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  • 2003 Audi A8 install

    I've partially finished my Car-PC project in my A8 so I thought I show you all how it's going so far.

    First of all, the hardware:

    VoomPC case
    M1-ATX intelligent PSU for soft power-on and power-off
    VIA EPIA MII 1200MHz bare bones system
    512MB RAM
    60GB 2.5" hard drive
    Class 1 USB Bluetooth adaptor
    Belkin 802.11g USB Wifi adaptor
    Logitech Cordless Desktop S510 with media remote
    Freedom Mini Bluetooth keyboard
    Holux GPSlim236

    For this project I am using the composite video output in to the AV1 input of the A8's TV tuner.

    As the A8 doesn't have a touch screen and there is no where to tidily mount a lilliput, I spent a lot of time thinking about a method of control. In the end I plumped for the Logitech desktop with the media remote. The remote is superb. It operates by RF and every button is configurable. In the middle it has a 4 way scroll wheel and at the bottom the usual media controls such as play/pause, FF, REW, Stop etc. It's buttons are suitable different that I can operate the PC without looking at the remote.

    In the event I need to actually do something like browse the web or operate windows, I have a wireless mouse and the Freedom mini BT keyboard stashed in the arm rest.

    Software and setup:
    It took me a long time to decide on a Car-PC interface. I tried many of them including ones that are designed for home AV systems. In the end it was a close run thing between Media Engine and Meedio. Both are able to be fully controlled without a touch screen. In the end Media Engine won out due to the ease of skinning and low CPU and memory overhead for the interface.

    I decided to design my own skin to mirror the style of the Audi MMI interface. It took me a few days to create but I think it fits in quite nicely now that it's finished. I started out with the base images for the Centrafuse MMI skin by predator1 (thanks for letting me use your artwork) and then modified them to my taste. I'll release the skin in to the community when I'm happy that it has no bugs.

    The only things left to do are a general tidy-up and a fix for the problem that when the car moves, the AV1 input is automatically disabled to prevent you from watching TV while driving. I am having this sorted by Nav-TV UK shortly so after that, all will be good.

    On to the pics:

    In the trunk





    Remote controller:



    Mini keyboard:



    Main menu:



    Playing music:



    Playing video:



    Wifi and keyboard antennas: in the trunk:



    This is the car that it's installed in:





    D3 Audi A8 4.2 Quattro
    Car-PC connected to factory MMI system

  • #2
    looks like a nice install.

    what are the dimensions of that keyboard and where did you buy it from?
    STATUS: Planning / In Progress / Completed
    COMPLETE: [*********] 100%
    CAR: '02 Mitsubishi Lancer OZ Rally
    SYSTEM: EPIA M10000
    GPS: HaiCOMM 303e GPS, Routis 2004
    DISPLAY: 7" Xenarc 700TSV
    POWER: OPUS PW-70a + ITPS Combo
    MISC: DVD, WLAN

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    • #3
      It's 101mm x 60.4mm x 16mm and I got it from http://www.mobilefun.co.uk
      D3 Audi A8 4.2 Quattro
      Car-PC connected to factory MMI system

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      • #4
        how did you do that on the original screen µ?
        ThE ScReW's CarPuter :-)

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        • #5
          very nice and clean install.

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          • #6
            Looks great! Based on the photos, I have to guess that you are using a DSLR. Canon?.. Nikon?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ThEScReW
              how did you do that on the original screen ?
              I used the AV1 composite input to the factory TV tuner.

              Originally posted by LiquidKernel
              Looks great! Based on the photos, I have to guess that you are using a DSLR. Canon?.. Nikon?
              Perceptive

              Interior shots using Canon EOS 10D with Sigma EX 15-30mm and Canon 420EL flash.
              Exterior shots using Canon EOS 5D with 17-40mm L (not mine unfortunately).
              D3 Audi A8 4.2 Quattro
              Car-PC connected to factory MMI system

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              • #8
                In da club....

                ALIZEE WANTS YOU.....

                (\__/)
                (='.'=)
                (")_(")
                Bunny's first poo
                __ U

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                • #9
                  Very nice... ( but I'd remove your reg IMHO ). You coming to the UK meet ?

                  Terran
                  My Project Site

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                  • #10
                    ( Link to the keyboard... http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/product/8555.htm )

                    PS - The Remote.... PC World by any chance ?

                    Terran
                    My Project Site

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                    • #11
                      ....I'm looking for a Transporter.

                      Motherboard: Epox MATX
                      Power: M2-ATX
                      Storage: 120gb 3.5"
                      Optical: Slim Slot cdrw/dvd
                      Audio: SB Audigy 2
                      GPS: BU-353 & iGuidance 4
                      OS: Win FLP (Fundamentals)
                      Frontend: Roadrunner (DFX 3 & 4)

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                      • #12
                        Wow, the first A8 install. And great looking one as well.
                        Great work on the skin too!

                        So, what made you put a pc in that space ship? You already had most of the toys in there...



                        Terran, the link doesn't work...
                        Renault Megane...the OEM look

                        The Lost in Europe Ford Escort

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by nitropwd
                          ....I'm looking for a Transporter.
                          Here you go....
                          In da club....

                          ALIZEE WANTS YOU.....

                          (\__/)
                          (='.'=)
                          (")_(")
                          Bunny's first poo
                          __ U

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                          • #14
                            sweet

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Cris
                              So, what made you put a pc in that space ship? You already had most of the toys in there...
                              Because I can and because no one had done it before

                              The real reason was that despite - as you say - having all the kit, it can't play MP3s and only has a 6 disk CD changer. Due to the electrical design of the car (fibre-optic MOST bus) adding things such as a phat-box or Ice-Link for ipod is currently impossible.

                              I just can't leave cars alone. I've never been able to leave a car stock for more than 50 miles after taking delivery.
                              D3 Audi A8 4.2 Quattro
                              Car-PC connected to factory MMI system

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