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  • 2005 GTO Carputer Project

    So I have had a Newer Macbook lying around that I don't use much. Recently the battery stopped working on it, then shortly after, the CD Drive quit as well.

    I disassembled the computer to try to fix the CD Drive when I realized just how small the motherboard is, and how simple the design is.

    I have determined that the computer will need a new cd drive, and I don't use it anyhow, so I think it will make the PERFECT candidate for a carputer.

    Here are the specs:

    2.0ghz Core 2 Duo Intel Processor
    2 GB of DDR2 RAM
    120 Gigs of Hard Drive
    Integrated Wifi and Bluetooth.

    It even has a built in webcam, so If I wanted, I could extend the wiring and hide it somewhere in the rear bumper.

    Pictures of the laptop:

    My plan is to separate the motherboard from the casing, and install it into it's own casing, then I will modify an original keyboard so I can use the power button for a Startup/shutdown controller. I will power the computer with a small power inverter that shuts off an on with a relay on the iginition switch, and the carputer will be powered by the original macbook battery while the car is off (typical battery life is 4 hours powering the entire computer with the screen at full brightness)

    I do not want to replace my factory radio, however. I'm going to get a 7-8" touchscreen LCD and mount it to the windshield on the left side of the steering column near the A-pillar, like a GPS unit. The computer will be used primarily for diagnostic / flashing programs like HPTuners, etc etc

    Anywho, this is the car the project will be performed on:

  • #2
    Thread moved to worklogs section. When complete, PM and we'll move it.
    Originally posted by ghettocruzer
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bugbyte View Post
      Thread moved to worklogs section. When complete, PM and we'll move it.
      Yeah sorry, I saw the forum after I posted the thread. Thanks for moving it.


      • #4
        My carputer quest took a LARGE step in a favorable direction today.

        I reassembled my old Macbook and traded it to a friend straight up for an Eo TufTab tablet PC. It's a small 2lb Ultra Portable PC sporting a very bright 800x600px touchscreen & Windows XP Pro Tablet.

        System specs:
        1.2Ghz C7-M Via Processor
        1Gb DDR2 RAM
        40GB Hard drive
        Built-in 802.11B/G Wireless
        VGA output / Single USB 2.0 Port / PCMCIA port / SD Port

        The system currently has a dead battery, so it only operates while plugged in.

        Here are some pictures of the system:



        Size Comp

        The next step is figuring out where and how I'm going to mount it, and getting some automation software (boot up, shut down, brightness control, etc etc)

        After that I can paint it black (to match) and get some HP Tuners going.


        • #5
          Dude that's cheating.

          looks great man! GL!


          • #6
            Originally posted by joshuo View Post
            Dude that's cheating.

            looks great man! GL!

            Other then that, I would love to see what happened to this project. Thats a cool little UMPC.
            Nirwana Project, the Android/Win 7 hybrid system!

            1X Ainol Novo Flame Tab
            4X MK808b
            3x Perixx Touchpads
            3x 7 inch Screens
            1X 7 inch motorized Screen
            1x Win 7 PC


            • #7
              I want to see what's going with this installation too.

              Very nice ride, and that little PC looks like it fits the bill perfectly for what you wanted to do. Let's see some progress!