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  • '97 VW Passat Install

    Hi, been working on this for a few weeks now and just got it in the car. I've still got the main loom to install along the sill and a few PC bits to sort out along with an anoying audio whine. More pictures will be posted when I've time.
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    Ben G

    '97 VW Passat
    VIA M10000, 256Mb RAM, 40Gb HDD, Win XP
    Lilliput 7" Touch Screen, GPS, IR Steering Wheel Remote
    http://www.gibbsdesign.co.uk
    http://www.matesmotors.org.uk

  • #2
    97!?

    In the US, the body style didn't change until 1998's model year (purchases after September usually are named for the next year). My 1997 Passat doesn't look like yours, it's a B4, yours looks like a B5... and I got REALLY excited when I saw this thread.

    BTW: NICE job! I really like how you've put a USB port on the dash!
    Car: 1997 VW Passat TDI moving to
    1985 Mercedes-Benz 300D
    CPU: HP ePC 1gig/256meg/250 gig
    Status: Ghetto Install w/Inverter,
    Xenarc & GPS & RadioShark
    ToGo: DC-to-DC conversion, Grease conversion

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    • #3
      Nice!!! Why didn't you move the AC control down? I think you woud've got a better viewing angle. I like the usb too.
      Renault Megane...the OEM look

      The Lost in Europe Ford Escort

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      • #4
        Hi, Yea mines an early B5 (June 97), they changed between '96 - '97 in Europe.
        Thanks, I plan to find some black countersunk screws to neaten up the USB port a bit.

        I thought about moving the heater controls down but that may happen in the future. It was going to be more hassle than I wanted at the mo with making fixing brackets etc..
        Ben G

        '97 VW Passat
        VIA M10000, 256Mb RAM, 40Gb HDD, Win XP
        Lilliput 7" Touch Screen, GPS, IR Steering Wheel Remote
        http://www.gibbsdesign.co.uk
        http://www.matesmotors.org.uk

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        • #5
          If you'd tighten things up a little in there do you think you'd have enough space for a slim slot in? You could mount a tray slim vertically, but that's not that great looking, is it...
          Renault Megane...the OEM look

          The Lost in Europe Ford Escort

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          • #6
            Probably not, I've already cut the buttons off the bottom of the tft to fit it in.
            I'm not to fussed about a CD up front as I don't think I will really be using it to watch DVD's etc.. but hey you never know.
            Ben G

            '97 VW Passat
            VIA M10000, 256Mb RAM, 40Gb HDD, Win XP
            Lilliput 7" Touch Screen, GPS, IR Steering Wheel Remote
            http://www.gibbsdesign.co.uk
            http://www.matesmotors.org.uk

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BenG
              Probably not, I've already cut the buttons off the bottom of the tft to fit it in.
              I'm not to fussed about a CD up front as I don't think I will really be using it to watch DVD's etc.. but hey you never know.

              Where's it currently located?
              Renault Megane...the OEM look

              The Lost in Europe Ford Escort

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              • #8
                Its all in a Morex case in the boot. At some point I may make a custom install in the boot and fit a drive up front.
                Ben G

                '97 VW Passat
                VIA M10000, 256Mb RAM, 40Gb HDD, Win XP
                Lilliput 7" Touch Screen, GPS, IR Steering Wheel Remote
                http://www.gibbsdesign.co.uk
                http://www.matesmotors.org.uk

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                • #9
                  Hey Ben! Do you have any updated pictures of install? Would be good to see as I have a friend with a Passat who is considering doing something similar...
                  My '84 Austin Mini Carputer Project : http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=541067

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                  • #10
                    Hi, not at the moment as I have taken it out of my car.
                    I've been looking into using a different mobo and mounting it all in the glove box.

                    I'm looking to use a single board computer I use at work and hopefully the on board sound will be better than the Via M board. I had to use a PCI sound card to get it to sound half decent.

                    I should be getting something together this week to test the sound quality.
                    When I do that I'll have to put the screen back in so I will take some pictures and post them up here.
                    Ben G

                    '97 VW Passat
                    VIA M10000, 256Mb RAM, 40Gb HDD, Win XP
                    Lilliput 7" Touch Screen, GPS, IR Steering Wheel Remote
                    http://www.gibbsdesign.co.uk
                    http://www.matesmotors.org.uk

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                    • #11
                      New Pictures

                      I have been busy working on a new case and finding somewhere to put it.
                      It all fits into a box I had lying around at work and its behind the glove box between the bulkhead and the blower motor.


                      Ben G

                      '97 VW Passat
                      VIA M10000, 256Mb RAM, 40Gb HDD, Win XP
                      Lilliput 7" Touch Screen, GPS, IR Steering Wheel Remote
                      http://www.gibbsdesign.co.uk
                      http://www.matesmotors.org.uk

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                      • #12
                        That's one awesome case .
                        Renault Megane...the OEM look

                        The Lost in Europe Ford Escort

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                        • #13
                          Screen Moved

                          The screen has now been moved as it was too low to use safely.



                          Just got to make a box for the PC as I'm probably going back to the M1000 Mobo as I can't afford to spend the money on a new one at the mo.
                          Ben G

                          '97 VW Passat
                          VIA M10000, 256Mb RAM, 40Gb HDD, Win XP
                          Lilliput 7" Touch Screen, GPS, IR Steering Wheel Remote
                          http://www.gibbsdesign.co.uk
                          http://www.matesmotors.org.uk

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                          • #14
                            Catputer Install - Continued

                            Car: VW Passat 1.6 S 1997 (P)



                            PC:
                            Motherboard: VIA M10000 Mini ITX
                            CPU: 1 GHz
                            Memory: 256Mb PC2100 DDR
                            HDD: 40Gb Western Digital
                            LAN: 10/100 & WiFi
                            Case: Custom with 2 40mm Fans
                            Sound: USB 5.1 Sound Card
                            PSU: M1 ATX operating as a standard PC power supply

                            Screen: Lilliput 7" Touchscreen
                            GPS: Jupiter GPS board with home made RS232 converter PCB
                            Software: Win XP Pro, stripped down with XPLite. Road Runner, Mappoint Europe, VAG-COM OBD-II.
                            Audio: Aux input to a Pioneer DEH-P3500MP, Standard speakers in front, Kenwood mids and tweeters added to the rear doors.

                            Some build pictures:


                            Rear of the screen




                            Inside the GPS box


                            Inside the PC case






                            More pictures and info to come.....
                            Ben G

                            '97 VW Passat
                            VIA M10000, 256Mb RAM, 40Gb HDD, Win XP
                            Lilliput 7" Touch Screen, GPS, IR Steering Wheel Remote
                            http://www.gibbsdesign.co.uk
                            http://www.matesmotors.org.uk

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                            • #15
                              I love how you flush the screen than the recent setup. You should move the AC down and place the old screen setup above the AC controls. That would look sick.

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