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    Hi,
    been lurking around here as a guest for a while now and thought it was about time I walked up to the bar and introduced myself.

    I've been interested in building a CarPC for a little while now and thanks to plenty of reading on here and some searching I'm ready to give it a go.

    my goal is to replace the head unit in an MR2 with a PC & amp arrangement.
    This will play MP3s, do a bit of Sat Nav and have some bluetooth phone connectivity for hand free. I will need to set up a radio as well.

    Current status;

    I've just placed an order for an EPIA 800 mobo
    Place order for a DLink USB DRU-100 radio (gulp )
    am in dicussions to purchase a Xenarc and also a PSU combo (probably ITPS & PW-60A, can't really stretch to an OPUS)

    Need to get a HDD, probably 2.5" but would prefer a 3.5" because of the cost/size ratio is better but I 'understand' that there are 12v rail issues to be overcome. So this may be a "suck it and see" issue.

    Originaly planned to have wireless connection to the house for MP3 uploads but the thought of having the car running on the drive while I run indoors to transfer the files didn't seem too sensible.
    So plan 'B' is to use either a CF cardreader and CF card or perhaps a USB pen drive to transfer the files. Media Engine has an auto sync directories option I assume I can use that?


    Purchased a spare centre dash from a breakers to fit the screen into. I figure this will not be a two minute job so I've removed the time pressures.
    Didn't mention but the MR2 is the wifes
    Once I've perfected the build I'll do the same in my own car........ LOL

    The MR2 is a bit tight for space and the two cubby holes behind the seats are full of sub units so I'm planning to build an enclosure behind the passenger seat (full width, window to rear centre console) to install the PC and amps in.

    Anyhow, rambled enough for now.


    Hope to repay some of the information that I've picked up sometime.

    Kevin
    Kevin


    Build status {..........|} 99%
    All installed - now into the fiddling about stage
    Car:MR2
    MB: EPIA C800
    Display:Xenarc 700TS
    Power:PW-70A & ITPS
    Mem:384MB
    HDD:40Gb Maxtor Diamond max
    Radio:Dlink DRU-100
    GPS:BU-303
    OS:XP SP2

  • #2
    If you can, I would replace the Epia 800 with at least an M10000, they are much faster.

    Also, don't bother with a DRU-100, wait for Seth's fm/am/rds device.

    Forget an ITPS. They are rubbish, and I wouldn't subject my worst enemy to having to use an ITPS, let alone a loved one. Either save for an Opus, or get a Carnetix. These will allow you to sync files wirelessly with the engine off.

    Good choice on a Xenarc.


    Garry
    Co-Developer of A.I.M.E.E
    www.aimee.cc

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    • #3
      damn - too late

      Just placed an on line order for Xenarc and PSU as described
      Ah well, I'll use it a learning exercise and get some experience....

      Still got 1 out of 3 right

      As I said, the first install will be for the Mrs who just wants a radio/MP3 player with sat nav. So requirements are not so high.

      I'll get it right for when I do mine.
      Kevin


      Build status {..........|} 99%
      All installed - now into the fiddling about stage
      Car:MR2
      MB: EPIA C800
      Display:Xenarc 700TS
      Power:PW-70A & ITPS
      Mem:384MB
      HDD:40Gb Maxtor Diamond max
      Radio:Dlink DRU-100
      GPS:BU-303
      OS:XP SP2

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      • #4
        Confused - just noticed you are the proud owner of a "Carlos Fandango" anglebox, Excellent

        Is it the 2 tone with the chrome strip down the side?
        Kevin


        Build status {..........|} 99%
        All installed - now into the fiddling about stage
        Car:MR2
        MB: EPIA C800
        Display:Xenarc 700TS
        Power:PW-70A & ITPS
        Mem:384MB
        HDD:40Gb Maxtor Diamond max
        Radio:Dlink DRU-100
        GPS:BU-303
        OS:XP SP2

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        • #5
          Believe me...you'll want to get it right (power at least) for the missus! She's not going to appreciate it when she starts the car and the computer resets (which it will with the ITPS + PW70)

          Heh, yeah I do have an Anglebox...not two tone, but it does have a chrome strip down the side

          Stick around here, and you'll see what I finally do with it (and no, i won't be ripping the rear wheels off on gate posts! )


          Whereabouts in Essex are you??
          Co-Developer of A.I.M.E.E
          www.aimee.cc

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          • #6
            I don't know how you are going to mount your monitor, but if you are going to take it apart, there is a good deal on ceiling mount Xenarc here on mp3car.com.

            $299 for Xenar TS is very good deal.

