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  • 2000 MX5/Miata EEEPC CarPC (Photos)

    Note: This will be more of a reminder blog for me while I build this thing, and a how to/how don't showing the progress as I build this thing. There are heaps of pics of final installs here, but not enough pics of progress with the little things, so I hope this will help people with ideas on how to build their own micro-notebook installation, and general car pc install.

    Comments and any assistance are very welcome. Don't mind my mindless brain babble

    Here are the bits I'm getting thru purchasing.

    HARDWARE
    EEEPC 900mhz, 2Gig Ram, 4GB SSHD (PURCHASED)
    Lilliput 701 7" Touchscreen (PURCHASED)
    80gb 2.5" USB HDD (PURCHASED)
    Compro U500 USB Digital TV Stick (PURCHASED)
    GPS USB SiRF Star III BU-353 (PURCHASED)
    Bybyte Double Din LCD Frame (701) and 99-7505 MX5 Mount Kit (PURCHASED)
    SiLab USB FM Stick OR Radio Shark 2 with ext. launched modified software
    Dealextreme 350w Inverter (PURCHASED)
    Jaycar Digital TV Powered Antenna (PURCHASED)
    Dealextreme.com Wifi USB Adapter + External Antenna
    Dealextreme.com 7Port USB Hub (PURCHASED)
    Antec Big Boy 200 20cm Fan (PURCHASED)
    7" Widescreen LCD Protectors (PURCHASED)
    Jaycar Professional Electronics Enclosure (PURCHASED)
    Ebay Rear Mount Night Vision Camera (PURCHASED)
    DLink Bluetooth Dongle (PURCHASED)
    Logitech Wireless Mini Laser Mouse (PURCHASED)
    Some kind of PDA Keyboard, not researched.

    SOFTWARE
    Centrafuse Navigation 2.0 RCx
    ShutControl
    Mame Plugin


    Current layout diagram included.

    Will be updating with pictures as I progress.
    Attached Files
    MX-5 Carputer Progress:
    (Check ibfragalot's Worklog)
    Purchase [****_] 95%
    Design [*****] 100%
    Install [*****] 95%

  • #2
    You should check out

    http://beta.ivancover.com/wiki/index...ernal_Upgrades
    Fox Mulder
    2004 Toyota MR2
    Modified Intel Xeon E5450 3Ghz Quad Core 2GB RAM 160GB SSD M4ATX Xenarc 700TSV TS Toslink Audio BU353 DiNovo Mini Car2PC ODBII Bluetooth HF 16x2 Character LCD

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    • #3
      Thanks for the link, very interesting.
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      Design [*****] 100%
      Install [*****] 95%

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      • #4
        What I learnt this weekend: DON'T use nlite for this. No matter what you do it will kill the speech, there is a way to fix it but it isn't very clean. Ended up doing a straight XP install. 1GB windows install. Doh. Boots fast enough though.

        Currently working on the power on laptop from Ignition wiring

        See here for how to do this:
        http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/hard...y-circuit.html

        And also a simpler relay for switching on the DC-DC power converter from ignition.
        MX-5 Carputer Progress:
        (Check ibfragalot's Worklog)
        Purchase [****_] 95%
        Design [*****] 100%
        Install [*****] 95%

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        • #5
          Interesting links for powering on laptop

          http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/user...rn-module.html

          http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/hard...y-circuit.html


          The capacitor allows the coil of the relay to be energized until the capacitor stores a charge, thus de-energizing the coil. The resistor bleeds off the charge of the capacitor when positive voltage is removed from the other side of the coil. You can increase the output time by simply changing the value of the capacitor. This one will give you about a 1/2 second output.



          Double din kits

          http://bybyte.com/kits.htm
          Attached Files
          MX-5 Carputer Progress:
          (Check ibfragalot's Worklog)
          Purchase [****_] 95%
          Design [*****] 100%
          Install [*****] 95%

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          • #6
            FUSION BRAIN CONTROL
            http://fusioncontrolcentre.com/Fusio...products_id=28

            AUTO POWER-ON LILLIPUT
            http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/lcd-...ut-screen.html
            MX-5 Carputer Progress:
            (Check ibfragalot's Worklog)
            Purchase [****_] 95%
            Design [*****] 100%
            Install [*****] 95%

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            • #7
              Use GOOGLE with your GPS + Car Tracking.

