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    Hello,

    My name is Yuriy. I just registered here, so I thought I'd give you a quick intro to myself before showing off my car
    I come from Russia, have been living in US for 1.5 years. I'm 16 years old, a poor college student on a tight budget, so please don't laugh too loud when you see this
    Well, with that said, here goes..


    Here're a few shots of my car's exterior:








    Well, here's my 11" LCD


    Nice little radar sitting right next to the speedometer and a Toshiba e740 Pocket PC that I use for GPS navigation


    The system is plugged into a cigarette lighter. Lots of wires around as I have not yet found time to hide them.


    Because the CD player is behind the screen now, I had to re-locate the volume control to another spot. Well, now it's even better since I can reach it without stretching my hand out.


    Backup buddy. This thing keeps my computer from restarting when the engine starts and it also lets me to put it to sleep for weeks so that I don't have to wait for it to load each morning.


    I'm using Windows 98 SE. As you can see some of it is translated into Russian. The icons are three times the normal size so that they are easilly seen from anywhere within the car.


    Well, and at last - this is the way it usually looks when loaded. This is latest WinAmp player. I have 4 GB of music on there, that's around 800 tracks with 192 kbs quality. I got around 50 various albums, so scrolling can be a pain sometimes. I have not yet organized the playlists.




    As you can see, everything is very cheap. Actually, here's how much I spent on the whole thing:

    Pentium 133 laptop (under the seat) - $85
    11" LCD screen - free (came with the laptop )
    PS/2 numeric keyboard - $16
    Radioshack rechargable battery - $30
    Misc. expenses ~ $30
    -----------------------------------------------
    Total - $161
    Like I said - I'm just a poor college student and I don't have a lot of money to throw around on touchscreens like you guys do
    That's about the same price as a hi-end car CD player today, by the way

    Well, the system is not yet complete.
    Some things I plan on adding:

    - CD-ROM drive for MP3 and regular CDs
    - Webcam through the back window so I can see what's behind me without turning my head

    That's about it for now
    Oh - one more thing: this is my second car.
    My first car was a 22-year-old Nissan Maxima which I also put a computer into
    If anyone is interested in seing that freak show, I can open a new thread
    00 Saturn SL2, boosted @ 8 psi - CarDomain
    Newest install - my quickest ever
    My 2nd carputer - b4 I broke the touchscreen
    My very first carputer - voted the most ghetto

  • #2
    $161!!! Man, I have stopped keeping track of my Carputer related expenses - too scary

    Nice system, but what do you use for a mouse?
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    • #3
      Privet,

      Sorry, that's of the little Russian I know.

      Talk about a low-budget setup. But it works, so kudos for that. As you said, a little clean up is in order.

      That's an interesting idea to use the 'back-up buddy' to keep it asleep.

      I assume you use the pocket PC because your car pc can't handle nav.

      Very good job keeping it on a budget.

      Poka,
      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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      • #4
        Yeah. Well, part of it is also because I can't find any good GPS software with maps for it too. I mean "free" software because, like I said, I can't spend some $150 on a Routis package.

        About the mouse - the laptop had a trackball built in. I was able to extract it and mount on the side of the seat, close to where the "power" button is. You can't see it on the pics but it's there. Although I really don't need a mouse. I upload music to the car via LAN (I have a 2.4 GHz laptop that I didn't dare to waste on a car) and I use remote control software called RAdmin whenever there is a need to type something up, change a skin or do pretty much anything.

        Anyways, looking at all the other quality in-dash setups here I have decided to spend the weekend finishing up and polishing my own system - I feel so jealous At the same time I feel like my system is probably the cheapest here, yet it's very much functional

        PS: Thanks for not hurting my feelings - I expected much worse!

