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  • Lexus IS200 Lexputer!! Flip Up Screen!

    Hi Guys,

    I’ve reading MP3Car.com for over 13 months but only recently became a member. This is my Car PC Install. Its not 100% finished but its almost there.

    My PC Specs:

    --> Shuttle SN41G2 v3 (with nForce 2, Dual VGA, 5.1 Surround Sound, SATA)
    --> Opus 150W DC-DC PSU
    --> AMD Athlon [email protected]+ (using the Wire Trick)
    --> 160Gb SATA HDD mounted on a foam suspension thing in the case
    --> 1Gb (2 x 512Mb DDR400 Ram (Samsing) – yes overkill I know, but it was cheap at the time and the nForce works better with dual-memory setups.
    --> Gyration Wireless RF Keyboard and Mouse
    --> Panasonic Slim Slot-load CDRW/DVD
    --> Mp3Car.com external CD enclosure
    --> Xenarc 700TSV 7”
    --> Holux GPSlim236 Bluetooth GPS/GPS Mouse (can use both modes at the same time AND it is based on the new SiRFIII chipset!!!
    --> Shuttle Wifi adapter (doesn’t use a PCI slot)
    --> Wired PC “ON” and “HDD Activity” LEDs to the front of the car so they flash.
    --> Lexus OEM Sat Nav housing with motor. This thing took me over 8 months to find at a reasonable price.
    --> 120 degree wide-angle reversing camera off ebay.
    --> Custom AUX-IN for sound. The Lexus 6 CD headunit doesn’t support AUX-IN….but after months of nagging I managed to be the first person to try out the AUX-IN created by a UK based Lexus electronics company. It works great with NO noise!! Can really enjoy the 8-speakers the car has!

    Software:

    --> RoadRunner
    --> Destinator 3 with MapMonkey (not that impressed after using Tom Tom for so long),
    --> Croid WINc

    The thing I like about this system the best is the protential for future expansion. I can add games with wireless controllers, setup dual screens in the back, digital TV and I’ve not used a single PCI slot yet!


    Some Pictures of the car (its been a while since the car has been this clean!)












    Car PC Pictures (sorry about the mess!)

    I have the display for a Bluetooth phonekit, reversing sensors and a usb hub which I have not secured yet.



    Screen flipped down.


    Screen flips up as soon as the ignition is ON.




    Shuttle PC in the boot – not the most glamorous looking. May rectify that later. It is on a piece of thick hard foam that I have covered with the same material as in the boot


    Position of the phonekit. It cuts audio when I get a call to both the CD/Radio and the AUX-IN! Has voice dialling too!!


    My SiRF!!! Bluetooth GPS/USB GPS Mouse. It has a 10 hour battery so is ALWAYS on! I have a fix as soon as I get into the car.


    RoadRunner – looks really “stock”


    Playing music


    Old pic – My PC Status lights




    My list of future improvements:


    1. Get a Laptop style touchpad which I can keep near the drinks holder. The touchpad will make it easier to control the PC -the touchscreen is all well and good - but can be a abit awkward to reach at times.

    2. Install Prolex reversing Camera. I have put all the wiring in place to autoswitch to the camera when reverse is selected - all I need now is the camera! The eBay camera is not great quality. The Prolex one is tiny, 140 degree wide angle, waterproof and pin-sharp quality. Trouble is it costs a fortune!! Will have to save up!

    3. Get a much better wifi antenna!

    4. Get my Slim CDRW/DVD hooked up.

    4. Look at some games I could install and play using wireless pads!!

    I love having a 160Gb HDD full of movies/music/software at my disposal!

    The PC had been ONE HELL of alot of work and effort and just shows what you can do when you put your mind to something - despite having no experience of what you are doing.
    Lexputer Installed!
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...401#post522401

  • #2
    nice job, love the car and the install!
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    • #3
      Nice, love the screen, though it does look like it would be weird to reach and use as a touch screen... Sharp car.
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      • #4
        nice car, nice install and nice choice of phone. I have a 6680, very happy with it, shame it doesn't work with phonecontrol though...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by RS3RS
          Nice, love the screen, though it does look like it would be weird to reach and use as a touch screen... Sharp car.
          Good point.

          I suppose if it was THAT good a place for a touchscreen then the Lexus engineers would have put one in anyway!!

          Its not that bad, but because the car is quite new I didn't want to replace my headunit, and mess about with the dash to fit a touchscreen in. I do like it the way it is because it looks just like any other IS200 until you turn it on!
          Lexputer Installed!
          http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...401#post522401

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          • #6
            wow, turned out great. Awesome job!

            no burning smell anymore?
            肚子笑痛了
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            • #7
              Originally posted by davidegee
              nice car, nice install and nice choice of phone. I have a 6680, very happy with it, shame it doesn't work with phonecontrol though...
              Too right....I am on 3 in the Uk which is 3G and to be fair the only decent phone on this network is the 6680. I did ask Zorro about phoneco support but he said it wasn't supported. But I'm more then happy with the Parrot CK3100 kit I've got installed! I think its probably a more reliable solution then using a software based solution.

