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    nice install using the DIN cases... i love how these ITX boards fit perfectly in car sterio shells ^_^

    in my 92 eldorado install, i used the stock sterio case initially for the mobo and hdd while still using an inverter till i got the m2atx, i then took apart a cheap 15" lcd screen and soldered the back of the monitor to the front of the metal 2DIN case... was quite large and cops didnt like it (it was bigger than their laptops they cart around :P heheh) but some of them dug it

    i noticed that you also have an abundance of the atx wire harness due to the large plug size.. in my next build im going to completely rewire that plug so the wires are only as long as they need to be-- might wanna look into that urself-- saves a LOT of space and opens up airways for cooling

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    Quote Originally Posted by MindDrive View Post
    nice install using the DIN cases... i love how these ITX boards fit perfectly in car sterio shells ^_^

    in my 92 eldorado install, i used the stock sterio case initially for the mobo and hdd while still using an inverter till i got the m2atx, i then took apart a cheap 15" lcd screen and soldered the back of the monitor to the front of the metal 2DIN case... was quite large and cops didnt like it (it was bigger than their laptops they cart around :P heheh) but some of them dug it

    i noticed that you also have an abundance of the atx wire harness due to the large plug size.. in my next build im going to completely rewire that plug so the wires are only as long as they need to be-- might wanna look into that urself-- saves a LOT of space and opens up airways for cooling
    Thanks for the suggestion. I thought of doing this as well but I guess I just wanted to get it all in there and working ASAP The ATX cable is longer than I intended due to the addition 20-pin to 24-pin adaptor cable. What I might do is chop off the 20-pin connector on the M2-ATX and chop off the 24-pin connector on the ATX adaptor cable and hardwire it to the M2-ATX harness. While I'm at it, I'll probably shorten each wire too.

    In other news, my BU-353 GPS receiver arrived today It feels like a really good quality unit. So now I'm on the hunt for PC GPS software ...

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    Good to see you have got it in and running. Try this GPS software
    http://www.twig.com.au/store/product...products_id=98
    At AUD $139, you can't go wrong. This is what I am using and it works well. I have posted som how to stuff fro RR on the Twig forum. Just back from a 2,500 km trip into NSW where I have never driven before and driving with the Odyssey GPS was awesome.
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    Thanks for the suggestion Rod. Odyssey looks like a neat package and it's reasonably priced too. I'll try to budget for other things in the car PC (e.g. side gap pieces, custom frame around LCD, OBD/ECU interface, etc.) and then I'll buy some GPS software.

    I tested my BU-353 today with the software it came with (GPSInfo). In one minute, it found six satellites and I had driven 800 metres down the road so I was quite pleased with that. About 30 seconds later it had found another three satellites and it began giving me speed and direction stats. I'll mention that the BU-353 was sitting on the passenger seat while all of this was happening so I'm very happy with its performance. I plan to mount it in the top left corner of the windshield and I'll run the USB cable behind the pillar panel and into the glovebox where the USB hub is located. It might just reach the hub without an extension cable - I'll measure it up tomorrow to be sure.

    In other news, RR is not troubling me as much as it was before. It's loading my playlists properly and it remembers my Volume settings. However, it still forgets Bass and Treble settings. Oh well, it remembers the EQ settings (since they're being read directly from Winamp), and that's more important to me.

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    Hey Meem,

    It's a great install with more details .

    Good job ... Continue

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    Hey peeps,

    I know it's been a while since I last posted. Unfortunately I haven't worked on the system in the last month because I've been busy with university work. I still haven't got around to filling the gaps on the sides of the LCD. The other thing I'm planning to do is buy Centrafuse and the Australian maps for GPS. And in time, perhaps the HQCT radio tuner. That'll make my system pretty much complete for my needs.

    I'll post as soon as I get something new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeeM View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion. I thought of doing this as well but I guess I just wanted to get it all in there and working ASAP The ATX cable is longer than I intended due to the addition 20-pin to 24-pin adaptor cable. What I might do is chop off the 20-pin connector on the M2-ATX and chop off the 24-pin connector on the ATX adaptor cable and hardwire it to the M2-ATX harness. While I'm at it, I'll probably shorten each wire too.

    In other news, my BU-353 GPS receiver arrived today It feels like a really good quality unit. So now I'm on the hunt for PC GPS software ...
    @_@ @#$%@#$%@#$% <--- what he said !@#$!@#$!!!!

    i was too afraid to solder directly to the m2ATX board but thats a damn clever idea!!!!

    i wish i had read that idea before i did what i did which was take the bunches of wires and simplify them into basicly 5 major strands (2 black, 1 red, 1 orange, 1 yellow) and then the 4 little wires which wound up being twice as much work but a lot less cramped....

    im definately going to rethink my next build hardwireing the atx directly to the powersupply!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MindDrive View Post
    @_@ @#$%@#$%@#$% <--- what he said !@#$!@#$!!!!

    i was too afraid to solder directly to the m2ATX board but thats a damn clever idea!!!!

    i wish i had read that idea before i did what i did which was take the bunches of wires and simplify them into basicly 5 major strands (2 black, 1 red, 1 orange, 1 yellow) and then the 4 little wires which wound up being twice as much work but a lot less cramped....

    im definately going to rethink my next build hardwireing the atx directly to the powersupply!!!
    lol! I guess we're always wiser after the thought, eh? Glad to hear my ideas have been of some inspiration to others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeeM View Post
    The ATX cable is longer than I intended due to the addition 20-pin to 24-pin adaptor cable. What I might do is chop off the 20-pin connector on the M2-ATX and chop off the 24-pin connector on the ATX adaptor cable and hardwire it to the M2-ATX harness. While I'm at it, I'll probably shorten each wire too.
    Here's an alternate route: go to your local PC repair shop and ask for two dead power supplies, so you get one 20-pin and one 24-pin ATX connector (we replace several each week at our store, especially after lightning storms, and we recycle or trash the old ones). Use the connectors and wire from them to make your new harness, and save the original M2-ATX harness for your next install.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdholtz View Post
    Here's an alternate route: go to your local PC repair shop and ask for two dead power supplies, so you get one 20-pin and one 24-pin ATX connector (we replace several each week at our store, especially after lightning storms, and we recycle or trash the old ones). Use the connectors and wire from them to make your new harness, and save the original M2-ATX harness for your next install.
    Brilliant Where would we be without you rdholtz?

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