'98 VW Passat 1.8t, budget install
While I was waiting for my motor to be rebuilt I got this hair up my arse... Why donít I just install a computer in my car instead of having to remember my iPod everywhere I go. immediately the money began to spontaneously combust while still in my wallet. :flame:
In retrospect, not such a great idea while the entire front end of the car was ripped apart and the engine was down at the machine shop. :loco:
For about a month I planned and schemed. What would the computer consist of? how was I going to keep the cost down? How could I keep the install (relatively) simple.
After multiple, hour+ conversations with my buddy in Cali, he sold me the VIA 850mHz he used to have in his Toyota, but un-installed before selling. I got a good deal and the heart to my carputer arrived several days later.
I wanted to keep the features to a minimum, to restrict cost and processor load, since I knew the VIA was going to be limited. I was right. There were several core features I needed:
I found a screen on the cheep. decided the only place to mount it was in front of the rearview mirror, so a replacement was needed. like a USB webcam...
also there's the method of input. My screen is not a touch screen, so I'd need another method of control. I found several projects on here using trackballs, and regular mice but the touchpad called to me. I found a great one on eBay called the "ergonomic touch pad" the guy throws all sorts of other keywords on the titles but they're all the same. It's a great product.
I also found a great little "mini" keyboard, like the so many other projects in this forum. My fingers almost donít fit.
Near the end of gathering all the components for the install my motor came back and the carputer was put on hold for a couple weeks. The engine went in, had a couple hiccups, but its been running great for 350+ miles.
I gathered all the parts together, adjusted and tweaked the Digital FX skin to for easier access to the camera, set the GPS to use only MS streets and trips and bench tested.
Once I was satisfied I moved onÖ