Build Your Own Car PC

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March 28, 2006


Paperback, 212 pages

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0071468269 / 9780071468268


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Everything you need to expertly install car PCs

This is a heavily-illustrated, step-by-step guide to installing and controlling a car PC -- using commonly-available, off-the-shelf components. Numerous how-to photos and product shots allow you to easily navigate each step even if you have little "do it yourself" experience.

  • Includes parts and required tool lists, troubleshooting tips, and a list of manufacturers where you can purchase the parts best suited for your customized system
  • Companion website offers free software and demo versions of products to use with your car PC

Table of contents

ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgmentsChapter 1: Why would I want to build a Car PC?Chapter 2: Buying your componentsChapter 3: Building Your Car PC base unitChapter 4: Installing the operating system, motherboard drivers and front endChapter 5: Connecting your Car PC to the "Real World"Chapter 6: On-board diagnosticsChapter 7: In-car speech recognitionChapter 8: Killer software applications for your Car PCChapter 9: Getting more out of your Car PCChapter 10: In-Car GPSEpilogueAppendix AAppendix BAppendix CAppendix DIndexAbout the Author

Author comments

Gavin Harper is a member of a number of car clubs and online automobile hobbyist/enthusiast groups. He writes regularly for, and started their Car PC Forum. Author of 50 Awesome Auto Projects for the Evil Genius (also from McGraw-Hill), as well as other forthcoming titles in the Evil Genius series, he has been building car computers and other automotive projects for years. He lives in Essex, United Kingdom.

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You won't find an easier or less expensive way to bring the ultimate in computer and GPS technology to your car, truck, or SUV than this start-to-finish guide from expert customizer Gavin Harper. You don't need any electronics or auto experience to get started!

With clear, hands-on photos and instructions, Harper walks even newbies through every step of the process, from choosing equipment to installing finishing touches on an IT system that will set your car apart -- and save you hundreds -- perhaps thousands -- over what your friends will pay to have others do it for them.

No matter what type of vehicle you own, Gavin Harper's Build Your Own Car PC makes it simple to:

  • Install a GPS that tells you where you are and how to get where you want to go
  • Create voice control of audio and video
  • Automate heating, cooling, lighting, and other functions
  • Build in ultrasophisticated car security
  • Much, much more


  • Features the best, most complete illustrated instructions for installing a car PC and a GPS system
  • Focuses on prefabricated components that are easy to work with
  • Compares products by brand name, and tells you where to get what you need
  • Shows you exactly what to do with more than 200 photos and illustrations
  • Provides expert troubleshooting (and trouble-avoiding) tips
  • Gives you free, helpful software at the book's own Website!

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