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  • 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee

    Long time lurker (like a couple years) first time poster here. So after a few months of collecting parts I have a working PC in my Jeep. I know this forum is for finished projects, but are these things ever really finished? I figured since it is up and running this is the spot to post.

    So without further ado... here's the pics...

    1. First off, this is where i'm drawing my power from. Quite convienient right having both power sources about 18" from the pc itself. The plug on the left is the cigarette lighter and has power only with the ignition on and the plug on the right is simply there to plug in power adapters and has constant power. I was a little worried because both of these wires were small gauge wires and considering that they probably would be powering the pc plus and additional item such as charging my cell, but so far no problems.


    2. Here is the space where I installed the PC. Two screws removed the storage bin and provided an excellent way to screw down the plexi that my via is screwed down to.


    3. Here is the same space except with the plexi mounted with the standoffs for the via. Kinda hard to see especially w/ my audio cable partially stuffed under the plexi. I originally was installing this in a 98 grand cherokee and in that set up i was mounting the pc under the back seat and needed all that cable. Sure i could've shortened the wire but...well i'm just lazy sometimes and hey, whatever, it works.


    4. Here is the via mounted on top of the plexi base.


    5. Here is my OPUS 120 mounted on the left side of the inside of the console. As you can see it is also mounted on plexi. The plexi that it is mounted on is stuck to the side of console with velcro tape. I was worried that it might not be strong enough but i had to take it out after it was already in to get a jumper on it and dang that stuff holds.


    6. Here is the Hard drive mounted on the opposite side of the console. It's screwed to a bracket for mounting it into a 3.5" bay and i have that velcroed on as well.


    7. Here is the Lillput mounted. I'm using a bracket that I got on ebay that is made specifically for 2000-2004 grand cherokees and uses the same mounting holes as the head unit. I drilled a hole that is hidden nicely behind the lilliput to feed the MiniDIN and power cables. You have to look from a pretty funky angle to even see half inch of cable that is actually showing.


    8. Here's a pic with XP installing.


    9. Here's a night time pic using the flash. That's frodo running there.


    10. Here's a night time pic with the flash blocked.


    Other things not pictured...

    I have a touchpad mouse mounted in the ashtray. It's pretty sweet. It fit perfectly and folds right out of the dash and at night the ash tray light lights it up. I'll post a pic of it soon.

    I also have the GPS mouse mounted on top of the dash right in front of the driver seat.

    Things to do...

    I want to have a small usb panel mounted on the dash somewhere i can plug in a keyboard/gamepad/whatever. Simple enough, just have to decide where to mount it and find some kinda of panel to use...I'm kinda thinking i'm gonna cut a panel of the front of a pc case and use that if i can get the wiring right.

    Need to get a DVD drive and figure out where to mount it. I had a slimline trayload drive crap out on me during the install before i had even decided where to mount it. I gonna order me one of them slot loading panasonics just not sure where to put it...probably in the console with everything else. For now i have been able to test the dvd functionality with a full size drive just sitting on the passenger seat.

    I'm working on figuring out how to make dvd aspect ratio normal in Frodo since i've pretty much conceded that I'm not getting 800x480 out of my VIA ML8000 (sticking with 800x600). Any help here would be well appreciated. I'm using WinDVD as a decoder, and in WinDVD there is a check box in the properties somewhere called "Widescreen" that makes the aspect ratio look normal. Unfortunately this option is no where to be found in frodo or windows media player. I thought about just using WinDVD and setting it up as an external app in frodo but for some odd reason WinDVD crashes when i try to watch a DVD but they play fine in WMP or Frodo.

    Anyway...thanks for looking. Leave your compliments, suggestions, and what not below.

    -Al

  • #2
    That is one hell of a first post.
    Very very nice setup.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    • #3
      Originally posted by DarquePervert
      That is one hell of a first post.
      Very very nice setup.

      yeahi agree... just for the record:

      NOOB
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      • #4
        Looks neat... compact... but isn't the monitor a bit too far out of reach??
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        • #5
          Originally posted by scott_fx
          yeahi agree... just for the record:

          NOOB
          Good thinking, every n00b needs that reply... its like internet law.

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          • #6
            NOOB installed xp in the car??????????

            Your kneck must b killin you! But seriously, your car and install looks amazing!!! Congrats!

            But you really should have installed in your warm room!

            Oh, also, N00B,
            Roy

            2005 Range Rover 4.4
            Any ideas for putting a PC in this? :)

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            • #7
              Great stuff, very clean
              Congrats on your install and welcome to the forums!
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              • #8
                Well... He did say that he's a LONG time lurker...
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                • #9
                  Wow very nice, comming from a fellow 2000 Jeep GC owner. very nice Install. Jeeps are great for hiding wires.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Fraychild
                    Well... He did say that he's a LONG time lurker...
                    Exactly...been lurking for at least a couple years if not longer. Over that time I've learned quite well to and as well as

                    Thanks also to all the welcome posts!

                    -Al

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Fraychild
                      Looks neat... compact... but isn't the monitor a bit too far out of reach??
                      Yea, I didn't think it was going to be that bad but after a few weeks of use i beginning to find it to be a pain.

                      If only someone made a radio card that did AM and FM then I'd be willing to lose my head unit and do some fiberglassin and but the LCD there.

                      I do want to see how well i can stream audio off the Net over my Sprint phone since all of my favorite AM radio programs now all stream over Net. I'm doubting I'll get much without a lot of buffering...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by HHdesign
                        Wow very nice, comming from a fellow 2000 Jeep GC owner. very nice Install. Jeeps are great for hiding wires.
                        Thanks! Have any plans as to where you are going to mount the PC yet...I thinking i'm going to move mine to back somewhere sometime soon. It be nice to have my console space back. I was kinda thinking in the back in the cargo area I have a little pocket there...i think this is where the CD Changer mounts in those that have that option.

                        Hmmm...that just got me thinking...I wonder how big the case of the stock CD changer is...if i can cram my PC in that case it should make things alot easier...I'm sure i can find a busted one on ebay or something...

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