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    To answer your questions Blizzard, I'm still using the 1 gig SanDisk ultra II. It has my OS, the rr frontend, map data, radio software, winamp, and other small programs and batch files. It is about 85% full at the moment, or 850Mb used. Videos, mp3, pics, general media are on a 80 gig 3.5" western digital. The system has increased stability when the essentials are running from flash.

    The cables have been removed from the center console and a 4 port usb hub not sits hidden under the dash by the OBD2 port. The volume knob bracket is still in the works. The volume knob circuit is however done. Im still designing a bracket to hold the PCB in place, and trying to find a 'stockish' knob for it.

    I don't really have a wiring diagram of the whole system but it would be a good idea to draw one up. Ill keep you posted on that.

    Here are some pics I took recently. In the bright day so you can see what it looks like. I did a nice vid but it turned out to be 10 minutes and 850mb in size so its not really practical to upload it. I need to figure how to compress it or something. I took it in 16:9 at 3200 pixels wide.
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    sorry to crash the thread blk02si... but i pm'd NiSlo and got no response... just wondering if anyone else has the XPe image for download somewhere, or has the link to the image still...

    again, sorry..

    ian

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    Sorry MZDA, not sure what the link is or if NiSlo has it on his server anymore. You may just have to wait for a response or try him again.
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    Hey guys.

    I've replied to the most recent pm's, but access is no longer available to the iso image. I can get the nlite settings when I get home so that you can make the image yourselves without the copyright problems of distributing software, or perhaps blk02si would like to post them up if he gets a chance.
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    Wow that screen looks nice in the sunlight. You're using the Xenarc 7" 5-wire correct? I'm too tired to dig back through and find where you swapped screens. Pics like that make me even more angry I can't find a decent job (or at the very least two crap jobs that don't conflict with scheduling) I soooo want to get my project rolling. Le sigh.

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    I am running the xenarc 5 wire. It's all good man, took me about 4 months to get all essential parts to get mine up and running. Ive been adding hardware since then but good luck with the job hunting and just take the carPC project 1 day at a time and you will get what you want in the end

    Don't worry about the degree too much, a degree does not necessarily mean you will instantly have a high paying dream job, and think about this, the only way not to have a salary cap on your job is to own a business. Got to love capitalism.
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    Well you guys asked for it so here is the schematic wiring diagram of my system. Hope this helps out with questions I get about how it is wired and setup.

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    Thanks for all the work you've put into documenting your install. I have a 2004 F150 and I am modelling my design off of yours.

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    Thanks mcorgan, I appreciate the comments.

    Well something finally went wrong today! its been 1.5 years running strong but I actually had a problem today. First off I forgot to turn off the system when I got to work ( i though i was going to be on the road today) Second my windows were up and it was HOT and humid today. Anyway, with the system running and the sun beating down on my dash and my interior temps over 100 degrees the high temp hot glue that was holding my monitor in place finally got soft and when I went out for lunch today I noticed the monitor, not the touchscreen though, was out of place and sunk about 1/4". (you can see in the 1st pic) It was my own fault for leaving it on all day in those conditions though. It was really hot when i discovered it but it was still running and it still worked just fine. I turned on my AC for awhile to cool it down and then shut it off. I left it off and on my way home from work picked up another tube of 4000 lb/sq in plastic welder epoxy. At first I used the hot glue in case I wanted to remove the screen someday and use it else where but I finally learned that hot glue (even a lot of it) will def get soft in the conditions I left my poor pc in today.

    Im happy to report that I pulled the entire PC out when I got home and went to work on it. The monitor is now a permanent part of the trim. It is epoxied in place all the way around the trim. The same epoxy i used 1.5 years ago for the housing was unaffected by this torture test so I decided to just make the monitor permanent using the same epoxy. Results are in and this monitor is never coming out again ever. It is so solid its almost ridiculous. I should have done this in the first place but live and learn, the monitor is not ever going into another PC so I decided to do what I did.

    While the unit was in service I also added a small 2" fan to the back to move air. Not that I have hot glue in my setup anymore to get soft on me and I never had a overheating problem, but i figured since I had it out, I might as well. I also added about 5 more gigs of video and mp3's to my 80 gig drive. All new stuff from my desktop. Anyway as soon as I saw my baby in the state she was in today I knew I had to fix it right away. A minor setback this was but it only took about 5 hours to pull the unit, remove all the hot glue, mix a batch of epoxy, remount the monitor, add the fan bracket, update the media drive, and reassemble the PC and my interior. Not bad if you ask me. Im glad I pulled it because I also noticed that on the xenarc monitor the inverter board and TS controller board are mounted with double faced tabe to the mainboard, these alo were pretty loose so I decided to remount the TS controller mechanically and add a bit of epoxy to the inverter board (shown in pic)

    So yes to make a long story short, even high temp hot glue will get soft in a heat torture test so beware, don't leave your PC running on a cooking hot day with your windows up UNLESS you've epoxied your screen in place
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    Back in business, with a flash then without one.
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