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  • 2004 Mazda3 Carputer Worklog - Installed!

    I've been a frequent visitor here for a long time, always wanting to build a CarPC. I finally caved and started seriously planning 2 months ago. I decided to start a running worklog to remind myself of what else needs to be done, and to keep track on the progress I've made.

    Quick specs on the CarPC:

    Case: Mini-box M300 Mini-ITX Enclosure
    PSU: M2-ATX Intelligent DC-DC PSU
    Mobo: Intel D201GLY2A mini-ITX
    CPU: onboard Celeron 220 1.2Ghz CPU
    Video: onboard SiS Graphics
    RAM: 1GB Ultra Low-Profile DDR2 SDRAM
    Sound: Creative X-Fi Extreme Music PCI card
    HDD: Seagate Momentus 5400.4 2.5″ - 160Gb
    Optical: Pioneer DVR-K06 Slim DVD-RW
    GPS: USGlobalSat BU-353 USB GPS Receiver
    WiFi: Edimax EW-7318USG USB 2.0 Wireless LAN Hi-Gain Adapter
    Bluetooth: MSI Starkey Bluetooth Dongle
    Radio: Visteon HDZ300 HD Radio

    http://bluecarputer.wordpress.com/



    I'll mainly be updating the blog, as I find it easier to organize the posts and such, but I'll be watching this thread as well.
    2004 Mazda3 Carputer Worklog - Update 5/17/11: Carputer 2.0 Hardware Selection

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    Update:



    Added Power Consumption Calculations, and the thought process for selecting the hardware components.

    I realize my worklog posts may be a bit wordy, but I want to be able to make it so that someone who may be familiar with computers and cars (but not CarPC's) to be able to read it, understand it, and use it as a guide for their own application.
    2004 Mazda3 Carputer Worklog - Update 5/17/11: Carputer 2.0 Hardware Selection

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Stealth915 View Post
      I realize my worklog posts may be a bit wordy, but I want to be able to make it so that someone who may be familiar with computers and cars (but not CarPC's) to be able to read it, understand it, and use it as a guide for their own application.
      No apologies necessary. The space is free, and the information could be priceless to someone. Keep it up.
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      If just enough is really good, then too much ought to be perfect.

      2006 Scion xB with in-dash Atom & Lilliput 889GL -- Worklog at http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...res-links.html
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      • #4
        Thanks for the encouragement, rdholtz, I like how your worklog is also very detailed - I might have to steal some ideas from your install! =)

        Updated Worklog with part 2 of selecting hardware components. Things will get more interesting soon.
        2004 Mazda3 Carputer Worklog - Update 5/17/11: Carputer 2.0 Hardware Selection

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        • #5
          Update: putting the PC together: part 1.
          Installing the Mobo, M2-ATX, X-Fi, and a 2.5" HDD into the Mini-box M300 case.

          2004 Mazda3 Carputer Worklog - Update 5/17/11: Carputer 2.0 Hardware Selection

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          • #6
            Update: putting the PC together: part 2

            Routing cables and wires into and out of the M300 case.
            2004 Mazda3 Carputer Worklog - Update 5/17/11: Carputer 2.0 Hardware Selection

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            • #7
              took a break from carputering, but I'm back working on it again!

              update: M2-ATX override switch in dash

              2004 Mazda3 Carputer Worklog - Update 5/17/11: Carputer 2.0 Hardware Selection

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              • #8
                small update: extending power switch/led cable

                2004 Mazda3 Carputer Worklog - Update 5/17/11: Carputer 2.0 Hardware Selection

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                • #9
                  Update: Illuminated Power Switch



                  On a sidenote, I'm spending this weekend installing the carputer. I hope to get it done before monday, so more pics and updates to follow...
                  2004 Mazda3 Carputer Worklog - Update 5/17/11: Carputer 2.0 Hardware Selection

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                  • #10
                    Update: Carputer Installed!



                    OK, so it's actually been installed for a month now, but I've just been too busy to make a post about it until now.

                    Still a few wrinkles to iron out, but it works! See the blog post for pictures/description.
                    2004 Mazda3 Carputer Worklog - Update 5/17/11: Carputer 2.0 Hardware Selection

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                    • #11
                      Bringing this back from the dead... I decided to upgrade the Carputer after 2 years

                      Update: Goals of the Carputer Upgrade

                      Also see the new Worklog thread
                      2004 Mazda3 Carputer Worklog - Update 5/17/11: Carputer 2.0 Hardware Selection

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