        PPS: so, is there anyone who wishes to see the setup on my very first car that was 22 years old?
        00 Saturn SL2, boosted @ 8 psi - CarDomain
        Newest install - my quickest ever
        My 2nd carputer - b4 I broke the touchscreen
        My very first carputer - voted the most ghetto

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        • #5
          Yuriy,

          Everyone has to start somewhere. Keep your priorities straight, finish college. Then the world is open to you. You can then build the "dream system" you want. Vary functional setup. Work on the presentation a little, and you have a great system. But remember, school first.

          Batman
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          www.samshomepage.net

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          • #6
            Heh, thanks
            Well, since I'm already officially on a summer "vacation" I did spend some time cleaning up the exterior and removing all those wires. Here are the results:

            Before:


            After:


            No more ugly wires!


            And I also organized the playlists and re-arranged the windows for a fresher look:


            Looks much better this way
            00 Saturn SL2, boosted @ 8 psi - CarDomain
            Newest install - my quickest ever
            My 2nd carputer - b4 I broke the touchscreen
            My very first carputer - voted the most ghetto

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            • #7
              waaaaiiiiiiiiiit a minute, your 16 and your in college?!?! Damn boy im 16 and I just finished my junior year of high school
              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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              • #8
                Originally posted by mp3mike05
                waaaaiiiiiiiiiit a minute, your 16 and your in college?!?! Damn boy im 16 and I just finished my junior year of high school
                You bet! In Washington state we have a program called "Running Start", if you're a junior and your GPA is above 2.5 you can study full time in college and get high-school + college credit
                Also - it's free for two years!
                http://www.oc.ctc.edu/GetStart/Admis...art/index.html
                00 Saturn SL2, boosted @ 8 psi - CarDomain
                Newest install - my quickest ever
                My 2nd carputer - b4 I broke the touchscreen
                My very first carputer - voted the most ghetto

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                • #9
                  Where did you get that volume control?
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                  • #10
                    From the factory CD player of course



                    I'm fairly good at soldering.
                    00 Saturn SL2, boosted @ 8 psi - CarDomain
                    Newest install - my quickest ever
                    My 2nd carputer - b4 I broke the touchscreen
                    My very first carputer - voted the most ghetto

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                    • #11
                      Damn it! I knew I overpaid for my system!

                      Nice work!
                      2004 4runner

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                      • #12
                        LCD Pannel wire

                        Good Job!

                        How did you wired the LCD monitor wire off of the laptop?

                        I tried with my old P-133 Toshiba laptop, could not get it to work. I extended the wire, but no signal came from the laptop to LCD.

                        Did you have to buy a special wire for it?

                        Do you have to put shielding on it?

                        Thanks!

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                        • #13
                          Hey, the secret is to keep the inverter close to the LCD.
                          Check out this thread, there are pics of my LCD extension that might help a bit:
                          http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=27744

                          I also had the same problem, where there was no signal. At least that's what it looked like. It turned out that the cable between the inverter and LCD was supposed to be short otherwise the backlight was way underpowered. I guess that's the most common problem when extending laptop LCDs.


                          BTW, today I got a CD-ROM drive, but I think I ran out of space to install it in the car
                          I even extended it (30 + something wires) but now I don't know where to put it!!

                          PS: Hey, I think my LCD is actually a 12.1"! Bump.
                          http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...487127485&rd=1
                          00 Saturn SL2, boosted @ 8 psi - CarDomain
                          Newest install - my quickest ever
                          My 2nd carputer - b4 I broke the touchscreen
                          My very first carputer - voted the most ghetto

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                          • #14
                            Go WA state!

                            Like the setup Yuriy! congrats and enjoy!
                            -NizZ8
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                            . NizZ8.com .

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by NizZ8
                              Go WA state!

                              Like the setup Yuriy! congrats and enjoy!
                              Thanks a bunch! I really didn't expect any nice replies, especially after I saw all those pro factory-looking setups with touchscreens and such. Well, even if you don't mean it - thanks
                              00 Saturn SL2, boosted @ 8 psi - CarDomain
                              Newest install - my quickest ever
                              My 2nd carputer - b4 I broke the touchscreen
                              My very first carputer - voted the most ghetto

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