2005 Legacy GT w/ nano-ITX installed...
This is one of those rare moments where you feel relived that all the work and time has finally paid off. I say that because my CarPC has be an on/off project for the last three years! Three years ago I had a P3 mini-ATX mobo with the intent of mounting everything in the trunk. But then I saw the nano-ITX offering and realized that the mobo and LCD can form one unit. And this would all fit in the center console with no lenghty cables to run! Along the way, there were lots of fitment and measurements that need to be solved. But here's what I have so far:
Morex 80W DC-DC supply
Transcend 2GB CF for XP
60GB USB HD for media
USB slim DVD drive
Linksys USB wifi adapter
BT GPS (5Hz) receiver
Road Runner for media playback
Phonco for cell phone
CoPilot 10 for nav
ECUexplorer/ECUedit for ECU logging
Here's what I have build from scratch:
Mounting frame for mobo and LCD
Modified Subaru LCD frame to fit Lilliput (stock LCD frame is 3/8" narrower)
1.5A adjustable 12V supply for Lilliput
25W 5V supply for USB hub/HD/DVD
DIY shutdown controller
New power cables for Morex
All power supplies installed in one aluminum enclosure
Custom Panasonic headunit install (gutting the stock integrated HU)
After a lot of measurements of the center cubby hole, I fab'ed this aluminum frame which houses the nano-ITX in the back and the LCD in the front with adjustable arms to position the LCD correctly.
Here you see the system running off only the 60GB HD for development. I'm also using a small 90W 110V PSU here because I was designing the shutdown controller and 25W supply and waiting for PCBs to arrive.
Here's the finished DC-DC PSU. The Morex sits on its side while the center houses the 25W 5V supply/shutdown controller. Off to the right is a 12V supply for the Lilliput. Had to make new custom cables to run from this supply to the CarPC.
Here's the PSU installed. It sits below the radio where there is a huge void behind the climate control; the PSU is just 1/4" above the ECU. Mounting the PSU involved another custom bracket (aluminum plate) in the back. I had to go buy a right angle drill attachment to drill and tap the steele supports on each side.
Another view of the PSU installed.
The CarPC installed with the modified stock LCD frame. The slot under the LCD will house two buttons for the LCD (another new PCB) and a multi-card reader.
USB and 5V power to the glove box where the USB hub and HD will sit. The HD is to be removable so that media can be transfered quickly at home. I'm actually having problems finding short USB cables! 3ft is too long!
I took this picture to remind myself where the Ignition1 power line is. The shutdown controller I build uses both ACC and IGN to avoid the voltage cut on ACC while cranking.
CarPC desktop. Using ObjectDock to help launch apps since CoPilot never integrates well with any frontends.
Road Runner playing music. I'm getting some alternator whine in the system. But I think it's mostly from the cables. I'm running a 4" audio cable (the kind that you use for internal CD drives) that terminates to 1/8". Then a 3' lenth of 1/8" to 1/8" (coiled and zip-tied). Then a 1/8" to RCA adapter, finally followed by RCA to the headunit. So I think it's acting like an antenna...
Playing Shawn of the Dead...