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  • Who builds their own carputers?

    I am wondering how many people here build their own carputers instead of buying a preassembled one. This includes fabricating your own case to make the best possible and most elegant look for your car. I am thinking of something like this:
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/fabr...ps-indash.html

    I am going to do something similar to that. I want to build my own self contained case where all the components are built in. This would require me to custom design a face for it. This is the reason I ask how many people have done or are planning on doing this, so I can see some other custom projects and get an idea of what I want to do.
    Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

    Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
    - Edit skin to liking.
    - Get compatible phone for mobilephone.net.
    - Facilitate HVAC control.

  • #2
    I do. My "faceplate" is a drive cooler with three fans to cool the system.
    Attached Files
    Old Systems retired due to new car
    New system at design/prototype stage on BeagleBoard.

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    • #3
      Building your own FTW.
      Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
      How about the Wiki?



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      • #4
        Build all of my own, have been since 96. Like anything else if ya want it done right, ya gotta do it yourself. The case for my car I did not make, I ran across one that was already perfect for my application.

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        • #5
          Why use a case at all?

          Jan Bennett
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          • #6
            Originally posted by RedGTiVR6 View Post
            Why use a case at all?

            To protect the components from getting knocked, to provide RF shielding, to provide nice airflow over the components.
            If your case is part of your car, then so be it.
            Old Systems retired due to new car
            New system at design/prototype stage on BeagleBoard.

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            • #7
              Build your own.... Make it do exactly what you want.
              TruckinMP3
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              • #8
                Definately build it yourself.

                And as for the case in dash, it is a great idea, but you really need a good case fabrication skills to get it to fit in a double din slot. I did it temporarily, but I didnt have any good available tools for metal working, so I decided to buld a custom acrylic case.
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                • #9
                  how important is RF shielding?

                  i ask because I want to build my car computer case with plexiglass.

                  (because when I tried to make an ammo box case I think I shorted out the mother board due to the metal) maybe not but I still want plexiglass. a lot easier to fabricate.

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                  • #10
                    I think it is quite important. RF radiation drops proportionally to the square of the distance. My PC is under my dash, next to my radio. I find that the RF interference can affect radio reception for certain stations and if the radio signal is weak.

                    A nicely grounded case can reduce RF radiation some more. Some relevant links:

                    http://www.equiptoelec.com/rprcots04...ipto_proof.pdf
                    http://www.fcc.gov/oet/info/rules/pa...t15-5-4-07.pdf

                    Of course the FCC part 15 doesn't actually apply here, but it can be useful to see what the requirements for commercial devices are. If your PC is not near sensitive equipment, then it will be less of an issue.
                    Old Systems retired due to new car
                    New system at design/prototype stage on BeagleBoard.

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                    • #11
                      My face won't be an LCD screen. The LCD screen will be put elsewhere. The face will be a custom made panel designed to look like a factory radio face. It will have volume control (hall effect sensors), a radio tuner, an LED character screen like the ones you see on CD players (typical 4x20), and any other things you find on typical modern factory radios, plus perhaps USB ports and any other inputs that I can think of which are needed in front.

                      PS: I forgot to mention that I will make a hole for the slimline DVD/CD drive like the one here:
                      http://store.mp3car.com/Panasonic_UJ..._p/opt-004.htm
                      Also, I intend to make this carputer removable by unscrewing a few bolts or screws.
                      Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

                      Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
                      - Edit skin to liking.
                      - Get compatible phone for mobilephone.net.
                      - Facilitate HVAC control.

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                      • #12
                        Does anyone have any images or descriptions of what they use?
                        Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

                        Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
                        - Edit skin to liking.
                        - Get compatible phone for mobilephone.net.
                        - Facilitate HVAC control.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DarquePervert View Post
                          Building your own FTW.
                          Please pardon my n00b question, but what is "FTW"?
                          Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

                          Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
                          - Edit skin to liking.
                          - Get compatible phone for mobilephone.net.
                          - Facilitate HVAC control.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Rob Withey View Post
                            I do. My "faceplate" is a drive cooler with three fans to cool the system.
                            What can you tell me about your system?
                            Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

                            Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
                            - Edit skin to liking.
                            - Get compatible phone for mobilephone.net.
                            - Facilitate HVAC control.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by stonestatue View Post
                              Please pardon my n00b question, but what is "FTW"?
                              For The Win.

                              You really should learn to use the multi-quote feature.
                              Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
                              How about the Wiki?



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