Isuzu Rodeo 2001 with Asus Eee Box
The Asus Eee Box seems to be just excellent.
Here's the following parts I used:
No inverters, no expensive power supplies. Runs efficient, quiet, cool, and solid (besides the hard drive, that's not solid, SSD's are)
A universal 12v laptop power supply got on ebay for $9, quite nice, has been running the dell latitude i had before the Eee for 2 years perfectly. Switched the voltage switch to 19V for the Eee Box, works great.
The Eee Box computer I bought on a local news website www.ksl.com for salt lake city for $200 brand new in the box with all the goods.
Micro Startup/Shutdown controller
DUAL 300 watt MOSFET stereo amp for door speakers, the rodeo has an 8 speaker design but wired up well, works great, sounds clean, rich and punchy where i've got the crossover set up, installed some tweeters in the roof of the rear, the front stocks sound crisp enough to keep em there.
Lilliput EBY701- The lcd is mounted behind the rodeo's stock double-din bezel, looks stock-ish, works perfect, I've been using this screen for a long time and has been alright, I'm not a fan of resistive touch screens in any device at all, I can't wait for capacitive touch screens to become widely available, i've gotten so use to the capacitive touch on my iphone and it needs to be the standard, that is... if they can make it so its not such a fingerprint magnet.
Bluetooth USB Adapter (Asus has an optional bluetooth card that can be internally installed inside of the Eee Box, but didn't matter)
USB Navibe(i think) SIRF III GPS
MJS Gadgets Sirius Radio Link http://www.rush2112.net/index.php
Running centrafuse 2.0, trial. Tempted in buying a license for it.
Have been running and configuring the heck out of roadrunner for so long... Installed centrafuse and did my own graphics for it in photoshop, set up bluetooth seconds for handsfree talking with my iphone, though the iphone doesn't support data transfer over bluetooth(only wifi), I at least wanted my sound in the car to automatically turn down when I make a call or receive a call. Works perfect, shows battery and service status. I sometimes wish centrafuse was based on winamp so I could use the LED light plugin so I can make my RGB LED's respond to the different frequencies that I have installed in the footwells in front and rear seats. Although, centrafuse has a nice audio decoder built in and works great, can't complain. I also love the ability to pause, rewind, etc... the sirius radio, this also works flawlessly when I receive a call or make a call, sirius pauses just the same way an mp3 would pause in music mode.
The Eee box is so small it's mounted up inside of my passenger seat, as in, if you look under my passenger seat, you're not going to find anything. Wired the wired under the console plastic allowing the passenger seat to move forward and backward freely. This computer is SILENT and engine noise/interference is to a minimal when the computer is in standby and completely silent when powered on. If you want to go pro with the amp, this Eee Box has SPD/IF optical audio output.
The 1.6Ghz Atom processor pushes through everything just fine, roadrunner doesn't stress it at all, the fan doesn't even increase its speed or become audible at all. Centrafuse works it a little harder but doesn't ever lag it out, its always responsive and snappy. The GMA950 video controller definitely will not perform anything in high-end HD, but who the hell watched HD content in their car?... works great. Only one video output, that may be a bummer. This Eee Box is the B202 model. I know the newer B204 has HDMI out, don't know if that has the ability to push out BOTH the HDMI and DVI port at the same time. Seems like the perfect and extremely small machine for the car computer use, and CHEAP.
The Door Speaker/mid amp is installed up inside the driver seat, same goes with that too, still have all of the room under the driver seat for tools/cleaning stuff, etc...
The startup/shutdown controller works flawlessly. I had to solder wires to the power button which only took about ten minutes and I'm no pro soldering man.
Hope to order a OBD interface adapter to see how well centrafuse's OBD works before the trial is up.
As much of you may cringe when I mention this, but I have two 12" sony Xplod subwoofers. I love them for what they do, Powered by a 1000watt sony Xplod amp, got the configured great and running in a nice sealed box, they sound clean, hit hard at all the right frequencies with absolutely no distortion that I can hear and nobody else can hear so far.... I've had them for 3 years and have beat the CRAP out of them, these xplod's just don't "explode". Watch the youtube videos of the "110 outlet subwoofer tests", of what i've seen, the Xplod's are the only speakers to survive the test. Just because they're available at walmart doesn't give them a bad name :) Use them correctly and install them correctly and they make excellent woofers, built great, work great.
Here's some basic pictures, if any requests of hardware pics are needed, let me know. The Floor LEDS are currently controlled by a little RGB Led modulator 12v that I found on ebay, has a sound response mode, laggy though... Hope to find a USB Led controller that I can program to respond to Wave audio output and control different colors to different frequencies (Red for 200hz and below, green for mid, blue for high range) and have a true EQ going on in the front and back seats :) These pictures are also before I have done my custom isuzu graphics, but here ya go.. I may have more soon when I get camera happy.
REBUILDING THE COMPUTER INSTALLATION basically finished... startup and shutdown controller working 100%
Next step: isolated backup battery project
Finished installation... just kidding:
Cleaned up the wire mess.. making progress.
Under the seat, clean and still room for more crap :) (rip in the carpet under the vent is factory, where wire harnesses are ran)
Installed the computer nice up INSIDE the passenger seat.
Now wrapped all wires/cables in protective plastic housing.
Making all wires disappear and making it more of a solid, permanent, fool-proof installation.
More pics soon.