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Thread: MasterCraft X30 BoatPuter

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    MasterCraft X30 BoatPuter

    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 -
    Win7
    RideRunner

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    Some Pictures of The Goodies


    The boat...
    Hardware guts...
    Loading the OS...
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    Win7 Boot Time

    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by travi_21 View Post
    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?
    Check out this thread http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/soft...ge-2009-a.html
    My Nearly Complete Car:
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...ed-car-pc.html

    Micro Control Center... Control Your Car Across the Internet
    http://www.mp3car.com/fusion-brain/1...-internet.html

    Website: (It's a work in progress, really. All my projects have taken me from ever really developing it.)
    http://paulfurtado.com/

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    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 - All in 1 in cuddy, N7 using VNC on dash, RR
    BlazerPC - Nexus 7 with Timur's USBROM

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    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...

    http://www.ramseyelectronics.com/cgi...tion&key=FM10C
    http://www.electronickits.com/kit/co...radi/ck301.htm
    http://www.canakit.com/pll-stereo-fm...555-uk555.html
    http://www.hobbytron.com/mp3-fm-transmitter.html

    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...

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    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?

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    Road Runner Bogging Down

    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.

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    Wire Bundles

    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.

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    any update on this?
    New System in progress:
    M10k
    Phaze TD1500 ~> Dynaudio MD130
    Phaze TD1500 ~> Seas g18rnx/p
    Zapco Ref 500.1 ~ 12" tc-9
    Behringer DCX2496 ~ Envision Electronics psu
    Transflective Xenarc

    My Car Pc Install
    My Boat Pc worklog

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