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    I'm new here, read my plans (I need and appreciate advice)

    Hello everyone,
    This is my first post at mp3car.com. I think it would be appropriate to state my plans and areas I might need some help. First off, my car is a 07 saturn Vue. I plan on installing a carputer consisting of a simple case with a conroe-L processor and 1g ram (installed under the passenger seat). I have a 10.4" touch LCD. (see problem 1).

    My main goal of my carputer is to act as a media player/navigation/web browser/bluetooth phone link/pdf reader. I plan on using Centrafuse as my frontend (unless it becomes apparent that another one would be easier to implement.) For the overall project budget is a big concern. I dont have a set price to spend, but if i could finish my project for under $250 more that would be great.


    Problem 1 solved
    the 10.4" LCD is a sharp LQ104S1DG21. It has a 3m microtouch resistive touchpad. The problem is the only controller i have for it is an agp card with the lcd controller/touch controller/graphics (no touch drivers - they dont seem to exist). the lcd controller uses the default vga driver (no hardware support) to send video to the LCD, so that works although fps during videos and such could be better. the real problem lies in the touch controller, as i dont know which chip/vendor drivers to use. card part number is PCB0128. Need touch drivers for it.

    Problem 2
    Basically i need to know how to take apart my dash to install the screen. anyone know of any way to get a manual of sorts that would kinda show how its done with an 07 saturn vue?

    Things I have:
    Case
    guts of the computer
    10.4" touchscreen
    small keyboard

    Things I need: (open to suggestions)
    blue tooth adapter for phone link
    radio reciever (usb?)
    gps dongle (usb? - com port is used for touchscreen)
    dc-dc psu
    shutdown controller

    anything else? if im missing something, or you have any advise for me, let me know. thanks

    Lepeds

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    If you knew where you got the screen it might make finding drivers easier.

    i.e. what brand of equipment was it mounted on.

    What chips are on the agp board...what brand is the card...is it a custom cable to bring video and data to the screen for the touch pad...or is there a separate serial cable connected. Is there a separate board on the LCD panel with the touchpad controller on it?

    Have you searched here for Saturn installs?

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    There are no chipset markings on the agp card. The brand of card is Touchstone Technology (www.touchstn.com). The cable is custom to the card...one single cable for power,touch,video. The only board inside the enclosure is a small dual backlight inverter board. There is one connector coming off the lcd itself (14 pin i believe) straight down the cable to the card. The flat cable from the touch pad connects to a a pin style connector going straight down the cable to the card, and the power connectors to the inverter are coming straight from the cable (drawing off the agp bus, odd eh?). the all in one cable goes into the card, and a serial port connector comes out of the main connector (see pic below). It is from an Ecopy station used on many brand named copiers to facilitate digital document management. About the saturn installs search...havent really searched yet. but i'm a bit away from that point.

    ..........| <--cable from lcd
    ..........|
    ..........|
    ..........|
    ..........|...[||] <--small serial port pigtail coming out of main connector
    ..........|....|
    ..........|....|..
    ........[|||||||]
    ........[|||||||] <--26 pin connector going into card



    GOT DRIVERS WORKING no card issues anymore.

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    Here's how you get at your factory stereo...

    1) Pop the trim loose around the shift lever. It's just held in by clips. Unclip the wire connectors from the window switches, power outlet, and power mirror switch. If you have a manual transmission, the shift boot comes free by unclipping the two rear clips and sliding the front one out. If you have an auto, you'll have to ask someone else how to get the shifter mechanism itsself free.

    2) There are four screws around the console cubby tray below the climate controls that are accessable once you have the shifter trim loose. Remove those, and the tray can be removed.

    3) Turn the temp dial to the extreme left or right (so that when you reinstall the cable it's positioned the same way it was when you removed it)

    4) The trim around the stereo is held in by clips alone, once you've removed the four aforementioned screws. There are two clips at the top, and I believe two on either side. Just pull it straight back and you'll release the clips. Then all you have to do is release the cable for the temperature control knob and all of the wire connectors for the switchgear mounted to that trim (hazard switch, dimmer switch, fog lamp or traction control switch, and two on the climate control panel.

    [as found on http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17194]

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    touchscreen questions

    I too have one of those e-copy touchscreens and the special AGP video card. What kind of computer are you using yours in? Mine doesn't seem to work in the computer I want to put it in, I get flashes of white on occasion, but no picture. I know the card works, it was tested in another computer. Any ideas?

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    Things I need: (open to suggestions)
    blue tooth adapter for phone link
    radio reciever (usb?)
    gps dongle (usb? - com port is used for touchscreen)
    dc-dc psu
    shutdown controller
    all that for under $250 will be tough.

    Bluetooth is simple enough to do

    One of your only choices is the RadioShark for radio tuners, but it is very poor on the go. There is a $100+ radio tuner in the mp3car store that apparently is good.

    I have a bu 353 GPS receiver that works great. got it off ebay for like $35. It is USB but it requires a USB to Serial software driver (which is pretty universal among GPS receivers)

    I havea P1900 by carnetix for my carPC. works great to convert native car DC to DC for my PC. it also has a startup/shutdown controller built in. You'd have to check that it will give enough watts for both your PC and your screen tho.

    Hope that helps
    CarPC status:

    [XXXXXXXXXX] 100% Complete
    [XXXXXXXXXX] 100% Installed
    [XXXXXXXXXX] 100% Software

    CarPC v1.2 is now in effect. Software updates and hardware additions to come.

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    Ecopy

    karl i believe ended up having bad cards. They seem to be fairly sensitive to electro static. be carefull wehn you transport them. Make sure that you do not have ANY driver installed for video. the card only works w/ windows direct vga signal...no hardware support on the card. delete driver and shut down. install card boot. disable any onboard video in bios. It works for me, but i gave up on teh idea of having it as my carpc screen as it will not play video w/o choppiness do to the lack of hardware support. i am working with an nc6120 laptop and a $200 generic 10.4" touchscreen. i got on ebay

    this one
    http://cgi.ebay.com/10-4-Inch-Stand-...QQcmdZViewItem

    not the best one, but it gets the job done w/o breaking the bank.

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    E-Copy Monitor

    Thx Lepeds,

    I will give it a go. Thx again for the advive. I will keep you posted.

    s74rburs7

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