2003 Lexus IS300 PC "Carputer" Install
Overview | Glove Box Part 1 | Glove Box Part 2 | Monitor | Final
After hearing a friend talk about installing a full computer in his car, complete with mp3s, divx and navigation, I immediately became very jealous. I've always wanted a GPS in my Lexus but couldn't justify shelling out the few thousand dollars in cash to have one installed. I do have some computer skills (chics dig guys with skills...nun-chuck skills, bow-hunting skills) so I thought this would be a perfect task to take on. From start to finish, it took about 6 months to complete. A lot of that time included figuring out which parts I wanted and needed, but a good 4 months were used to just install it into my car. For all those non-believers out there who thought I couldn't do it (namely my girlfriend, can you believe she doubted me?) all I have to say is this....HA! :-)
Anyway, here's a pretty intricate walkthrough of my install. There was definitely a lot of sweat and blood (literally) poured into this install, so I hope this website does it justice. All the images are clickable to their bigger version, so be sure to check those out for a closer look.
Here are the final computer specs and prices:
VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX Mainboard ($150 - Mp3car.com)
512MB DDR RAM PC2700 184-Pin DIMM Memory ($95 - Mp3car.com)
Notebook HD to IDE Converter 2.5" to 3.5" ($10 - Mp3car.com
The total damage: $1135
As for the software, I'm running:
1) A lite (stripped down) version of WinXP. It loads in under 30 seconds (from hibernation) and is beautiful.
3) iGuidance - which works perfectly! I originally had Microsfot Streets and Trips, which absolutely blows! The GPS Mouse that comes with it is horrible and I hardly got a Satellite lock. Even if I did, the program is just horrible. It's more of a mapping program than it is a nav system. After buying the Sirf III GPS receiver and iGuidance, I never lose the lock and it works without a hitch! I HIGHLY recommend this!
4) Winamp since it integrates every-so-nicely into RoadRunner
OK....ok, now onto the install