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    In December of 2009 the 1997 Chrysler Concorde died. But of course, I salvaged the parts out of the Chrysler to use in the next vehicle. The "next vehicle" is the 2006 Honda Accord. mmmm



    I've learned lots with the different incarnations of the CarPC, and I always said, "My next one I'm going to integrate the touchscreen into the car.". Honda has a factory navigation system for the 2006 Accord. Mine didn't come with one, and after all the research I had done I found it just WAS NOT going to be possible to do and maintain the look I wanted. I could've moved the climate controls to the cubby, or sacrificed the vents above the stereo. Neither one of these was appealing, and if I was going to lose the cubby, I might as well put the touchscreen down there. This will give me further to look from the road (dang.) but at the same time will allow for less sunlight on the screen. So, cubby it is. Damn.




    Hardware List:
    Software List:
    Plugin List:
    Table of Contents:
    Most photos were taken with the wife's Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR, some with my BlackBerry. Most pictures have links to the larger version.

    Monday April 12th: Taking Apart Lilliput For Fabrication
    Saturday April 17th: Hardware Pictures. M4-ATX Enclosure Ordered
    Monday April 19th: Nexson Sneak Peek!
    Tuesday April 20th: Fabrication Complete!
    Thursday April 22nd: M4-ATX Enclosure
    Friday April 23rd: GPS Replacement and miscellaneous items ordered - EXPENSIVE night!
    Sunday April 25th: Figuring out the Passport & Purchased AMP Kit
    Wednesday April 28th: Installing the Lilli in the Bezel & GPS, Lilli Power, AMP Kit Arrive
    Thursday April 29th: Car2PC Has Arrived
    Tuesday May 4th: Monoprice Box 'o Goodness!
    Monday May 10th: Mute Fabrication
    Thursday May 13th: Lots of Little Parts!
    FAQ to the FAQ - Great Starting Point

    My 2006 Honda Accord Carputer - Work In Progress
    My 1997 Chrysler Concorde Carputer - Died

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    Taking Apart Lilliput For Fabrication

    Monday April 12th:

    Since I'm taking over the cubby any way you slice it, I'm going to just put the touchscreen in there. I can unbolt the cubby, then bolt the touchscreen in. Then I can switch it back down the road when it comes time to sell/trade/upgrade or whatever comes along. I reached out to a couple different people that I thought could fabricate the job, but Nexson has done this type of fabrication before (and plenty of others), he responded real quick, and so I decided to go with him. Per his recommendation, I removed the screen from the housing and packaged up only the parts he needed.

    I had never taken apart the Lilliput before, but it wasn't that difficult. Remember, I'm taking apart my Lilliput EBY701.

    Remove the 4 screws from the back of the bezel. Break the paper seal at the bottom, then gently apply pressure to the top & bottom and carefully pull the bezel apart.

    Carefully remove the two ribbons between the screen & board. I did not remove the connection for the buttons as the plastic holding it together was weak.

    Remove 4 screws from the back of the touchscreen. Carefully remove touchscreen and place safely in an antistatic bag (I'm storing mine during fabrication).

    Remove 3 screws from the control board. Lift control board & buttons out. I am storing the Control Board in anti static and shipping the buttons with the bezel to Nexson.


    Remove 4 screws from the board. Remove speaker wire from the board. I placed the board in an antistitc bag as well.

    I removed the speaker entirely as I had no use for it, it has a nice strong magnet and I don't want it visiting the equipment while in storage. I also made pouches from some recycled paper for the screws/brackets and labeled them accordingly. This will make it easier to put back together.

