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    Laptop based (Old IBM Thinkpad)
    Frotoplayer
    Custom Skin
    XM Direct
    Custom power management software (shutdown on car off) using COMM port
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  • #2
    Miata Install (Cont)

    pictures continued
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    • #3
      Miata Install (Cont)

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      • #4
        looking good...(shouldn't you put it in the show off your install forum though?)
        New System in progress:
        M10k
        Phaze TD1500 ~> Dynaudio MD130
        Phaze TD1500 ~> Seas g18rnx/p
        Zapco Ref 500.1 ~ 12" tc-9
        Behringer DCX2496 ~ Envision Electronics psu
        Transflective Xenarc

        My Car Pc Install
        My Boat Pc worklog

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        • #5
          Miata Install (Cont)

          Final Picture
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          • #6
            Thanks Scott, J and I are happy with it. Yours is much nicer though!
            I guess I should also put it in the install forum.
            TJ & J

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            • #7
              Missing Frodo!

              I sure wish Frodo would come back to us or release the source code.
              Frodo, if your out there, we miss you!
              TJ

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TJTrolinger View Post
                Thanks Scott, J and I are happy with it. Yours is much nicer though!
                I guess I should also put it in the install forum.
                TJ & J
                Thanks, but a clean install is a clean install. you should be (as i bet you are) proud of this install. and nice car too. Those things are awesome on a curvey road!
                New System in progress:
                M10k
                Phaze TD1500 ~> Dynaudio MD130
                Phaze TD1500 ~> Seas g18rnx/p
                Zapco Ref 500.1 ~ 12" tc-9
                Behringer DCX2496 ~ Envision Electronics psu
                Transflective Xenarc

                My Car Pc Install
                My Boat Pc worklog

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                • #9
                  Moved to the "show off your project" forum.

                  Thanatos.
                  RexBruMet Skin for FrodoPlayer

                  Nissan Aux-in MOD


                  Originally posted by bgoodman
                  We're an international forum, post in whatever langauge you like.

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                  • #10
                    I see a face! (vents being eyes) aha.

                    Oh yeah, nice install. Is the laptop powered off an inverter? Also, how is the LCD powered, are you using a voltage regulator?
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                    2001 Toyota Corolla CE 5spd.
                    Laptop:
                    Pentium 4-M 1.8 Ghz
                    512mb RAM
                    40GB
                    SUPER 7" VGA w/ TC

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by crazyhorse View Post

                      Is the laptop powered off an inverter?
                      I was wondering the same thing. I have a few old IBMs floating around.

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                      • #12
                        Great, another Miata Installation.
                        Looks great.

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                        • #13
                          wow man - that is one nice setup - it looks really good bro'!
                          I have an IBM Thinkpad T43 and I would've never thought about running it in my truck as a carpc - Great Job!!1
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                          • #14
                            Thanks Guys

                            The laptop is run off a standard 12V DC laptop power supply (16V output for Thinkpad). The power supply runs all the time (even when the car is off). That way the laptop can be powered in standby. The current draw when the laptop is in standby is very low (I measured 350mA), this should be ok for a couple days.

                            The laptop goes into standby when the key is off. I wrote a small VB app that monitors the COMM port DTR pin which is connected to the normal switched radio power (which goes off when the key is off). The VB app monitors the DTR pin and puts windows in standby when that pin goes low (car turned off).

                            The COMM RI (ring indicator) line is also connected to the radio power. When the car is turn on, the RI pin goes high and windows wakes up. This is an option (Wake on Ring) in windows.

                            If anyone is interested in a VB app to shutdown via COMM I would be happy to share it.

                            Because standby still uses vehicle power when the car is off. I will be developing a more sophisticated VB app and associated electronics that will monitor the car batt voltage and automatically put the laptop into hibernation when the voltage drops too low.

                            O, the display is simply connected the switch radio 12V power.

                            TJ

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                            • #15
                              Looks real nice. I had the screen moundet that way in my '97... but too much glare. I'll be moving it into the dash a few inches this time around.
                              Is this where the witty comment goes?
                              97 Black pearl Mazda Miata MX-5 Carpc V2? maybee..

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