So besides the dash modification, there was quite a bit to else to do. I had to run a remote laptop power wire which required taking the laptop apart, finding a space to drill and fit a female composite phono jack, soldering two wires to jump the tiny power button. Then splicing an rca cable to run to the front, where I had placed a total of 5 switches on my center console.
TONS of tape to hold the tiny wires in place after spending over 20 minutes trying to solder those 2x 24 gauge dinky wires to those dinky points that were 1/8th below the steel frame
1. Momentary Laptop Power Switch
2. Inverter Power Switch (Relayed to deck remote wire)
3. Amp Power Switch from deck remote wire.
4. FM Modulator Power Switch for pc audio to deck(Relayed to remote wire)
5. Relay Override Switch (Allows for Inverter and LCD Screen to operate without vehicle and/or deck on)
So being in the car, it needed to have good secure mounting that allowed for quick disconnect, vibration and heat protection, I mounted the laptop and my inverter on top of my heavy sturdy dual 10" subwoofer enclosure, foam padding between enclosure and mounting bracket and foam padding between mount bracket and laptop. Velcro strapped down, and laptop secured with a laptop lock.
The Final Install Day
I got myself a tiny mouse and roll up keyboard that fit in the cd cubby hole.
Mount made for the screen to use original mounting screws.
Cables run to the front for amp power, amp relay, rca pre-outs, laptop power wire, inverter switch, keyboard, mouse, touchscreen usb, touchscreen vga, 3.5mm stereo line to fm modulator, the usb hub and also a usb gps receiver.
And here it is on boot up
Still waiting for some software/cables to do some onboard diagnostics as well as real-time gauges. Research pending.