    Nexson needed the plastic buttons for the controls so I put those in a little pouch to keep 'em safe, wrapped everything up and sent it off via USPS Priority (Insured as well!) mail. Very important to insure EVERYTHING for what they're worth at the point of shipping. To me, those bezel pieces I sent him might as well be a new touchscreen. They got $200 worth of insurance. When he ships back the completed bezels, insurance of $200 + Labor costs. Nexson gave me an estimate of 2 weeks (fabrication + shipping times). That will give me plenty of time to get other parts ordered that I need, and start building the PC.
    FAQ to the FAQ - Great Starting Point

    My 2006 Honda Accord Carputer - Work In Progress
    My 1997 Chrysler Concorde Carputer - Died

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    • #3
      Hardware Pictures. M4-ATX Enclosure Ordered

      Saturday April 17th:

      Today I took some pictures of the "new" stuff. You can see the dust that has been collecting on this equipment, just waiting to go into the Accord! As a reminder, I went from the Zotac 630i-ITX WiFi Motherboard to the Zotac 9300-D-E HDMI w/ Wireless. I'm also going from the Intel Celeron 430 to the Intel Celeron 2.2GHz, and finally; from the 2x2GB Kingston Low Profile DDR2 RAM to the OCZ nVidia 4GB (2x2GB) PC2-6400 RAM.

      I also ordered the M4-ATX Enclosure yesterday, and the BU 353 GPS today.








      FAQ to the FAQ - Great Starting Point

      My 2006 Honda Accord Carputer - Work In Progress
      My 1997 Chrysler Concorde Carputer - Died

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      • #4
        Monday April 19th - Nexson Fabrication Sneak Peek!

        Monday April 19th:

        Nothing really special about this update, but Nexson sent me some photos of the fabrication in progress. It'll be mixed emotions when I install the screen in the cubby. I love my cubby, so I'll be sad to pull it out. But I also love the CarPC idea...so I'll be happy to put it in. *sigh*













        FAQ to the FAQ - Great Starting Point

        My 2006 Honda Accord Carputer - Work In Progress
        My 1997 Chrysler Concorde Carputer - Died

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        • #5
          Looking pretty good!!! I should be done by Tuesday, taking my time with this one.
          Brian @Nexations Creations

          Specialist in Custom Interior Fiberglass OEM Replication Work.

          AIM: Exus28
          E-Mail: [email protected]

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          • #6
            Good start and great job on the bezel.
            2004 Chevy 2500HD Diesel
            12" Touch Screen
            ASUS P4GV-LA
            and some other odds and ends

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            • #7
              Tuesday April 20th - Fabrication Complete

              Tuesday April 20th:

              Fabrication has been completed by Nexson! He sent the finished photos! Drooling, ready to take out the cubby and put this in, even if the Mrs. is not!
              BTW: LOVE the stacks of Sunkist in the background. Can you spot them? lol











              FAQ to the FAQ - Great Starting Point

              My 2006 Honda Accord Carputer - Work In Progress
              My 1997 Chrysler Concorde Carputer - Died

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              • #8
                I was hoping you got one of the older Accords. I actually like the last one before they went to the design you have. Your design is still better then the latest one, good I hate the latest Accord.

                Its also nice to see that Nexson is doing some fabrication, to bad he never got back to me :-\.

                Congrats on the MoBo..... I to have bought a Zotac, the reviews for it are just great. Now I am saving up for the QUAD core, RAM, and two SSD Drives so I can use Raid 0. This should make my Car PC one of the fastest and insane BWAHAHAHAHAHA. Whats nice about the Zotac, so I read, is that the BIOS is not slow.

                I will say though, I think there is one aspect you should rethink. Get rid of XP and go Win 7. The hybrid sleep feature in 7 is just to good to pass up. You go to your car, turn the key and your setup is just on, like a head unit. If the system drains to much power, the PSU says the voltage is too low, then the PC hibernates, so you can start where you left off, then cuts power so you can start your car the next day. Also Win 7 is just as fast as XP and has alot of added benefits. It can also use SSD better so the drive isn't killed and you have to sit there and worry about EWF and HORM to save the drive. You can just use the drive as is.

