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Thread: Land Rover 110 RoverPC (my first)

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    Land Rover 110 RoverPC (my first)

    I am please to share with you, my 90% complete RoverPC project in my Land Rover Defender 110. I am a big advocate of convergence, and this is the realization of all my informational and entertainment goals for my Rover. :safari-rig: When fully complete, I will have HD radio, MP3 player, UMPC moving map for streets and seperately for US Topo, DVD, wireless internet and handsfree phone integration all in one touchscreen unit.

    This to me is a much better, cleaner system than having seperate radio, gps, laptop, etc. with wires and cigarette lighter nightmares running all over the place. And the fact that it uses primarily standard desktop PC components means that parts are easily and cheaply replaceable which is nice.

    I have onboard dual batteries, and this entire system runs off the 2nd deep cycle Optima battery, protecting the starting battery from depletion. Further, the system uses an automotive intelligent power supply, that will start up the computer and amp when the Rover is started, hybernate within a minute after ignition is off, and hard cutoff if battery voltage drops too low.

    My 110 doesn't have a single ECU in it, to include anything for the mechanical TDI diesel, so I decide to treat myself, as any damage to the pc won't leave me stranded.

    My Rover (93' NAS 110)


    Main Screen on the 7" Xenarc Touchscreen. Mounted on a MudUK Defender Console.


    IGuidance 4 moving map navigation software



    power/reset and usb buttons in front of Tuffy box


    Plenty remaining space in that Tuffy!


    Bottom of tuffy with PC hardware seen through plexi partition..


    As depicted, the motherboard, DVD drive and power supply is mounted in the bottom of the cavernous 12" wide Tuffy Box, and only takes up the bottom 3", leaving plenty of room for other things on top. I've added a plexiglass partition to seperate the motherboard spacing from the top, and there are twin cooling fans to move air through the bottom of the tuffy. Reboot and hard power buttons, as well as 2 usb ports, are in the unused radio box area. Ultimately, I'll have a 2m radio in there as well.

    Hardware Specs:
    Jetway J7F5 Via 2.0 GHZ motherboard
    1GB DDRAM
    M2-ATX intelligent power supply (180Watt)
    bluetooth dongle
    Wifi B/G external broadband antennae
    Xenarc 7" TSV touchscreen
    Opus 4 channel marine amp
    USB GPS receiver/antennae

    Software specs:
    Windows XP home
    RoadRunner front end (The Front End...period)
    Digital FX3.0 Roadrunner skin (awesome skin)
    INav Iguidance 4.0 UMPC navigation software
    Xport serial port splitter

    Being a technology junky, I was awed and inspired by many others in my exploration into the world of the carPC. For any others interested, hopefully this will offer some ideas. Many, many thanks to those on this forum that inspired me and provided so much constructive advice.

    More to come.

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    hey if you go on a safari or exotic game hunt with that baby give me a call!

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    Great looking install I like the D110 better though.

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    Nice install. I have the same MCS Enclosed USB DVD/CD dirve. Mine will not work with USb power. How does yours work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougw133 View Post
    Nice install. I have the same MCS Enclosed USB DVD/CD dirve. Mine will not work with USb power. How does yours work?
    Mine is working fine. might have more to do with the drive, or the USB power (if you have too much on the hub).

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    Mine wouldn't even work with a USB cable that was only 2 feet, and supplemental 5v power.. So I don't even us it

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    BTW, did my suggestions on the DF3 thread help with the ID3 tags, and the Wireless? If so please post, people like to here what worked and didn't, it's like one big help file.

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    Ok then....................

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    Simply awesome

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    Quote Originally Posted by overlander View Post
    Hardware Specs:
    Jetway J7F5 Via 2.0 GHZ motherboard
    1GB DDRAM
    M2-ATX intelligent power supply (180Watt)
    bluetooth dongle
    Wifi B/G external broadband antennae
    Xenarc 7" TSV touchscreen
    Opus 4 channel marine amp
    USB GPS receiver/antennae

    Software specs:
    Windows XP home
    RoadRunner front end (The Front End...period)
    Digital FX3.0 Roadrunner skin (awesome skin)
    INav Iguidance 4.0 UMPC navigation software
    Xport serial port splitter

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    WOW. I found this searching deep cycle batteries..

    im planning (some day to put something in my truck too...
    since my speedometer is way inaccurate (and no real way to fix that on a manual trans)

    I dont see you listing a hard drive?
    with usb pen drives getting bigger (up to 64gb but $$$$$)
    im thinking a pen drive for me...

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