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    Mazda RX-8 Stealthy CarPC install

    Finally after two cars, two screens, several installs, blood, sweat and tears (mostly at the amount of money I spent on my FTO only to sell it for pittance) I finally have a working Car-PC installation. Once I had the right car, parts and experience, it was pretty easy really. The key thing to remember - Know your limits!

    It's finished for the moment but no doubt I will be adding to it at some point. The main aim of this project was to get something working and usable AND not destroy the car in the process. Fortunately the RX-8 is very accommodating in that last respect due to the optional Sat Nav you can have fitted. Mine didn't have it but I had almost all the parts, I just needed the housing...

    Housing: SatNav replacement housing for 7" screen by Japanparts.com
    Display: LinITX 7" TMR screen (pricey but very nice looking screen)
    MBoard: Via Epia Nano ITX 12x12cm 1Ghz
    PSU: M1-ATX - 90W Intelligent Car PSU
    HDD: 2.5" 120GB Western Digital 5400RPM Hard Drive
    Memory: 512MB
    Case: ABS Plastic box from Maplin with a big hole cut out as the M/B didn't fit! + lots of hot glue!
    GPS: Prolific PL-2303 USB GPS Module
    Radio: To be fitted
    Interfaces: Car2PC - Radio and speakers to PC interface
    OS: nLited Windows XP SP 2
    Other: Fluxmedia Centrafuse XLE 1.47

    The sat nav housing parts courtesy of Japanparts.com. As usual, I didn't use them all..


    Tom (my cat) gets in the way


    Concealed


    Peek-a-boo


    Profile


    OK, Now what?


    You want me to get in there?


    Nice fit!


    Screen and PC (In the glove box - can you see?!)


    The Box


    Stealthy...


    ...Sort of


    Pretty lights


    Mmmmm...


    OK, we get the idea


    Next thing I want to do is hook up the USB Radio I have. I need an adapter for the antennae though. Although I might also look into Sat Radio. Then there's the OBD-II cables....

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    that looks good
    how did you solve the cooling voor the cpc?

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    I didn't! It's running pretty warm but it's stable. I'll be doing some load tests and checking temps at some point and will address any heat issues I find but I want to see what I can get away with.

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    First off the you need to get rid of that cat (Tom) not only will he steal your internets. It's a known fact cats cause PC's to lockups and blue screen, cats may also attempt to suffocate while you sleep by stealing your breath when you sleep (have to reasearch this some more).

    Secondly the PC install looks good BUT you need to get rid of the RX8 asap, its ugly, a gas guzzler, a Mazda (nuff said),smelly,cancer causing, offensive, and women just don't DIG it.

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    Ah! The mighty Kimota speaks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kimota View Post
    First off the you need to get rid of that cat (Tom) not only will he steal your internets. It's a know fact cats cause PC's to lockups and blue screen, cats may also attempt to suffocate while you sleep by stealing your breath when you sleep (have to reasearch this some more).
    I've heard about that -- take your breath away (que Top Gun theme tune)

    Secondly the PC install looks good BUT you need to get rid of the RX8 asap, its ugly, a gas guzzler, a Mazda (nuff said),smelly,cancer causing, offensive, and women just don't DIG it.
    You first!

    BTW, I've seen your install. Awesome! I was tempted to do the same but I didn't end up getting an RX with SatNav and didn't really want to pay the extra to get one off Mazda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerve View Post
    I didn't! It's running pretty warm but it's stable. I'll be doing some load tests and checking temps at some point and will address any heat issues I find but I want to see what I can get away with.
    Hope you get away with it, but i know a few that didn't and endedup moving the cpc.

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    Were they using the 1Ghz Nano too? I reckon my laptop gets hotter but I will stick Speedfan on it and check the temps on a long drive!

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    Very nice, I like the clean install.

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    They where VIA epia problem is in summer, the sun heats up this part of the car more than other places. It is a more or less closede space, so no place for the hot air to escape to.

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    ok cheers. I'll have to keep an eye on that then.

    Thanks for the comments people. To be honest it was pretty straightforward and the fact that I could just buy the housing for the screen meant it was only the PC that I really needed to build. Of course, the instructions for building the housing were in Japanese so that made it a little more interesting!

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