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    The Tiburon Project

    Hey everybody,

    Just wanted to introduce myself and a project I'm working on. I'm building a car PC for an 04' Hyundai Tiburon. Having been a big fan of the EPIA platform for the last few years, I'm naturally using the EPIA for this project. The goals for this system are...

    MP3 playback and storage
    DVD playback and storage
    GPS mapping and navagation
    Sat Radio
    FM tuning
    Cell Phone intergration
    Web Browsing Instant Messaging via WiFi/Cellphone
    Basic OBDII info onscreen (Speed,RPM,MPG,etc.)
    Controls for the Air Suspension


    I've got all the hardware together. Since I'm taking the LCD and touchscreen panel out of the stock Xenarc ( www.xenarc.com) housing, I need to make a custom faceplate for it that fits in the stock part of the dash. Currently I'm designing it in a 3d CAD program ( www.vx.com ) , which will then be machined from aluminum. Annodized black after that I suppose. I'm just struggling right now with making everything fit, mostly the position of the lcd and slot-load CD drive. The rest of the PC components are going inside a custom built 2din housing, bolted where the stock radio was.

    So far the PC components are as follows...

    Via Epia SP13000
    512MP Kingston Value Ram (Might switch to 256 to save on suspend time)
    Xenarc 700TSV 7" widescreen touchscreen LCD.
    M1 ATX 90W Smart Automotive PowerSupply
    Panasonic Slot Load DVD Rom-CD-R/W
    120G WD 3.5" Hard Drive (Might change to 2.5" notebook drive or 3.5" SATA drive.)
    802.11, bluetooth, Satelite Radio, FM will probably be USB, although I have a PCI riser that folds over the motherboard that might be used for a PCI TV/FM tuner.
    Custom made case
    Custom made LCD Bezel

    I like the idea of using epiOS ( www.epios.net ) as a base, since it's based on Gentoo and takes advantage of the multimedia capabilities of the VIA CN400 North Bridge. I'm still debating on running x-windows or writing directly to the frame buffer. The latter is a lot of work, but will make the system behave more appliance like than PC like, which is important to me. In fact, I plan on stripping out the regular PC BIOS to improve booting time. I'm looking at linuxbios and the fastboot bios from VIA. I'll get the rest of the system together before I start on that. I'm also just now looking into Software Suspend from ( www.suspend2.net ), which hopefully will play nice with the features of my power supply.

    I'll post more as things develop.

    Erik

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    Suspend2 was trivial to get working with gentoo and 2.6 kernel. I was originally gonna go with the epia and linuxbios but ended up with a mobile athlon and Tyans are the only desktop boards that are supported by linuxbios.

    With 1 gig of ram suspend/resume takes less than 5 seconds, I don't thinkyou need to worry about 512.

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    Thanks for the input. I'll be able to try suspend2 with 256, 512 and 1gig, all same brand and type. Ill post what I find in terms of resume time.

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    uhh, i know this isn`t about your setup and it should probably be in the fab forum... but i hope you are a REALLY good machinist, and if you want the aluminum to look like shiny plastic you`d be better off to powdercoat it rather than anodize it.

    Machining aluminum to fit into a dashboard is a tricky, tricky job, don`t write off using plastic just because you like metal, it usually makes life a lot more difficult.

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    Thanks for your comments.
    Actually I'm not a machinist, but I worked in a shop for a bit. One techinique we used on Aluminum once was to lightly sandblast the surface with a fine abrasive then polish before annodizing. Looked pretty good.

    I'm not really making a complete assembly to fit in the dash, I'm using the existing plastic dash bezel and machining a front cover for the LCD. The geometry of the existing bezel is actually kind of complicated, with a curved and blended surface on both the XZ and YZ planes. Fortunately I'm using a really good CAD program called VX that intergrates surface and solid modeling pretty well. What I do is create a surface that matches the existing bezel's geometry then punch out the LCD by removing solid geometry. Pretty slick program actually.

    The major problem I'm having is the inconsistencys of the Xenarc screen and just how tight everything is. I've been taking extensive pictures and am blogging the process on my notebook. As soon as I can I'll put the blog online and share some of the process.

    I have and am still considering machining it out of plastic though. In fact I was drooling over this Rapid Prototyping machine on ebay a few weeks ago that was a bit out of my price range. It ran on 3 different types of consumables, one of which processed into a very hard rubber like plastic.

    Man that would of been sweet!

    Erik

    Quote Originally Posted by greenwire
    uhh, i know this isn`t about your setup and it should probably be in the fab forum... but i hope you are a REALLY good machinist, and if you want the aluminum to look like shiny plastic you`d be better off to powdercoat it rather than anodize it.

    Machining aluminum to fit into a dashboard is a tricky, tricky job, don`t write off using plastic just because you like metal, it usually makes life a lot more difficult.

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