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    Hi
    I am beginning the search for a complete solution to control my FJ Cruiser. I am working with someone, who I believe is on this forum, that is developing a big piece of my system. So far it's going to be a 2.8 quad core , wth 8 gigs ram, amd video dual monitor support, touchscreen to replace hu, sound blaster FX-I
    fm tuner, nav, blu tooth, mobile internet, fusion brain, and more stuff as it gets figured out.
    Some other considerations are steering wheel controls, ham radio, obdII, accessory function and may be security.
    The other big piece will be integration with my already installed, 8 Camera , Baja Camera System, custom created , installed by myself and Total Vision Products.
    The system includes 2 digital switchers, with the ability to run 8 cameras each, 4 custom mounted screens overhead, quad channel dvr, and a few wires to run everything.
    I have a lot to learn about making this all work seamlessly, but it should be fun.
    I just wanted to introduce myself and let you know I am lurking and will chime in when I find a topic I need more info on .
    thanks
    Don

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    Welcome!

    It would be great if you could post some pictures of your ride. I would be very interested in the camera system - but I suspect a ready made system would be too costly for my Sequoia, even with 4 cameras or so, I googled total vision products and the site was very disappointing - no pictures, videos, or specs!

    But I'd love to see this camera system working. Where are they? pedals, suspensions, roof and what not?

    BTW, the specs you're going for look overkill, I would only question the sound blaster fx-i (lot's of driver issues and sound quality wise there are better options) - unless the aim is gaming (due to EAX), I see no reason why an on-board/usb tascam unit wouldn't be more appropriate. Steering wheel control you have to check CarPc Joycon EX, just search this forum.

    Cheers,

    RH.

    Edit: duh, after googling baja camera system...I found this.
    Last edited by RipplingHurst; 02-26-2011, 02:36 PM.
    Worklogs: 08 Sequoia Platinum Carputer (In Progress!)
    Skin: MetroSex on the Beach preview

    07 Infiniti Fx35 (done!) & 06 Infiniti M35 (gone...)

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    • #3
      I agree with the website being disappointing. I great guy doing cool stuff but just not good on updating his website. I may have to dig a little deeper into the soundblaster issues. I may need a different direction. thanks for that tip
      Camera systems don't have to be too pricey. Especially if your willing to do the work. It just depends on your requirements.
      I can post a few pics to give you an idea of what I have so far.
      This is after the completed tear down and install






      In process

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      • #4
        A few more pics of it's current look




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        • #5
          Nice FJ! I wanted a TRD w/the 6MT before I decided to get the truck I have an convert it to a manual

          Welcome aboard, but I'm curious as to what you do with all those cameras? And what's up w/the lightbulb on the dashboard?

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          • #6
            Part of this upgrade includes completely removing all of the center panel of the overhead console. Those functions will be controlled by the computer. I will replace it with another touch screen that will also function as navigation on and off-road . The biggest challenge with be to get the digital switchers (currently operated at the touch pads on the overhead console) to integrate with the computer, so I can control it all, by one of the touch screens. We just have to have the engineer for Total Vision get that done.

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            • #7
              Very cool ride and impressive pics. Can you tell me more about the cameras you're using, possibly a link? How are they at night or when the sun sits low? Do they have auto focus, adjustable iris, or it's remote controlled?

              I'm heading with the Sequoia to Pismo Beach this Spring Break and hopefully I can have time for some cool pics in the dunes/beach. Stock all season tires though, so I won't get crazy with stunts, plus it's a truck, not a baja special.

              On the Sequoia I currently have this Tascam external usb unit installed (Tascam USB-100). Great quality and sound level, much better than the tablet's stock headphone out output. On the FX, I use the stock soundcard line out+JL audio CL-RLC pre-amps into the stock headunit. Works very well for me, and it's simple.

              Thanks for the pics, I'm looking at them carefully, impressive stuff.
              Worklogs: 08 Sequoia Platinum Carputer (In Progress!)
              Skin: MetroSex on the Beach preview

              07 Infiniti Fx35 (done!) & 06 Infiniti M35 (gone...)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by whats77inaname View Post
                Nice FJ! I wanted a TRD w/the 6MT before I decided to get the truck I have an convert it to a manual

                Welcome aboard, but I'm curious as to what you do with all those cameras? And what's up w/the lightbulb on the dashboard?
                The camera's are used for self spotting while rock crawling and trail video.
                The lightbulb was a gag mod I put on the dash, for an event I had. Every one loved it and It just kinda stuck. Everyone asks about it.
                I have camera's over the front tires on the front bumper, a rear facing axle camera, rear departure, or back up camera. 2 forward facing cameras with different view fields, on the roof, and a rear facing view camera, on the roof.
                Next will be a pan and tilt camera to cover 180 degrees .

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RipplingHurst View Post
                  Very cool ride and impressive pics. Can you tell me more about the cameras you're using, possibly a link? How are they at night or when the sun sits low? Do they have auto focus, adjustable iris, or it's remote controlled?

                  I'm heading with the Sequoia to Pismo Beach this Spring Break and hopefully I can have time for some cool pics in the dunes/beach. Stock all season tires though, so I won't get crazy with stunts, plus it's a truck, not a baja special.

                  On the Sequoia I currently have this Tascam external usb unit installed (Tascam USB-100). Great quality and sound level, much better than the tablet's stock headphone out output. On the FX, I use the stock soundcard line out+JL audio CL-RLC pre-amps into the stock headunit. Works very well for me, and it's simple.

