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    Newbie Drunk Wex's Avatar
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    Unhappy When do you call it quits?

    Two weeks ago I installed 90% of the cables in my car. Everything has been working great, besides some bugs in the computer I've been smoothing out. This last weekend I went out and got the last of my cables. After running them and testing everything one last time it all worked great still. I decided to put all the paneling back into my car. Two hours later everything was back together. I turned my car on and nothing worked. The amp wouldn't turn on, the LCD wouldn't turn on and the computer wouldn't trigger through the OPUS. Also, the power windows stopped working!

    When I put my car back together I had the negative on the battery unplugged. Didn't notice any problems with wires getting pinched or anything. None of the fuses were blown. I'm not sure what was wrong with it.

    In a fit of rage I ripped all the wires I put in out of my car. After that I put the stock stereo back in and the panels back on. The car now looks stock again. This morning I took the car down to the dealership to get serviced, hopefully they'll get the windows fixed today. It wouldn't have been so bad if the windows hadn't stopped working when they were down.

    So, when I get my car back and working...do I try again? Or do I call it quits...? What would you do?

    Only 2034 miles on the car too...damn shame I had to mess it up.
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    oh man, you have to carry on. just think how please you will be when you get it working.
    But if you never try again, you will always wonder what it would have been like.
    Its hard but you have to stick at man.
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    Personally I wouldn't give up. Maybe take a break for a few days maybe even weeks. During that time I wouldn't think about car PC's. When I pick it back up I'd research more on where I think I messed up. Reading things carefully and taking my time.

    Not everyone's cut out to get into all this technical stuff but I can tell you even the seasoned professionals run into issues. So if you're thinking that you're the only one who's come across issues then I'm here to tell you your not. Just keep plugging away.
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    A little after I hit submit the dealership called. They fixed the car in record time. There was a wired grounded behind the stereo that was causing the failure. They fixed the wire and it's all good now.

    For now I probably will take a week or two off the carputer project. Going to relax, catch my breath and then get back on the horse. It was a shaky weekend for sure...I'm glad it all worked out though. The warranty covered the problem too.

    Thanks for the support guys. Next try I'll get a project log going, pictures and all.
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    are there ever things that are great that are easy?

    no

    like all things that are worth it, they take time and patience to get to....carPCs are no different
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    You have to try again. Once you get it working that first time you will know why. Then you will love it for a while and eventually get the upgrade itch, run into more headaches while upgrading. Finally you will come to the realization that it will never bo "100%" but instead a continual work in progress.

    I realized that around version 2.5 now I'm on version 4.0 and in a few weeks I hope to have a new retractable screen and bluetooth capabilities.

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    You ran into a pitfall new installers do: trying to do two many things in one shot. I'd suggest slowing down and doing it step by step. First get the PC in the car. Connect it to an LCD. Make sure you can turn it on by just manually pressing the power button. Then hook up the Opus's auto turn-on lead to it. Verify that it turns on and off with ignition. Then connect it to a head unit using an old-fashioned cassette adapter and verify that you can get sound out of it. Then connect it straight to an amp without a remote turnon lead. Yes, you'll hear the "thump" but make sure it works first before connecting the delayed turnon lead.

    This way, you know right away where it breaks. I'd even suggest testing the Opus/Carpc combo in house for a couple of days first.
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    This is one of the reasons I didnt wanna tear my new car (06 scion xb) apart... nor do i have the time to do that. i am simply using a tablet laptop in my car which gives me all the functionality that i need minus all the hard work/toiling/trouble that comes with hardwiring a carpc...

    Click the link in my profile to see what i'm doing. hopefully it'll give you an idea of other alternatives. The only "worry" I had in my case was mounting the freaking thing, which only weighs less than 4lbs with battery... after a day of thinking and 15 seconds of bending metal, i got the mount that i am currently using and it's not bad at all!

    I had built a mini itx / xenarc solution for my 2004 hummer h2 but when i realized all of the taking apart i would have to do, the fab work to install the screen in dash, the wiring and power related issues/considerations, i completely scrapped the project and sold my setup on ebay! since then, i've been using different laptops in both of my cars - the most recent being this tablet that i have ;]
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    That's the thing. My CarPC was working in the car for two weeks. The installation seemed okay. When I turned my car on the LCD would power up, the AMP and stock subs would power on and the computer would resume from standby.

    The service center said they found a grounded wire behind the car stereo. From what I can tell I messed it up when I took the dash apart one last time. I had to install the car antenna extension for my HQCT tuner. When I did that I must have touched a wire to the frame which killed my windows for some reason. Either that or the wire was touching the frame when I first tried to start my car. I'm leaning towards the latter since my battery was unplugged while I was working on my car.

    Next time I'll definitely take my time and do things very, very carefully.
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    dont stop

    dude i got the same problem during the install my screen ribons keep on coming out of place so once i saw myself get real ****ed off i just walked away for the night and that was it one day i ran wires. the other day i worked on the laptop and files and drivers and make sure the laptop is setup the way i want. another day was the install of the screen . and so on. do not try to rush the job if you do that it will drive you nuts at one point i punched the wall because i new i was doing everything right but still had issues. and dont do the work on empty stomach next thing you know your in the car 5 hours and you dont want to leave because you have half the car apart good luck i am sure you will work out the issues

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