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  • mp323i -- 98% done

    Car:
    1999 BMW 323i

    CarPC components:
    Asus Mini-ATX board
    Pentium 4 2.4ghz 533fsb
    512 Mb DDRam 333 Mhz
    40 Gb HD Maxtor 7200 RPM
    Toshiba Laptop DVD/CD Burner w/USB 2.0 Bridge
    USB Mouse GPS
    Lilliput 7" with USB touchscreen
    Opus 150W PSU

    Software:
    WinXP Professional
    Undecided as to MediaEngine / MediaCar / FrodoPlayer
    Routis 2004

    Just a teaster pic for now as I am dead tired..


    I am driving to California from Jersey and back (leave tomorrow) and have been up all night working on this project.

    Tasks Left:
    Mount DVD/CD-RW in rear seat ashtray (which is in the center console)
    Install Misc Software
    -Brad
    83 mp320i
    99 mp323i
    _________

    7" Lilliput w/Touch, 150 W Opus, 2.4ghz P4 533fsb, 512 DDR 333mhz, GPS, WiFi Inet, 40g Maxtor 7200rpm, Laptop DVD/CD-RW w/USB2.0 Bridge, WinXP Pro.

  • #2
    Is that screen molded in? It looks really good! Finish it up quick so you can get enough sleep before you hit the road. I can't imagine how exciting it must be to take your CarPC on it's maiden voyage on a cross-country trip!
    1994 RX-7, EPIA P4-ITX w/ Celeron 2.4 Ghz, Arise PSU, Xenarc 700TSV (new model)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by NoPistonPC
      Is that screen molded in? It looks really good! Finish it up quick so you can get enough sleep before you hit the road. I can't imagine how exciting it must be to take your CarPC on it's maiden voyage on a cross-country trip!
      Yeah it's molded... I took the original dash peice, cut out the frame and bondo's the lilliput in .. sanded, then sprayed with a texture paint. It's a little glossier than I want, but for now it'll have to do .. in the dark it looks so ridiculously awesome.

      I have all day tomorrow to work on it since I don't leave until the night. I'm a little worried about not having a enough time to test everything, but that's why I'm bringing all of the CD's with me!

      I forgot to add, the motherboard uses all onboard stuff, so I have NO AGP or PCI cards. The onboard sound is UNREAL and sounds ridiculous hooked into the car's Hardon Karman 10-speaker system. I used a little cd-changer adaptor as the input.
      -Brad
      83 mp320i
      99 mp323i
      _________

      7" Lilliput w/Touch, 150 W Opus, 2.4ghz P4 533fsb, 512 DDR 333mhz, GPS, WiFi Inet, 40g Maxtor 7200rpm, Laptop DVD/CD-RW w/USB2.0 Bridge, WinXP Pro.

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      • #4
        Major applaude..or props like you old ppl say
        DICE Los Angeles
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        • #5
          Congratulations on your install. Looks real good in there. Are you going to be trusting the GPS/Nav for this journey or are you sticking to ol' maps?

          That's a LONG trip ahead of you. Good luck. Safe travels.
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          It's in... it's finally installed!!!! But never finished!

          "It works! It works! I've finally invented something that works!" -- Doctor Emmit Brown

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          • #6
            Originally posted by carpcnoobie
            Congratulations on your install. Looks real good in there. Are you going to be trusting the GPS/Nav for this journey or are you sticking to ol' maps?

            That's a LONG trip ahead of you. Good luck. Safe travels.
            Def. gonna trust my trip to the GPS. If the computer stops working or something happens (no signal) then we just wing it. Now a day I bet it's real hard to get lost. I'm sure you can do it.. maybe it'll make for some fun adventures! We will have an Atlas of the states with us.
            -Brad
            83 mp320i
            99 mp323i
            _________

            7" Lilliput w/Touch, 150 W Opus, 2.4ghz P4 533fsb, 512 DDR 333mhz, GPS, WiFi Inet, 40g Maxtor 7200rpm, Laptop DVD/CD-RW w/USB2.0 Bridge, WinXP Pro.

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            • #7
              Congratulation, GJ !

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              • #8
                Looking good.

                did you have an OBC? if so what have you done with it.

                I have an E36 and am putting my screen in where the OBC is, but not aangled as you have.

                Still trying to finalise the OBC placement.

