2006 Infiniti M35 Sport Carputer
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This is my 06 M35 Sport, stock. I just have tinted the windows; Iíll update the pictures later, when the car is again clean.
So after setting up my home network with one media server and two HTPCs, I asked myself: why not bringing up the media to the car? I was tired of burning MP3 cds and losing track of what was in which. My growing music library was the biggest incentive.
I have circa 155 GB of music on my HD, mostly MP3 (usually 256 Kbps and up) and some FLAC (lossless compressed music files). I had to bring this library to the car!
Of course that soon afterwards I discovered that I wanted everything in it but the kitchen sink, I think one canít help it really! Fortunately, I donít need the apparently uber-buggy Bluetooth phone support, since the car already comes with it stock. But now I need navigation, HD radio, XM turner (mostly for news, since the sound quality is horrible), Video/Movies, OBD-II, in car CAM, baby cam, etc. I already have the new XM Mini turner cartridge with a Home Dock kit in my Home Theater Receiver, so I will wait until someone develops a cable for that. XM can wait; itís not top priority for me.
I already tested the computer basic functions (MP3 player/GPS functions), but there is still a lot to do. I discovered that it is very hard to configure many things inside the car, so I am bench testing again (with my second XP install) at my office. Back to the beginning!
Iím going to use a mATX board with a shuttle style case, but even though that is the smallest mATX you can find (that can accept full height PCI cards); it is still a tad big. My next step will be to build a custom case for the computer.
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SpaceNavigator mount on the center console
Next, I tried to figure out a way to mount the Space Navigator into my console. This is the first version. I still have all the hardware ready to put this version on the car again, it is not difficult.
As I've been doing all the time so far, I try to figure out a way to bolt on everything. I have no talent to fabricate anything really, plus, Infiniti car parts are very expensive. The stock LCD plastic shroud is almost $300.00, the whole ashtray/shiftgear assembly is around $400.00. Unless I can get my hands on ebay used parts, I won't experiment with bondo/plastic soldering with parts like these.
So here we are. First version: I got some snip set, Radio shack's project boxes, some hot glue and velvet:
This would replace the OEM stock cigarette lighter with ashtray box:
Now they're about the same size. And then I bolted the project boxes into the OEM mounting points like this:
Preparing the Monitor mount
First I had to extend the cables to run the OEM monitor from its stock location to the new placement where the stock cupholders were. First, the connector to the monitor:
Lots of soldering involved. Boy, this can take a long time. This is where the wires originally ended. Have to take care when soldering close to the dash. Protect everthing from spills, etc.
I used a 22 shielded cable, 25AWG wire I bought at fry's for 6.99. Worked wonderfully, no sign of image degradation whatsoever. This is where I also splitted the cable from the stock rear view camera.
This is so that I don't have to look down to see the rear view camera. The image is good, however:
The idea was that I would have BOTH monitors displaying the rear view image: the stock one (no reason to change anything there), AND the Xenarc. All was working well, untill I upgraded my motherboard from the ECS, VGA out only, to a Gigabyte 690 G with DVI, VGA, S-Video, etc. With this newboard, apparently, when the Xenarc 700 TSV displays the rear camera image (with the computer running), the onboard video interprets this as a disconnected monitor, and defaults to the DVI out (standard output). So after disengaging the reverse, I got a blank monitor, and then the Xenarc turns itself off. So the computer is still running, thinking there is nothing connected to the VGA. GRRR.
There is no BIOS setting that makes the VGA the new default. The DVI output is DVI-D only, so no easy way to connect the Xenarc there.
There is no settings in Windows that I know off that can remedy the situation
. Maybe its drivers settings in the windows register? It's frustrating. And I want to like this new board since it is so much more stable...and with a lot of external outputs to boot, for future expansions (rear monitors).
Here is the Xenarc connections: USB for the touchscreen, 12V from the DSATX (red and black wires) and the yellow connector with the rear view camera signal.