                On my rear systems I decided to go with XP and EWF only because these units can not power down on their own. They are simply cut from power. By using EWF I avoid data corruption from using a method that shouldn't be done, lol.
                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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                • #9
                  HiJac...err I mean Cruizer... Thanks for the feedback!

                  I put Windows 7 on my CarPC before it died. It fixed some issues with that hub, but I thought I'd take another crack at XP again. Maybe I'll scratch the XP and take another crack at Windows 7.

                  I like the 06/07 models better than the 05/08 ones. I know what you mean about their new design. Not as thrilled with it.

                  They kinda did a goofy thing with the 06/07 Accord - it was like they were trying to warm people up to the new design, 'cause it's different than the 05 - but 05 was still 7th gen, then 08 was 8th gen. Though from what I've read quite a bit was changed from 05 to 06.

                  It's weird to see your name as Cruizer, I still wanna call you HiJack everytime I see your name show up.
                  FAQ to the FAQ - Great Starting Point

                  My 2006 Honda Accord Carputer - Work In Progress
                  My 1997 Chrysler Concorde Carputer - Died

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by simpleman View Post
                    Good start and great job on the bezel.
                    I'm not the one doing the bezel, Nexson is. I wish I had his skills, but we came to an agreement. I send him some "greenbacks", he does the work
                    FAQ to the FAQ - Great Starting Point

                    My 2006 Honda Accord Carputer - Work In Progress
                    My 1997 Chrysler Concorde Carputer - Died

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jpinkerton View Post
                      HiJac...err I mean Cruizer... Thanks for the feedback!

                      I put Windows 7 on my CarPC before it died. It fixed some issues with that hub, but I thought I'd take another crack at XP again. Maybe I'll scratch the XP and take another crack at Windows 7.

                      I like the 06/07 models better than the 05/08 ones. I know what you mean about their new design. Not as thrilled with it.

                      They kinda did a goofy thing with the 06/07 Accord - it was like they were trying to warm people up to the new design, 'cause it's different than the 05 - but 05 was still 7th gen, then 08 was 8th gen. Though from what I've read quite a bit was changed from 05 to 06.

                      It's weird to see your name as Cruizer, I still wanna call you HiJack everytime I see your name show up.
                      LOL, thats fine, you can call me that. Thats why it says fka HiJackZX1, so people would know who your talking to.
                      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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                      • #12
                        Thats Right...

                        All rippity right...DEATH TO THE CONCORD!!!! This means I've gotta a first class project to view. (Unless you start hacking the dash with a Cheap China made wire cutter).

                        You always (except for the cell Photos) do an amazing job with the photos,...(Nexson too). That, your get 'er done attitude, and your Admin skills make your mods worth viewing. Good luck with this one.

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                        • #13
                          I think the hardest part of this install is going to be securing the case to the trunk.
                          FAQ to the FAQ - Great Starting Point

                          My 2006 Honda Accord Carputer - Work In Progress
                          My 1997 Chrysler Concorde Carputer - Died

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jpinkerton View Post
                            I think the hardest part of this install is going to be securing the case to the trunk.
                            Where do you plan to do this? I just installed a basslink into a 03-05 accord sedan trunk and screwed it down and it is very strong. I installed it down in the corner of the trunk on the passenger side.
                            Brian @Nexations Creations

                            Specialist in Custom Interior Fiberglass OEM Replication Work.

                            AIM: Exus28
                            E-Mail: [email protected]

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Nexson View Post
                              Where do you plan to do this? I just installed a basslink into a 03-05 accord sedan trunk and screwed it down and it is very strong. I installed it down in the corner of the trunk on the passenger side.
                              I'm installing it in the trunk - I was thinking closer to the seats and then doing a false wall to seal it off from the rest of the trunk.
                              FAQ to the FAQ - Great Starting Point

                              My 2006 Honda Accord Carputer - Work In Progress
                              My 1997 Chrysler Concorde Carputer - Died

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