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    i had started threads on versions 1.0 and 2.0 a while back, but the picture links are broken since switching servers. so i decided to start a new thread.

    not much has changed with the actual carputer system, but i did just redo the entire car stereo system. so i relocated the monitor to the top map compartment. i'm pretty happy with it all and the sound is spectacular now.

    here are the specs:
    • Compaq Presario 2710US Notebook
      • 1.13 GHz Intel Pentium III
      • 512 MB SDRAM
      • 20 GB Hard Drive
    • Evo Notebook N180 QuickDock Port Replicator
    • Lilliput 7" Touchscreen Monitor (629GL-70NP)
    • Delorme Earthmate + Street Atlas 2004
    • iGuidance + Microsoft GPS Locator
    • Power Acoustik PADVD-340 DVD/VCD/MP3/CD/CD-R/RW Player
    • ATI Remote Wonder
    • Philips ACC10082 Compact Mini Wireless Keyboard
    • iOne RF Wireless Keyboard/Mouse
    • Creative Sound Blaster MP3+ USB
    • Headunit: Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X789
    • Front: Alpine Type-S 6.5" Components
    • Rear: Alpine Type-S 5"x7" Coaxials
    • Sub: Kicker CVR122 (12", 2-ohm DVC)
    • Amps: MTX Thunder564 (cabin), MTX MXA4002 (sub)

    the new headunit: mazda 6 owners have been waiting a LONG time for a dash kit that will allow you to install aftermarket stereos. it took metra a good 3 years to develop and produce this thing. the problem was that the climate controls and top LCD operation were integrated into the stock stereo circuitry. metra had to construct their own circuit boards to maintain functionality. it was worth the wait, though.


    amps: the one on the left is for the sub. the one on the right powers the cabin speakers.


    trunk: you can see the laptop sitting on its docking station. the VGA and PS/2 extension cables were so long, i couldn't figure out a place to hide them.


    monitor: in this picture, you can see where the monitor used to be....


    ....and this is where it is now:


    a few more interior shots:




    Mazda 6 Carputer

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    shots of the carputer in action:













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    • #3
      excellent job. does the cover over the screen close? or do you have to remove the screen to close it?
      Installed
      Asus A7N8X-VM - AMD Mobile Athlon 2400
      512 Ram - 60GB HD - Opus 150w
      Lilliput 7" - Rikaline 6010
      [00000000000001100010-] 98% Completed

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      • #4
        thanks.

        well, the monitor is kinda ghetto rigged right now. the top edge is attached to the compartment lid with velcro. it just detaches so i can lay it down flat and close it up. but it's still very secure when it's up. it doesn't move at all while driving or when i use the touchscreen. i tried using a hinge, but the way everything lined up, it didn't fold down enough for the lid to shut. so i'm still trying to come up with a better solution. any suggestions would be great.
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        • #5
          It would be really sweet if you motorized the opening and closing process. I don't think it would be too difficult. Just use a couple of servo's, one for the screen and one for the cover. Attach one servo to one of the bottom corner of the screen and have the screen rotate up and down. Same with the cover.
          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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          • #6
            i have a suggestion. move the cd player up in the cubby and than buy the flip out housing for the lilli and put it in place of the radio
            i got dat ***** sittin on 22s! SUPERMAN EDITION!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by skeurton
              thanks.

              well, the monitor is kinda ghetto rigged right now. the top edge is attached to the compartment lid with velcro. it just detaches so i can lay it down flat and close it up. but it's still very secure when it's up. it doesn't move at all while driving or when i use the touchscreen. i tried using a hinge, but the way everything lined up, it didn't fold down enough for the lid to shut. so i'm still trying to come up with a better solution. any suggestions would be great.
              Have a look at this thread.
              http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=58264
              This is my install. The monitor is a hacked up Lilliput which is connected to the top lid via a spring loaded hinge. This makes it a somewhat of a semi-automatic installation, although I would love a fully motorized concept
              The road is long but we are getting there.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tolisn
                Have a look at this thread.
                http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=58264
                This is my install. The monitor is a hacked up Lilliput which is connected to the top lid via a spring loaded hinge. This makes it a somewhat of a semi-automatic installation, although I would love a fully motorized concept
                yeah, i tried a hinge, but that little bulge at the bottom of the monitor is what kept the lid from closing. i can see the notch you put in on the bottom of the compartment, but what exactly did you to to the monitor?
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                • #9
                  Help WIth my carputer

