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  • 2000 Porsche Boxster S install

    FINISHED!!!!!!!!!! AND IT WORKS, LIVES AND BREATHES!!!!!!!!!!

    Finished install, running Centrafuse RC5, with a CD in the slot-loading drive


    Full view. Including the trackball (hopefully temporary, until the touchscreen works again). It sits in the space for the ashtray



    View from the left with the box for infrared keyboard, 2 USB plugs and hard-off power switch. Note the HDD peeking out at the front



    View from the right, with screen closed and PC off. Can you see it?



    With the covers still taken off



    Cable nightmare, for your viewing pleasure. This is the pretty side!


    See below for more info and pictures:

    I just finished installing (again) in my 2000 Boxster S. But this time I am installing EVERYTHING in the center console.
    Some pics of the install. It wouldn't be possible without my dad, who did all the mechanical work!

    Here is how it works:

    Jetway Mini-Itx board, 1 GHZ, 256 MB ram. Plenty fast
    nlited-Win XP SP2
    M1-ATX power supply
    40GB 3.5" HDD
    7" in-dash motorized touchscreen (touch not working right now )
    Ground Loop Isolator
    USB bluetooth stick
    USB Wifi stick
    USB touchpanel controler
    USB GPS mouse
    USB rearview camera (install in the far future)
    Trackball (right now, until the touchscreen works again)

    anyway, to give you an idea: (hope it makes sense)

    -MoBo is installed in the lowest slot of the center console (where the equalizer normally sits. Equalizer still fits, and covers MoBo) screwed to the top of the slot upside down.
    -slotloading slimline DVD-RW is installed where the little "Batman" cover is, in the little space. fits like a glove (after hours of checking and adjusting)
    -the screen sits in the upper 1-DIN slot of the lower console and unfolds upwards (its a DWW-700M)
    -powersupply is underneath the DVD drive, built a little case for it
    -HDD sits upright and sideways behind the console (where all the cables and pipes are. fits snuggly in there
    -GPS mouse sits on dashboard next to the alarmlight. Cable is run though the dashboard (removed the instrument cluster)
    -powerbutton and LED is inserted into a blank switch on upper dashboard
    -original radio sits in upper console. Sound via the AUX-in on the radio. Used a Ground loop Isolator to get rid of engine wine, hard drive sound, beeping and background noise
    -microphone sits in the determined spot for phone (on left of the instrument cluster)
    -there is a free 12V power plug (black) inside the center console which I use. It also has ignition control
    -there is a box with the infrared sensor of keyboard/mouse, in which I integrated 2 USB ports (from MoBo connectors) and a hard-off powerswitch. this is tucked in the driver foot area, where the carpet ends (attached with velcro)

    It is a super clean install (I think, give me your thoughts), totally reversible without any visible changes, no long wires anywhere. No need for a MoBo case, as it sits inside the console. And with the screen turned off and inside its housing no thief even realizes that there is a nice PC in the car.

    Still to do:

    -get the f*ing touchscreen to work (might have to switch the touchpanel)
    -install microphone (ordered) in the spot where the original Porsche phoneinstall microphone sits

    Let me know what you think

    Of course running Centrafuse RC5, the best car-pc software!










    Porsche Boxster + CarPC = PoxCter

    Jetway 1GHz, 256mb RAM, 40GB HDD, slim slot DVD/CD-RW, 7" in dash motorized touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=94684

  • #2
    You should remove the Pink foam - I believe is conductive and can possibly ruin your mobo.

    Otherwise looks good

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    • #3
      since this is a worklog and not a completed project (yet) it has been moved to the worklogs forum.

      Once you are finished with it, please follow the stickey that's at the top of the worklog forum.
      Jan Bennett
      FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

      Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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      • #4
        Nice use of space Does it get hot in such a small space though?
        System always under construction


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        • #5
          no, the foam is non-conductive.
          And it protects the soldering points of the MoBo.

          It doesn't get hot, as there is ventilaton from behind.

          Thanks for moving it to the worklogs, I only realized this after I postes it.
          Porsche Boxster + CarPC = PoxCter

          Jetway 1GHz, 256mb RAM, 40GB HDD, slim slot DVD/CD-RW, 7" in dash motorized touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
          http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=94684

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          • #6
            Originally posted by quinrod View Post
            no, the foam is non-conductive.
            And it protects the soldering points of the MoBo.

            It doesn't get hot, as there is ventilaton from behind.

