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Old 04-07-2008, 10:09 PM   #1
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CarPC version 2.0

a lot of you know about my crazy carputer (carPC) setup i've had in my car since last february to handle my entertainment needs...

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...carputer+setup

well after over a year of living with it, i've figured a few things out about what i want out of it and new technology has surfaced and so it was time to start getting crafty again...

so here is version 2.0 now in full assembly for testing!

VIA C7 2.0GHz Processor Mini-ITX Express Motherboard J7F2WE2G, 1GB G-Skill DDR2 533 RAM, Linksys PCI Wireless-N card



the new setup with the DVD-ROM drive, power supply, and motherboard


old motherboard vs. new one (yes its f-ing tiny)


old power supply vs new one (also f-ing tiny) M3-ATX 125 Watt - Smart Automotive Power Supply


new HD on left, old on right (yay for tiny) Samsung 2.5" SATA 160GB


assembled and in the case I lasercut out at school


need to recut this side to fit the I/O panel


installed and running with my new screen, Xenarc 705TSV 7" TFT LCD Touchscreen Monitor w/ VGA & AV inputs


I'm running Centrafuse XLE as my front end software which resembles a factory nav unit interface


yay for 09 Focus on the desktop!


the case i made fits EXACTLY into the void left by the factory radio in the 00-04 models and the screen is going to be fiberglassed into the dash and look all sexy...

UPDATES!

i re-cut the one side so the I/O panel fits in nicely and made room for wires and such


and i've been working on fitting the screen in the dash today and am about ready to fiberglass/bondo!


lasercutting out more parts...




UPDATE 4-13-08!
more work on making the climate control and the screen play nice with each other, i also got my bondo-glass today and hopefully will fill it in tomorrow!

screen fitted

climate control modified

installed together

fitted like so

and the front view


UPDATE 4-14-08!!

fiberglassing today:

that ain't cake frosting so don't eat it

sanded with second coat

sanded down awaiting bondo top coat!



gonna let it cure for a little while before applying the bondo for the smooth top coat, hopefully get to that later today but it started sprinkling so who knows...looks great tho! bondo-glass is a lot easier to use than i would've thought!
more coming...

UPDATE! 4-22-08

fiberglassing/bondo is complete! also the computer/case is installed in the car!

screen out, the hole is for the remote eye

screen in!



gonna paint it later if i got time...big presentation tomorrow

UPDATE! 4-23-08

fitted in the car!


primer time!

got some seams to smooth out...

black with silver metallic paint going down for now, eventually once i get it all smoothed out and perfect i'm going to take it to my painter and get it sprayed BMW Carbon Black like the outside of my car



paint is done and screen is installed!



yay!


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Old 04-07-2008, 10:17 PM   #2
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Microsoft and their Sync should check this out...Your running some good stuff there. Why didnt you go with a SSD ( solid state drive for those who dont know) harddrive? It would be more resistant against shock...correct me if im wrong.
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:19 PM   #3
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thats nice cant wait til its in the car
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:20 PM   #4
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Becuase there expensive as hell! (refering to SSD) Microsoft Rep was telling me about the cost to make one
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:27 PM   #5
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Very sexy! I would love to see this baby running. What did it cost you in components?
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Yeah they are expensive. And (to our knowledge) his old hard drive held up perfectly for a year on a Ford Racing suspension kit. Really cool buddy, I need to come fiddle with it in person methinks. Let's overclock it.
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Old 04-07-2008, 11:52 PM   #7
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Thats awsome man. I saw your old setup in action, and it was awsome.
This new setup looks sick. Are you coming to FocusFest 08?
BTW, good to see you posting again....haven't seen you around in a while.
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looks sick!
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SSD: expensive as , and only come up to like 8GB...any bigger and they cost as much as a car...and i had an old crappy 3.5" HD in the old one that never had any probs, if you mount it vertically instead of flat any bump shock won't damage it so i've repeated that in the new design.

i think i got close to a grand in this one, but im selling my old screen and power supply if anyone is interested in building their own...

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looks pretty sweet dude!

did i understand correctly that it will go behind the radio?
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