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  • 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Truckputer Install w/ 15" Touchscreen

    So yes I am a little bit nuts but I have multiple needs for a computer in my truck and to be honest got tired of hassling with a laptop etc. I had the factory navigation system that was outdated and did not have the desire to spend the money to buy upgrades for old equipment. I decided that installing a computer into my truck would be the best thing to do so thats what I have done. Please understand this is still in the install mode, no wires have been hidden yet, panels to be made etc.

    The computer is a old shuttle pc that is an AMD 1.67ghz machine with 2gb ram. Its not the fastest thing but works fine for the proof of concept. I have added a Bluetooth dongle for my cell phone (which still does not work), a Wireless card; as this will be a WiFi Hotspot for some of my HAM work, and also an additional removable drive for music and movies etc. The monitor is a Elos 15" Touch Screen and is surprisingly bright even in daylight with some anti-reflective coating so its no where near as bad as my laptop was. I still need to change out the heat pipe for a regular CPU cooler as well as add a fan to pull air out of the compartment of the PC (Today's project actually).

    Sound is driven through a Metra interface (Thanks Mp3car users for the advice) and runs over the factory on-board 7 speaker infinity sound system, I am still having some issues with driving the center channel but sounds pretty good over the stock HU.

    For now everything is powered by my already on board 800 Watt inverter again I have no budget for a DC supply as of right now this will change at some point, it works fine and I have 3 batteries on the truck so short term engine off power is not a problem. I also have a on-board 40 amp battery charger for doing work in the driveway or when running for extended times out and about I can run my Honda EU1000 generator to keep everything going.

    I will eventually buy the same platform and upgrade when finances become a non issue. I am currently working on the drive mount as well as the cover plate for the monitor mount as I have not decided where I want the USB hub to be integrated; so again these are work in process I know they do not look the greatest right now.

    Here are a few pictures to start out with in it you can see the monitor as well as my HAM Radio etc. I am open to suggestions and criticism but please remember I built this on a $0 budget so I have just made do with what I have laying around and what I can fabricate in our CNC hobby shop.
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    Custom Built Intel D510MO, 2GB RAM, M4-ATX, Elios 15" TS on custom mount.
    System installed into 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins Diesel 4x4.

    I can provide Custom fabrication for mounts or installation please contact me. CNC Machining and Powder Coating

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    So tonight I found out that I have a ground loop in my HAM Radio feed if the pc is off I get altenator whine with the HAM rig on and none if its off so now to find out where that is the issue :-( Arg! All the views and not one opinion on my setup hmmm is it that bad?
    Custom Built Intel D510MO, 2GB RAM, M4-ATX, Elios 15" TS on custom mount.
    System installed into 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins Diesel 4x4.

    I can provide Custom fabrication for mounts or installation please contact me. CNC Machining and Powder Coating

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    • #3
      Is your monitor going to stay like that or are you looking into an in-dash solution?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by hexxamillion View Post
        Is your monitor going to stay like that or are you looking into an in-dash solution?
        I was going to ask the same thing. Although my logic says that its going to stay that way. ELO touch screens are very very heavy and he will really have to re-enforce the dash to get it in there. In my experience, ELO touch screens are almost as heavy as a CRT screen. Im curious to know what you used to re-enforce the current arm holding it up now.
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        • #5
          Yes the monitor is going to stay that way and yes it is very heavy as stated its 15#'s. I wanted to be able to swivel the monitor for myself or the passenger so mounting flush in dash is not an option for me.

          The monitor is mounted to a RAM mount which is designed for a much heavier application and that has been attached to a well reinforced 1/2" thick plate of aluminum that is 6 point threaded and bolted to the old radio location as well as has a third point mount to the steel cross body support behind the radio location; The Ram mount is also bolted to a plate aluminum support on the back of the monitor instead of the thin VESA plate.

          I get a little bit of vibration simply due to the RAM mount and its being extended but no worse than a jotto desk and by no means excessive.
          Custom Built Intel D510MO, 2GB RAM, M4-ATX, Elios 15" TS on custom mount.
          System installed into 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins Diesel 4x4.

          I can provide Custom fabrication for mounts or installation please contact me. CNC Machining and Powder Coating

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          • #6
            Originally posted by IssaquahWA1979 View Post
            Yes the monitor is going to stay that way and yes it is very heavy. I wanted to be able to swivel the monitor for myself or the passenger so mounting flush in dash is not an option for me.

            The monitor is mounted to a RAM mount which is designed for a much heavier application and that has been attached to a well reinforced 1/2" thick plate of aluminum that is threaded and bolted to the old radio location as well as has a third point mount to the steel cross body support behind the radio location; The Ram mount is also bolted to a plate aluminum support on the back of the monitor instead of the thin VESA plate. I get a little bit of vibration simply due to the RAM mount and its being extended but no worse than a jotto desk.