                  Thanks for the pics, I'm looking at them carefully, impressive stuff.
                  The cameras arent hi tech yet. This was the start of the concept. They are simple view. They aren't ir or auto focus, but that is to follow. You best bet for getting video of pismo is a go pro hd
                  they are awesome and give 1080p res. I actually use one for specific video 110 degree field on highest res and 180 degree on normal res
                  they come with a waterproof case and all kinds of mounting doo dads

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                  • #10
                    back to your original post:

                    are you saying you want everything, including the cctv stuff to integrate with the carpc?

                    with the exception of the quad core processor, those carpc specs are well and above what anyone uses here--even hijack-- and he is doing a 6-7 station setup..--check his build log--here


                    for audio, internet, nav, radio, bluetooth, audio, and dual monitor support most dual core atom boards will do the job with only 2gb of ram, though the atom is a little slow for some uses..

                    many motherboards will do multiple video outputs using onboard chipsets-- and many of these have special graphic chipsets to ensure smooth video..

                    not to mention, add-on cards and off-road trucks don't always get along..

                    imo, i don't believe that there is any use for any more then 4gb of ram in-car.. the most active device you appear to want to use is a fb, and that doesn't take much processing power..

                    you didn't mention your hdd selection, but with your vehicle style, a ssd is going to be the best option to prevent issues later.

                    btw, how were you planning to power the whole carpc setup?
                    Last edited by soundman98; 02-26-2011, 06:05 PM.
                    My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
                    "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


                    next project? subaru brz
                    carpc undecided

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                    • #11
                      Yes I will have a 120 gig ssd . I will also be doing office function for my business.
                      I really don't have the specifics on the whole system, I can't answer the power question yet, but I do have plenty of reserve power in my truck, since I run a dual battery, the second being a M-31 sears platinum . We have even talked about liquid cooled, since we live in a place that a turkey could cook on your hood. Lots of learning to do .
                      I am not a computer guy, that's why I'm not building the system. I can do the install and all the sound system wiring , since I really wired everything in my truck, but I need the computer help. That's another reason I joined. Thanks for your input. I probably will overbuild, because thats usually how I approach projects, but I will definitely take advice from the pro's . This will probably evolve into more functions, including some kind of attempt at streaming video, but I don't know the boundaries yet.
                      thanks again
                      Don

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                      • #12
                        I'll be interested in following this build

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by soundman98 View Post
                          back to your original post:

                          are you saying you want everything, including the cctv stuff to integrate with the carpc?

                          with the exception of the quad core processor, those carpc specs are well and above what anyone uses here--even hijack-- and he is doing a 6-7 station setup..--check his build log--here


                          for audio, internet, nav, radio, bluetooth, audio, and dual monitor support most dual core atom boards will do the job with only 2gb of ram, though the atom is a little slow for some uses..

                          many motherboards will do multiple video outputs using onboard chipsets-- and many of these have special graphic chipsets to ensure smooth video..

                          not to mention, add-on cards and off-road trucks don't always get along..

                          imo, i don't believe that there is any use for any more then 4gb of ram in-car.. the most active device you appear to want to use is a fb, and that doesn't take much processing power..

                          you didn't mention your hdd selection, but with your vehicle style, a ssd is going to be the best option to prevent issues later.

                          btw, how were you planning to power the whole carpc setup?
                          Since I am still in the planning stage, I welcome input on specific equipment you may suggest. I would like to use the quad core and have the max ram suggested, which sounds like 4 gigs would be sufficient. I will run a ssd for storage I want multiple touch screen and video, Audio for radio, xm, stored music. OBDII brain fusion, internet, wifi, blu tooth, all accessory functions, and expandability for other things that may come up. Camera system integration
                          Could you give me some ideas? I am here to learn


                          thanks
                          Don

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                          • #14
                            Just a little update.
                            Within the last few weeks I have streamed money to the builder and my system should be done and on it's way to me early next week
                            I ordered a Lilliput 669gl-70np/c/t 7" double din touch screen for the dash. My second touch screen will replace the center of the overhead console.
                            It's a lilliput fa1011np/c/t It's a 16x9 aspect ratio . My plan is to run on and off road nav on the overhead.Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz
                            >> ASUS P7H55-M PRO LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
                            >> Opus 360w DC-DC Power Supply
                            >> 2x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB Ram
                            >> ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
                            >> Intel X25-M 120GB SATA II SSD Drive (OUT OF STOCK)
                            >> Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD Sound Card
                            >> SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit Video Card
                            >> Athenatech A100SC.200 Case (OUT OF STOCK)
                            >> Andrea Electronics Superbeam Array Microphone
                            >> Fusion Brain v6
                            >> Nani Hi-SPeed USB 2.0 Bluetooth Dongle
                            >> Griffin Powermate USB Knob
                            >> BU-Weather Proof GPS Receiver
                            >> TP-LINK TL-WN722 USB Wireless Adapter

                            Centrafuse with nav,will be the front end software
                            The boombox for radio control, is no longer being made, so I am still up in the air on what to do with that.
                            My overhead console and headliner are removed for the console mod, plus I am doing a custom headliner. Details will follow.
                            I have set aside an area over the drivers side rear fenderwell for mounting the cpu. I think I may do some sort of elaborate shock mount system, since I do lots of off road.
                            After that, the engineer for the camera system will see if we can somehow make the camera system talk to the cpu, so I can have a menu screen on my touch screen to control all of it.
                            Further I may add another video card, so momma can have a touch screen on her side, for internet surfing or whatever else she wants to do . I think I may make some sort of cord for it, so it can be removed for viewing outside the truck .
                            I will add pics as progress inside the cab is made
                            more to come
                            Should I make this a post in another area for projects?
                            thanks
                            Don

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