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After spending a couple weeks poking around MP3Car forums, decided it was time to build one for my boat.
The Person -
An engineer in need of another escape from work hobby
The Boat -
2005 MasterCraft X30
The Main Objective -
MP3s! Easy music selection/management via touchscreen interface besides my iPhone.
Certainly will be plenty of opportunity for future expansion when I figure out where else to go with this new toy.
The Hardware -
Intel Intel D945GCLF2 with Atom 330 (64 bit dual core 1.6 GHz 533 FSB, 8 Watt TDP)
1 GB memory
60 GB OCZ SSD Hard Drive (Agility Series)
M2-ATX power supply
Voom PC-2 Mini ITX Case
Xenarc 700TSV 7" Touchscreen display
The Software -
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Boot time to RideRunner is about 38 seconds from first power application.
BIOS seems a little slow, taking ~18 seconds. So, takes ~20 seconds for Win7 to get through OS load and get RR fired up. Not bad. Anyone else done better?
My Nearly Complete Car:
Micro Control Center... Control Your Car Across the Internet
Website: (It's a work in progress, really. All my projects have taken me from ever really developing it.)
Good luck with the install.
I have mine just about finished, but I have been very lax at updating my build log. I don't have my main system installed yet, but I do have the dash monitor, the 2140 power supply and most of the peripherals installed. Tested it with the laptop and it seems to be working well.
Need to order the relays for the fusion brain and my rear drive cam and then I'll have all the hardware.
TruckPC - gutted, being used for test setup
BoatPC - Update coming this spring
BlazerPC - PS keeps killing battery
DaveDog - I like the idea of the FM transmitter. Great for those times with multiple boats tied up for the afternoon party... What were you thinking for the equipment? I searched around a little and found several companies with hobbyist transmitters...
Would be interesting to see what happens with antenna hiding out of sight.
An alternate approach may be to buy one of those little Belkin FM transmitters and solder a telescopic antenna to it... May have to look into what cheapness Walmart has...
Struggling with windows performance right now. Windows boots quickly, but once I get to RR, and start navigating through menus, the application responds sluggishly. Windows fades the app window, and pops up a nice little "This application is no longer responding..." type of message. Give it 10 seconds or so and it'll usually come back. Strange...
Anybody else experienced this?
Found a thread that seems like it might be the same problem I'm experiencing...
id3 tags bogging down RR 3-2010
Read this thread, then went through my MP3 collection. Looks like I've got quite a number with embedded covers and lyrics. Others also have APE tags in addition to ID3v2.3. Undecided if I'm going to strip all the covers and see if that fixes the issue, or wait until the bugfix comes out.
So, the case I'm using (Voom PC-2) is nice and tiny. This is a very good thing. However, the ATX power cables supplied with the M2-ATX power supply are way tooooooo long. That and the cable supplied for the processor voltage reg actually plugs into the Molex 4 pin floppy. More wires, more mess, less airflow.
Found the ATX Power Supply Design Guide (v1.3), which specifies that the 2x2 connector is a Molex 39-01-2040. Mouser sells these, so I'll pick up a couple, with the connectors. Also checked into prices for a hand crimp tool. Wow, Molex things very highly of these suckers!! Priced at $240 for one that handles 16-24 gauge! Maybe Radio Shack has a poor man's version. Failing that, screwdrivers and pliers will do.
I was actually thinking of just redoing all 20 pins on one end of the main power connector, but given the crimp tool price, I'll just splice the wires. Will cut off the Molex 4 pin floppy power connector splices to alleviate that messiness. A little heat shrink tubing or electrical tape on the ends should be good to prevent any shorting from ever occurring.
Pictures to come once I finish this little round of hacking and chopping.