buy the case that it comes with a powersupply, otherwise
>you will need to purchase one - approximately $80
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>http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=3669&item=3477614750&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW
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>7. Video & Sound are already built into the motherboard.
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>The above listed are the main components required to build the PC. Next you
>will need the peripherals to make the unit work.
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>8. Keyboard and Mouse - Although you can use any keyboard or mouse, I
>would recommend purchasing a small wireless system that runs of the USB
>ports. The motherboard does have 2 2.0 USB ports available - approximately
>$50
> http://www.directron.com/wireless1.html
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>9. Screen - there are several options available. One (the more expensive
>route) is the 7" Xenarc VGA touchscreen - approximately $400. The case will
>also need to be removed from the screen in order for it to fit properly.
>Your next option will be the screen I am currently using. The resolution is
>not as high as the VGA screen however the cost of the screen is
>significantly less. I am using the Farenheit 7001MHR model - approximately
>$275.
> http://www.farenheitusa.com/ http://www.xenarc.com/
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>10. DC\AC Inverter - A 75watt unit with one plug will be enough power -
>approximately $35
> http://www.herringtoncatalog.com/e360.html
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>11. IDE to slimline optical (DVD) Apapter (50 pin to 40 pin)- This will
>go from the motherboards ide to the DVD ? approximately $12.
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>http://www.exploretheuniverse.net/9900/7717 41994 Slimline Pin Pin Ide Adapter.htm
>
>12. FM Modulator - this will allow you to use your car speakers for sound
>coming out of the PC - approximately $35
> http://www.hobbytron.net/product581.html
 

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or you can go the super easy route...I bought a barebones shuttle pc, installed where the stock bose speaker was, ordered the 7.2 lilliput monitor, all for about $500

 

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Originally posted by z_trouble@Oct 28 2004, 08:48 PM
or you can go the super easy route...I bought a barebones shuttle pc, installed where the stock bose speaker was, ordered the 7.2 lilliput monitor, all for about $500



And what monitor do u use?

Edit: Lol, sry, I've forgotten to read ur signature....
 

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actually, is a good question, I don't use the ddx7015...I can, but the resolution is awful..I use a lilliput 7.2 I bought from ebay for $200

 

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would the stock navi screen be decent for a PC? i think you would be able to get the output from the PC if you get that switch from avelectronics
 

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I think I'd rather mod an Xbox (plays DVDs, CDs, mp3s, .mpgs, games, etc) and replace the HU with that instead. I mean, it would be around $350 excluding whatever is needed to get the sound to work (soundcard I guess). I don't need a GPS navigation system so this is what I thought would better suit my needs. Thoughts on whether to replace the stock HU with the screen or put it in the dash cubby?
 

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These posts are all very good hardware propositions...But once all the hardware is in, what software is used to give the flexibility of accessing everything of the touchscreen monitor? I've seen pix here where a monitor shows menu settings for navigation, mp3, dvd, etc...I'm assuming you touch one and you go to that device...How does all that integrate?
 
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