2006 Ridgeline + Xenarc MDT-X7000
Two years after I started this project, I feel like I finally have something to show. Will post pictures later, but here's a wiring diagram, and it actually works.
Here are the key specs:
Shuttle SK43G PC - small form factor, stock desktop parts, nothing special. I have it installed under the back seat - fits fine. No issues with vibration or power (dedicated 12V line).
Opus 150W Shuttle power supply - auto shutdown is key, as this PC kills my battery in an hour or so;
Xenarc MDT-X7000 front end: 7" TFT touch screen, integral radio/DVD, dual USB on front
Bunch of accessories: USB GPS, wireless mouse, etc.
I'll post in-progress pix to the Worklogs subthread later - lots of lessons learned about wiring the Ridgeline and in making the perfect the enemy of good enough.
Since the MDT-X7000 is pretty new (mine is from the second batch, received in April 2008), a couple of thoughts:
-- Screen visibility is fine, even in sunlight. Touchscreen sensitivity is fine.
-- Wiring is a pain in the butt. Lots of stuff coming off the back of this unit. Some of the plugs are modular, but they're bundled such that you need all of them. There are even some extras for features that didn't make it to release.
-- That said, there are more inputs and outputs on this device than on any I/O device I've ever seen before. Anything you want to pipe in or out it can probably handle.
-- The on-screen displays are unattractive. Poor choices of typceface and the buttons are too small - lots of wasted screen space. But if you live in the PC environment all the time, you'll never notice.
-- I'm trying out the Xenarc radio tuner. Except for the buttons being too small, it seems to work OK. One Ridgeline note: you have to provide 12V accessory power to the antenna adapter. There's an extra wire on the harness for it.
-- Connecting the PC PWR to the PC switch is a nuisance. So much so that I've not done it yet.
-- I want to try having the PC output four channels; the Xenarc can take it, but I'll have to run another lead.
Happy to field questions about the Ridge, the Xenarc, the Opus, or whatever. Hope this helps someone. - KLM