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  • Via ME-6000 installed in '99 Explorer

    This project started off when I saw the announcement of the VIA/EPIA mini-ITX motherboards. My first thought was "Oooh! Carputer!" No specific purpose other than the geek-factor and "can it be done?" I rationalized it with mp3 player, GPS, etc. but it was really just to see if it could be done.

    I put about $600 into it, but already had the hard drive, bluetooth, and WiFi. My main consideration was to do the least amount of permanent or visible changes to the Explorer.

    Pictures are at this gallery .
    Via ME-6000 w/512MB
    Garmin GPS-16
    802.11, Bluetooth and T-Mobile GPRS

  • #2
    OMG, don't tell me you managed to stick it inside the dash!
    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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    • #3
      Originally posted by Yuriy
      OMG, don't tell me you managed to stick it inside the dash!
      Yup... There was a lot of room... Depending on your definition of "lot".

      Actually, even with the PW-70A power supply snapped onto the motherboard, there's about 3/8" behind the motherboard and 3/4" in front of the power supply.
      Via ME-6000 w/512MB
      Garmin GPS-16
      802.11, Bluetooth and T-Mobile GPRS

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      • #4
        Do you still have use of your emergency brake?
        My Install Thread
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        MKIV VW Jetta
        How do I get sound to my car?

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        • #5
          I must say, that is very very cool. Good job!
          DICE Los Angeles
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          • #6
            That's very slick.
            [H]4 Life
            My next generation Front End is right on schedule.
            It will be done sometime in the next generation.
            I'm a lesbian too.
            I am for hire!

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            • #7
              You mean to tell me all that work hiding everything and you didn't stick the lcd in the dash? Still looks good tho. You defenitly gave me a few ideas with this one.
              Status: [|||||||||-] 90% finished
              My 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo SS Install

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ppgt94
                Do you still have use of your emergency brake?
                *blink* E-brake is on the left side, under the steering wheel. I didn't lose anything by adding it.
                Via ME-6000 w/512MB
                Garmin GPS-16
                802.11, Bluetooth and T-Mobile GPRS

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by snmnetwork
                  You mean to tell me all that work hiding everything and you didn't stick the lcd in the dash?
                  I really like how others have put the LCD in the dash, but I didn't want to lose my HU. I would have had to move it somewhere else. I may look at it again if I replace the HU with 1-DIN, which will then make room for a in-dash concealed mount.
                  Via ME-6000 w/512MB
                  Garmin GPS-16
                  802.11, Bluetooth and T-Mobile GPRS

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                  • #10
                    Yep thats true. You did want to keep the stock apearance. And You sure did acomplish your goal.
                    Status: [|||||||||-] 90% finished
                    My 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo SS Install

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by erond
                      Pictures are at this gallery .
                      Two new pictures at the gallery. Got bluetooth/GPRS working and can surf from the truck, now.

                      Told my wife I should do the same thing in her car and we can IM between us when we are both on the road....
                      Via ME-6000 w/512MB
                      Garmin GPS-16
                      802.11, Bluetooth and T-Mobile GPRS

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                      • #12
                        Very clean install. It's good to know that you managed to squeeze the motherboard behind the stock CD Player. I have a 2000 Ford Ranger so my interior and dash is identical to that of your Explorer. Now that I know I can fit the motherboard and a few other peripherals behind the bezel I won't have to find a place to squeeze everything.
                        2000 Ford Ranger XLT
                        4.0L V6 OHV
                        (coming sometime soon: fully built carputer with GPS, MP3, DVD, all that good stuff)

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                        • #13
                          Attacked by Captain Obvious (sound)

                          One of the details that I've been trying to figure out finally got solved by a comment made by somebody else. I've been trying to figure out how to get sound from the motherboard to the radio without replacing the whole thing (no audio in).

                          Captain Obvious said, "Use an FM modulator/transmitter." and it worked just fine.
                          It is a bit disconcerting hearing the Windows boot sound when I start the truck, though...
                          Via ME-6000 w/512MB
                          Garmin GPS-16
                          802.11, Bluetooth and T-Mobile GPRS

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                          • #14
                            change the sound or turn off windows boot sound then
                            CarPC Status:
                            GPS: 99%
                            Hardware: 99%
                            Software: 92%
                            Case Install: 99.9%
                            Dash Install: 100%
                            Car Install: 72%

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by NiN^_^NiN
                              change the sound or turn off windows boot sound then
                              My Windows start sound is a clip from Back to the Future. Right at the beginning when they bring the DeLorean out of the truck.

                              <spacey sound> <creaking> kshhh-hissss VROOM! <orchestral fade>

                              Windows exit is just some weird synthesizer sound going "zsheeooom". Don't hear it very much though, since I just cut power to shut down.

                              P.S. Every time I get a Windows error I get Schwarzenazi saying "You son of a *****!"
                              95 Chevy G20 Vroom Boom Room
                              ...with a whole bunch of nifty ****... go check it out: VanDomain Page

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