            Thanks for moving it to the worklogs, I only realized this after I postes it.
            yes I believe it is

            there is a thread about it somewhere, Its been years since i read it but i believe a guy lost his epia to the pink foam, everyone thought it was not conductive then to, until they tested it. I think it was in a firebird /trans am (4 gen)

            If I remember the end conclusion was it was conductive to discharge static....
            My Install

            Software:
            CFiG v1
            iGuidance Plugin for CF

            CarShell
            Working shell for a CarPC

            StopWatch
            StopWatch plugin remade for centrafuse RC1

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            • #7
              here you go:

              http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...oam+conductive

              start at post 30
              My Install

              Software:
              CFiG v1
              iGuidance Plugin for CF

              CarShell
              Working shell for a CarPC

              StopWatch
              StopWatch plugin remade for centrafuse RC1

              Comment


              • #8
                nice install so far by the way!
                My Install

                Software:
                CFiG v1
                iGuidance Plugin for CF

                CarShell
                Working shell for a CarPC

                StopWatch
                StopWatch plugin remade for centrafuse RC1

                Comment


                • #9
                  thanks!

                  great find alti!
                  I didn't know about this, I always had the MoBo sitting on the foam during software install and never had an issue, but wasn't thinking about static discharge
                  I now removed the foam and replaced it with some thin cardboard.

                  Glad to hear you like the install so far.

                  I looked at yours, it's gorgeous with the huge screen!
                  And I LOVE the control via the cell phone. I have a Sony K790/800i, do you think it could work with that as well? And what software did you use for that?
                  I also got your timer plugin for Centrafuse, a great addition! I am running CF RC5, does it work with that RC as well?

                  Ok, gotta go back to installing everything
                  Porsche Boxster + CarPC = PoxCter

                  Jetway 1GHz, 256mb RAM, 40GB HDD, slim slot DVD/CD-RW, 7" in dash motorized touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
                  http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=94684

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                  • #10
                    Great build.
                    I love the way you've fitted everything into the centre console.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ivanmx6 View Post
                      Great build.
                      I love the way you've fitted everything into the centre console.

                      thanks. I think there is also a pint of blood and sweat in there somewhere

                      I like the installs where people fully integrate the screen and bondo it into their consoles, but I wanted to use the stock radio and equalizer and have less work with it.
                      Porsche Boxster + CarPC = PoxCter

                      Jetway 1GHz, 256mb RAM, 40GB HDD, slim slot DVD/CD-RW, 7" in dash motorized touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
                      http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=94684

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by quinrod View Post
                        great find alti!
                        I didn't know about this, I always had the MoBo sitting on the foam during software install and never had an issue, but wasn't thinking about static discharge
                        I now removed the foam and replaced it with some thin cardboard.

                        Glad to hear you like the install so far.

                        I looked at yours, it's gorgeous with the huge screen!
                        And I LOVE the control via the cell phone. I have a Sony K790/800i, do you think it could work with that as well? And what software did you use for that?
                        I also got your timer plugin for Centrafuse, a great addition! I am running CF RC5, does it work with that RC as well?

                        Ok, gotta go back to installing everything

                        The phone was easy with the sony there is a "developer kit" available that contains a program where you choose what keys you want the phones buttons to send to the computer then you create a "skin" for it. I think the site was developer.sonyericcson.com or something like that. It works the same way the desktop and media player remote profiles work that are already included with the phone, you are just making your own.

                        I got a new phone a couple of months ago (cingular 8525, cingulars version of the HTC Hermes) There are so many possibilities with the new pocket pc's it has me rethinking the entire way my carputer is setup.

                        To be honest i dont know if stopwatch works on the newest version of cf I have to update it, but have been working on finishing up CFiG first.

                        Good luck with the rest of your install, try searching for "sony developer kit" on the forums, I think that will turn up what you are looking for with the phone.
                        My Install

                        Software:
                        CFiG v1
                        iGuidance Plugin for CF

                        CarShell
                        Working shell for a CarPC

                        StopWatch
                        StopWatch plugin remade for centrafuse RC1

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by alti View Post
                          The phone was easy with the sony there is a "developer kit" available that contains a program where you choose what keys you want the phones buttons to send to the computer then you create a "skin" for it.

                          To be honest i dont know if stopwatch works on the newest version of cf I have to update it, but have been working on finishing up CFiG first.

                          I will have to look into the Sony stuff when I have more time. And I will check if the stopwatch plugin works and let you know.

                          Right now I am installing everything in the car, obviously finding some small issues. I have to slightly relocate the M1-ATX (tunr by 90) and I had the usual noiser issues with the sound out to radio AUX in, getting lots of hissing, engine revving, HDD in the speakers and a really annoying high-pitched sound. A groundloop isolator seems to do the trick, proper grounding only made a small difference. My dad is resoldering the groundloop isolator right now, to properly fit. But overall, it's working
                          Porsche Boxster + CarPC = PoxCter

                          Jetway 1GHz, 256mb RAM, 40GB HDD, slim slot DVD/CD-RW, 7" in dash motorized touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
                          http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=94684

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                          • #14
                            moved!

                            congrats!
                            Jan Bennett
                            FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

                            Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Cool Install! I dig the way you modified the batwing for the slot-load CD.

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