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  1. Car Computer Install: Wiring The Amplifier Overview

    by , 12-14-2011 at 03:15 PM

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    Sean Clark, from mp3Car, shows us how to connect the amplifier in your vehicle, an essential component to any car computer install. The 12 volt positive power cable is wired directly to the positive terminal on the battery, with a fuse in line as close to the battery as possible. The negative wire is also run directly to the battery to prevent noise from being introduced into the system. The ACC wire and the speaker wires are connected to the factory wiring harness using an adapter made specifically for this vehicle purchased on the web.
  2. Car Computer Install: Wiring The Car

    by , 11-30-2011 at 04:41 PM

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    Sean Clark, from mp3Car, shows us how the various components in the vehicle are wired. Getting power cables through the firewall is one of the more difficult aspects of any install. In this case, drilling through the firewall of the Altima in the wheel well proves to be the best option. Be sure to use plenty of fire-retardant adhesive on these holes once the wires are fed through. Running the power cables to the trunk can be done along the sill of the driver door. Use care when prying the panel loose. A trim removal tool is recommended to prevent scratching of your OEM parts. The backup camera switching wire and accessory turn on wire are also run along the driver door sill. Wires that aren't associated with powering any device are run along the passenger side sill to prevent interference. These include the front speaker wires, an HDMI video cable, a USB touch cable, a USB iPhone cable, a USB OBD-II cable, a USB cable for an aux input, and a microphone 3.5mm audio cable.
  3. Car Computer Install: Installing Peripherals

    by , 09-20-2011 at 04:03 PM

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    Sean Clark shows us how to run the various cables for each peripheral. Get creative. Wires can be run in more places than you think. Remember to be careful when you're prying against plastic interior panels and use a cloth to protect them. Zip ties work wonders to attach components behind your dash. Make sure to allow enough space for HVAC vents when zip tying your items in tight spaces. Purchasing a wiring harness for your vehicle eliminates the need to splice factory wiring. One can easily tap into each speaker channel and feed to your aftermarket amplifier with a vehicle specific harness.
  4. Car Computer Install: Overview Of Install

    by , 09-02-2011 at 01:40 PM

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    Sean Clark, from mp3Car, walks us through what the actual vehicle installation will entail. He illustrates the importance of properly grounding each electronic device to the chassis or to the negative terminal on the battery. The white board diagram provides a visual for most of the cables that will need to be run.
  5. Car Computer Install: Building the Computer, Cable Management

    by , 08-22-2011 at 02:39 PM

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    Sean Clark, from mp3Car, illustrates the importance of proper cable management in any carputer build. Especially in smaller enclosures, making sure your computer has plenty of ventilation is essential. Zip ties keep the cables away from case vents and moving fans. They also make closing the case without pinching and damaging wires easy. It's important not to put pressure on delicate cables such as the motherboard power switch cable. It's also important not to put pressure on the memory when closing the case.
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