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  1. Car Computer Install: Building the Computer

    by , 08-01-2011 at 04:30 PM

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    Sean Clark, from mp3Car, shows us how to build a typical Mini ITX car computer. The Heyco grommet protects the power input wires from chafing. He uses a pneumatic punch to make a hole for the grommet and then feeds the mp3Car Quick Release Kit into place through the Morex 5677 computer case. The installation of the motherboard involves installing the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, cpu fan, memory, and Intel wi-fi card into the PCI Express slot. Once the motherboard is ready, the Min-Box M2-ATX is configured and bolted into place. Once the motherboard is installed into place, installation of the CPU fan, hard drive, and top of the case is done. Extra USB ports are extruded from the motherboard with an mp3Car USB Supersize Kit. During the initial boot, testing the computer involves entering the BIOS screen and verifying the CPU, memory, and processor are detected.
  2. How did the hipster burn his lip? He took a bite of pizza waaay before it was cool.

    by , 07-29-2011 at 02:55 PM
  3. Car Computer Install: Introduction

    by , 07-28-2011 at 12:26 PM

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    Sean Clark, from mp3Car, talks us through the components involved in a typical car computer installation, in this case his own. The Mini-Box M2-ATX makes the perfect ‘intelligent’ automotive power supply for the computer. Morex International makes a sturdy, yet well ventilated case. Scantool.net’s OBDLink Wi-Fi is the perfect tool to read and interpret engine diagnostic data. The mp3Car Quick Release Kit makes plugging in and unplugging the power cable to your PC a snap, literally. Lilliput has supplied their ever-popular HDMI & DVI 669GL-70NP/C/T touch screen monitor. Front-end software is left up to the experts at Centrafuse. All this seamless integration is made possible by the mp3Car Direct Fit Kit, which incorporates a monitor in any number of dash kits made specifically for your vehicle.
  4. In case you didn't notice, these new products can combine forces like Captain Planet.

    by , 07-22-2011 at 02:34 PM

    Updated 07-27-2011 at 12:32 PM by ChasPhillips

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  5. AFKFest Update: Three tech-guys walk into a bar...

    by , 07-19-2011 at 04:06 PM

    Our thinking about this year’s AFKFest had become so uptight--we needed a change of perspective. We needed... a violent bolt of inspiration. The wheels somewhere in Rob’s head were turning... slowly at first, but picking up speed..... Then, it happened. Kaboom. Back to our roots, back to the community; something exciting, something.... of the community, by the community, and for the community.


    A Hackathon. (Not)

    We were immediately worked up into a fervor about the idea. With the level of expertise in this community, and poised on the brink of a revolution in mobile apps, car computing, and software/hardware design, we were pretty amped. Once we settled down a bit, Rob tapped this more tempered description on his keyboard while the idea was still in its infancy:

    "Hey everyone. We're doing a hackathon on the Sunday after AFKFest to create some amazing software and/or hardware using existing SDKs. The day will be devoted to collaboration between software/hardware engineers, project managers, and designers. We're interested in knowing what SDKs you all would like to work with. Any ideas? What companies are you the most interested in working with right now? And they don't need to be necessarily associated with car computing.

    We know Centrafuse (and other companies) will be there with their SDK."


    What can we accomplish in a short period of time, fueled by collaboration, CARisma and coffee? The sky’s the limit, but one thing is for sure: this thing will live or die based on your input and participation. Let’s see what kind of amazing concepts and ?????? we can come up with. I can barely sit still. To get started, let’s hear what you think. Post a comment, ask a question, let’s get this conversation started.

    [Photo by Flickr user marycoit82]

    Updated 09-16-2011 at 11:18 AM by Fiberoptic

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