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Thread: 2000 Skoda Fabia Carputer Installation

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    2000 Skoda Fabia Carputer Installation

    Hello forum, I'm Rafael, and I'm from Spain

    My car is a '00 Skoda Fabia (this car is probably unknown for you) 1.9 TDI Elegance

    I called it Racing_Enriquez I-TEC Fabiaputer


    Now i will show you my installation (sorry for my english):

    These are the components:

    PC:


    Case: "hand made" case in 10mm MDF with 3 holes for fans, and 1 5.25" bay

    Mainboard: ASRock K7S41GX

    CPU: Amd 1'2 GHz

    Ram: Kingston 1 Gb

    Power Supply: M2 ATX

    Master HDD: Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme IV 4Gb (266x) with IDE-CF adaptor

    Slave HDD: Fujitsu 2'5" 120 Gb in external HDD case, USB wired

    DVD Unit: Grabador de DVD LG

    Sound Card: Sound Blaster Live! Audigy 24 Bit 5.1

    Video Card: mainboard integrated


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    OPERATING SYSTEM

    Windows Xp Unatended Edition installed in Compact Flash, with EWF protection (Enhanced Write Filter)


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    COOLING

    Case: 2x Tacens Aura 120 mm fans

    CPU: Tacens Aura 70 mm fan

    M2 ATX: 1x 40 mm fan

    Amplifier: 2x 80mm fans


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    SCREEN

    "Tuned" in Dash DWW 701

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    GPS:

    Bluetooth Antenna Navilock BT-348 (Sirf Star III)


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    BLUETOOTH RECEIVER:

    Ovislink ABT 30


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    TDT RECEIVER:

    Conceptronic (USB)


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    SOUND:

    Amplifier: Cadence TXA 6004 (4 channel) in trunk bottom

    Front Spk: Infinity Kappa 65.7 CS woofers and tweeters in doors, filters in dashboard

    Rear Spk: Infinity Kappa 65.7 CS woofers in "hand made" board, tweeters in rear doors, filters in trunk bottom


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    BATTERY:

    Bosch Silver S4 008 74 Ah


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    WIRING:

    12V

    Positive:

    Battery to +Dist: "Extrem Pad Positivo 30 mm" (with "snake skin")

    +Dist to amplifier "Extrem Pad Positivo 20 mm" (with "snake skin")

    +Dist to power supply: "Extrem Pad Cable 4 mm" (speaker cable)


    Negative:

    -power supply to -Dist: "Extrem Pad Cable 4 mm" (speaker cable)

    -Amp to -Dist: "Extrem Pad Negativo 20 mm" (with "snake skin")

    -Dist to Chassis: "Extrem Pad Negativo 50 mm" (with "snake skin")

    Reinforced Battery Ground: "Monacor Car Power Negativo 30 mm" (with "snake Skin")



    VGA:

    2xVGA male-female 1.8 m + 20 cm male-male VGA to screen


    USB:

    2xUSB A-USB A male-female 3 m Belkin

    1xUSB A-USB A male-female 1 m

    1xUSB A male-male 1 m (for screen)


    RCA VIDEO (Cams to screen):

    Video RCA male-male 2m Belkin

    Video RCA male-male 5m Vivanco



    SONIDO:

    Sound card to amplifier:

    2xJack-2RCA Vivanco


    Amplifier to spk filters:

    EVUS CA-14 2x2mm


    Spk filters to woofers:

    EVUS CA-14 2x2mm


    Spk filters to tweeters:

    Extrem Pad Cable 1'5 mm 2x1'5mm


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    FUSE HOLDER

    Impact DP 1081 (with digital voltmeter), ANL 100 A main fuse


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    POSITIVE DISTRIBUTOR:

    EVUS BD3 AFC with Mini ANL 80A and Mini ANL 30A fuses


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    NEGATIVE DISTRIBUTOR:

    EVUS BP4


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    CONNECTORS/TERMINALS


    +12V/-12V

    4xExtem Pad Conector Plus 50 mm

    1xKit "Aiv Green Power" "U" terminals for wires up to 25 mm2 (amplifier feeding and negative)