              Have to pay for a decent version though (for most people, your only paying for it to auto zoom to your car location... which is kinda hmm) but still, a very cool app. I will probably get it.

              http://goopstechnologies.com/goops.html#compare

              On second thought after driving to pickup the missus with this hooked up to the little EEEPC, I'll gladly pay for it. Very very nice. It tracked me walking out of my apartment, down the stairs to my car, etc. Awesome. Good test of the BU-353 GPS unit, Crazy accuracy. 10m my ***, more like 1m!

              IMPLEMENT GOOPS into CF
              http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/sb-s...-cf-nexus.html
              MX-5 Carputer Progress:
              (Check ibfragalot's Worklog)
              Purchase [****_] 95%
              Design [*****] 100%
              Install [*****] 95%

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              • #8
                Removed DC-DC option as corrected EEEPC power supply is 9.5v, not 15v as previously thought. No DC-DC available that I can see which supplies downgraded 9.5v Also, 9x USB devices, so powered hub needed. Decided decent inverter more applicable.

                Purchased at Deal Extreme

                300W 12V DC to 220V AC Power Inverter with Connection Kits $31.37 USD
                7 Ports Powered USB Hub KILBY $16.90 USD
                MX-5 Carputer Progress:
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                Design [*****] 100%
                Install [*****] 95%

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                • #9
                  AUTO POWER ON DURING IGNITION - to get rid of that stupid solenoid idea. Donated him enough money for a good beer

                  RJ45 Loopback Adaptor Method
                  http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/912379-post4.html

                  AUTO POWER OFF WHEN AC LOST

                  http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/soft...-software.html
                  MX-5 Carputer Progress:
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                  Design [*****] 100%
                  Install [*****] 95%

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                  • #10
                    hows it going along so far? any success powering the laptop on ignition?

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                    • #11
                      have you already bought the tv antenna? if not, ditch it.. to this date noone is satisfied with aerial reception.. not to mention feb 2009 is right around the corner... that means no more analog broadcast anyway in the US
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                      • #12
                        rx2nr
                        I am going with the "RJ45 Loopback Adaptor Method" option as per link above as this looks the most promising. I will be testing it this weekend. Pretty simple. Heres hoping.

                        Sonicxtacy02
                        Thanks for the heads up. I was going to use an unused Digital TV Antenna I have around my house, so no loss.

                        If its hard to get analogue receiption in a car, I can imagine how hard DVB reception will be!
                        MX-5 Carputer Progress:
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                        Purchase [****_] 95%
                        Design [*****] 100%
                        Install [*****] 95%

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                        • #13
                          Weekend Update

                          USB Bluetooth with full bluetooth Phone control amazingly easy to get working. Plug and play. Very nice.

                          Have not tested WAKE-ON-LINE due to general lazyness.

                          HARDWARE
                          Undecided on case to put in the EEEPC+Accessories. Undecided between plastic box and metal case I have seen.

                          SOFTWARE
                          Updated and tested all systems.
                          MP3/Music = ALL OK
                          VIDEO = ALL OK, added 250gb USB2 Disk, ALL OK.
                          CENTRAFUSE = Customised menu layout, happy, ALL OK.
                          GOOGLE EARTH = Tested output, added plugin, ALL OK.
                          NAV = Untested until AUS Centrafuse purchase
                          GPS = Tested with Google Earth, all OK.
                          REVERSE CAM = Tested OK with internal cam. Need HW for car cam.
                          RADIO = HW REQ.
                          WEB = ALL OK
                          WIFI = ALL OK
                          BLUETOOTH = Added phone, tested incoming/outgoing calls,phonebook, ALL OK.
                          MAME/GAMES = Added mame icon, added games, waiting on game archive, ALL OK.

                          TO DECIDE:
                          External casing to keep all the stuff in one place. Don't want bits everywhere as with other laptop installs. Only external bits is the INVERTER to keep heat separate from PC.
                          MX-5 Carputer Progress:
                          (Check ibfragalot's Worklog)
                          Purchase [****_] 95%
                          Design [*****] 100%
                          Install [*****] 95%

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ibfragalot View Post
                            GOOGLE EARTH = Tested output, added plugin, ALL OK.
                            What plugin are you talking about here? I need one too. Cant find any.

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                            • #15
                              I'm talking about Goops sorry, for Google Earth GPS tracking, not a CF plug for GE..
                              http://goopstechnologies.com/

                              Thou I find just linking an external app, pointing it to goops works fine, launches fullscreen.

                              But yeah a proper inbuilt CF plugin would be nicer
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