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  • The Swift Shuttle

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    DON'T BE OFFENDED BY THE NOTES ON THE IMAGES, THEY WERE WRITTEN FOR NON PC LITERATE PEOPLE!
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    Just thought I'd start a thread on my carpc project, which is coming along nicely. Any comments on the build is genuinely welcome.

    The main aim of the build was to: be as removable as possible to transfer to my next car with as little damage to car and PC as possible. To cost as little as possible using the bits and bobs I have left over.

    ------------ The Kit ----------------

    The Car - Suzuki Swift 2006

    Power - M2 ATX 150w ish DC-DC power supply. Cost - 42 from linitx

    Screen - Just bought a 7" Single Din motorized screen off ebay for around 200, it's touch screen but doesn't include an amp

    Sound Pioneer head unit with rear Aux, also means i can take out pc for maintenance and i've still got tunes - cost - 66

    Accessories - Needed double facia adaptor (40) and ISO multistalk adaptor (30)

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    The Shuttle
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    The computer itself - Shuttle XPC SN456V2

    AMD Athlon 3000+,
    512 + 256mb DDR Ram,
    40GB HD
    Nvidia 128mb 5600XT graphics card.
    Dual Layer DVD-RW drive.

    cost - free. (it's been in my house unused for four years, since I went Mac it lost its use)




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    The Box
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    For the sad stationary people out there - It's a 9litre 'Really Useful Box' available widely on the high street, such as larger WHsmiths and Staples - about 6.


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    The bits and pieces I'm using -
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    2.5" External Hard Drive - 120GB laptop harddive in an ICY BOX external:


    Bluetooth adapter - Belkin:


    Wifi Dongle - Netgear WN111:


    Holux GPSlm 236:


    Logitech Quickcam:


    Remote for the screen:


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    Stage 2
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    I installed the double din adaptor, the head unit (a pioneer) and now the screen. A motorized single din from eBay

    Obviously I need to remove the crap on the vents as this is where the screen will flip to.


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    Stage 3
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    Sorted my not-so-glamorous mounting soluting for my Shuttle PC. (no damage to shuttle, no drilling to the swift) I bought a good make, plastic storage box, which turned out to be the perfect size. It's got a space all the way around the edge to allow some ventilation. Sticky-back velcro'd the bottom of the storage box - this prevents the box and pc from moving about, but means i can remove easily when I need to do some maintenance. There are two perfect screws at the front of the shuttle case that I've been able to use to attach the shuttle to the plastic storage box. So it's all secure.

    It doesn't look pretty, particularly cos I've dremmil'ed the plastic box to within an inch of it's life - but no lasting damage to swift or PC case.

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    The Box
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    Velcro cut into pieces to stick flat on the base:


    Hole to press the power switch and a hole for the front USB:


    Hole for the VGA cable at the back of the case:


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    The Shuttle
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    Look at the silver feet:


    Two nice holes:


    Two trusty motherboard riser screws to lift the thread at the same size as the rubberized feet:



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    Shuttle and the Box joined together with some foam for padding
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    Two holes and two screws to secure the shuttle:


    Ignore the blanking plate being bent in it's just because I pushed it to hard when taking the photos. As you can see if I did put a DVD drive in there would be enough room for the tray to eject, (it would mean remounting the PSU though)


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    Stage 4
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    Sorting the PC power supply - I had to remove the old power supply before fitting this one - I also had to remove the DVD drive as this is occupying the DVD space

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    Power Supply - M2ATX - 42
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    This is it:




    Both screw points use a motherboard riser to lift the PSU from the case:


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    Stage 5
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    Laying the cables: The VGA cable, the USB input cable, Aux sound cable and spare USB cable (for a friends iPod or pen drive to connect) all laid from the PC in the boot and connected to the screen and Pioneer Head Unit. All these laid down the passenger side of the car.

    7 Core trailor cable - laid down the drivers side of the car.

    There you can see the 4 cables: video, spare USB, USB for touch screen and Aux going to head unit:




    This will be the spare USB cable to hook up to a friends iPod - coming out of the glovebox


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    GPS receiver location:
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    And I'll leave you with the view from the boot:




    NEXT STEPS -


    + Getting the thing wired in for power
    + Hopefully get the OBDII interfaced wired in
    + Think about using the quick-cam for rear-view camera - not very subtle though
    + Need to think about a microphone for the hands free phone calls

  • #2
    nice work
    TruckinMP3
    D201GLY2, DC-DC power, 3.5 inch SATA

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    • #3
      Thread moved to worklogs
      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.
      Want to:
      -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
      -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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      • #4
        Cheers, didn't realise there was another sub-forum. Should open eyes!

