Originally Posted by Cool Face
i vote for how to make it. and if possible source of touch screen. this is one of my many plans i have for my future build.
also list of software. like your main screen. how do you turn on the pc that runs this? etc. etc.
Touch Screen: Hope Industrial 17" panel mount http://www.hopeindustrial.com/
Bear in mind that these are factory spec, NEMA4 rated (waterproof) and kinda pricy at $830. You can also get desktop touchscreens on ebay for 300-400 buck. I prefer ones with ELO brand touch overlays. They are USB connected and ELO drivers emulate all mouse function (and let you remove the cursor)
PC: I just used an old Dell tower that I had laying around. You don't need a fancy PC, just one with enough hard drive to hold all your music. Mine is on the opposite side of the wall that the screen is on. Its a mud-room, so I'm not too worried about the looks. I leave the PC on all the time. On one wall, I have the upper half of the outlets switched with a wall switch. That way I can turn off the lights/monitor on the MAME video game I am building, but leave its PC on. I have the Jukebox screen on the same circuit. It turns on automatically when power is applied
Jukebox software: Video Music Jukebox ($34.95) http://www.mameroom.com/vmj/index.htm
Just FYI: this software works with a mouse instead of the touchscreen as well. Its pretty easy to set up if you follow the directions. There are plenty of skins available if you want a different look, and if you are really good (i'm not) you can create your own skin/layout
Front End Navigation Software: ObjectDock (Free Download) http://www.stardock.com/products/objectdock/index.asp
Buttons: K-tek 4d (Free download) http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/objectdock/14009/
ObjectDock is the interface that puts the button up on the screen, However there are hundereds of people who generated custom button 'icons' for ObjectDock. a guy named K-tec makes some of the coolest.
And that's about it. An audio cable from the PC to your receiver and you are good to go.
I have installation pictures on my work computer. I'll post them up next week. Basically, the screen comes with a bolt on collar on the back side of the bezel.
I framed a hole to fit the collar snugly, then secured the collar to the lumber with drywall screws. I then drywallled over the wall and cut out the opening. You can mount it just to drywall, but I like the security of having it tied to the framing. The bezel is quite large, so it makes it pretty forgiving, as it covers up any cutting errors in the drywall. You must have rear of wall access to mount it though. after I drywalled the back side, I put a 14x14 plumbing access door in the back side wall in case I ever need access (I haven't yet)