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  • 2006 Subaru WRX STi

    THIS CARPC IS NOW FOR SALE. CLICK HERE
    • Ampie/VoomPC Mini-ITX case
    • M1-ATX power supply
    • VIA EPIA MII12000 motherboard
    • Custom Audiomotivegruppe bezel
    • Xenarc 700TSV
    • Panasonic slot-load DVD/CDRW drive
    • BU-353 GPS receiver w/iGuidance 2.1.3
    • Samsung 40GB 2.5" IDE laptop hard drive
    • 256MB DDR memory
    • Zonet ZEW2501 802.11g Wireless Adapter
    • PSK3100 Mini Keyboard

  • #2
    man i like that color
    Progress - VIA EPIA SP8000 | 120 Opus Power Supply & Case | 1GB Ram | 120GB 2.5" Hard Drive | Bluetooth 2.0 | GPRS/3G | Wifi | Road Runner/LSX 2.0 (waiting for a day skin for 3.0) | iGuidance 4.0 | Lilliput 7"

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    • #3
      Originally posted by warnockm
      man i like that color
      It's probably going to be the most popular color in 2006, from what I've seen so far .

      I've updated my list in the first post -- instead of the TMZ bezel and Lilliput screen, I'm buying a custom made bezel from audiomotivegruppe that is designed for a Xenarc 700TSV, and has a slot to fit a Panasonic slot-load DVD/CDRW. Here is a picture (I don't have it yet, so this is a picture of it in the car it was in).

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      • #4
        I spent yesterday doing hardware installation, and some of the software. I've spent today doing more software stuff, but I still have many details to work out. Here are some pictures of what I've got so far:

        For the software install, I put the hardware together in a test setup which mimicked (but was not exact until later) what the final install would be. Here is a picture I took while installing XP:


        After I got the motherboard wiring finished and everything stuffed into the Ampie case, I bought enough velcro to cover the entire bottom of the case and then put it in the car. In this picture, the seat is as far forward as it will go (which is quite a ways on my car) -- in normal driving position, the back of the seat is 4 or 5 inches behind the edge of the case, so it is completely hidden. I still need to do some cleanup on the wires under the seat, but the rest of the wiring (in the dash, console, etc) is very neat & clean.


        Here is a photo I just took of the LCD display with the computer turned on and RoadRunner running. Obviously I need to do some display tweaking with RR . Right now I'm banging my head against the RRConfig program trying to convince it to actually start iGmod when I hit "GPS".

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        • #5
          make sure the RR config window name is 'igm' minus the '' . It worked for me

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          • #6
            Nice color on the '06. Are you going to resize the skin to take up the screen? Looks good. I've been considering moving to a voompc case as well. LOL having all this stuff in inventory makes you tempted to try everything. I'd really like the Opus case but it's way too much $. PS let me know if you want the color code for the trim if you decide that you want to paint the rest of your trims to get a 100% match. Also are you powering everything (ie the cdrw, the screen, motherboard, any external sound adapters) off the M1 PSU?

            Dre

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            • #7
              Awesome, dude.

              Is this the first '06 carpc? There's a bunch of '05s around. Myself and RR BuGGz are two, to say the least.
              A car without turbo is a car with perpetual lag.

              My Ride
              My New Page

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              • #8
                Originally posted by RR BuGGz
                Nice color on the '06. Are you going to resize the skin to take up the screen?
                Yeah, did that not long after I took the picture ... I didn't even think about it until after I had already uploaded the picture and everything. I'm not driving around with it like that .

                PS let me know if you want the color code for the trim if you decide that you want to paint the rest of your trims to get a 100% match.
                That would be great -- I'm actually pretty surprised at how well it matches, even though at first it looks like it wouldn't. But sometime in the next couple of months I think I'm going to get extra trim pieces for the vents and ashtray/shifter area, so I can paint them to match.

                Also are you powering everything (ie the cdrw, the screen, motherboard, any external sound adapters) off the M1 PSU?
                Yep, right now everything is powered directly from the M1. It's all been suprisingly painless, but I do have a couple nags I'm trying to fix. The biggest is finding a USB-IDE converter that will work for me. I picked up one from Frys, branded "Cables Unlimited", but the Via motherboard doesn't seem to care for it much. Won't boot from it, and if I want to use it under Windows I have to unplug/replug.

                You did quite a nice job on that bezel -- everyone who sits in the car immediately comments on how it looks factory. Even with the glossier paint they don't notice right away that it's different. Having the CD drive makes it perfect, too.

                Dave

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by maxxell
                  Is this the first '06 carpc? There's a bunch of '05s around. Myself and RR BuGGz are two, to say the least.
                  It might be. But I posted pictures over on IWSTI, and there are plenty of '06's sprouting up over there, some of them owned by people that appear to have a lot more money than me . It's just a matter of time until one of them does it too. I'm surprised more people don't do it -- a lot of STi's seem to have the Kenwood nav, and that is very much in the same price range as a carputer. Maybe once a lot of people start showing how easy it is becoming these days, with the special-purpose hardware becoming more readily available and inexpensive, we'll see more of it.

                  Dave

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                  • #10
                    I looked into the Kenwood in-dash (DDX7015), but it ends up being over $2000 (at Crutchfield) to get the head unit & GPS. For that much money, a Carpc can do a TON more than any head unit.

                    Are you still running the stock speakers?
                    A car without turbo is a car with perpetual lag.

                    My Ride
                    My New Page

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by maxxell
                      I looked into the Kenwood in-dash (DDX7015), but it ends up being over $2000 (at Crutchfield) to get the head unit & GPS. For that much money, a Carpc can do a TON more than any head unit.

                      Are you still running the stock speakers?
                      You can do a DDX7015 for less (Crutchfield is a great place for pictures, but their prices blow). But you're right, it definitely fits in the same price range as a nice carputer.

                      AFAIK the only way to retain the stock speakers would be to get a headunit with a built-in amp and then use a conversion harness to connect to the stock plug. I had planned on replacing my speakers anyway. I'm thinking of Polk db6500's for the front doors, nothing for the back doors, an Infinity 7541a amp, and a JL 8W0 subwoofer to go under the passenger seat. I was going to get a Raam 10" sub for under the passenger seat, but he is taking sooooo long to make them, I might do my own. But I'd have to do the 8", because I couldn't make as big of an enclosure with my skills .

                      Dave

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                      • #12
                        I'm doing some work on making a skin specific to my own needs. Not something I'd release, because I'm not going to put any features in it that I won't use. Here is the main menu screen:

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Rootus
                          AFAIK the only way to retain the stock speakers would be to get a headunit with a built-in amp and then use a conversion harness to connect to the stock plug.
                          I'm still running on my stock speakers. My soundcard feeds a JL amp, feeding the stock speakers. Had to re-run some wires, but it can be done.
                          A car without turbo is a car with perpetual lag.

                          My Ride
                          My New Page

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Rootus
                            Nice cylinder heads there Rootus
                            Carputer looks great! stop by and show it to us one day. I still havent gotten around to hooking up my stuff yet.
                            2005 Ford Focus ST

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by gospeed.racer
                              Nice cylinder heads there Rootus
                              AFR165's .

                              Carputer looks great! stop by and show it to us one day.
                              Thanks!

                              If you'd just get out to Starbucks once in a while...

                              I still havent gotten around to hooking up my stuff yet.
                              Well get to it, old man!

                              Dave

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