This is my attempt to catalog my pc install into a brand new 2008 Toyota Yaris 4 door sedan. I am not a computer tech or mechanic. I bought my first car when I was 15. My uncle and I restored it. At that time, I replaced the stock radio with a tape deck. From that moment on, I was a car audio enthusiast. Every car/truck that I owned since then, got an audio makeover. As the years went on, and my annual income increased, I got better and better equiptment. Then I got married, had kids ect… After that, I just did basic, indash cd installs until last fall when I found mp3car.com. After reading a few posts, I got excited. I didn’t want to invest a great sum of money at once so I purchased an indash dvd player with 7” screen. I thought I would use this screen later when I built a pc. I spent the next 6 months reading posts and learning as much as I could about carputers. I discovered that it wasn’t a great idea to use my indash dvd player and 7” touch screen due to poor video quality. Then I dove in with the carputer system.
Lillyput EBY701 7" touch screen $188.90
Bybyte Double Din Frame for EBY701NP LCD $42.00
7-Port USB 2.0 Hub $8.94
DC Universal Car Auto Power Adapter Charger for Laptop $17.97
3 Way 12V Car Cigarette Socket Splitter w/ 5v USB port $6.95
12' 3.5mm Stereo Headphone Cable M/M $4.90
TOYOTA SCION 87-07 HARNESS - METRA 70-1761 $5.95
CAR RADIO ANTENNA UNIVERSAL EXTENSION 12 FOOT $7.99
Microsoft STREETS and TRIPS 2008 w/ GPS Locator $48.97
6FT USB 2.0 A to A / M to F EXTENSION CORD
6Ft VGA HD15 M/F Extension MONITOR CABLE/CORD $9.98
3.5mm ground loop isolator $9.99
Laptop Auto Power On Module $43.57
Scosche TA2077B $16.80
Total cost (Estimation): $412.97
Plus some misc wire, connectors, electrical tape, solder, wire ties, ect…
PC: I used an old laptop, an HP omnibook 6000, 800 MHz, 256 ram, 40gig HD, I had purchased for parts. Later, I found out that it worked, so I decided to use in as a carputer. I planned on installing the pc under the passenger seat. So I removed the screen and keyboard so it would fit. I ended up moving it to the trunk after testing phase was complete.
Pros: Almost free. Fairly fast. Low power usage. Small enough to fit under the seat.
Cons: Only 1 onboard USB. Hard to get to the power button to solder on the auto power module.
Sorry, no pics of the PC.
Lilliput 701. After installing the drivers, I programmed the LCD to turn on with a signal from the pc. Much cheaper than buying an auto power on module. This was very easy to do. First connect the Lilli to your pc and turn them on. Once the pc is running, and your desktop is displayed on the screen, grab your remote for the 701. Enter the following on your remote control: 588998. A menu will be displayed. Set the remote aside. Press the menu button on the monitor, not the remote. Use the monitor’s volume up and down buttons to navigate. Under “Power Mode” select option 2.
During testing of my car pc, I placed the monitor in a cupholder on my dash. This way, everything was easily removed to add/change whatever I wanted to.
I also purchased a Bybyte Double Din LCD Frame. After removing the Lilli from its plastic case, this unit allows you to install the LCD into your double din dash opening.
I purchased a Scosche TA2077B Radio Installation Dash Kit (Standard Radio) Single DIN Radio Installation ISO or Recessed DIN Mount w/Pocket. Since this kit is used to put a single din radio into a double din opening, I had to make some modifications to the unit to get it to work for my needs.