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  • 2005 GMC Envoy XL

    Well, after many months of debating, I finally decided to build a carPC. Having recently financed a 2005 GMC Envoy, I thought what better way to break it than by building a car pc.

    Specs
    Mobo: Asus A7N8X-VM Arrived

    CPU: AMD XP 2400 Mobile 35watt Arrived

    HD: Western Digital 120GB 7200RPM 8MB Arrived

    RAM: 512MB PC3200 DDR Arrived

    PSU: Opus 150W Arrived

    CD: Sony CDRW/DVD slim Arrived

    External USB Enclosure: Mapower Arrived

    Screen: Xenarc 700 TSV Arrived

    GPS Receiver: Rikaline 6010 Arrived

    GPS software: CoPilot Live 8 Re-Arrived


    Wireless: Netgear USB 54Mbps Arrived

    OS: Windows XP Professional
    Other: Microsoft Streets & Trips 2005
    Case: Custom (See here
    Mount: ProClip LCD Mount Arrived

    Wire: Amp Wire Kit Arrived

    Keyboard: Mini (and it is really tiny) Arrived

    FM Modulater: Clarion FM200S (have a leased vehicle) Ordered
    Inverter: Xantrex XPower 400 Plus Arrived


    Pictures to come as parts arrive.

    Website Image: (actual to come when the sun comes up)

  • #2
    Good luck man, keep us posted and don't forget pics.
    Btw, nice board and cpu compo.
    Installed
    Asus A7N8X-VM - AMD Mobile Athlon 2400
    512 Ram - 60GB HD - Opus 150w
    Lilliput 7" - Rikaline 6010
    [00000000000001100010-] 98% Completed

    Check Out My Install!!!

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    • #3
      At least give us a picture of the car. This is the show off areea, so show something off...
      Renault Megane...the OEM look

      The Lost in Europe Ford Escort

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      • #4
        Xenarc USB Power

        Ok, now it is just about time to start putting together. For powering the Xenarc, I am going to fabricate a USB power cable, to run from the Opus (located in the back) to the front.

        For the USB power cable, I am going to do the following:
        • Take USB cables from old USB LAN adapters
        • Splice cables together to get correct length
        • Create a PCB or similar to connect power cable to custom Power USB port
        • Connect custom USB power port to Opus 12v & ground

        Seems like it will work just fine. Anyone got any inputs?

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        • #5
          never saw those pro clips before.looking into those now. so all u do is put it opn ur vents of im guessing correctly?? looking forward to seein the install pics.
          ..and dont back out just because u think its too crazi , i hate pussies
          -outdidya

          epia m1000,256mb ddr,7"lilli,120gb hdd, Ati remote wonder,400watt inverter,350psu all under xp pro-installed

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          • #6
            Yea, the snap onto your console or vents. They are awesome if you don't want to build/mod your dash. I will definately post some pics.

            Connected to Xenarc:


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            • #7
              WOH! You got the Remote control with the Xenarc!! Can you please take some shots of the remote and the IR Receiver? Thanks!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by hd54321
                WOH! You got the Remote control with the Xenarc!! Can you please take some shots of the remote and the IR Receiver? Thanks!
                Remote:

                IR (on left):

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                • #9
                  Looks great so far, keep us updated... Im buying my items over the next couple of weeks.

                  HD54321: My 700tsv also came with a remote also, where did u source ur monitor from?

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                  • #10
                    Where are you planning on mounting your hardware?? I'm also really interesting in seeing how this clip actually mounts. I have a Trailblazer and I thought about doing something similar, but I'm really trying to keep it prestine.

                    Also, how are getting sound into the sound system?? Do you have the factory sound system?
                    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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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by carpcnoobie
                      Where are you planning on mounting your hardware?? I'm also really interesting in seeing how this clip actually mounts. I have a Trailblazer and I thought about doing something similar, but I'm really trying to keep it prestine.

                      Also, how are getting sound into the sound system?? Do you have the factory sound system?
                      I plan on installing either this weekend or next, but I do not have all of my hardware in yet, so it all depends. I will definately post pics of everything as I am working on it.

                      The only issue I have is mounting the PC somewhere since I decided to go with mATX instead of mini-ITX. I wanted the flexibility and power, but kind of wish i went with the size. Oh well, will see what I can do with this situation.

                      As far as the sound goes, I have not even cracked my dash panel yet, so I have no idea what I am going to do with sound (I have the factory sound with 6-disc cd, xm, and onstar), but there are two options: 1) use the AUX in 2) buy an amp and wire it to the speakers. I have not worked out the details for either, but will post when ever i do.

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                      • #12
                        I bought my Xenarc from a forum-member here a little while ago - got a good deal, but wish I had the remote. I think they just started selling the Xenarcs with remotes.

                        Also, I would go with the Aux-in option. Not sure if your system can handle it since you already have Onstar and XM, but you will get the LEAST amount of headache as well as the least amount of work going with aux in. If you go the amp/speaker install route, you will be spending lots of time installing in addition to the $ you will have to shell out for all the new equipment.

                        You are obviously not going to have bumping sound, but you will have peace of mind. I redid my whole system on my car and it's an F-in nightmare. I'm getting great experience and gaining good knowledge, but its a headache.

                        -HD

                        -HD

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                        • #13
                          I don't care if my Xenarcs ARE literally within arm's reach (no stretching), I want a remote, dammit!

                          What's the "channel" buttons? Is that just input select? What about the "scan" and "yes/no" buttons? Grr... I better not be missing more than the remote...
                          95 Chevy G20 Vroom Boom Room
                          ...with a whole bunch of nifty ****... go check it out: VanDomain Page

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                          • #14
                            1) How are you powering the screen?
                            2) Is Opus going to be able to take all that computer?
                            3) Are you using onboard sound and video?


                            Good start, nice car, GMC heh
                            ,./(0)3

                            '04 Canyon 4x4 pickup

                            [---PC on hold----working on external fiberglass "tool" box---]

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by EBFoxbat
                              1) How are you powering the screen?
                              2) Is Opus going to be able to take all that computer?
                              3) Are you using onboard sound and video?


                              Good start, nice car, GMC heh

                              1) I am trying to hook it up to my Opus using a USB cable Here
                              2) I sure hope so, I got the Mobile 35W CPU and am only running a HD, USB GPS, Xenarc off it.
                              3) currently going to use on-board sound and video, but have not tested it yet.

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