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                • #9
                  are you using the asus barebones system? If so, does the opus powersupply fit in the case, and how hard was it to get it working.
                  2003 Jetta GLI
                  1.8 ghz intel pentium 4
                  256 mb ram
                  dvdrom
                  xenarc 700tsv

                  Status - 90% - need to finish bondoing

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                  • #10
                    Good job. Enjoy your trip!
                    http://www.mybimmer.net

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                    • #11
                      Looks excellent! Have a safe trip.
                      2000 Monte Carlo SS - CarPC FINALLY INSTALLED!!!

                      CarPC: VIA EPIA-M10000, Xenarc 700TSV, 20G 2.5" HD, Opus 90W, Targus USB DVD/CD-ROM

                      Audio: Audigy 2 USB, Alpine 4 Channel Amp, 2 x Alpine 300W 6x9, 2 x Alpine 200W 6.5 (sub coming soon)

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                      • #12
                        thats the same position i am going to have to do for my 98 318ti. it looks great.

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                        • #13
                          Well, I'm back ... the carputer worked PERFECTLY!! Not a hiccup once. I was incredibly impressed!

                          Ended up using MediaEngine and Routis... few kinks in ME I don't like, but I'll get into that later. I have more pics of the setup coming too and some nice vacation photos to boot... hoep everyone has been well!
                          -Brad
                          83 mp320i
                          99 mp323i
                          _________

                          7" Lilliput w/Touch, 150 W Opus, 2.4ghz P4 533fsb, 512 DDR 333mhz, GPS, WiFi Inet, 40g Maxtor 7200rpm, Laptop DVD/CD-RW w/USB2.0 Bridge, WinXP Pro.

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                          • #14
                            Welcome back. Congratulations on your maiden voyage.

                            A few questions for you, now that you've had some time to live with your car pc.

                            One, how did Routis do with navigation. I'll be using Routis, and I have a fairly confident feeling I can trust it, but I've been waiting for you to get back to see how you do.

                            Second question. About your screen position. How did that do? I'm thinking of placing my screen down low as well since it is probably one of the only places it will go. Was it a problem looking down?

                            Thanks, can't wait for pics.
                            Progress Meter:

                            [|||||!||||'] 95% complete

                            It's in... it's finally installed!!!! But never finished!

                            "It works! It works! I've finally invented something that works!" -- Doctor Emmit Brown

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                            • #15
                              Routis worked great! For some reason I couldn't get all of the contigous 48 state maps to install at once (kept crashing on me) so I would install 4 or 5 states at a time. It wasn't a big deal and for you local area it should be fine (where you'll be 99% of the time anyway). Also, if you go into hiberation (don't know about standby) with the GPS running, when you recover you have to re-autodetect the gps reciever.

                              The maps are great though. Found gas stations most of the time (very rarely it wouldn't know about the one right down the road. Out of date POI?). The auto switch from day time to nightime maps is awesome as is the 3d views. My reciecver had a few problems getting a strong signal through my back window, but I don't blame Routis for that.

                              Media Engine worked great for the first half of the trip. Then I changed the way windows starts up and ME started acting a little funny. When it would recover from Hibernation the sounds would sometimes be muted even if Windows didn't think it was. I would have to go mute the sound then unmute it to make it come back.

                              Also, sometimes the song I was playing wouldn't resume. I would have to hit the pause button then play to get it to continue playing. Very odd. Also, sometimes if I rebooted and started ME, it would freeze while loading (I think during the u pdate DB process). I don't know if these are common problems or what, but they bugged me.

                              Overall though, I'd say the system worked great. Having the screen down low wasn't a big deal with the GPS (especially since the voice directions are dead on), but if you were watching a movie while driving, it would be hard to do. Of course, you shouldn't do this. ME was fine down low and my stick shift never was in the way.

                              The computer only hiccup'ed once the whole trip now that I think about it. We were in St Louis for the day and it was hot out... got back to the car and started her up ... the computer went into the BIOS ... rebooted and all was fine. guess it got a little hot in the trunk for a few. Other than that, not a single problem!

                              Pics coming...
                              -Brad
                              83 mp320i
                              99 mp323i
                              _________

                              7" Lilliput w/Touch, 150 W Opus, 2.4ghz P4 533fsb, 512 DDR 333mhz, GPS, WiFi Inet, 40g Maxtor 7200rpm, Laptop DVD/CD-RW w/USB2.0 Bridge, WinXP Pro.

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