    1xKit "Aiv Green Power" "U" terminals for wires from 2'5 to 4mm2 (amplifier remote)



    Sound:

    1xKit "Aiv Green Power" "U" terminals for wires from 2'5 to 4mm2 (amplifier output to speaker lines)

    1xKit "Aiv Green Power" speaker faston terminals (speakers)


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    REARVIEW CAMERA:

    Cam with IR and Mirror (bought in Ebay) Unmounted yet


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    FRONT PARKING CAM:

    Cam with IR and Mirror (bought in Ebay) Unmounted yet, Possible change


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    VOLUME REMOTE CONTROL

    Sony RM-X4S adapted to joystick port


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    KEYBOARD:

    Mini USB Keybard "Colorsit" (approx 1 A4 long) without number keyboard, 10 hotkeys


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    Let's see the images of the case

    THE CASE, MAKING OFF:


    I have an uncle that likes to work the wood, and in his free time, he make furnishes (for him or for selling it)


    I called him, and the answer was yes


    I did the blueprints of the case, bought the MDF and gave all to my uncle:


    here are the images:

    Cutting some parts of the MDF board:






    One of six blueprints:




    The case (not finished yet):







    "Filling the case" (sorry for the blur)




    Another image of the filling (not definitive placing for some parts):






    Final product: (without the girll that covers the hole for the CPU fan)


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    THE SCREEN (ADAPTATION TO DASHBOARD):

    Firstly i wanted to install a stand-alone screen, camuflating it with the radio front panel and the little box front cover, but i saw photos of a carputer from an user of SoloCarputer :: el portal en espaņol de ordenadores en el coche, and that gave me a better idea



    Originally, the screen that i would mount was not able to full camuflating it, because of this, i had a lot of work to do to make it fully indash:


    Taking measures. here you can see two "box rails" (sorry for my english), that needed to be cutted:





    Here are cutted and screwed to the screen bottom:





    And here adapted to the dashboard (under the original radio), sorry for the blur:





    Fully indash (not camuflated yet, but you can imagine what were be the camouflage...):





    Operating position (there are approx 6 centimeters between full indash position and operating position):







    Being camuflated, the main button panel were unable to operate; i have a pair of the same screen (1 not working), then i wired the main panel of the another one into the glovebox, to operate it when neccesary (also have a remote control, that i use to open, close and vary the tilt angle)

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    "TRUNK BOARD" AND AMPLIFIER:

    (sorry for my english)


    Here is a picture of the "trunk board" (i don't know its name in english; sorry).

    Made by my uncle from a 16mm MDF board (using the original to take measures)


    Originally we made 2 holes for a pair of 6x9 speakers, but later I changed my opinion and mount a pair of 2 separate ways (6.5" woofers), and there was necesary two adaptors (you'll se them later; i will advise)

    (dont worry about the teddycat)





    Detail of the edge:






    Here, are a pair of pictures of the amplifier


    I had read that it was big, but you can't image how big untill you see it

    It's 25 inches long


    Some specs:

    4X150W RMS (4 Ohm)

    4X300W RMS (2 Ohm)

    2X600W RMS (4 Ohm Bridged)

    MOSFET

    Fully adjustable crossover

    Remote control for Sub gain level


    ....


    The best of all is its price: €245



    A picture of the box (and the ****ing cat):





    And another one of the amplifier (take a look of its size):


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    FIRST STARTING OF THE CARPUTER (AT HOME)


    2 days before mounting all into the car, I decided to configure and start the PC

    Sorry for the mess of my desk:

    Loading Windows before installing:





    Applying system configuration:

    Never before, a blue windows screen gave me bigger satisfaction:






    WTF???? a problem???:




    This was a problem with the size of "virtual memory", because I'm using a 4GB Compact Flash to install the Operating System, just 5 minutes to fit the problem, and no more problem

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    THE DAY BEFORE

    I had to let everything ready to load in the car and go to mount all into the Fabia


    I went to sleep at 3:00 AM and woke up at 6:45 AM

    There is a picture of some elements that would be mounted (some of the elements into the big box were not mime)





