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  • turbocad's Cadillac DTS dual pc setup with high end audio

    alright, it's not a turbo, but this cadillac will still suit me just fine I think....

    I just bought this car with the specific intentions of adding a full system to it, I want to put a large screen in it up front & I think I will also do a rear pc for my soon to be 11 year old son...

    I've wanted to do an upscale install for the longest time... I really wanted it to be an s-class benz intially, but that's just not in the cards for me just yet, so this will wind up being it instead.... this car will also be much much easier than doing an s-class for sure, & in the end I think I'll be better off with this caddy over the benz in a lot of ways...

    this car has all the standard toys that are part of the dts package... heated memory seats & electric tilt/telescopic, center console shifter, woodgrain all around with woodgrain wheel...(these cars are all real wood like lexus, bmw & benz, not plastic simulated like the older caddy's) ... triple zone climate control & a unique perferated leather that I haven't seen in many of these cars... it is a total virgin in that it hasn't been modified in any way, & has never been taken apart yet, gona change that real soon though

    when I started looking at the dts, I originally wanted a night vision car... just cause I think that's so cool... but I drove a night vision car for a bit & to tell you the truth in the city it's just totally useless & annoying, after the novelty wears off it'll just stay off most times really,... I love the look of the grille but I hate what the dash looks like to acomidate the projector on a nightvision car...

    in the end I decided I was not going to go out of my way to get a nightvision car... another big problem is most of the nightvision cars also have the moonroof which I definatley do not want, because I think the rear pc is going to be an overhead design at this point, plus I HATE the wind noise that comes with just about any sunroof, not a big fan of sunroofs at all........

    one good thing about starting with a car like this is there is no need to completely strip out the whole interior & dynamat everything... these cars are pretty good factory sound deadened, & I'll only need to do the trunk & the doors.... a lot of cars would need much more aditional sound dampening to get the car quiet enough to be nice & quiet on the highway, this one should ride like a cadillac though
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    MY NEWEST INSTALL:modded infiniti fx with big screen

    first windows carpc install........my liquid cooled LVDS screen :D

  • #2
    Hopefully this car lasts longer then the last one, lol... Good luck man

    2006 Mazda 3
    Behringer DCX-2496
    JL300/4 Focal 6W4311B Focal TN52
    JL500/1 JL10w6v2

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    • #3
      yeah, the last honda was just not right for me... I'm a bit surprised I actually did like that car though... I think cause it was pretty wide & didn't feel like a tiny car, & the leather & everything it didn't feel like a cheap plastic car either.... either way, I like this one much better & don't worry, this ones a keeper for sure
      MY NEWEST INSTALL:modded infiniti fx with big screen

      first windows carpc install........my liquid cooled LVDS screen :D

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      • #4
        alright, so heres the dash.... I want something bigger than a 7" monitor up front.... my first thoughts were to relocate the climate controls down lower in the center console, & then I would have enough space for a 12.1 maybe even... but from my initial measurements, it's too wide to really go down low... without taking it apart it's hard to know how much I can do there really...

        my second thoughts are to leave the climate control in place, & then use the radio area & extend below that too, even into the wood ashtray area... & then using maybe a 10.4" in portrait mode.... I would probably need to shorten the shifter a bit... maybe even use a different wood handle like from a benz or beemer maybe...
        Attached Files
        MY NEWEST INSTALL:modded infiniti fx with big screen

        first windows carpc install........my liquid cooled LVDS screen :D

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        • #5
          the doors look great for speakers... I'm willing to bet I can get an 8" in there without having to butcher the panel..... if I can fit my horns under this dash I'll be set... I have a few McIntosh amps that would go great in this car....

          I won't take delivery of the car till Tuesday maybe...sucked having to leave it there this weekend but it was just not possible for me to get it today & the dealers closed tomorrow.when I get it I might even drive it a few days before taking it apart.... if I make it through the weekend it'd be nice, then on the next Monday start tearing it down.... I doubt I'll be able to wait that long to take the radio out for some exploratory surgery at least

          this car is going to be a trip in just the remote start/alarm end of it... theres a whole **** load of computers & stuff in a car like this, & everything is computer controlled... the bcm is in control of many of the functions....there are separate modules that need to be interfaced... most people wouldn't consider adding a full remote start system to a car like this... most shops will butcher an install like this for sure.... I have a good idea what I'm getting myself into here with this..... I'd expect 12-14 hours at least in the remote system...
          Attached Files
          MY NEWEST INSTALL:modded infiniti fx with big screen

          first windows carpc install........my liquid cooled LVDS screen :D

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          • #6
            hard to tell how a large screen will look.... I don't want it to look gaudy or cheap... this is what I had in mind...