                  I have never done this, but im smart enough to do it. Well I wanna do the same as u with a laptop, I have a Dell latutide d600, But my question how im i gonna turn on the laptop do i need a shutdown/starup controller, how u did dis?, and also i think u solder to cables direcly to the power button, also i saw u were tlkin about a port replicator, can u explain me wat that is?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by la machine
                    I have never done this, but im smart enough to do it. Well I wanna do the same as u with a laptop, I have a Dell latutide d600, But my question how im i gonna turn on the laptop do i need a shutdown/starup controller, how u did dis?, and also i think u solder to cables direcly to the power button, also i saw u were tlkin about a port replicator, can u explain me wat that is?
                    i decided to use the combination of a laptop and docking station because i had one laying around that i didn't use much. plus, i wanted the ease of taking it out and putting it back in. a laptop is also good because of its battery. if i park my car for a short amount of time, i can leave it on and when i get back to my car, it's up and ready to go. but i have it set to go into hibernation if it's been running on battery for 30 minutes. to solve the problem of powering it up and shutting it down, i installed a power button up front near the driver....



                    it's a simple momentary switch bought from radio shack. instead of wiring it up directly to the laptop, i wired it into the docking station instead. it was much easier and keeps the laptop itself clean. all i had to do was open up the docking station and use a multimeter to figure out which points the switch shorted in order to turn it on. once that was done, it was just a matter of soldering the wires to the two points and running it to the switch up front. it works just like the normal power button too. push it and it turns on. push it again and it goes into hibernate mode. hold the button down and it completely shuts it down.



                    in order to remove the docking station, if need be, i also put this connector in line between the switch and the docking station. it's just a 1/8" audio connector. just unhook it and the docking station can be taken out of the car.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by skeurton
                      yeah, i tried a hinge, but that little bulge at the bottom of the monitor is what kept the lid from closing. i can see the notch you put in on the bottom of the compartment, but what exactly did you to to the monitor?
                      Well the monitor case was hacked up. The buttons were removed and the bottom of the case was sawed off to become shorter. I then filled the bottom with bondo and painted the whole assembly black. This mode permitted the screen to fit into the top map pocket while it was hinged to the lid. The input select button and the IR sensor were moved to the left side and installed under the side modification that I did to the map pocket.
                      The road is long but we are getting there.

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                      • #12
                        Cool stuff.. I like how you have the option to keep things either blue or red inside your car!
                        VER. 3.0- Check out below:
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                        車コンピュータ 3.0
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                        • #13
                          Steering wheel control

                          Are there plans to use steering wheel control with carputer?
                          Maybe joysctick or LPT adapter possible to do, but imho it requires some electical work. Thats known that mazda's steeringwheel is very hard to intrude due to the aribag, so the idea is to use two wires going to original headunit. Hope this link describes the signal-coding from mazda.
                          http://www.midwestcarclub.com/mazda/...000148W02.html
                          Now creation of such adapter is in progress, or somebody already have it?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by skeurton
                            i decided to use the combination of a laptop and docking station because i had one laying around that i didn't use much. plus, i wanted the ease of taking it out and putting it back in. a laptop is also good because of its battery. if i park my car for a short amount of time, i can leave it on and when i get back to my car, it's up and ready to go. but i have it set to go into hibernation if it's been running on battery for 30 minutes. to solve the problem of powering it up and shutting it down, i installed a power button up front near the driver....



                            it's a simple momentary switch bought from radio shack. instead of wiring it up directly to the laptop, i wired it into the docking station instead. it was much easier and keeps the laptop itself clean. all i had to do was open up the docking station and use a multimeter to figure out which points the switch shorted in order to turn it on. once that was done, it was just a matter of soldering the wires to the two points and running it to the switch up front. it works just like the normal power button too. push it and it turns on. push it again and it goes into hibernate mode. hold the button down and it completely shuts it down.



                            in order to remove the docking station, if need be, i also put this connector in line between the switch and the docking station. it's just a 1/8" audio connector. just unhook it and the docking station can be taken out of the car.

                            OK I got everything u said thnx for the reply so fast, now wat i wanna know if all docking station have a power button? here my docking station ... I have a dell latitude D600... tell me if this docking station has the power utton and if i should buy it so everything can come out right? here is the link:
                            http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Dell-D-Port-...ayphotohosting

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                            • #15
                              very nice that aftermarket hu really cleaned up the dash damn i love mazdas new lineup (xcept the mazda 5 )

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