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    Lightbulb Carputer enclosure idea

    Trying to design a box, very similar to a sub box, to place a sub, amp, computer, screen, and all other hardware in for my carputer. Got to thinking and I want to have a portable unit instead of a in-dash unit. The picture below can explain a lot more about it then I can. Am I wasting my time or does this look like it will work???



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    is this going in the boot/trunk?
    If so, why would you want a screen in there?
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    I'm not sure it's a good idea to put a couple of subs on the same box as your computer, vibration will likely kill it (your HD might dieif you crank it up too much).

    then again I might be wrong
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    showing off.

    Technical diagnostics (when remote access just won't hack it)

    Showing off

    I'm planning on adding a screen to the back of mine when the rest is complete

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    no1knows - It is going in the rear of the vehicle, but it is an SUV. So I don't believe that will be a factor in this application. The box is designed to be independent and the screen is the primary means of control for the box. The front controls will allow for 1 more touchscreen to be connected, for the screen in the front of the truck, but the main control comes from the screen on the box. Right now I have a 8" touchscreen for the box and about enought to put in four more screens, one with controls of the system and three for display only.

    b_nom - I have gave the vibration thing a QUICK thought and came up with an idea. The computer is not hard mounted to the box, it is actually mounted to a drawer that is on ball bearing rollers. This allows for easy access to the system and also allows me to mount the drawer and rollers on a nifty little piece of sheet metal that has a rubber mounting surface. The mount combined with the rollers should take enought of the vibration off of the computer to allow for a long operating life, but if I run into problems then I will have to seek another approach to taking the vibration out...

    Enforcer - Showing off??? Sarcastic or a simple statement???

    Although the diagram shows a lot, there is also alot behind the sceens. With the help of a friend I have designed and fabricated the mounting brackets for the two hard drives and two dvd +/- r/rw drives.

    We have also completed a design for a cooling system for the computer section of the box. Which is simply a series of tubes incased in fiberglass that hook into the fans located on the top of the box. So far everything is still in the design stages, minus the brackets and the cooling system, but building will begin soon.

    Right now I am seeking input from others that have experience and information on the fabrication and technical side of the house. Just want to make sure I am not wasting time.

    The hard drive bracket is fabricated out of 1/8 " stainless steel and the diagram is below. All the bends were created on an industrial strength sheet metal bender...



    The DVD drive backet is also fabricated out of 1/8 " stainless steel. It is designed to support two slim dvd drives and posed quite a challenge, but was accomplished through a little advice and some trial and error...



    Anyone have other suggestions???

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjackson

    Enforcer - Showing off??? Sarcastic or a simple statement???

    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b_nom
    I'm not sure it's a good idea to put a couple of subs on the same box as your computer, vibration will likely kill it (your HD might dieif you crank it up too much).

    then again I might be wrong
    I ran 2 10" subs in an enclosure with my computer in it for almost a year and never had any problems with the 2 drives in the computer section.







    I know they're crappy pictures, but there's a bookpc motherboard under the pexiglass top with 2 HDDs in use. If I remember correctly, I had like 500 watts going to the subs.
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    _maelstorm - Thanks for the information... I take it that you did not have any problems running a VGA and USB cable to the front of the vehicle??? Would like more information on how you hooked things up and the issues you ran into if you have the time... Would be greatly appritiated...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjackson
    _maelstorm - Thanks for the information... I take it that you did not have any problems running a VGA and USB cable to the front of the vehicle??? Would like more information on how you hooked things up and the issues you ran into if you have the time... Would be greatly appritiated...
    Actually, the Sony HU I have only accepts composite video input. So I was running composite A/V cables from the hatch to the A/V input box that is mounted under the passenger seat. From there, a proprietary Sony cable runs from the A/V input box to the HU.
    Since I was using an X10 MouseRemote at the time I had this install, I just left the RF receiver hidden in the PC case. I didn't really have a use for USB to be run up front.
    Running the cables I had to wouldn't be any different than running VGA or USB up to the front of the car. Just make sure they're not going to pick up any interference from your power cables for the amps. When I first installed this setup, the video cable ran too close to the power wire for my amp so there was interference on the screen. I was also using a power inverter at the time so I had some problems with the computer rebooting on cranking. The only other problem I can remember having right now is the mini plug to RCA adapter for the audio not plugging in all the way so I had to solder the connection to make sure it didn't come loose. Otherwise I'd always end up losing the right channel audio and have to stop the car and go plug the cable back in.

    Like any other install, there were a few bumps along the way but in the end it worked pretty well. Are there any specific issues you're concerned about with the install you're planning?
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    _maelstorm - Thanks for the input!!! Not really any issues I think I am going to run into, but since you have done the same thing I wanted to hear how it went for you and it seams like this shouldn't be a problem... Have a lilliput 8" touch screen and will have to run extensions for the vga and usb, I guess I assumed that you had the same, but will have to cross that bridge when I get there...

    As far as seperating the wires, I was planning on running the speaker wires and computer wires down the left and right side of the vehicle and the power down the center, but I don't think this will create and issues... My truck has a fuse box right under the second row of seats and I can simply link the box off of this...

    Again, thanks for the input!!!

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