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  • Worklog: Project TezzaPuta - 2006 Ford Territory Ghia (Melbourne, Australia)

    G'day All,

    The Car:
    2006 Ford Territory Ghia RWD with 7 Seats


    The Project:
    TezzaPuta (CarPC / Carputer in 2006 Ford Territory Ghia) - Melbourne, Australia

    The Goals:
    A) To implement a carputer that caters to the following "minimum" requirements:
    - Play MP3's
    - Play DVD's & Video through Rear Headrest screens
    - Wireless connection to household PC
    - Wireless Internet
    - Touchscreen Implementation

    B) To implement a carputer that caters to the following "discretionary/optional" requirements:
    - Integrated Bluetooth functionality for Mobile Phone
    - Personalized Front End "skin" for the car
    - OBD-II (On-Board Diagnostics)
    - Satellite Navigation Integration
    - Television Integration

    The Plan:
    Phase 1: Research & Planning (commenced Jul, 2006)
    Phase 2: Design & Estimate (commenced Jan, 2007)
    Phase 3: Component Acquisition & Purchasing (commenced Feb, 2007)
    Phase 4: PC Construction & Software (commenced Mar, 2007)
    Phase 5: Proof of Concept
    Phase 6: In-Car Installation of PC
    Phase 7: In-Car Fabrication (if required)

    The Documentation:
    Through my 8+ months of "addicted" mp3car forum reading so far, I have certainly come to appreciate the detailed documentation, discussion and problem solving contained in the squillions of threads. I too hope to contribute by documenting my experiences/issues/solutions/etc including photos.

    The Main Concerns:
    1) Cost. I'm definitely not a cheapskate, and when I do something I like it done well, but living in Australia certainly makes this kind of project expensive. If buying new, it's tough to source reasonably priced components over here, and when buying from overseas, there's the USD->AUD conversion, international shipping, and potential duty charges. Not really complaining, but it is a reality.

    2) Time. Always a factor. With a full time job, two kids and other community based commitments, I'm just hopeful that the TezzaPuta will be 99% finished sometime in 2007. Hopefully I’ll have enough parts together to start work in March.

    3) SAPOC (Spouse Approves Proof of Concept). Approval from my wife may be an effort, and that's why I've included a "Proof of Concept" phase. Basically, I want to show off the carputer in as complete a state as I can get it, before I even touch the car. I reckon this is my best chance of SAPOC and at that point the in-car implementation will begin. God I sound soft.

    4) Skill Set. I reckon I can handle most things on the PC, software, peripheral and wiring sides, but I'm pretty well intimidated by any potential dash fabrication work that might be required. As such, I'm virtually treating the dash fabrication phase as optional. We'll see how adventurous I get towards the end.


    I know it’s been a long winded start, so thanks for sticking it out. Wish me luck - I'll need it. And thanks to all who contribute here as these forums will be my Soul Mate right throughout project TezzaPuta.

    Cheers,

    Long.1
    Worklog: 2006 Ford Territory Ghia (Melbourne, Australia)
    Mounting Components in Custom Carputer Box
    Attention Aussie's - Say G'day Here

  • #2
    Progress Timeline, Component List & PDF Documentation

    Event Timeline / Progress Updates:

    ..-Jul-2006 - Found out about these Mp3Car.com Forums
    ..-Dec-2006 - Took possession of new car - Ford Territory Ghia
    17-Feb-2007 - Purchased Motherboard, Memory, Power Supply, Sound Blaster
    21-Feb-2007 - Created Mp3car Worklog
    23-Feb-2007 - Purchased 2x7" Rear Headrest Monitors
    10-Mar-2007 - Started building PC on test workbench
    18-Mar-2007 - Attended CarPC Meet - Melbourne, Australia
    25-Mar-2007 - Purchased Slim DVD/CDRW & JAE to IDE Adapter
    23-May-2007 - Dealing with SB Extigy audio issues
    02-Jun-2007 - Testing Onboard Audio in Car
    20-Jun-2007 - Testing DVD/Video on Rear Headrest monitors
    02-Jul-2007 - Investigate Custom Carputer Box (under drivers seat)


    Current CarPC Components & Links:

    .....Motherboard: Via Epia Mini-ITX EN12000EG
    .............CPU: 1.2GHz VIA C7 nanoBGA2 Processor (Onboard Motherboard)
    ........Graphics: Integrated VIA UniChrome™ Pro AGP Graphics (Onboard Motherboard)
    ....Power Supply: Opus 150 Watt DC-DC Converter
    ..........Memory: 512Mb RAM
    .......Hard Disk: 200GB Seagate SATA (Partitioned 30Gb WinXP / 170Gb Data)
    ..Optical Drives: Sony CRX830E Slim CDRW/DVD Combo
    .Touchscreen LCD:
    Rear LCD Screens: 2x7" Eonon Rear Headrest Monitors
    ......Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Extigy
    .......Bluetooth:
    ....Wireless LAN:
    ....GPS Receiver:


    PDF Documentation:

    Last Update FileSize PDF/Documentation
    ----------- -------- -------------------------------------
    29-Jan-2007 ...57 Kb Project_TezzaPuta_A_The_Car.pdf
    12-Mar-2007 ..487 Kb Project_TezzaPuta_B_PC_Components.pdf
    .
    Worklog: 2006 Ford Territory Ghia (Melbourne, Australia)
    Mounting Components in Custom Carputer Box
    Attention Aussie's - Say G'day Here

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    • #3
      You have obviously spent some time working through a good project plan.
      Good luck with your project!

