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I have done one yet but from the research I have done into micro PC's it seems possible to build a CPU that will fit into a DIN slot and have a fold out screen.
the "tower" wont be located in the dash only the screen will be the rest will be in the trunk or under the seats. i have heard some people on a different forum im on say that they make them (really expensive for just the screen) but they can brake fairly easly.
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Well here's a good screen to work around if you can relocate your manual air contols and figure out the fiber glass skills. Since those double din pcs are $1k ish and break easy I am certain you can buy a used yet powerful laptop. Build a decent ventilated shock proof mount to hold it. Perhaps behind the seats? install a solid state drive and carefully wire a remote turn on to the laptops on/off switch on the motherboard & your good to go. Hmmmm might try this myself.

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the "tower" wont be located in the dash only the screen will be the rest will be in the trunk or under the seats. i have heard some people on a different forum im on say that they make them (really expensive for just the screen) but they can brake fairly easly.
It is possible to mount the CPU in something the size of a radio and store it in the dash, just need to get the right components.

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It is possible to mount the CPU in something the size of a radio and store it in the dash, just need to get the right components.
I dont know if you know alot about computers. But the one I want to build is a micro atx motherboard which its smaller than an ipad
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I dont know if you know alot about computers. But the one I want to build is a micro atx motherboard which its smaller than an ipad
Yes I know some stuff about computers. I build my own.

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With the mini-ITX boards out now, it is completely possible to build a PC that will fit in a DIN sized enclosure. The PC's we use for the MDTs in our squad cars now are built into a 7"x"7"x2" box that fits in the glove box with plenty of room to spare.

That said, there's nothing off the shelf for a double-din dash kit without converting to automatic climate controls. The conversion is far from impossible, but certainly isn't a simple plug and play affair. Your best bet may very well be to pick up a spare manual ICP from a junk yard, cut your hole and fiberglass/bondo/whatever it up to fit the screen you want to use.

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