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    Quote Originally Posted by GoHybrid View Post
    i'd check the hot glue you plan to use just to make sure it'll hold up to the temperatures your car can sometimes reach. I think for the most part it works fine if you use the high-temp glue.
    Yup use high temp hot glue. Also this should not be the sole method of fastening. You need some sort of mechanical fastening, like those little metal tabs that hold it in place in the stock housing. I use it more for holding the screen from vibrations, and to seal it up from dust getting in between the touch panel and LCD. My first screen i didn't seal it up and after awhile it got a little loose and dust in between the panels. When i redid the screen with a xenarc i used the same metal tabs but i also put a bead of hot glue around the entire screen from the back. Over a year now, no dust, not loose and not melted.
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    Well, I wound up epoxying the screen in and scratched it while sanding something. I then had to hot gun the screen out. What a *****ing pain. The next one I am going to use those tabs and also epoxy little bolts to the plastic inside of the bezel and then screw more tabs into the side this way I don't have to epoxy the screen. Also, since I scratched my Lilliput 629 I was thinking of changing to the Xenerc? Is there that much of a difference between the two? Brightness, clarity, etc? Also will the Xenerac fit on the lilliput bezel? I mean its been dremeled up, but i guess what I am asking is are they the same measurement out of their respective cases?

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    hey diosagain could u please post though pics of the cans of primer? ive been working on my bezel for the past few days and i finally got my fans back in and its starting to look up

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    Quote Originally Posted by diosagain View Post
    Well, esachs I took your advice. After plugging the monitor in and booting it up I realized that the bottom bezel was too high and basically cutting off the "start" button and the bottom half of the RR buttons on the bottom. I then got ****ed and took a dremel to the whole bottom part. I sanded off all the black texture paint and am basically reworking it, so its a lot less thick on the bottom and I am also working on getting the left and the right sides of the bezel to me more uniform. I will post pictures shortly the primer is currently drying.

    esahcs where did you think more sanding was needed?
    exactly where you said, the bottom right and left. Doesnt look bad but more uniform would make it look really good.

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    I'm back and updates are to come.

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    Looking forward to reading and seeing some pics of your progress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by diosagain View Post
    Well, I wound up epoxying the screen in and scatched it while sanding something. I then had to hot gun the screen out. What a *****ing pain. The next one I am going to use those tabs and also epoxy little bolts to the plastic inside of the bezel and then screw more tabs into the side this way I don't have to epoxy the screen. Also, since I scratched my Lilliput 629 I was thinking of changing to the Xenerc? Is there that much of a difference between the two? Brightness, clarity, etc? Also will the Xenerac fit on the lilliput bezel? I mean its been dremeled up, but i guess what I am asking is are they the same measurement out of their respective cases?
    Get a new touch panel and you are back in business. You can get it from digitalww. Armen is the guy. PM MotorCity, maybe can get you one too.
    In my opinion, I wouldn't justify to spend a 150 bucks more on buying a Xernac vs buying a Lilliput.

    I did my Supra bezel by fab the Metra Ford Double DIN kit and mouted the screen. I didn't epoxy the lcd bezel to the kit. I actually use a small drill bit and drill the side of the Metra kit and attach a clip on all 4 corner to hold the LCD frame to the kit (in the same way the screen panel attached to the frame.)

    I'll shot the back of the mount later when I get home.

    [edit] The picture below show how I mounted the lcd frame to the metra kit[/edit]
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    I know I haven't posted in a while, so I figured I might as well catch everyone up to my progress. I planned on having it installed earlier, but two screens and two 1 gb dimms of ram later (one died on me and I thought my motherboard was shot) its almost completely done. Its been a long ride and I am glad its almost over. Before this CarPC the closest thing to a car install I have ever done was plugging something into the cigarette lighter. I have learned a lot and have dealt with my share of issues from not getting the sound to work from my Amp to the in dash alum case being a half of an inch too long (my crappy measuring). My last obstacle is getting good reception from this HQCT and then maybe I can finally close this thing up for good. Anyway, enough bad and onto the good. My screen FAB came out better then I could of expected for not even knowing what bondo fiberglass resin jelly was until I started this project. That was I think the biggest learning curve; the dash screen fabrication. I would say 80 percent of the time spent on this project went into building the screen into the trim kit. As far as fabrication goes there is nothing like hands on experience. The rest was all computers and car electronics, which one can easily learn by reading enough of these threads. Like I said it wasn't all peaches, but I took it one problem at a time and a lot people on this forum were nice enough to help whenever a problem did arise.
    I know I skipped a lot of steps from the last time I posted, but If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask.

    OK, enough banter and on with the pictures!

    This CarPC is basically completed aside from some reception issues I am still encountering with my HQCT and having to run a power extension from the motherboard indash down into my center console to power my DVD-Rom. Other then that I plan on cleaning this all up and locking the screen in tomorrow. I will post those shots as well.



    Special thanks to BLK02si for building the indash aluminum case for me!





    This is slingbox and sat tv playing in my car (best feature by far)




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    Thats looking really good man! I didn't even know you were doing sat TV, how much is that service?? Do you have the track vision dish on your roof??
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    Well, I am using slingbox its a much cheaper method then track vision. Slingbox uses your home network and cable or sat box to broadcast whats on your television at home to a computer. I am using my Direct TV from my house and "slinging" it to my car over a verizon wireless braodband card. Its great and def the best feature of my CarPC. Slingbox is only about 150 dollars the only other cost associated with it is my verizon card which I had anyway for my laptop.

    Here is the link if you want to check out their site:

    http://us.slingmedia.com/page/home

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