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2000 Buick Century CarPC

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corvettecrazy

Joined: Dec 17 2003
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Location: moved (twice)


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Post Thu Jun 11, 2009 7:10 pm

Anywho:

System:
HP e-pc 42
Carnetix CNX-2140
Off brand 12vDC to 18vDC thingy
Lilliput 701 7" touchscreen
Linksys WUSB54GC (USB wireless dongle thingy)
Centrafuse NAV 2.1

Screen install:
First I had to relocate the radio and HVAC controls. The wires and vacuum lines were long enough on the HVAC unit to reach down that far without extension. The radio fit with the simple modification of a dash kit into the HVAC's old slot.
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In the future it will get some fiberglass to make it all clean again. I ran out of time during the few days I had with a garage.

Dash trim piece comparison shot
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I modified the width of the hole slightly and then mounted the front of the Lilliput case to the back of the dash trim piece. (I purchased a second case, so I still have the original if I would want to sell the monitor down the road)
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No modification was necessary to fit the screen (case installed) into the dash.

Computer Part of install:
Proof of concept stage
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Where the computer is installed:
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By using cardboard I was able to get a good template for a piece of 3/4" MDF that is secured to interior pieces of metal. (No metal with the opposite surface exposed to outside was drilled into)
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By bending 2 big L brackets and then lining them with foam, they made great supports for the computer.

Some metal strap, thick foam and 2 wood screws holds the top of the computer securely against the foam that is on the other side of the computer.
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Mini rat nest of wires that I have not had a chance to finish cleaning up yet. Both power supplies are mounted to the board with the intention of mounting the board to the side of the trunk at some point.
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To Come
Nav receiver
OBDII
USB hub for front of vehicle
I/O board for expansion of stuff
...

Not complete...just ran out of time with a garage and have been traveling.
Tim

Joined: Nov 16 2003
Posts: 10795
Location: Kalamazoo, MI


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Post Thu Jun 11, 2009 7:17 pm

Looks good. I really want a CarPC in my Buick.
Tat2Dragons

Joined: Jan 21 2007
Posts: 3404
Location: Baltimore Maryland


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Post Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:09 am

Very nice Sir. icon_cool.gif How do you like the Lillput monitor? I notice that alot of people use them. icon_smile.gif
kornholio788

Joined: May 02 2005
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Location: Tosa, WI


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Post Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:38 am

Looks nice. Def jealous. Lol at the oldschool keyboard though haha
corvettecrazy

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Post Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:53 am

Thanks guys!

I really like the monitor. Some people complain that they cant see it will during the day when the sun is on it, I have not specifically run into this. Yes it is a little washed out but still very readable.

I needed a ps2 keyboard and that is the only one that I found. I am going to get one of those roll up usb keyboards but I just haven't gotten that far yet.
Kindschi

Joined: Oct 09 2008
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Location: St Louis Missouri


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Post Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:56 am

Tint the windows, that will reallly help with the glare on the screen.

BTW: Loooks nice and I too am jealous.
corvettecrazy

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Post Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:06 am

Kindschi wrote:
Tint the windows, that will reallly help with the glare on the screen.

BTW: Loooks nice and I too am jealous.


I don't like the car enough to spend money on something I cant remove and re-install in a newer car. The glare isn't bad enough to bother me.
Kwonrae

Joined: Apr 27 2004
Posts: 2040
Location: Tulsa,OK


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Post Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:05 am

It's kind of a security feature as well as helping control amount of light.

Looks great, I think it would be very impressive to have a touchsreen cpu in your dash.
justinwebb

Joined: Sep 15 2004
Posts: 3170
Location: Columbus, OH


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Post Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:11 am

had to come back and say it looks great, glad i have inspired a few haha

it will become an addiction lol you will always find new stuff to add or build newer systems

let me know if you ever need any more help, i am always around haha

and for a keyboard look into the logitech dinovo its tiny as hell
thesull

Joined: Jun 06 2008
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Post Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:15 am

Looks clean! Great install!

Almost practically a how-to ;) Your always making something and I admire that! To bad you don't live clsoer you would of had a job ;) heh

Isn't the screen you use touchscreen?
robbie

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Post Fri Jun 12, 2009 3:13 pm

this is cool
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