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    My Peugeot 206 Install

    My project has been 'running' for two years, most of the time spent developing software running the CarPC on my desk... now it's all firmly installed, and securely since losing a monitor to an opportunist thief - forcing a stealth install.

    Firstly the car:


    Manufactured in the year 2000, it is a simple Peugeot 206 1.6GLX with induction kit, remap, and various aftermarket modifications to make it stand out from the norm. It's just a little project of mine, and whilst it has some performance boosts - there's nothing serious or anything intended to make it a 'sleeper'.

    The CarPC install is an Intel Duo 2.66ghz with 1GB RAM, forgotten which mobo... and a 120GB drive. Built and supplied by Chris @ Mobile Computing Solutions. It was originally running a Liliput 7" in-dash monitor, but that got stolen when I botched attempts at hiding it.

    The stupid idiot that stole it, managed to steal a monitor that had been hacked about and was pretty much useless for most people and managed to completely miss the CarPC that was loose in the car. Since then, I've turned to the professionals and gone for a stealth, and secure approach - so the CarPC is securely bolted underneath a seat, and requires the seat be removed in order to think about removing the CarPC.



    The monitor (a Xenarc 700IDT) has been set back into the dash, and bolted with long bolts to the center console. Again, this requires the removal of various dashboard components to gain access to the monitor, which can still be physically moved forwards in order to clear the vents. The air conditioning/heater matrix still works perfectly, and none of the vents had to be blocked to get the monitor stealth fitted. The only slight, but very minor irritation, is that the blower settings can't be altered with monitor opened out (as something I think blocks its ability to be turned). To truly make it a stealth install, the original OEM stereo fascia was used as a 'cover' with two rods that secure it using the original mounting holes, no further modification were required as the monitor was deliberately set back in the dash so the fascia would sit flush. Over time, it's now possible to remove the fascia without using any removal keys, so I intend to address this by adding some magnets to secure the fascia more.






    Audio is provided through a Novastation Nio 2|4 USB audio card, with twin output mounted in the boot (trunk). The sounds are driven by two TheLoudest.com AMPs, driving two 500W JBL 12" subs, 2 Vibe Black Air 5 speakers in the rear, and 2 TheLoudest.com speakers at the front.

    Sorry this pictures is somewhat old, the weather and other factors have prevented me from getting any new pictures of the boot install... which is now fully carpeted.


    I haven't dynamat'd yet, so there is the odd rattle but otherwise for me the sound is absolutely fantastic. Whilst I do have Centrafuse, I've never actually used it. Instead, I decided to extend an application I wrote for managing a PhatNoise PhatBox which provides everything I need in terms of audio. (I also have plans to extend this to include video, and sat nav capabilities)

    Here's a few screenshots of my application running:



    General Interface, through animated popup overlay


    Ripping a CD


    General playback, with track changing notification


    Dynamic Skin-orientated mixer


    Playlist viewer


    Whilst the CarPC install is 'finished', I still have further plans for it, including:

    - Replacing the OEM LCD, with a custom VFD
    - Completing MCE 2005 Remote Support (controlling the application from a Media Center 2005 Remote - most of which is working, but requires some architectural changes)
    - Possibly (no idea how) modifying the OEM stereo stalk to a USB version to allow easier control
    - Adding speech-control options to the application, to allow it to be controlled through a speech interface

    And there we have it....thanks for looking!
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    Love the stealth fascia, looks faultless. Although maybe you could just add a 'Best of' Bananarama cassette tape sticking out of it just to make it even less attractive to thieves, lol.

    Jon

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    Thanks for the comment! I did think about the cassette idea, but changed my mind for a double edged reason.

    I decided against it as it's something that could be then used to remove the fascia, yes it's a good thing... but given the track record anything I can do to slow potential thieves down is a bonus!
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    thanks!
    The monitor (a Xenarc 700IDT) has been set back into the dash, and bolted with long bolts to the center console. Again, this requires the removal of various dashboard components to gain access to the monitor, which can still be physically moved forwards in order to clear the vents. The air conditioning/heater matrix still works perfectly, and none of the vents had to be blocked to get the monitor stealth fitted. The only slight, but very minor irritation, is that the blower settings can't be altered with monitor opened out (as something I think blocks its ability to be turned). To truly make it a stealth install, the original OEM stereo fascia was used as a 'cover' with two rods that secure it using the original mounting holes, no further modification were required as the monitor was deliberately set back in the dash so the fascia would sit flush. Over time, it's now possible to remove the fascia without using any removal keys, so I intend to address this by adding some magnets to secure the fascia more.

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