2007 Camry CarPC - Australia
Hey there folks.
I've been wanting to install a car PC in my car since I was in high school (some years ago now). Now that I actually have my own car, I've had even more impetus to get this project going. It's a base-model 2007 Camry (known here in Australia as the Camry Altise). It's a beautiful car. I intend to keep the factory look for everything if possible.
So after a few weeks of research and ordering parts, I've finally started my worklog. This is the intended setup:
- Intel D945GCLF2 mini-ITX motherboard with 1.6GHz Atom CPU (bought) - link
- 1GB DDR2 RAM (taken from my desktop)
- 120GB Seagate 2.5" Hard Drive (bought)
- M2-ATX 160W PSU and startup/shutdown controller (bought) - link
- Slimline slot-loading DVD drive (bought) - link
- Lilliput 629GL-70NP 7" Touchscreen LCD with LED Backlight (bought) - link
- Double-DIN enclosure so it all can fit in the dash (done)
- Toyota Genuine Double-DIN fascia (bought)
- Response 4x50W RMS amplifier with remote gain control (bought and installed)
- one or two 4-port USB 2.0 hubs (bought one and put it in the glovebox)
I'll post some pics of the car soon. I know it seems like a barebones system, but in time, I will add a USB GPS receiver, USB Bluetooth dongle, and USB Radio (if I can find a decent one with a decent price).
Below is a brief schedule to manage my installation:
1. Test LCD (done, works fine)
2. Connect all PC components to ensure the PC works. (done)
3. Install Windows XP (might use my XP Home Edition CD for now since I haven't got access to another copy of XP Pro) (done)
4. Fabricate double-DIN chassis from two single-DIN enclosures (done)
5. Mount all PC parts inside the chassis, and mount LCD in the front of chassis, ensuring it fits in the double-DIN gap provided by the double-DIN fascia. (done)
NOTE: may have difficulty finding space for the DVD drive - may have to put it in the glove box or inside armrest for now.
6. Test car PC using normal ATX PSU inside house. (done)
7. Upon success of all of the above, pull out factory headunit (done it many times before), and install car PC. Will need to pull out factory headunit a few times to take measurements for new chassis.
8. Run power cables for car PC and amp (done, amp is installed under passenger seat, car PC power cable is tucked behind passenger footwell)
9. Connect all cables (ground, audio from PC to amp, USB hubs, etc.) (done)
By the way, I was going to buy a second-hand 07 Camry headunit so I could gut it and install the car PC inside there. The problem is sourcing one of these units at a reasonable price. I don't want to buy one that is already working - and there's the first problem, every wrecker's yard I've been to/phoned in the past two weeks has said "we hardly have any parts for the current shape Camry, and no, we don't stock any broken headunits". I've checked eBay, but all of the ones listed are working and they're way out of my budget. So I decided to build my own double-DIN chassis.
So there's still a fair amount of work to do. I'll be trying to finish making the double-DIN chassis today but I have a feeling I won't get it done due to other commitments. Will keep you guys posted.