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    Bmw Z3 Computer Project

    Tooled around with the idea for a while about installing a carpc , then i found some spare time to complete.

    The original idea was to make a complete stealth Computer system, That idea was spoilt by a clarion amp i bought with 0 gain control so had to buy a external amp (audiobahn) which is to big to hide unfortunatly .. But the install is still sorta neat and could be good guidance for some 1 doing a e46 install with a cd changer.

    System Specifications


    Western Digital WD1200BEVS 120GB 2.5" SATA Hard Drive 5400RPM 8MB Cache - OEM

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Socket AM2 2.6GHz Energy Efficient L2 1MB (2x512KB) Cache Retail Boxed Processor

    Kingston 2gb Ddr2 800mhz Hyperx Memory Non-ecc Cl5 (5-5-5-15) Dimm

    Jetway JNC62K AM2+ Mini-ITX Mainboard

    M2-ATX - 160W Intelligent Car PSU

    k90 indash Monitor

    Centrafuse 2.0 software


    Like i said above my original idea was to go ahead with a bmw stealth install , you have to believe that there isnt a lot of space to work with on a z3 so every cm counted . I had the original idea to mount the computer system inside the old changer as it was no use to me .

    Heres the first pics of the changer gutted and the new itx board ready to go in






    After gutting the cd changer i drilled holes and screwed motherboard risers/standoffs to the case and cut a whole at the back for the IO plate ( which i didnt use in the end)
    The harddrive is mounted at the top of the case and the m2-atx is mounted next to the motherboard with a few mm spare.
    heres a few pics of it installed in the cd changer casing






    Once that was sorted i had to run VGA/USB and audio leads to the boot of my car , i done this via the middle centre console and through the existing gromit . Luckly on the z3 the battery is in the boot so them cables was quite easy to do.

    After completion i screwed back the case onto the existing mount , tucked all the wires neatly behind . i have installed a valet switch and a blade fusebox in a spare compartment in the boot.

    Up front i have installed a external shutdown switch incase i want to shutdown windows , and a microphone that is attached bellow my stearing wheel . like the others they run to the back of the pC from the front of my car

    The k90 monitor i solderd onto a ISO block , and fitted just like normal . easy peasy.

    heres a few pics as it standed last week







    the wires you see there are for the amplifier , which i have now installed and i will update this thread with better pictures tomorrow hopefully.

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    nice project so far, i have a 540I and its a similar set-up

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    Good build, atleast i know you didnt just sell it to someone else

    I have planned my build, got screen, all i need to do is figure out where to put the Case (inside my Mini) and how to put a 7" touchscreen monitor inside a sun visor.....

    But good on you

    -Ric

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    havent had a chance yet to update the pics , but amplifier is installed now.
    So boot is totally finished.

    Unsure either to go wireless or Broadband HSDPA something to think about i imagine.

    I still need to sort the screen out as it isnt secure enough .. i think something is stopping it at the back going all the way in.. But saying that , the k90 is indeed the best in-dash screen avaliable !

    Good luck with your install bmw_car_pc

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    Update

    I have removed the system for a OS reinstall ( to cold to sit in car and do it lol ! ) ... i will also be
    Configuring Bluetooth Properly
    Change centrafuse and boot screen to custom BMW logos
    And also configure some centrafuse plugins
    and also hopefully ... setup my internet dongle once it comes


    heres a pic of the gubbins inside the cdchanger case .


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    mrluke, very nice system specs. Now, in the image below, where are we looking at in the car?

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    its the cd changer with the front open (inside the boot)


    ^ a closeup of that with the draw open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrluke View Post
    its the cd changer with the front open (inside the boot)


    ^ a closeup of that with the draw open.
    I have now redone the whole os/software ...just waiting for my GPS recieve to arrive and my Vodafone internet dongle and im away !

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    very ingenious idea. i thought for a moment the picture was perhaps the passenger glove compartment.

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    thanks , saves a lot of space and keep it looking OEM.
    not sure about the screen though..

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