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  • ODB II C# Style

    Ok, so i know how to program against the ODB II port in my Lincoln LS. I am going to use two Lilliput touchscreens running off a Compaq Evo Tablet pc hidden in the dash, as my intrument panel, surrounded by a custom fiberglass dash, which is essentially a full computer (2usb, pcmcia, network, modem, 1gb ram, 80gig, wireless, etc).

    The new LCD intrument cluster system has two modes-

    In the daytime:
    dual vga screen speedometer display. MPH, RPM, Warning messages, etc..

    In the nighttime: single screen speedometer, single screen Night Vision camera.

    There is also an Epia sp13000 that will drive the 8" Lilliput Touchscreen in the center dash, and 2 7" touchscreens in the back center console, all custom interior work.

    The million dollar question

    I removed my intrument cluster to test the system, and the car won't start without it.

    No problem. I have the Ford Master Technician CD.

    I can read the schematics and wiring to the intrument panel, and where all the data for it is coming from (REM, FEM, PCM,) etc. From all the information i gathered, it seems i can do a lot with the information coming from those cables. However, i dont know which wire needs to be grounded in order for the ignition to become active, so i can start the car. I need to move the instrument panel out of the way.

    Has anyone ever experienced this ?
    Anyone programs c# here?
    Thanks for your help.
    Ignorant people are uneducated!

  • #2
    What if your computer dies? your screwed

    Keep your stock intruments.

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    • #3
      good point. however this is just a show car.
      Ignorant people are uneducated!

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      • #4
        do as im planning to do, just that mine is'nt a ford.

        but keep the instruments, but just hide them behind the dash.!

        because most cars today uses the instruments in some sort of application
        Sorry for the english

        CarPC Specs.

        Via Epia MII 12000 \\ 512 Mb Ram \\ 200 GB Western Digital \\ PCmcia asus wi-fi
        Xenarc 7" Touchscreen \\ Usb Bluetooth \\ Carnetix P-1280

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        • #5
          sounds reasonable... ill try that., just need an extra 3 inches up front.
          Ignorant people are uneducated!

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          • #6
            well. if you have a technician inside you just waiting to get out.

            then just use the PCB, and remove everything else, then it would'nt take much room.
            Sorry for the english

            CarPC Specs.

            Via Epia MII 12000 \\ 512 Mb Ram \\ 200 GB Western Digital \\ PCmcia asus wi-fi
            Xenarc 7" Touchscreen \\ Usb Bluetooth \\ Carnetix P-1280

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mcnovy
              well. if you have a technician inside you just waiting to get out.

              then just use the PCB, and remove everything else, then it would'nt take much room.

              That was my original question. If i do that i can't start the car. I need an idea of what the intrument panel is doing to allow the car to start, so that i can move it and hardwire it.
              Ignorant people are uneducated!

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              • #8
                sorry, but that was not what i ment.

                instead of keeping he instrument panel as it is, then you could take out the PCB from the panel, you dont need to keep the gauges and so on.!
                you only need the PCB.
                so if you keep the PCB, and remove the gauges, then it would'nt take that much extra space.!

                hope that makes sense
                Sorry for the english

                CarPC Specs.

                Via Epia MII 12000 \\ 512 Mb Ram \\ 200 GB Western Digital \\ PCmcia asus wi-fi
                Xenarc 7" Touchscreen \\ Usb Bluetooth \\ Carnetix P-1280

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                • #9
                  Our stuff is all C#. What are you looking for?

                  David White
                  GSD Telematics
                  http://www.gsdtelematics.com
                  Check out my company

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dwhite
                    Our stuff is all C#. What are you looking for?

                    David White
                    GSD Telematics
                    http://www.gsdtelematics.com
                    Not looking for anything. I'm writing the same stuff you are selling.

                    Thanks anyway.
                    Ignorant people are uneducated!

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                    • #11
                      Sorry. Good luck
                      Check out my company

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                      • #12
                        My guess is the reason your car wont start without the guages plugged in is because most ins. clusters is where the ODO info is stored. So i bet there is some type of protection so you cant drive around for a year and your car not log any miles. So your best bet is to find some way to keep those guages installed somewhere.
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                        • #13
                          i made a lot of progress on this so far, too lazy to takethe pictures off my digital camera, but got the whole system working now. Currently fabricating dashboard from scratch (like those guys doing Alpine cars). pics coming soon.
                          Ignorant people are uneducated!

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                          • #14
                            posted more pics..
                            http://photos.yahoo.com/alacom21
                            Ignorant people are uneducated!

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                            • #15
                              Wow! You were serious! Is that MDF you're using to make your dash? It's not suitable for outdoor use. It needs to be sealed with water-thin epoxy to turn it into a composite. Otherwise it will soak up moisture like a sponge (humidity???) and start to smell. Not to mention it will swell when it gets wet. . .
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