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  • Aspire One carputer - 83 Mitsi Sigma

    This is my worklog for my Acer Aspire One carputer which I will be installing in my 1983 Mitsubishi Sigma.

    The reason I am using a netbook is that I already have it and use it frequently for my university work, so I'm going to dock it in my car rather than installing a permanent carPC.

    It seems a problem with laptops is powering them, but I'm just going to use a cigarette lighter power adaptor, and turn it on/off manually.

    The audio amps will also be switched manually.

    I already have the following hardware:
    Aspire One netbook
    Sony car audio amps/speakers
    Old gamepad for steering wheel buttons
    Old lego webcam for reversing camera
    Inverter
    12v minifridge/cooler
    Portable CD-ROM/DVD
    Bluetooth dongle
    Battery voltage meter
    USB DVB tuner
    Vodafone Vodem mobile broadband

    Coming soon:
    Garmin GPS 18 USB
    The car...

    I will most probably use Centrafuse as frontend, and nRoute for GPS.

    I'll leave the old HU in place for short trips or when I want FM.

    Installation of hardware hasn't started yet as the car needs rust repaired first.
    The first thing to do will be installing the audio gear.

    Pictures coming when I eventually get started...
    Acer Aspire One carputer
    1983 Mitsubishi Sigma SE
    Progress: [||||||--------------]
    Temporary netbook setup complete
    Planning a real carputer...

  • #2
    update:

    Car was checked to find out what needs fixing. Besides the rust in the boot, also the headlights don't work and one of the brakes is sticking.

    Taking it to the garage was my first time driving it. It drove nicely, although there was a bit of a smell. The radio worked fine despite missing two speakers (i guess a family member "borrowed" them), and the digital tacho might take some getting used to.

    Still waiting for that Garmin GPS.

    Other than that, no change.
    Acer Aspire One carputer
    1983 Mitsubishi Sigma SE
    Progress: [||||||--------------]
    Temporary netbook setup complete
    Planning a real carputer...

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    • #3
      Haven't updated this in a while.

      I have recently become interested in PICAXE microcontrollers, so I have decided as my first project I'll make a PICAXE car alarm. I could just buy a car alarm, but I think I can do one cheaper, and customised for what I want. I might add a computer connection or connections to other devices later.
      Acer Aspire One carputer
      1983 Mitsubishi Sigma SE
      Progress: [||||||--------------]
      Temporary netbook setup complete
      Planning a real carputer...

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      • #4
        I'm finally getting close to starting on this!
        The car's getting rust repaired and should be done in about a week.
        The USB GPS finally showed up, and works fine.
        Built a PICAXE car alarm. I'll eventually get a real alarm as my one lacks advanced features and has a bulky remote.
        Tossing up whether to hack up the rear speaker tray or sell my 6x9's and buy round speakers.
        Still need to figure out how to disassemble the dash, and how I'm going to wire up the existing HU.
        Also thinking about mechanical upgrades, and the possibility of eventually installing a real carputer, as the constant plugging/unplugging won't be good for the netbook.

        Pictures shouldn't be far off.

        I'm also going back to uni, so I'll have to work on the project in evenings and weekends, might be slow going.
        Acer Aspire One carputer
        1983 Mitsubishi Sigma SE
        Progress: [||||||--------------]
        Temporary netbook setup complete
        Planning a real carputer...

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        • #5
          Finally some pictures:

          My stuff waiting for a car to go in.



          The car.


          The Garmin GPS is visible and yes, an old Celeron CPU.


          And the carputer:



          The vacuum fluorescent awesomeness is not my work, it's Mitsubishi's.



          Some illuminated switches I added:


          The minifridge:


          And the socket I installed for it and the inverter:


          The audio gear:


          Custom 6x9 speaker boxes:


          The audio amps are on the rear seat backs:



          That PICAXE car alarm, still not finished or installed:


          Well that's mostly it for now, until I can afford a real carputer.
          Acer Aspire One carputer
          1983 Mitsubishi Sigma SE
          Progress: [||||||--------------]
          Temporary netbook setup complete
          Planning a real carputer...

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