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    2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee

    I finally decided to take some pictures of my carputer. There are still items I need to add to it, but is for the most part complete and functional.

    I'm running a 1.8 GHz (if my memory serves me correct) Core 2 Duo
    Intel DG45FC Mini-Itx motherboard
    1 GB Ram
    250 GB Internal 2.5" SATA Harddrive
    Xenarc 700TSV
    M4-ATX
    VOOOM-PC case
    Using the onboard sound-card and drivers. Which are in my opinion very nice on this motherboard.

    And audio system running:
    1 JL Audio 12w6
    Infinity Components
    MTX Amps
    Includes HD radio receiver hooked up to computer.

    Its running an incomplete front end, designed by me. If you look under the 'other frontends' forum, its under there under the title of .NET frontend or something like that. It's nice and stable for me, however just havn't had the time to make it release quality and write an SDK.

    Oh and a nice Viper alarm system





    Some 6x9 to 6.5 speaker adapters made using MDF.



    System from front.



    The back of the sub/amp box.



    All the wiring and relays. The M4-ATX is mounted inside the black box on the right. All million or so wires on the ATX connectors had to be extended a few feet to read the motherboard on the other side of the rear seats.





    Computer in the VOOMPC case. Need to clean up some wires though.





    Control panel in the center console. Far left switch controls the large cylindrical 200 amp relay seen above (also kept on by PSU to keep a hard-power off as soon as I turn off ignition) Two other switches control 3 of the large relays next to the 200 amp relay to switch PSU power, and both sub and component amplifiers. AC socket for future power inverter. The large knob is the bass control, and to the upper left is an AUX audio input. I'd like to mount some USB inputs directly below the AC Socket, but havn't found a good solution to do it cleanly yet. (Hard to cut holes small enough for connector)





    To make screen fit had to cut out air vents, then used mdf to fit screen into the cutout space. MDF was used because it was very easy to shape and cut. Then just used bondo to fill in the small gap between the cutout and MDF face. I thought using vinyl would be easiest and would look best with the interior, so its wrapped in a black vinyl. Also helps to hold screen in place and allow for a variable size in the irregular cutout shape of the screen.






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    Looks like a nice build.

    Just curious, what did you do with the air vents where the screen now is? Am i right in thinking it used to look like this; http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/...7041990103.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamcubed View Post
    Looks like a nice build.

    Just curious, what did you do with the air vents where the screen now is? Am i right in thinking it used to look like this; http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/...7041990103.jpg
    Air vents were just duck-taped closed. There was really no way to fit a 7 inch screen in that space, and keep the air vents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zzachattack2 View Post
    Air vents were just duck-taped closed. There was really no way to fit a 7 inch screen in that space, and keep the air vents.
    Hi... very nice install, but I think it is a way to fit a 7" screen there and leave the ai vents. Look at my install !





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    Quote Originally Posted by CherokeeChief View Post
    Hi... very nice install, but I think it is a way to fit a 7" screen there and leave the ai vents. Look at my install !





    Very nice, cutting it a little close! But I can live without the center airvents, I like the more centered look anyways. I actually wish I had the newer GC model, 2005 and above, with the vents on the side. Kinda took my inspiration for the screen from the 2005? 'Jeepintosh' Grand Cherokee.

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    That's sweet. I'm using the same Xenarc monitor in my Volvo. I'm curious if you can just pull the monitor out (since it looks like you did not integrate into the fascia) and did you leave the back of the monitor attached or is it exposed circuit board bad there ?
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    No you can't pull the monitor out. I mean I suppose its possible, but the fit is so tight, you would need to pull the bezel out as well and push from the back. And the back of the monitor is still attached.

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    Thanks Z - yeah mine is the same - really tight, but not glued or screwed. I do not have the back attached on mine, just curious how you were doing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seangh View Post
    Thanks Z - yeah mine is the same - really tight, but not glued or screwed. I do not have the back attached on mine, just curious how you were doing it.
    Nice good work. I really like the look of the screen just mounted in, still using the original frame. A fully integrated screen, like the ones you see on most Jeep carputers, I don't think look very good or natural like they do in other cars.

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    I am geng a 1999 Jeep cherokee soon, and plan to do the smae thing.

    Looking at both your set ups i do agree that the centered position of the screen in the former set up dos look better since in the second set up i dont like how close the screen is to the top edge of the bezel. It looks a bit squashed.

    Perhaps a custom job with home made single slot vent running accross the bottom might be a little more asthetic? Is that eviable in your opinion?

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