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  • Renault Clio Car PC!

    Hello,

    I started posting some things a few months back and now I'm ready to get dug in and hopefully end up with an excellent system.

    I have been out with the tape measure trying to figure out the best way of doing things and this is what I have come up with.

    My car currently stands like this (not my picture but you get the idea):



    I'm planning to move these buttons:





    To Here:



    Is this as simple as snipping each wire one by one and soldering a new piece of wire on to act as an extension?

    With that bit done, how much room will I be left with? Well this is what I have measured:

    Height:



    Approximately 4 inches, could sand away some of the plastic to make it a little bit bigger.

    Width:



    Approximately 7 inches, could sand away some of the plastic to make it a little bit bigger.


    The next challenge I face is the depth as my vents slope downwards as you may be able to this in this picture:



    Here are the depth measurements I have taken:

    Top Sections:



    Bottom Section:



    Obviously, I don't see the bottom depth measurements being the problem, just the top, correct me if I'm wrong or if this is a bad screen but this is what I was looking at:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/DOUBLE-DIN-LIL...item2c536434f3

    Please let me know any advice you think I would find usful etc.

    Thanks,

    Jack.


    Okay haven't updated for a while but managed to move the hazards button and central locking. After moving the central locking button my car wouldn't start. Not even crank. The first thing that came to mind was a dead battery (although I did have dash lights and stero etc).

    I tried to jump start but no luck. I thought that I had interfered with the immobiliser, my central locking wouldn't work either.

    I let my neighbour (mechanic) have a look and after a couple of hours of going through all my fuses I had blown to of them. Insert new ones and it fired up. Phew. Could of been alot worse.

    I must of touched some of the wires for the central locking button together when moving, extending and soldering them.

    Lesson I have learnt is to make sure my battery is disconnected before messing with anything like central locking and other internal electrics.

    I have run out of room on my selected panel (new picture to come) for the rear demister so currently trying to decide if I should did another location or just get rid of it.

    Currently in college but more pictures to come.

    Jack.

  • #2
    That is a good screen, just need to make sure it will fit. It looks to me like it will fit, but it's hard to tell for sure. You'll have to do some shaving on the sides, but that screen should fit without modding the vents. 71mm (depth of the screen according to the eBay link you provided) = ~2.8 inches and the part by your vents is ~ 4 inches according to your pictures, so I think you're in good shape.

    *cue more experienced member feedback here*
    After a 2 year break, I'm back! There are so many new and familiar faces here!
    New vehicle, new ideas!

    Chryssi - The Changeling CarPC Project

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    • #3
      Yeah that's what I fault, just need some more confirmation and some information about rewiring the buttons, should probably do some searching about the buttons, but thanks for the advice so far.

      Jack.

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      • #4
        As long as you don't mix up the wires, it's just as you said. Cut them, extend them, put them where you want them.
        After a 2 year break, I'm back! There are so many new and familiar faces here!
        New vehicle, new ideas!

        Chryssi - The Changeling CarPC Project

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        • #5
          Okay,

          I suppose I better start doing that while I have the time.

          Thanks,

          Jack.

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          • #6
            Good luck!
            After a 2 year break, I'm back! There are so many new and familiar faces here!
            New vehicle, new ideas!

            Chryssi - The Changeling CarPC Project

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            • #7
              Originally posted by freeflashstuff View Post
              *cue more experienced member feedback here*
              if you joined only a couple months after me, does this still count as more experienced feedback?

              i agree with the above though. heat shrink is the best method to cover the solder joints, though decent electrical tape can work in a pinch..

              i should also point out that the mp3car store, and mo-co-so.com also sell the same screen as your ebay link-- the mp3car version of course helps support the forums, so it might be something to consider(though, both companies are based in teh US, so shipping might be too pricey to send to the UK..)
              My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
              "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


              next project? subaru brz
              carpc undecided

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              • #8
                Originally posted by soundman98 View Post
                if you joined only a couple months after me, does this still count as more experienced feedback?

                i agree with the above though. heat shrink is the best method to cover the solder joints, though decent electrical tape can work in a pinch..

                i should also point out that the mp3car store, and mo-co-so.com also sell the same screen as your ebay link-- the mp3car version of course helps support the forums, so it might be something to consider(though, both companies are based in teh US, so shipping might be too pricey to send to the UK..)
                Yes it counts. And I agree with all the above.