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      • #4
        Great to see your log. Im in the same boat as you kind of....havent got hold of my BA Falcon but have been reading the forums....the scariest part is the fabrication

        I look forward to more posts of your progress.

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        • #5
          I'm really looking forward to seeing your progress on a very well planned Carpc.

          I'm a little concerned (for your personal safety) that you have left the SA (Spousal Approval) until after Component Acquisition & Purchasing. Then again it is sometimes easier to apologize than ask permission.
          Carputer Haiku (thanks Ian Hughes)
          Serious error.
          All shortcuts have disappeared.
          Screen. Mind. Both are blank.

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          • #6
            You may want to consider renaming the project. I'm not certain but I'm pretty sure you're currently telling everyone that the Tezza has sex for money. (In Spanish.) A definite hurdle in obtaining SA.
            Carputer Haiku (thanks Ian Hughes)
            Serious error.
            All shortcuts have disappeared.
            Screen. Mind. Both are blank.

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            • #7
              I have ordered:

              This Case - speak to Graeme, very good Service

              I have:
              This to drive Ford color TFT LCD screen on the ICC - remember to get the PCI-Express version if you have pci-ex motherboard - Andy is the contact person there.

              This is the motherboard I used, from Synrax in Australia (Commell Taiwan reseller) -
              Commell LV-677

              This is the WiFi card, Commell-brand:
              MP2501

              and this is the GPS:
              MP-954GPS - they do not list this on Synrax's website, but ask Ben, he can get it from Taiwan!

              You may want to get a Panasonic UJ845 DVD-RW optical slotload slimline drive

              PSU I use id the M2-ATX supply, got it off ebay.

              OBD-II interface:
              Autoenginuity - it supports our vehicles out of the box, and ancludes very nice software. Nothing ricey, just very pro-looking bargraph indicators etc....check it out - if you go this route, search ebay for this, I got mine from their webshop for something like $50 Aud cheaper that way

              Some info to consider, may make things easier for you when sourcing correct components the 1st time. Saves you money.

              Enjoy, looking forward to your log.
              F6 Tornado Project Log ; HP Blackbird Watercooled Server

              Beta Tester for Centrafuse and 3dConnexion (No business affiliation with either)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by acejas View Post
                ......the scariest part is the fabrication.....I look forward to more posts of your progress.
                Too right - don't want to think about it yet. Thanks for the support.

                Originally posted by MrJamieR View Post
                I'm really looking forward to seeing your progress on a very well planned Carpc......I'm a little concerned (for your personal safety) that you have left the SA (Spousal Approval) until after Component Acquisition & Purchasing. Then again it is sometimes easier to apologize than ask permission.
                Thanks mate. Think my wife's happy enough for me to buy some stuff and tinker around a bit. However, at this stage she's not real keen on me touching the new car, and she's not prepared to drive it without a dash. She probably thinks I can still sell-off my parts if this "passing fad" dies off. I can see Judgement Day on the horizen though.

                Originally posted by mrbean_phillip View Post
                ......This Case
                ......This to drive Ford color TFT LCD screen on the ICC
                ......This is the motherboard I used - Commell LV-677
                ......This is the WiFi card, Commell-brand: MP2501
                ......and this is the GPS: MP-954GPS
                ......You may want to get a Panasonic UJ845 DVD-RW optical slotload slimline drive
                ......PSU I use is the M2-ATX supply, got it off ebay.
                ......OBD-II interface: Autoenginuity - it supports our vehicles out of the box, and includes very nice software.
                ......Some info to consider, may make things easier for you when sourcing correct components the 1st time. Saves you money.
                ......Enjoy, looking forward to your log.
                Thanks Beanie - You've been a wealth of knowledge thus far, and I've already come to rely on it. I appreciate the info, and thanks for the support.

                Cheers,

                Long.1
                Worklog: 2006 Ford Territory Ghia (Melbourne, Australia)
                Mounting Components in Custom Carputer Box
                Attention Aussie's - Say G'day Here

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                • #9
                  As a minor update, I've purchased some rear headrest monitors off ebay. I'll post up some photos/details when they arrive (hopefully next week, but we'll see - waiting for PayPal to clear my funds at the moment).

