How to Install a Computer in a Car
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 05-10-2011
Provided by: OCZ Technology

The first step was to remove the TV / VCR from the overhead compartment. To do this, the wood trim panel around the TV / VCR had to be removed first via eight screws. But in order to remove this panel, the two trim pieces on each side wall had to be removed (eight more screws each) in order to have enough clearance to slide the main panel off.

With the screws and panels removed, the TV / VCR could be removed. Each unit was held in place by custom brackets and more screws - four screws each if I remember correctly.

The good news at this point was that we had the TV / VCR out and there would be plenty of space for the base of the computer to sit. The bad news is that a proprietary wiring system was used to power each device. This means that we will need to use an inverter and wire up our own power source directly from the van's battery.

Another dilemma that I needed to tackle was the audio wiring. The audio for the TV was fed to a single small speaker in the very back of the van. Since I will be using this for MP3s as well as movies, I wanted the audio to come out of all of the stereo speakers. In order to accomplish this I will need to run a long 3.5mm audio cable from the PC to the front of the van and plug into the stereo head unit. The only problem is that the factory stereo doesn't have an auxiliary jack.

We tackle this and more just ahead.

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