I finally took the time to show off my project
I drive a 03 Acura RSX Coupe... Picked it up about a year ago with < 20,000 miles on it and couldnt pass it up
The Specs on my computer installation are as follows:
Intel DG45FC Motherboard
E8600 Core 2 duo 3.0ghz processor
Samsung 320GB Hard drive
m2-ATX (soon to be replaced!)
7" 2008 LED Backlit Lilliput 629
Onboard HD Audio
XMD-1000 w/ mp3car adapter
Verizon u720 Broadband card
Elm327 USB OBD-II reader
Bu-353 GPS Receiver
Directed HD Radio Tuner
SpaceNavigator PE for front end control
Fusion Brain for temp sensor and relay control
Slot-Load DVD player
Carnetix p5usb hub
Carnetix CNX-P5V 15 Watt +5V Regulator
Unnamed 7 Port Hub
Apple mini bluetooth keyboard
Rockford Fosgate P1S410 subwoofer
Hifonics Zues ZX8000 5 channel amp
Rockford Fosgate 3Sixty.1 Processor
Stock Clarion speakers
The majority of my computer hardware is installed on the rear of my subwoofer box.
The computer is installed in a Morex 5677 case. I cut the top of the case to install a grille for the processor fan. Initially i was concerned in upgrading to the DG45FC over my previously installed D201GLY because of power and heat but the new motherboard and all components still run clean on the m2-atx. the carnetix point-of-load device is even overkill in my installation. Also installed on the sub box is the Carnetix p5usb hub and my RF 3sixty.1. The Hifonics amp rests on top of the sub-box. I was lucky enough to find the amp on craiglist a few weeks ago and i am very impressed with its features. It also allowed for an easier install that worrying about wiring and tuning two seperate amps.
In the front of the car the lilliput is mounted to a custom bezel i just recently re-bondo'd.
The pictures dont do much justice.. but the lilliput has practically no glare from the drivers position because of the way the factory dash is molded to the drivers side of the car. The XMD-1000 and the directed HD radio are tucked neatly behind the screen. Just below the screen the factory cigarette lighter has been replaced with an MP3car usb plug.
and just to the left of that resides my elm 327...
Under the e-brake and placed nicely at the drivers right hand is my SpaceNavigator device that controls volume, voice recognition, and media playback. I can also set the device to control my mouse pointer if need be.
The glovebox houses my Slot Load DVD and a generic 7 port usb hub which is connected to the devices in the front of the vehicle.
Lastly, my Andrea Array microphone for Voice-recognition and hands free calls through my cell phone is hidden on my gauge cluster.
Not the cleanest install, but everything works and works well!
Nice install. I also drive a rsx and really like it.
Your dash kit looks good man. Looks like you really nailed it on the colour. Matches great.
I just have a question for you. In my install i am getting very little interference in the monitor, not noticable during the day, but at night time you can see it a bit. Probably due to the fact the vga is too close to a power wire somewhere.
Where did you run your power wires/data/speakers/vga wires? SInce your computer is also in the back just wondering how you have it setup.
Again great job man..
Your car is actually the one that inspired me to start this when i bought the rsx. I LOVE the way you did your bezel.
Thanks for the compliments, your dash kit looks very close to the way mine looks. I really like how you hide the buttons on the bottom of the bezel. This way it looks so much more cleaner. Thats exactly how i have mine....
Is it necessary to fabricate the bezel? Reason why I'm asking is I have no clue how to use bondo so was hoping I could get away with mounting the screen in without any complicated fab work. Looking at this as a way to mount the screen in my dash this as the dash kit. With the two items I just listed, can I expect a Plug-n-Play experience or will I still have to do some fab work.
Great job on your carputer!
Also, what are you doing about getting AM/FM on your carputer? I was thinking of teathering my phone with the carputer and stream all my music but may still want/need AM/FM.