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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
Chapter 1: Why would I want to build a Car PC?
Chapter 2: Buying your components
Chapter 3: Building Your Car PC base unit
Chapter 4: Installing the operating system, motherboard drivers and front end
Chapter 5: Connecting your Car PC to the "Real World"
Chapter 6: On-board diagnostics
Chapter 7: In-car speech recognition
Chapter 8: Killer software applications for your Car PC
Chapter 9: Getting more out of your Car PC
Chapter 10: In-Car GPS
About the Author
Gavin Harper is a member of a number of car clubs and online automobile hobbyist/enthusiast groups. He writes regularly for VIAarena.com, 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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JUMP-START YOUR CAR'S IQ, VALUE, AND CAPABILITIES
WITH THIS FUN, EASY-TO-FOLLOW GUIDE
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
WHY IT'S EASIER WITH THIS BOOK
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