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            • #7
              ryuandwings
              The MR2 is a T-bar, so no room for a ceiling mount. I had looked at that.
              The MR2 does have a double DIN socket so I don't see any major issues with installing the screen (famous last words)
              I've ordered the screen now. I didn't fancy ordering and them being stuffed for import duty/tax.

              Confused
              you are starting to frighten me now
              I'm looking at this as a learning experience, if it fails I'll put it right.

              Nice to see you picked up on the Fandango reference

              I hail from costa del Canvey
              Kevin


              Build status {..........|} 99%
              All installed - now into the fiddling about stage
              Car:MR2
              MB: EPIA C800
              Display:Xenarc 700TS
              Power:PW-70A & ITPS
              Mem:384MB
              HDD:40Gb Maxtor Diamond max
              Radio:Dlink DRU-100
              GPS:BU-303
              OS:XP SP2

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              • #8
                ryuandwings - I've just had a peek at your web site.

                Am I correct in thinking you have fitted the whole ITX pc into a double DIN space?
                If so,
                Wow, I'm going to have to have the dash out of the MR2 and have a peek and see what is possible.

                That's turned my ideas on their head.

                cheers
                Kevin


                Build status {..........|} 99%
                All installed - now into the fiddling about stage
                Car:MR2
                MB: EPIA C800
                Display:Xenarc 700TS
                Power:PW-70A & ITPS
                Mem:384MB
                HDD:40Gb Maxtor Diamond max
                Radio:Dlink DRU-100
                GPS:BU-303
                OS:XP SP2

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                • #9
                  Kevin,

                  Believe me, I've used an ITPS along with a Morex PSU (basically the same as a PW-60A) and it wasn't pretty. Wouldn't power up the 3.5" hdd with the engine off, and if it was running, and i tried to start the engine, the PC would reset. I've since moved to an Opus, and I can't fault it.

                  The Morex PSU is now in my dad's Shogun, and being run from a Carnetix, and again, I can't fault it. Both mine and my dad's survive starting the engine (even on the 2.5l Diesel in his Shogun).


                  Oh, and he's got an Anglia too! However his has Subaru 1800cc + 4x4 running gear!


                  With the double-din in the MR2, you should be OK...you might or might not have the depth, but you should be able to reasonably easily get the screen in there

                  Can I ask where you've bought the stuff from? I can recommend Lin-ITX.com and PCMediaStore.com, bought stuff from both of them


                  Garry
                  Co-Developer of A.I.M.E.E
                  www.aimee.cc

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by l0gic
                    ryuandwings - I've just had a peek at your web site.

                    Am I correct in thinking you have fitted the whole ITX pc into a double DIN space?
                    If so,
                    Wow, I'm going to have to have the dash out of the MR2 and have a peek and see what is possible.

                    That's turned my ideas on their head.

                    cheers
                    Yeah, I have most of my stuff in the double din space.
                    Only thing to watch out is air flow. It tends not get enough air back there.

                    Also, just to make you feel better, I have ITPS+PW70 setup right now. And it works. It will not survive crank and you need to have car running all the time, but it has been OK for 5 months or so. Off course OPUS will be better and I will upgrade eventually. Just like you, I did not know better when I started.

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                    • #11
                      Just to clearfy, I am not pushing for ITPS and pw70.
                      Since you bought them already, you can still use them. Those have some limitations.
                      You can go ahead and build your carputer with ITPS, then replace them with OPUS later.

                      Good luck.

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                      • #12
                        guys - thanks for the advice and honesty

                        I don't expect to get it right first time but half the fun is in the journey.



                        Can I ask where you've bought the stuff from? I can recommend Lin-ITX.com and PCMediaStore.com
                        I've purchased the xenarc & PSU system from David at pcmediastore - he gave me a good deal for the package



                        Yeah, I have most of my stuff in the double din space.
                        Only thing to watch out is air flow. It tends not get enough air back there.
                        the MR2 has air vents immediately above the DIN slots so I may be able to use this....



                        Oh, and he's got an Anglia too! However his has Subaru 1800cc + 4x4 running gear!
                        What can I say - awesome!
                        Remind me not to take on any Anglias at the lights



                        Kevin
                        Kevin


                        Build status {..........|} 99%
                        All installed - now into the fiddling about stage
                        Car:MR2
                        MB: EPIA C800
                        Display:Xenarc 700TS
                        Power:PW-70A & ITPS
                        Mem:384MB
                        HDD:40Gb Maxtor Diamond max
                        Radio:Dlink DRU-100
                        GPS:BU-303
                        OS:XP SP2

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