            this is not to scale, but aprox a 12.1 I think... maybe it'll be slightly less long looking really...
            Attached Files
            MY NEWEST INSTALL:modded infiniti fx with big screen

            first windows carpc install........my liquid cooled LVDS screen :D

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            • #7
              maybe a 10.4 with buttons on either side... but the buttons would have to look factory which is not easy at all... I'd have to probably make them myself, then make a mould & cast them so they could have text & be backlit to match the factory buttons.... that could be sweet... kinda like the acura new systems with all the buttons.... that would be a very ambishous project... not sure if I want to get that nuts... then again..... maybe it wouldn't be that bad...
              Attached Files
              MY NEWEST INSTALL:modded infiniti fx with big screen

              first windows carpc install........my liquid cooled LVDS screen :D

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              • #8
                if I had the car I'd be playing with it right now, instead I am just playing with ideas.... this might not be so crazy to do.... I've never cast molds before, but I'm sure I could do it... this is an approximation of a 10.4".... if done really nice it may not look bad being this big....
                Attached Files
                MY NEWEST INSTALL:modded infiniti fx with big screen

                first windows carpc install........my liquid cooled LVDS screen :D

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                • #9
                  worse case, if a 10.4 didn't work like this, then an 8.4 certainly will... I have a good 8.4" screen too.... with an 8.4 I might even be able to keep that wood ashtray intact.... maybe not even shorten the shifter either....

                  can't wait to rip the dash apart
                  MY NEWEST INSTALL:modded infiniti fx with big screen

                  first windows carpc install........my liquid cooled LVDS screen :D

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                  • #10
                    idk, i almost want to say go for the 8", think the 10 will be too much. But just my personal opinion...

                    I love installs that look completely stock, and a 10" will look no where near stock in this car, lol

                    2006 Mazda 3
                    Behringer DCX-2496
                    JL300/4 Focal 6W4311B Focal TN52
                    JL500/1 JL10w6v2

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                    • #11
                      yeah, i know what you mean... I don't want it to look rediculous either.... I've been trying it smaller too.... this is approx 8.4... the shifter knob woun't even need to be shortened, but the shaft still will a bit...
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                      MY NEWEST INSTALL:modded infiniti fx with big screen

                      first windows carpc install........my liquid cooled LVDS screen :D

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                      • #12
                        I also have another idea of something that I've wanted to try... but don't know yet if I want to really get into it with this car really...

                        alpine makes a mm headunit called the iva d900/901 series... it uses an lcd with a native resolution of 800X480... 7"... just like our lilli's & xenarcs, but there is no interface to it to take advantage of this resolution....

                        I think I can interface to this unit, & be able to intercept the signal to the lcd itself... how it would work is, the screen would display all the alpine stock stuff, but I would be able to switch it to a computer display when I want to... this is something I've thought of doing for a while.... I've searched here & have seen no one mention this particular headunit or this particular modification... I'd have to buy one & take it apart to see if it uses an lvds interface or a ttl... either way I'm pretty sure I could do it.... lvds would be much easier though, & chances are it is lvds...

                        this head unit doesn't use a touchscreen though, which sucks... all the alpine touchscreen units don't use a high res screen like this... I think the d900's are the most overlooked here for the posibilities of pc integration... many guys have discussed interfacing to mm heads, but in a composite interface which would be crap at best... this has the potential of being real nice ....

                        it is a motorized retracting unit too, which I definatley would not use in the motorized config.... I would disasemble it & flush mount the lcd like I did in my minivan... a friend of mine has a d900... might see if I can talk him into letting me take it apart to check it out & see if what I have in mind would work.... if it had a touchscreen native I would have probably done one of these already.... I could add a touchscreen for pc use, but it wouldn't be optically matched, & of course when in "alpine mode" the touchscreen wouldn't work anyway..... just shooting off ideas here I guess...
                        MY NEWEST INSTALL:modded infiniti fx with big screen

                        first windows carpc install........my liquid cooled LVDS screen :D

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                        • #13
                          this is another idea if I can fit the climate control head down there is a maybe...
                          Attached Files
                          MY NEWEST INSTALL:modded infiniti fx with big screen

                          first windows carpc install........my liquid cooled LVDS screen :D

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                          • #14
                            Higher is always nicer for driving, you can actually see what you're doing.

                            And about getting the alpine and hacking it, you really sure you could deal with no touchscreen? Cause that means you are going to have to put a mouse/track ball somewhere, which personally........ yeah I'd rather touchscreen.

                            2006 Mazda 3
                            Behringer DCX-2496
                            JL300/4 Focal 6W4311B Focal TN52
                            JL500/1 JL10w6v2

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                            • #15
                              I don't think you really need a touch screen. You could alway get a touch pad and cleverly place it somewhere. Some desktop replacement laptops have pretty beefy ones and on a 7" screen, you really aren't moving the cursor that far. And if you're planning on putting buttons too, you can program the buttons for the more common stuff, like how a frontend works. My desktop keyboard has a button to open the windows calculator program which is incredibly useful for us asians who don't fall into that stereotype. I want to put a 2nd, nontouch screen in my car, higher up the dash, for nav and trying to research my options too. Whatever you come up with, I'm sure it'll amaze me again.
                              Worklog:http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=89980

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