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    My first attempt building a Carputer, the challenge is all the electric parts, computer setup is no problem since i fix servers for a living ^^

    Anyway, got half of the parts this morning. below is the hardware expected

    CPU: Pentium M 1.8Ghz S479 (Idle is 31c and load 35c with stock fan and 16c and 25c with bigger fan, very impressive considering the power and the heatsink size, it can play 1080p HD video very smoothly too)
    Motherboard: VB-I915M Pentium-M Mini-ITX Motherboard
    Memory: 1 Gb DDR2 (a bit too much for hibernating, but since ill use S3 standby only, all good ^^ )
    Power Supply: M2-ATX 160Ws
    Sound Card: Built-in for now, realtek ALC655 6-channel
    AMP: no need for now, i will be using the car deck relocated in the glove box
    Hard drive: 1x 120Gb for OS and APP + 1x 320 Gb SATA2 for Music + Movie
    Front end: Road Runner + DigitalFX skin + Iguidance 4.0
    LCD: Xenarc 705TSV
    LCD Bezel: Custom mounted on the stock radio cage (like every MKIV carputer)


    here is how i will mount everything

    Any comment, please share



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  • #2
    what the dashboard looks like :-)

    loving it !

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    • #3
      nice job so far... although i would recommend putting the computer were it can be accessible more.. i had mine first behind the screen, and had overheating issues when i used the heater in the winter. there is not much air movement back there. i moved mine to the trunk, and only had problems on the 110 degree days.

      what do you plan on doing for the screen? the snap in one from mp3 car? or a home made one?
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      • #4
        Thats exactly how I am mounting the motherboard for a customer of mine in his MK4 golf
        Pentium 4m 1.5GHz|MB896|Roadie Extreme|XM-Direct|Rikaline 6010|T-View 7"|Streetdeck|160gb Western Digital|1Gb DDR2-533 Ram

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        • #5
          Originally posted by trititan View Post
          nice job so far... although i would recommend putting the computer were it can be accessible more.. i had mine first behind the screen, and had overheating issues when i used the heater in the winter. there is not much air movement back there. i moved mine to the trunk, and only had problems on the 110 degree days.

          what do you plan on doing for the screen? the snap in one from mp3 car? or a home made one?
          overheating should not be a problem since the beast is running a pentium M, 35c during HD movie playback, ill be ok :-)

          the screen will be custom mounted in the dash, i wont open the screen because wants to keep the warranty but ill try to make it fit nicely using some epoxy putty
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          • #6
            Do not use that pink foam it is conductive, no matter what you heard. Do a search on it, hopefully you haven't run it on there.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by anky1 View Post
              Do not use that pink foam it is conductive, no matter what you heard. Do a search on it, hopefully you haven't run it on there.
              i was since last night, WOW, just replaced it with an anti-static bag

              thx for the warning lol
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              • #8
                No problem man.
                RIP 1993 civic sedan
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                • #9
                  Some Progress, i'm glad the motherboard is still alive after so many dashboard test fitting












                  I'm not touching the screen until the warranty expired. LCD stand will be mounted on the radio cage


                  Love that thing :-)
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                  • #10
                    Today progress









                    The Anti-theft




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                    • #11
                      Some more

                      Mounted the power supply






                      I had to mess up the PS2 connector in order to fit the mini-itx board in the dash, i recommend a nano-itx board for an easier fit ! (FYI, mini-itx board will fit nicely if the LCD stand isn't used)


                      Glove box setup ideas:



                      Now here how i wire the 12v wire ( the wire is 10 gauges, the fuse in the fuse holder is 20amp)





                      I wire an additional 10 gauge wire to the negative pole to act as a PERFECT ground (i can also use this cable next time if i need more power )


                      The 3 wires that you will plug to the power supply (positive / negative / ignition wire that will connect to the 75X connector in the photo below)


                      I tried to boot the PC in the car using the m2-atx power supply and the newly installed wires but it was a no go. The CPU fan turn a bit every few second while car is off and turning the key in ON position didn't fire up the PC (i check all the connectors twice and made sure the ignition wire was properly plugged on the power supply -> 75x and power supply -> motherboard jumper, any idea guys ?
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                      • #12
                        sure your battery is charged enough?
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                        • #13
                          did you check the fuse on the power wire?

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                          • #14
                            start the car?
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mylt1 View Post
                              did you check the fuse on the power wire?
                              no, but if fuse is blown, no power should comes through, no?

                              battery should be full

                              this seems to be a problem with the PSU by reading this thread
                              http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/powe...w-seconds.html

                              ill contact the reseller for an exchange
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