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    Hello All,

    I have been wanting to install a carputer for years, but kept putting it off for quite some time. Well I finally just bit the bullit and have started my project. One of the main reasons is because I scored a free used laptop from work. Its a HP nc6000 business series laptop, with a 1.8 centrino, 1 gig of ram, 40 gig HD, DVD-ROM, WIFI, more then enough horsepower for a carputer. I have been searching or a while for a good screen, but all the screens seem to have some kind of issues, which is to be expected in this carputer game, since they are all kind of off brands. But I finally decided on the one from Geeks.com, its a Lilliput I think and it was a decent price also, I felt. I ordered it Friday evening and went to pick it up through will call on Saturday.

    Today, Sunday, I had it installed. I know part of the fun of a carputer project is installing it all, but I am not that savy with install a headunit and since I am impatient, I just had it installed. I have read the huge thread on the Lilliput screens and seems like majority of people are having problems with it. Well I have been playing with it all day today and so far so good. I hope it stays that way.

    Well on to some pics:

    A Front shot:



    Another Front shot, watching some MJ



    Front Again



    Unit Closed


    Right Side Shot, You can how it sticks Out.


    Another Right Shot, Open


    Laptop behind front passanger seat, on floor.


    Another shot of laptop


    This is how I power the laptop


    Another shot of the laptop



    Close up Front Shot


    Another close up Front shot


    Right Side View, the lcd sits right up againts my hvac controls. Audio from laptop connected directly to stock stereo front AUX input.


    Another close up shot


    Well those are most of my pics. I am not using the units am/fm, only using the LCD part of it. I like my laptop setup because its easy for me to power it on since its connected to a docking station. I just reach over with my right hand and turn it on, also I have it connected to a cig. lighter port, that way, when I leave the car, I inplug it and there is no chance of it draining my battery. I only 4 plugs connected to docking station, so its not very messy either. Also at the end of the day, I can undock my laptop and take inside my house, no worry of it being stolen.

    I hope I uploaded the pics correctly, this is my first time. By the way, if your wondering what car I have, its a 2004 Sentra SE-R Spec V. So far no problems, buts its only the first day.

    I would love to hear your comments, opinions, recommendations.
    This is my first setup and just the beginning, thanks.

  • #2
    Pics did not post

    Ok, as I stated this was my first attempt at posting pics

    I am not sure what I did wrong

    Could someone please instruct me.

    Do the pics have to be located on some website or something?

    thanks

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    • #3
      Yes they do. You need to link them in your post by clicking on the "Insert Image" button on the editor.
      cheers.

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      • #4
        or host them in photobucket and use the image tags [img]URL[/img]
        '08 VW Rabbit S 2.5

        Carputer Progress:
        Design:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] 100%
        Fabrication:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]100%
        Installation:[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] 80%

        In trouble...

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        • #5
          You can use www.bellinghamss.com/share It's my site that I let people use for image hosting.


          You're all welcome to use it, heh. No ads or anything. Just pictures.

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          • #6
            One more try with the Pics

            Ok I am trying to load the pics again.


































            Thanks a lot to 'lifemalfunction' for his help and suggestion.

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            • #7
              Hey man, not a problem. Anyone is allowed to use it, I have plenty of storage and bandwidth to share.

              Glad to see you got them working!

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              • #8
                hello and welcome to the forums, always good to see another sentra here (let me guess for those who don't know, looks like a silver 2004 SER Spec V?). now, out with the details, man! are you running a front end? what about GPS and GPS software? aside from the fitment issues with the indash screen (i'm sure you can make that a little less obvious with the addition of a din spacer or some kind of trim ring), have you encountered any other issues with your install?

                As you know already, there is a wealth of info here in the forums and several other sentra installs here. your install appears to be the first i've seen utilizing an indash motorized monitor and the first i've seen to locate the screen in the lower din location. i don't know if you've seen the install by daspideboris, he was able to connect his laptop audio to the aux input on the back of the HU where the indash changer would connect. you can also hardwire your laptop to the car with a carnetix psu if you are willing to make a small modification.

                not everyone is into installing but you should give it a try, i'm sure you'll find it rewarding. next step: clean up all those exposed wires! it will compliment your fairly clean interior and draw less attention from the theives and vandals.

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                • #9
                  Still in testing phase

                  Originally posted by sedtc View Post
                  hello and welcome to the forums, always good to see another sentra here (let me guess for those who don't know, looks like a silver 2004 SER Spec V?). now, out with the details, man! are you running a front end? what about GPS and GPS software? aside from the fitment issues with the indash screen (i'm sure you can make that a little less obvious with the addition of a din spacer or some kind of trim ring), have you encountered any other issues with your install?

                  As you know already, there is a wealth of info here in the forums and several other sentra installs here. your install appears to be the first i've seen utilizing an indash motorized monitor and the first i've seen to locate the screen in the lower din location. i don't know if you've seen the install by daspideboris, he was able to connect his laptop audio to the aux input on the back of the HU where the indash changer would connect. you can also hardwire your laptop to the car with a carnetix psu if you are willing to make a small modification.

                  not everyone is into installing but you should give it a try, i'm sure you'll find it rewarding. next step: clean up all those exposed wires! it will compliment your fairly clean interior and draw less attention from the theives and vandals.