            I wonder if there is some type of floor mount or if you could fabricate one. The monitor would sit lower though but it would be out of normal view unless someone actually stands an looks in your side window.
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            • #7
              Honestly I have no desire to floor mount it as I use the center seat often and part of the idea for me is to not have to look down or away to see the Navigation information etc. This size monitor pretty much screems "hey look at me" no matter where it is so thats what insurance and a SP-101 are for.
              Custom Built Intel D510MO, 2GB RAM, M4-ATX, Elios 15" TS on custom mount.
              System installed into 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins Diesel 4x4.

              I can provide Custom fabrication for mounts or installation please contact me. CNC Machining and Powder Coating

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              • #8
                Originally posted by IssaquahWA1979 View Post
                Honestly I have no desire to floor mount it as I use the center seat often and part of the idea for me is to not have to look down or away to see the Navigation information etc. This size monitor pretty much screems "hey look at me" no matter where it is so thats what insurance and a SP-101 are for.
                I see. Well can't wait see the progress.
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                • #9
                  Thanks yeah I hope to get some stuff done by the weekend, I got the ground loop figured out on the HAM radio for some reason the ground on the power cord for the PC is intermittent when I replaced it with a new one all was well. I did get the fans installed and it seems to be running much cooler. I replaced the shuttles heat pipe cooler with a high quality on-chip style so less height and I think better cooling. Anyhow thanks for the replies anything as for suggestions is welcomed.
                  Custom Built Intel D510MO, 2GB RAM, M4-ATX, Elios 15" TS on custom mount.
                  System installed into 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins Diesel 4x4.

                  I can provide Custom fabrication for mounts or installation please contact me. CNC Machining and Powder Coating

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                  • #10
                    Just an update to things the monitor has been in now since the original post I have been offroading and gone several thousand highway and around town miles with no problems to report other than occasional system lockup. I am seriously considering loading Windows 7 and see how that goes at some point.
                    Custom Built Intel D510MO, 2GB RAM, M4-ATX, Elios 15" TS on custom mount.
                    System installed into 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins Diesel 4x4.

                    I can provide Custom fabrication for mounts or installation please contact me. CNC Machining and Powder Coating

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                    • #11
                      I think my only fear with a monitor that big and obvious is someone breaking in. You've obviously done a good job mounting it, and no one is going to walk away with it. But an angry thwarted thief would be more than happy to break a few things on his way out I'd love to get something 10"+ into my rolla, but it ain't happ'nin

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                      • #12
                        Oh I completely agree and trust me its crossed my mind... Fortunatly I live in a good town with minimal crime and if it should occur then thats what insurance is for. I just remove the screen when I am going to leave the truck parked somewhere for an extended amount of time like I did over the past week takes only about 5 minutes.

                        I just really like having the big screen for when I want to web surf or watch movies. I also use my computer for Emergency communications stuff and other HAM radio digital communications so it is easier for me to have the larger monitor. I just wish there was a front end that worked the way it should form the get go and actually utilize 1024x768 So far I am not very pleased with any of them :-(
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                        System installed into 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins Diesel 4x4.

                        I can provide Custom fabrication for mounts or installation please contact me. CNC Machining and Powder Coating

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by IssaquahWA1979 View Post
                          I just wish there was a front end that worked the way it should form the get go and actually utilize 1024x768 So far I am not very pleased with any of them :-(
                          CF is running on Josh's 17-inch touchscreen; setting it up was simple, and it works fine. The buttons are big enough that he can probably press them with a tennis ball, but it does everything it's supposed to do. The big screen is unnecessary for CF, but the additional screen real estate is perfect for regular PC operations.
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                          • #14
                            So I thought I would update a few new pictures... I decided to move my Ham Rig to the monitor to clean up the dash a little bit. I also have ordered a new intel atom d510 motherboard as I have done my proof of concept with the shuttle AMD 2000. I must say though even though its a bit slow this machine has ran Windows 7 just fine with all the garbage that I have installed on it.

                            So next steps are to build a center floor console under the cup holders that will have additional Cigarette style power outlests as well as my most favorite Anderson Powerpole plugs for my ham gear and other gear. I am thinking along the side will work well as to not invite coffee spills into the connectors. Probably do a couple of USB jacks and Line in jack if someone wants to plug IPod or laptop into the system.

                            So far this has turned out very well one of our local police officers was in my truck the other day and just loved the setup even though they have the very nice toughbook laptops he liked my setup better...

                            Oh and the pictures were taken middle of the day full sun to give an idea of the sunlight capability of the Elos monitor, so far I have yet not to be able to read it during the day even with sunglasses on and I am visually impaired....
                            Attached Files
                            Custom Built Intel D510MO, 2GB RAM, M4-ATX, Elios 15" TS on custom mount.
                            System installed into 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins Diesel 4x4.

                            I can provide Custom fabrication for mounts or installation please contact me. CNC Machining and Powder Coating

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                            • #15
                              hey,
                              looking good there
                              and i noticed u got a icom
                              what type is it ?
                              i got the ic 7000 and 706mk2
                              both had them in the car but i got a opel corsa c and the fuel injectors are annoying
                              you hear them on the radio and my xenon headlights, well they are hell
                              the qrm you get from it :S
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