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    Yea I think I know exactly what you mean about the "lip" that curves in. I haven't test fit it all together yet but had already thought of 2 possible fixes as it does seem as though spacing will be tight. I may be able to trim 1/4" or whatever off the wood piece but still have that cut hidden by the black stereo trim piece when back together. Otherwise I may have to cut the case of the xenarc case, or some combination of both althougth I think that's unlikely it would need both. I do like your idea and the possibility of having the wood grain like that. Keep us posted on your ideas/progress.

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    will do.
    now if i dont decide to cut and want to just hide the buttons.
    Is there anyway of mounting the buttons on teh monitor elsewhere or not even needing them?

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    Well I think you might need access to the buttons at some time, maybe to dim it down at night. I've thought about putting them in the ash tray or glove box.

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    can u point me to a post where someone has done this mod to seperate the buttons from teh screen. thanks for all the help

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    I found some threads with talk about soldering wires to the xenarc borard and extending the buttons elsewhere but none of the posts went into any real detail nor had pictures. I sure its pretty straight forward to do, I guess its a matter of how well you solder.

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    I know it this is old post but I was wondering how far along have you gotten in your car. I have the same model / make of yours I am trying to get a PC / monitor inside my ride also.

    If you are stumbed on what to do let me know....
    I got a few ideas..


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    Not far for how much time has passed. I stuck with the plan I came up with earlier in this thread. I haven't had time to work on it recently but you can see some pics of it here and here.

    What kind of ideas have you got? I may have to start making time to get mine up and going. I'm sure I've got enough junk laying around to put something together.

    Slaughterhouse hasn't logged in for a couple months. I'm curious what he ended up doing...


    Oh, and welcome to the boards newbie.

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    Sorry about the late reply I got some many projects going on I need to slow down.

    Okay my idea are a little rough but I think that they will work. Starting with the PC.. I was just going to put a small factor form like a Shuttle XPC SS51G 2ghz Celeron CPU, with a 512mb, a 5.1 sound card, a 64mb video card with a rca video out, and round it out with a 250 gig hard drive…Yes I know some things are over kill but I am just building this like a regular computer just for S&G’s

    I have been debating on three different head units.. one is a Kenwood DVD 7015
    http://img446.imageshack.us/my.php?i...10101147ub.jpg this picture is one fitted in a STS.

    The second one is the Pioneer AVIC-D1 In-Dash DVD Multimedia AV Navigation Receiver http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pi...118AVIC-D1.jpg I was told that this one you can disable the e-brake function so the video will play while the car is in motion.

    And the three route is to just put a screen in the dash and placing a Alpine receiver and changer in the glove box http://memimage.cardomain.net/member...988_6_full.jpg this picture was taken from a 2001 DTS.

    But before all that I plan on pulling out all that Bose crap in car and replace it all with JL Audio. I am thinking of adding a center channel but I have to figure out if I can actually cut some of the dash to do that.

    Just a few ideas let me know what you think.. or at least how far are you going to vest into your car.


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    This is my STS with my first hacked install then my second 8" touchscreen. I ended up moving my Kenwood headunit into the armrest, and putting the EPIA board behind and below the screen in the centre console. I routed an IDE cable to the glove compartment where I have a removable hard drive case with a laptop drive inside.


    I also upgraded to a 2004 steering wheel and connected the controls to a wireless gamepad so I can use the steeringwheel buttons to control the carputer.
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    Here is me creating the bezel for the touchscreen. Fits perfectly.
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