2005 Tacoma GigaByte GA-G41M-ES2L build
What started off as a hobby has now become something of a side business (software development-wise]. Lots of interim variation and pieces in and out of the car, but the current incarnation has been fairly stable for the last few months, so that's where we'll start.
1. Rosewell mid-tower case with M2-ATX 160watt power
With the smaller side of my split rear seat folded down, this lies horizontally on the seat back. Velcro keeps it from sliding and it provides easy access to al the cabling and for testing new hardware.
2. Asus P5Q-E motherboard with Intel E5200 2.5gb dual core
3 4gb ram
4. 64gb SSD sata drive
5. 640gb WD Caviar sata drive
6. NVidia GT9400 Video Card
7. 5-port PCI USB card (4 external, 1 internal
8. 2-port USB header Bracket
Total of 12 USB ports on rear of box, 1 internal and two on front. 11 in use.
9. XMPCR XM reciever
10. Visteon HDZ300 HD am/fm receiver
11. Mitch's serial control cable for Visteon
12. Mitch's 4-port USB Audio Selector (UAS)
13. Clear 4G WiFi dongle
15. MoCoSo Lilliput 2din TouchScreen
16. Generic ELM327 OBDII reader
17. GlobeSat BU-353 USB GPS reciever
18. Uniden BCT8 500 channel UHF/VHF scanner
19. Creative Live HD USB WebCam
20. 4-port USB hub in front for easy access
21. Beltronics RX-75 remote Radar/Laser detector and display
a. Very cool running system. the 45nm E5200 is a relatively low-power design and with the big case, there really isn't much of an airflow problem. I have a smaller HTPC case which allows me to mount everything behind the rear seat, and this runs cool as well.
b. This isn't a show car, its a development platform, so hiding everything isn't a priority. On the other hand, I want it all to work since it is my daily driver, and it all does. Really well.
c. This is NOT a cheap hobby. To get a reliable basic true carPC system is going to cost well over $500. I probably have over $1500 in hardware alone, not counting the stuff that's been in and out of the truck already.
I'm currently running Centrafuse 3.1. I've been using Centrafuse since I started my very first build and I have been very happy wth it. It's been very stable in the car, and turned out to be a very flexible development platform.
As luck would have it, it's also turned into an enjoyable side business as I now do development work on assorted projects for Flux media.
Assorted in-car pictures and screenshots will follow.
1. Centrafuse 3.1 menu
2. Live traffic camera plugin
3. Shoutcast WebRadio plugin
4. Shoutcast in visualization mode
5. Pandora Radio plugin (CES2010 Demo)