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    Awesome! Hope everything arrived in good shape, I packed it well.

    You can find the PCI card and the schoche brackets in the padded envelpoes.
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    Yes everything came back in good shape. I tested the HQCT and while it works, I'm less than impressed with its quality. Per the conversation we had, I'm going to upgrade to the BoomzBox as soon as possible. I will keep you posted.
    Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

    Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
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    - Facilitate HVAC control.

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    nice job!!!!

    post installed pics

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    I have been off for spring break so I've had extra time to do stuff to the van, which I have taken advantage of. I've changed the oil, rotated the tires, and prettied up some wiring. I also installed a six circuit fuse panel near the battery to run the power for the vanputer. I'm going to drill a hole through the firewall then grommet that hole. It's going to be 10 gauge wire (red positive and black negative) fused at 20 amps. Pictures soon.

    PS: I also got an extra third rear brake light out of a junkyard today and I'm going to see about installing the rear view camera there. If I mess up, I'm only out $10. I want to install the rear view camera such a way that it's "reversible" if I decide to sell the van. This way, if I decide for whatever reason I no longer want a rear view camera or want to relocate it, all I have to do is replace the third brake light with another one, that way I don't have a gaping hole in the body.
    Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

    Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
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    - Get compatible phone for mobilephone.net.
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    Update: I have replaced the HQCT radio module because I was less than impressed with the reception quality. I got this instead:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

    And am using this to interface it:
    http://www.rush2112.net/mkportal/mod...products_id=39

    I just got both in the mail today so I only hooked it up briefly in the van, but from what I could tell, the reception is MUCH better than the HQCT, so it's at least a step in the right direction.

    More to come, including pics.
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    Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
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    Good choice, you will be much happier with the visteon unit than the HQCT. Can't wait to see some pics of your work!
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    Alright, as promised, here are some installation pics. I apologize in advance as it's not the vanputer itself (yet). I have been extremely busy with school, thus have had little time to get any meaningful installation work done. The following pics are things I accomplished during spring break. I will post each task separately.
    Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

    Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
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    The first section shows what I did under the hood.

    I ran an 8 gauge wire straight from the positive terminal of the battery to a six slot fuse panel to feed different accessories I'm putting in, including the vanputer. Here are some pics of that:







    Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

    Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
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    - Get compatible phone for mobilephone.net.
    - Facilitate HVAC control.

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    I used this positive bolt extension to run the 8 gauge wire:



    I put this fuse panel underneath the hood to the left of the battery. It holds six fuses, which is plenty for what I need:



    The vanputer will get a 20 amp fuse to match the internal fuse of the vanputer's power supply. That way, it's double fused both in and out, so there shouldn't be any problems.

    The two other fuses are for two positive wires that run to the same accessory, something else that I'm putting in underneath the vanputer. The installation instructions call for me to run two hot leads instead of one if I hook up more than one speaker, which I did. Both wires are fused as well.

    The instruction manual also calls for two negative wires to be run for the same reason, which you can see I did in the pics.

    Overall, I'm very pleased with the quality of my work, particularly the safety considerations, but also the aesthetic aspect. My only real concern about this part is the 8 gauge positive wire somehow chafing and shorting to ground at the negative terminal, because it's not fused. I might reroute that wire underneath the battery or something. Once all the wires meet, they're twisted together and wrapped in electric tape then split loom, then one more layer of electric tape. I drilled a hole in the firewall under the blower motor box on the passenger side. Those pics are next.
    Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

    Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
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    - Get compatible phone for mobilephone.net.
    - Facilitate HVAC control.

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    This post concerns the wires running through the firewall and to the dash:















    One of the holes I drilled through the firewall has a grommet to prevent chafing, but it was no easy task. The other hole doesn't have a grommet, but it has two layers of electric tape and one layer of split loom protecting it, and if somehow it does fray down to the copper, that circuit is fused right at the battery, so I'm not really worried about that too much. You can see in one of the pics that there is an unused hole I drilled. I misjudged the spot at which I drilled and decided to drill another hole in a better location. I might use some silicon to keep out rain, wind, etc.

    Again, I'm overall pleased with the quality of my work. I think the electric tape, split loom, and twisting the wires together give it a factory look, as if it came like that from the factory.

    Having said all that, please feel free to comment. If you have any suggestions on how I can improve and build upon this, please let me know. I appreciate all feedback. This is a work in progress, and will be so for quite a while. As for the vanputer itself, I am very eager to get it put in once and for all, but there are a few things I must do first, such as programming the front end and adding a few more things to it. But I can't seem to find the time to do all that just yet, so it won't likely happen until May, when I'm out of school. I'll keep you all posted.
    Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

    Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
    - Edit skin to liking.
    - Get compatible phone for mobilephone.net.
    - Facilitate HVAC control.

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