                  Hello Sedtc, thanks for all the info. As far as front end, yes, I am now running RoadRunner with the Digital Fx skin. The pics that you see are of the very first day, so I had not installed anything at that point. So far I like the Roadrunner with digital fx skin, but I am still testing these things out.

                  I was not aware that I could hook up my audio on the rear panel of my stock stereo, thanks for that info. I just wanted to run sound as quickly as possible, so I chose the front ports. I want to get a better head unit anyways, so when I get that, I will be sending the audio through the rear aux. inputs.

                  I know my wires are showing right now, but I might be trying out another laptop, a IBM x40 with docking station, that I think might just fit under that passanger seat. Since I do not have to much knowledge of audio conenctions and what not, I might look into a more permanent power option as you stated, but then again I might just keep it simple and continue going through the cig. lighter.

                  I have been debating over and over about moving the lcd to the top din, but the thing is I dont want to attract attention, especially from the Police. I live in soutern cali, and it is the most strictest states of all. I do hate the fact that the lcd unit sticks out of its slot, but If I attempt to move in more, then the lcd when it comes out will not be able to fold up completely. I would love to just install it on top, but I am still thinking about that. I might just live with it.

                  Where can you purchase these din spacers that you mentioned by the way. I do not have GPS just yet, I am still reseaching that, looks like iguidance seems like popular one. I have not come across any other issues though so far, everything is working great the way it is at the moment. And yes, my Spec V is silver.

                  I am in the process of doing some more stuff to my car, once that is all done I will have more and better pics. External and internal.

                  Well let me know if you or anybody else has any comments or questions.
                  Thanks

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                  • #10
                    Still in testing phase

                    Originally posted by sedtc View Post
                    hello and welcome to the forums, always good to see another sentra here (let me guess for those who don't know, looks like a silver 2004 SER Spec V?). now, out with the details, man! are you running a front end? what about GPS and GPS software? aside from the fitment issues with the indash screen (i'm sure you can make that a little less obvious with the addition of a din spacer or some kind of trim ring), have you encountered any other issues with your install?

                    As you know already, there is a wealth of info here in the forums and several other sentra installs here. your install appears to be the first i've seen utilizing an indash motorized monitor and the first i've seen to locate the screen in the lower din location. i don't know if you've seen the install by daspideboris, he was able to connect his laptop audio to the aux input on the back of the HU where the indash changer would connect. you can also hardwire your laptop to the car with a carnetix psu if you are willing to make a small modification.

                    not everyone is into installing but you should give it a try, i'm sure you'll find it rewarding. next step: clean up all those exposed wires! it will compliment your fairly clean interior and draw less attention from the theives and vandals.

                    Hello Sedtc, thanks for all the info. As far as front end, yes, I am now running RoadRunner with the Digital Fx skin. The pics that you see are of the very first day, so I had not installed anything at that point. So far I like the Roadrunner with digital fx skin, but I am still testing these things out.

                    I was not aware that I could hook up my audio on the rear panel of my stock stereo, thanks for that info. I just wanted to run sound as quickly as possible, so I chose the front ports. I want to get a better head unit anyways, so when I get that, I will be sending the audio through the rear aux. inputs.

                    I know my wires are showing right now, but I might be trying out another laptop, a IBM x40 with docking station, that I think might just fit under that passanger seat. Since I do not have to much knowledge of audio conenctions and what not, I might look into a more permanent power option as you stated, but then again I might just keep it simple and continue going through the cig. lighter.

                    I have been debating over and over about moving the lcd to the top din, but the thing is I dont want to attract attention, especially from the Police. I live in soutern cali, and it is the most strictest states of all. I do hate the fact that the lcd unit sticks out of its slot, but If I attempt to move in more, then the lcd when it comes out will not be able to fold up completely. I would love to just install it on top, but I am still thinking about that. I might just live with it.

                    Where can you purchase these din spacers that you mentioned by the way. I do not have GPS just yet, I am still reseaching that, looks like iguidance seems like popular one. I have not come across any other issues though so far, everything is working great the way it is at the moment. And yes, my Spec V is silver.

                    I am in the process of doing some more stuff to my car, once that is all done I will have more and better pics. External and internal.

                    Well let me know if you or anybody else has any comments or questions.
                    Thanks

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                    • #11
                      That lower "DIN" slot is a tough place for an indash LCD. Believe me, I tried it myself a long time ago.

                      Your best bet is to ditch the stock headunit and get a standard 1 din receiver with an AUX input and put it in the bottom DIN with the LCD in the original location.

                      Its funny, your setup is almost identical to my first one from about 3yrs ago when I had a Compaq laptop running under the drivers seat with the exact same docking station!

                      I think the pics in my sig still work you can see what it looks like how I described it.

                      My new setup is completely different though, I hacked up my lower Din/Gearshift Trim/Cupholder and slammed an 8" touchscreen in there, pics to come soon.

                      Spec.
                      Click Here to see my Car's Website
                      2003 Nissan Sentra Spec-V

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