                  Cheers,

                  Long.1
                  Worklog: 2006 Ford Territory Ghia (Melbourne, Australia)
                  Mounting Components in Custom Carputer Box
                  Attention Aussie's - Say G'day Here

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                  • #10
                    Thanks Beanie - You've been a wealth of knowledge thus far, and I've already come to rely on it. I appreciate the info, and thanks for the support.
                    Ha, no problem - you are welcome

                    I am off to Bangkok next week for a few days till Saturday, but will be able to check your progress.....looking forward seeing those screens!
                    F6 Tornado Project Log ; HP Blackbird Watercooled Server

                    Beta Tester for Centrafuse and 3dConnexion (No business affiliation with either)

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                    • #11
                      Headrest Monitors

                      Originally posted by long.1 View Post
                      As a minor update, I've purchased some rear headrest monitors off ebay.
                      My headrest monitors have arrived. Purchased from Eonon via eBay. I haven't tested them out yet, but will do so soon.



                      Before purchasing, I raised a question with the eBay seller about fabricating these screens into an existing headrest. They didn't get back to me in time for the end of the auction (due to chinese new year), but I bought them anyway. In any case, they actually answered my question (as follows) after the auction had ended:

                      These monitors are supposed to be used behind the headrests, it is NOT recommended to fabricated into your existing headrests.

                      They're packaged with these little monitor brackets that you attach to the headrest (and the monitors attach to the arm/bracket). I thought that this "might" be good enough, but I'd also see what fabrication was possible once they arrived.

                      Ironically, when they arrived, I opened up the manual for the headrests, and there's quite detailed instructions on how to fabricate the screens into existing headrests.

                      So right now I'm pretty happy with the purchase, but will be much happier when the screens have been tested with no dead pixels etc. For those that care, the seller's communication has been pretty good (after chinese new year had finished).

                      For those following this worklog, I've updated Post #2 to include the following PDF: Project_TezzaPuta_B_PC_Components.pdf

                      Cheers,

                      Long.1
                      Worklog: 2006 Ford Territory Ghia (Melbourne, Australia)
                      Mounting Components in Custom Carputer Box
                      Attention Aussie's - Say G'day Here

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                      • #12
                        PC Construction

                        Hi All,

                        As another minor update, I've started building the CarPC using what components I already have and the usual spare PC bits and pieces we've all got lying around.

                        I must admit I've already encountered some challenges that have required resolution from this forum, google and my general trial and error skills. The PC is already familiar with being "mobile" as I've taken it upstairs, downstairs, and even over to my father's house to track down issues. Good fun - NOT - but we live and learn I guess. Still juggling a couple of quirky motherboard issues (Via Epia EN12000EG), but I'm hopeful that they can all be sorted. We'll see I guess.

                        I've got the traditional test setup on the workbench, and one of my next tasks is to Wire up my OPUS PSU via the ATX power supply on my workbench. Never attempted that kind of thing before, so should be fun. No doubt the instructions will come in handy.

                        Also, I have been lurking in the classifieds section for a Xenarc 700TSV (which is probably my screen of choice), but I'm also reading these threads on sunlight and transflective screens, and they've really got me thinking. Bloody expensive sport this !!

                        Cheers,

                        Long.1
                        Worklog: 2006 Ford Territory Ghia (Melbourne, Australia)
                        Mounting Components in Custom Carputer Box
                        Attention Aussie's - Say G'day Here

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                        • #13
                          Good to hear the progress is coming along. I really like your depth of planning and step by step stages you take.

                          Keep up teh goo dwork

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                          • #14
                            Headrest Screens Tested

                            Originally posted by long.1 View Post
                            My headrest monitors have arrived.......I haven't tested them out yet, but will do so soon......
                            So right now I'm pretty happy with the purchase, but will be much happier when the screens have been tested with no dead pixels etc.....
                            Ok, last night I was able to test the rear headrest screens, and they both look fine. My 3 year old son was pretty impressed whilst watching "The Incredibles" on the small screen. He didn't want to go to bed !! For now there won't be photos of the screens in action, as I'm pretty fearful of ridicule over my temporary wiring. It was my first real attempt at molex hacking, and likewise the first time I've used a digital multimeter. It was all good, and I must admit I got a thrill out of seeing it work.

                            The one thing worth noting is that the connection from the monitors to the long cable (shown top right in previous photo) was not a very snug fit. In fact, for one of the monitors I had to hold it in (right through testing) otherwise it would virtually fall out (and lose signal). I'll have to come up with a solution for this later on when full blown testing gets underway.

                            Now it's time to get my components together so that I at least have something to show for this Sunday's Melbourne Meet.

                            On another note, I had agreed to terms with a MP3Car Classifieds Seller for a Slot Load DVD/CDRW Combo and a BU-353 GPS Receiver. Unfortunately, the seller would not wait for my PayPal funds to clear, and sold these items to another buyer. I think he also wanted to avoid shipping to Australia - we face our fair share of purchasing challenges over here. In any case, with cleared funds I guess it's time to get shopping again.

                            Cheers,

                            Long.1
                            Worklog: 2006 Ford Territory Ghia (Melbourne, Australia)
                            Mounting Components in Custom Carputer Box
                            Attention Aussie's - Say G'day Here

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MrJamieR View Post
                              You may want to consider renaming the project. I'm not certain but I'm pretty sure you're currently telling everyone that the Tezza has sex for money. (In Spanish.) A definite hurdle in obtaining SA.

                              HAha that's true! In Spanish a Puta is a woman that has sex for money.

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