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Thread: 2007 Mazda 3 Dash Screen looks OEM

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    Step by step? Not exactly. It is as simple as taking 8 screws out, taping the touch kit to the bezel, replace the 8 screws and... bam... its done.

    To be honest, this mod was the easiest mod ever. I can get step-by-step pictures for you if you need but I would need to take mine appart again.

    My next mod is to take a Windows Media Center IR receiver and attach it to the bezel where the stock IR slot is. Put a small USB hub in the screen housing (theres tons of room in there) and running a single USB line out.

    If you buy the screen from Tony I can make arrangments to install the LCD kit for you if you wanted since he is local to me.

    Do you have a Mazda 3 or are you just looking for a walkthrough? Mobile and Solid includes a PDF with detailed instructions on how to install.

    I can't stress how simple and easy this way. Nothing major, super easy.

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    The manufacter you posted is not the manufacturer! There is no exact maufacturer as the screens are made in Korea and the actual dash is made in China. Chinese/Taiwan companies are wholsale and sometimes copy the products. The screens we offer are the real deal and we can sale through paypal as it is safe. If you are interested I will mark it down to $599 with free shipping. For another 29.99 you avoid the uncertainy of losing your money. Korea and Japan are the only safe companies in Asia as they deal with paypal and other safe forms of payment. Wire transfer are 100% risk to the customer.

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    Touch Screens are Coming!

    As mentioned by Splash X, I will be offering the monitors with touch screens. I hope to partner up with Splash-X and Mobile and Solid to get this product out to everyone in this forum.

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    tonyandjusa

    how do I contact you to purchase one of your DV-M3's

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    Go to the ebay site and leave me your email. I will contact you as soon aas possible. Let me know is you are interested in getting it with touchscreen.

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    Hope your Car Pc is Working Well!

    Rockinmo

    I can't wait to hear news from you on your Car PC! We just went ahead and added the Garmin GPS box to our monitors. This new set up is the bomb!

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    I have a new status update, not that anyone will care. I'm mainly putting in my details so that someone using the search feature can find a solution to the same problems should they have the same ones I do.

    I built a new carPC for my new Mazda 3. I went ahead and used the following equipment:

    Voom2 Case
    VIA EN15000G Motherboard
    M1-ATX 90W PSU
    1x Slim DVD-Writer
    1 GB Memory
    120GB SATA Hard Drive
    1x right angle SATA Data Cable
    1x right angle SATA Power Cable


    Sure enough I had problems. Being a computer expert it wasn't anything a little bit of time couldn't solve. The first issue with the VIA board an any small form facto case is that the optical and hard drives sit so close to the unit that you can't use your standard straight power or data cable.

    Again, here is where the time comes, I had to wait for my cables to come. After they arrived I realized that I couldn't install Windows XP because it doesn't have built in support for the VIA Raid drivers.

    I used my USB floppy drive, got the drive formatted, but when it gets to copying the setup files it fails to find the drivers again. I attempted to create the OEM drivers on the CD but it couldn't find the drivers during bootup. I tried usint nLite to integrate the drivers but realized that this only includes the drivers during the inital install of Windows and NOT during the DOS style setup.


    I tried about every way I knew how to slipstream those drivers in to the CD.

    Finally, I broke down and use a guide on the new for including the drivers in the txtsetup.sif file. I did run into one hiccup with this method, being that I'm using XP Media Center there are two setup disks, nLite tries to create one 800MB ISO using both disks so you need to skip adding the components CD to the nLite project.


    I now have the carPC setup running in my house (there's a guide to powering your M1-ATX off of a computers standard PSU). I have iGuidance 4 setup and I have some more customizations to install before I move it out into the car for the final fitting.


    Since I've already bench tested the carPC things should go pretty smooth putting it in the car. I've already tested the touchscreen so all is good.


    My next step is going to be modding the screen housing I posted to house the USB GPS receiver, the Windows Media Center IR receiver and a USB hub to connect the TS, GPS, and IR to the computer. One step at a time.

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    MitxPC sells the unit already assembled and ready to go!

    I have gone ahead and purchased the Voom PC2 with the following Features:

    1- Jetway VIA C7 2.0GHz CN700 Mini-ITX Motherboard with PCMCIA /CF Reader Module
    2. M2-ATX Car PC 160W DC-DC Automotive Power Supply
    3. VoomPC-2 Car PC Black Aluminum Enclosure
    4. Kingston 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 533 Memory
    5. Toshiba 120GB (MK1234GSX) SATA 2.5" Notebook Hard Drive
    6. Sony CRX880A-10 CD-RW/DVD Slim Combo Drive

    I have not had any problems with any of the drivers til this point. I have now upgraded to Windows Vista and no problems with that either.

    My VoomPC2 came already assembled and I would higly recommend that option since it is a very tight squeeze with the data cable thats inside.

    Mitxpc is the company I purchased my Voom from and they sell it already assembled. They also sell the AC adapter which I purchased from them as well. It took me about 4 hours to install the the softwares and programs I needed. It was nice to be able to install everything in the comfort of my home and not inside the car.

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    tonynjusa

    sorry for the delayed reply, My system is still sitting on my bench while I get all the bugs worked out.
    The touch screen went in ok, but I must have moved the motor gearing while it was out of the dash housing, because when it was reinstalled the display would open and close as if it were hitting something. that was a hassle to solve. I am getting accustomed with Centrafuse on my primary PC before I transfer everything to the Carputer chassis. it is a perfect solution for mobile computing. The GPS software that I will use is still undecided. Destinator looks good but I would prefer to test it out before purchasing. I was using StreetAtlas when I had a 12" screen, but it's not going to work on a 7". I'm definitely looking for something in 3D. The Garmin you have is excellent, but I have spent enough on this project for the time being.

    I am working on where to mount the backup camera, as I have a rule of never cutting / drilling holes in a car. I already have a few ideas for a switch to detect the trans being in reverse.

    I plan to utilize the voice feature so I am searching for a microphone solution. and mounting.

    The Voom PC appears to be the perfect solution for carputers, if I didn't already have my Shuttle XPC, I would definitely pick one up. I do plan to order one of the DC-DC power supplies as they solve a few issues I would otherwise have to deal with, such as voltage inverter, remote power switch, not to mention the horrible amount of power supply noise the XPC generates, and is passed back into the electrical system. I was able eliminate the noise by using an isolation Xfmr, but that would just be another thing that I'd have to mount somewhere.

    Where do you plan to mount the Voom? the Garmin? just curious.

    I'll post more as things come together.

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    I mounted the Voom PC2 in the trunk of the car. The Garmin box will go underneath the passenger seat. What is nice about the Garmin Box, is that it is very small and it can easily go in the glove compartment.

    As far as GPS software, I purchased the iGuidance 4.0 and it is awesome. It's made by Naveteq who is the same company that makes the software for Garmin. It has voice prompts and it has 3D display. The iGuidance works with Centrafuse and it cost me about 109.99.

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