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    Lightbulb carputer for MB W124

    Hi, I'm looking to buy a carputer for a mercedes w124 (300D year 1989)
    The age of the car makes it a real pain to find something.
    also the shape of the console where the radio is installed makes it hard to find something.

    anyone has an idea what hardware could fit in there.
    need a carputer with dvd-rom to fit in a 1din unit.
    tft could be mounted on the dashboard by slideing a metal plate just above the ventitation. (i know this works, almost all taxi equypment is installed that way alover europe, well at least the old hardware, recent taxi stuff is so small it is installed inside the console).

    As you have probably guessed by now, i want to "upgrade" my old taxi and use the puter also as an internet gateway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightrid3r
    Hi, I'm looking to buy a carputer for a mercedes w124 (300D year 1989)
    The age of the car makes it a real pain to find something.
    also the shape of the console where the radio is installed makes it hard to find something.

    anyone has an idea what hardware could fit in there.
    need a carputer with dvd-rom to fit in a 1din unit.
    tft could be mounted on the dashboard by slideing a metal plate just above the ventitation. (i know this works, almost all taxi equypment is installed that way alover europe, well at least the old hardware, recent taxi stuff is so small it is installed inside the console).

    As you have probably guessed by now, i want to "upgrade" my old taxi and use the puter also as an internet gateway.
    Look around the Show off Your Project forum and you'll find something decidedly interesting. Most people don't have the actual computer in the dash. The screen is in the dash, mind you, but the computer is under a seat, in the trunk, in the glove box or center console, or some other out-of-the-way location.
    And there are in-dash single-DIN screens that will meet your needs exactly.

    That said, if you've got a bracket for a fare meter, you can use one of the many mini-ITX cases out there, with appropriate hardware, and mount it to that. That would, however, put your computer in plain view to a potential thief. That's not a good thing.
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    Pics of the dash

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    I did it like this in my 260:



    I simply replaced the inner mirror with the screen. I used the original mount for the mirror and mounted a Manfrotto camera quick release adapter (323 with mount 200PL-14) instead of the mirror. the mount 200PL-14 was mounted on the screen, and it takes only one second or two to remove the screen.

    When the screen is mounted like this, it is no problem with the sun on the screen, and you can easy see the screen even from all seats in the rear. Great for party in the car!

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    as you can see in the pic from erikfalken's 260 there is little space in the center console but i want to fit the computer in te space of the radio.
    basicaly i'm worryed that this wl be a problem with the gear shift being very close

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightrid3r
    as you can see in the pic from erikfalken's 260 there is little space in the center console but i want to fit the computer in te space of the radio.
    basicaly i'm worryed that this wl be a problem with the gear shift being very close
    Move all the controls down were the headunit is. Put xenarc isntead of those controls. Problem solved.

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    Or you can wait until the hardware for the A/c control comes out (I know 0l33l that you don't like 'cause of the Lpt cable ) and get rid of the controls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0l33l
    Move all the controls down were the headunit is. Put xenarc isntead of those controls. Problem solved.

    Hmm, I guess that You are not familiar with the MB W124 vacuum, the whole climate system (as well as door locks, light adjustment) is controlled by vacuum. Behind those climate controls there are some miles (not really but almost) of vacuum cables... I think it would be very hard to extend those cables without problems or leakage in the vacuum system...

    EDIT: I don't know if it's the same on the W202, but on the W124 it's vacuum for the (non-AC) climate system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thanatos106
    Or you can wait until the hardware for the A/c control comes out (I know 0l33l that you don't like 'cause of the Lpt cable ) and get rid of the controls.

    HVAC Control on Car PC through Serial Port.

    Wow, that looks cool... Perhaps there is a way to get rid of the stupid vacuum after all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErikFalken
    Hmm, I guess that You are not familiar with the MB W124 vacuum, the whole climate system (as well as door locks, light adjustment) is controlled by vacuum. Behind those climate controls there are some miles (not really but almost) of vacuum cables... I think it would be very hard to extend those cables without problems or leakage in the vacuum system...

    EDIT: I don't know if it's the same on the W202, but on the W124 it's vacuum for the (non-AC) climate system.
    Sorry to hear

    Another idea: get rid of the center vents.

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