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                After a 2 year break, I'm back! There are so many new and familiar faces here!
                New vehicle, new ideas!

                Chryssi - The Changeling CarPC Project

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by soundman98 View Post
                  if you joined only a couple months after me, does this still count as more experienced feedback?

                  i agree with the above though. heat shrink is the best method to cover the solder joints, though decent electrical tape can work in a pinch..

                  i should also point out that the mp3car store, and mo-co-so.com also sell the same screen as your ebay link-- the mp3car version of course helps support the forums, so it might be something to consider(though, both companies are based in teh US, so shipping might be too pricey to send to the UK..)
                  Please provide me with links to the screens on the other sites?

                  I've looked but want to make sure its the same.

                  Thanks,

                  Jack.

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                  • #10
                    there is this one from the mp3car store:
                    http://store.mp3car.com/Preassembled..._p/mon-067.htm


                    and mo-co-so:
                    http://www.mo-co-so.com/Double-DIN-L...lil-701-dd.htm


                    the other option would be to order the bybyte bezel(the double din case), and the screen separately and put it together yourself. the only dissadvantage to this is that this option voids the screen warranty, where, the options above should include a warranty from the company(mo-co-so, mp3car, or sharptron. just understand that this warranty is through them, as they voided the warranty when they assembled it into the dd case)
                    My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
                    "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


                    next project? subaru brz
                    carpc undecided

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                    • #11
                      Is the 2009 model the latest of this model?

                      Or are there new models out without breaking the wallet to much?

                      Thanks,

                      Jack.

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                      • #12
                        Bought some new wire and solder and starting to painful process of repositioning those buttons!

                        Should be getting the screen around the 25th.

                        Jack.

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                        • #13
                          the 701 is a older screen, but it is one of the cheapest, so it stay around.

                          there are a couple different options, but none are as cheap as the 701..

                          there is the 629-- the major difference is that this one has a led backlight-- otherwise, it uses the same insides as the 701, it just has a different bezel:

                          on the 701, all the buttons are along the right-hand side of the screen, the 619 has the buttons on the bottom. but being that you are using the dd kit, this won't matter..


                          there is also the 669-- there is a article in the display section that theonlykid (owner/employee of mo-co-so) wrote describing the major differences in this category-- basically, these have vga, dvi, and hdmi inputs, and use a different lcd panel..


                          i didn't realize it at first, but your ebay link is for a item located in california, so it might be cheaper to get the screen from mo-co-so, even after shipping(even the 669 is $200 US-- $30 US cheaper then your ebay link)
                          My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
                          "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


                          next project? subaru brz
                          carpc undecided

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                          • #14
                            Okay thank you soundman for all your information, am starting to get further and a better understand of my project!

                            so for a newbie with 150 pound / 230 dollars to spend on a screen including shipping, what would you recommend to be the best?

                            I don't want anything which I'm going to have to disassemble myself lol, car and computer I will mess around with but don't want to start taking apart screens as well

                            Thanks again,

                            Jack.

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                            • #15
                              If cost is the issue, go with the mo-co-so one:

                              http://www.mo-co-so.com/Double-DIN-L...lil-701-dd.htm

                              I'm not sure how much the shipping will be, but it is the cheapest one as far as the base price is concerned.
                              After a 2 year break, I'm back! There are so many new and familiar faces here!
                              New vehicle, new ideas!

                              Chryssi - The Changeling CarPC Project

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