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        • #5
          Nice!

          keep this documented!

          i'd like to see how it turns out, btw it looks amazing so far!

          (i've got plans to do something similar in my car..i have everything apart from my screen!)

          good luck!

          Carpc plan=========90% -Never going to be finished!
          Carpc parts==5% -Computer died
          Carpc install==5% -Need to install computer
          Carpc worklog-0% -Need to start that soon

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          • #6
            Thanks for all the feedback - just waiting on some power and then I'm good to go!

            Anyone else used a shuttle in a CarPC - I've googled, but the only thing that came up was a specific case that Shuttle were developing?

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            • #7
              i was thinking of a shuttle in my car

              but i have no space for that

              and the way i've it set, i can take my laptop out and use it when i need to

              have you by the way tested the screen out at all?
              Carpc plan=========90% -Never going to be finished!
              Carpc parts==5% -Computer died
              Carpc install==5% -Need to install computer
              Carpc worklog-0% -Need to start that soon

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              • #8
                Yeah, My bro rigged up a bench test for the screen. Was working fine all be it with some flickering that I hope will be lost when it's powered up in the car properly.

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                • #9
                  oh cool

                  how did you find it?

                  like the brightness etc?
                  Carpc plan=========90% -Never going to be finished!
                  Carpc parts==5% -Computer died
                  Carpc install==5% -Need to install computer
                  Carpc worklog-0% -Need to start that soon

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                  • #10
                    Well it was before Christmas so the memory is a bit distant!

                    Yeah it seemed great, was bright enough, and hopefully it will cope with the glare in a car. Think it will be one of those things where I need to get it installed for power and see what it looks like in the car - the test bench inside a house is very different to inside a moving car...

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                    • #11
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                      OBD (On Board Diagnostics)
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                      1. I bought an OBD interface kit: I bought this one for just less than 40 delivered: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...3AIT&viewitem=

                      (PLEASE NOTE: I can tell you the one I bought works, I couldn't tell you about any other, I just took my chances)

                      2. This is what you get for your dosh:




                      3. This is where the port is on the Suzuki Swift - note I have removed the interior trim piece directly below the steering wheel in this photo. The port goes straight up.


                      4. This is just one print screen i managed to grab and save before the laptop battery died on me:



                      I'll add a little more later

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                      • #12
                        for the 1st time i am hearing that OBDII scanners working on suzukis. this is kool...
                        will this work on suzuki swift VDI also?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MichaelPlace View Post
                          (PLEASE NOTE: I can tell you the one I bought works, I couldn't tell you about any other, I just took my chances)

                          Sorry - I barely understand most of the OBD terminology! I just know that the ELM-327 protocol is supposed to be able to read most new cars.

                          I was surprised because the googling I'd done had just found loads and loads of people who were saying they just couldn't get it to work on their Suzuki.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MichaelPlace View Post
                            Sorry - I barely understand most of the OBD terminology! I just know that the ELM-327 protocol is supposed to be able to read most new cars.

                            I was surprised because the googling I'd done had just found loads and loads of people who were saying they just couldn't get it to work on their Suzuki.
                            All that matters is that your scanner can access the protocol that your car uses. All car companies sometimes come up with their own, its the programmers for the OBD2 to come up with a way to read it. If im not mistaken though, Suzuki works with GM. I have to assume they are using parts from GM, and one of GM's protocols are being used now. Anyways nice install.....

                            Few questions though.... have you thought about putting a double din screen, like a EBY701? You have the space to do it, and I think it would look more OEM. You can easily relocate the Audio Head Unit some place else. You have like the ultimate dash, so easy to work with and screams double din. I have a DODGE, before they used double din, so I had to have someone heavily mod my dash to get a screen in there. I used to have a flip out, but it didnt seem OEM.

                            Old Dash and New Dash:

                            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

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                            • #15
                              Yeah I did consider the single screen in the double din - but for quite a few reasons I didn't go for it:

                              + A bit flashy for the area I park, the motorized is hidden.
                              + No back-up plan if it doesn't work - I drive ten hours a week to and from work, if i'd have chosen the single screen I'd have had no tunes since christmas while everything was being sorted.
                              + I can't adjust the screen for glare - so I'd need to spend a lot more money on the anti-glare screens.

                              It's something I'll look into when I fancy a change over

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