    There is another one:

    Take a look to the adaptors that i talked about in a post before:


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    THE "D" DAY (Saturday, April 5th 2008)

    After waking up at 6:45 and went 6 times to the car to load all (sorry, there are no pictures of this), I had a revitalizing shower and went to mount all

    I had a date at 8:00 with a friend that helped me to mount the carputer (i would help his to mount his carputer)

    Special thanks to Domingo, my Boss that let me mount all into the work place (that day were closed)


    A picture of all ready to be mounted:





    This is only for +18


    My naked fabia:




    You must have in mind that there were this amounts of wires (sorry for my english):

    SPK wire: about 35 meters

    Main positive wire: about 5 meters

    USB: 9 meters

    VGA: 3.2 meters

    Sound RCA: about 3 meters

    Video RCA: about 7 meters


    and many other smaller quantity of any other wires

    the best of all is that you won't see any wire, all of them are really well camulfated under the floor of the car

    There are a little bit photos of the mounting, because we were mounting all as fast as possible




    Give special thanks too, to Peri, the friend that helped me mounting all


    Here, a picture of Peri, "wearing" the positive wire with the "snake skin":






    Wiring the positive from battery to trunk:





    A detail:




    Another detail:

    Spk wires from amplifier to front spk filters; you can see also VGA, and Ethernet cable (for the main control panel of the carputer), and USB ...




    On saturday we were mountin all from 8:00 to 22:00h, and I also went to finish all on sunday, and I was from 9:00 to 22:30h



    Give the most special thanks to my girlfriend for all


    There are some pictures more....

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    MORE PICS:


    Here, you'll see more pics of all yet mounted:


    Provisional control panel of the PC


    The switches and Leds were welded to a pair of ethernet cables

    I am working in a plastic panel with all the switches and leds, but isn't ready yet:






    This one is of the fuseholder (the blue wire is voltmeter ground), in the pic wasn't finished yet:





    Here is the screen in operating position (the tilt angle is fully adjustable)





    And this.... in "parking position"

    Where is the screen????:





    Lots of work to manage this result



    Actually is 100% operative, but i need to install some programs like PhoneControl (to have hands free), and reinstall Road Runner (a front end to control all the system), and I have to install the cameras too




    A picture of the keyboard (there are some smaller, but i only need to use it two or three times):









    Touching the screen to modify the volume and/or skip tracks was too dangerous

    I was searching the way to make an external control


    Browsing in SoloCarputer :: el portal en espaņol de ordenadores en el coche I found the solution:

    Adapting a Sony RM-X4S remote as it was a joystick:

    Thanks to RedArrow the author of the tutorial (the original tutorial was from MP3Car.com - Your source for mobile computing solutions! - Home)


    The adaption is so easy: I only had to weld two resistances, and a pair of wires (and install a little application):


    This is its aspect:




    And here, mounted in car:






    Here, a picture of my trunk (not finished yet)

    Need to reorganize the wires, and put a board to camuflating all (must to go to my uncle's house)


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    MORE IMAGES



    Two pics of microphone wiring: (for hands free)






    And one more, of microphone installed:

    Not tested yet.

    Is a standar microphone, connected to sound card






    Here another two pics of the fire extinguisher that I've installed in the cabin (screwed to driver's seat): In the trunk there is another one of 2Kg







    This is a image of one of front woofers (the rear woofers are the same), the door panel was removed to retight one of the screws)







    And this is what I've called "Anti Scratch":







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    Let's see more pics:



    PERSONALISED WINDOWS BOOT IMAGE

    After lots of searching, finally I found a pic of "Fabia" logo to edit, and make the word"fabiaputer"

    After editing it with Macromedia Freehand, Paint Shop Pro (I don't Photoshop), Intergraph Smart Sketch (to make "puter"), and again PSP, the image was ready to install with Tune Up Utilites 2008


    Vector image of "fabia" (found in the web):





    Edited logo ready to paste into a image:





    Edited image (16colour image, 640x480) ready to install:





    And here, testing in home PC:








    I hope you liked it.

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