              The phone can be used with Tom Tom Mobile too!! I plan on getting a copy on the phone. My GPS allows simultanious Bluetooth and USB GPS connections so I'm good to go!! I want to keep Tom Tom as a back up because I don't really trust Destinator's routing.

              Thanks for the props guys!
              Lexputer Installed!
              http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...401#post522401

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              • #8
                Wow, splendid install . It is so nice, that you just HAVE TO do something about that boot install! Quick !
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jcdillin
                  wow, turned out great. Awesome job!

                  no burning smell anymore?
                  Hey....you know I still panic everytime I smell burning in the air!! Been fine so far!

                  Need to not be as paronid!!

                  Thanks again for the great advice!
                  Lexputer Installed!
                  http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...401#post522401

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                  • #10
                    Looks a mint install, like the screen idea :-)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Cris
                      Wow, splendid install . It is so nice, that you just HAVE TO do something about that boot install! Quick !
                      Cris...

                      I have SO MUCH go wrong that to be honest I am just grateful that its in and working!! I will do something with it - not sure what however!

                      In the course of putting this in the car I have had:

                      - cigarette ligher fuse blow so auto-on wouldnt work
                      - Xenarc controller board blow up -BLACK SMOKE in the car. Had to replace screen.
                      - Car Battery Died
                      - Lost all sound from head unit when a transister blew in the AUX-IN and locked the phone kit into mute mode.
                      - My Mp3Car.com cd enclosure set on fire!! YES FIRE!!
                      - Opus fuse has blown twice
                      - Panasonic Slim Slot CDRW/DVD died.......was replaced by the place I bought it from.
                      - Touchscreen wouldn't work....had connected the touchscreen overlay the wrong way!
                      - Scratched my touchscreen overlay when putting the Sat Nav housing into the car - since my first Xenarc screen was dead I switched it.....
                      - Burning smell comming from the screen housing again -turned out the magnets in the motor in the housing was causing the Xenarc transformer to overheat!
                      - Had to take out and put back in the Sat Nav housing 6 times!! Its a pain to do because its very tight space and you have to unscrew everything!
                      - Lost about a pint of blood and much more in sweat!! :P

                      I've almost killed myself doing this install and questioned why the HELL did I start this!!! Just want to enjoy it for a bit now!

                      I am thinking of making a "fake side" for it - but at the moment I just hope nothing else goes wrong....

                      Anyway....I'm not going to show anyone the boot!
                      Lexputer Installed!
                      http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...401#post522401

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Anees
                        Cris...

                        I have SO MUCH go wrong that to be honest I am just grateful that its in and working!! I will do something with it - not sure what however!

                        In the course of putting this in the car I have had:

                        - cigarette ligher fuse blow so auto-on wouldnt work
                        - Xenarc controller board blow up -BLACK SMOKE in the car. Had to replace screen.
                        - Car Battery Died
                        - Lost all sound from head unit when a transister blew in the AUX-IN and locked the phone kit into mute mode.
                        - My Mp3Car.com cd enclosure set on fire!! YES FIRE!!
                        - Opus fuse has blown twice
                        - Panasonic Slim Slot CDRW/DVD died.......was replaced by the place I bought it from.
                        - Touchscreen wouldn't work....had connected the touchscreen overlay the wrong way!
                        - Scratched my touchscreen overlay when putting the Sat Nav housing into the car - since my first Xenarc screen was dead I switched it.....
                        - Burning smell comming from the screen housing again -turned out the magnets in the motor in the housing was causing the Xenarc transformer to overheat!
                        - Had to take out and put back in the Sat Nav housing 6 sixes!! Its a pain to do because its very tight space and you have to unscrew everything!
                        - Lost about a pint of blood and much more in sweat!! :P


                        Have I mentioned how gorgeous the boot install looks in that case?!
                        You went through quite enough for this decade I think...but really AWESOME job!
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cris
                          Have I mentioned how gorgeous the boot install looks in that case?!
                          You went through quite enough for this decade I think...but really AWESOME job!

                          Lexputer Installed!
                          http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...401#post522401

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                          • #14
                            Anees, that really is a slick install! I envy that you have that flip up location for the screen and can keep the stock headunit. after i move into my new house, I'd love to pursue some of the items you installed and some of the setups you did, will just be different since i'm in a nissan. anyway, good job! don't start anything new without adult supervision j/k
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                            • #15
                              im confused. is your car called "i5 200", or "is 200"????

                              here im america its the is 300
                              my wish list:
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