Nice I want to do this to my Touareg but i'm trying to figure out how to keep my factory radio and connect my mac mini
After gathering the parts for a few weeks I installed my CarPC in my 2006 Jetta over the weekend.
I initially fabricated by own bezel using a double-din installation kit and the headrest mount that came with the monitor but didn't really like the way it looked so I switched to the bybyte bezel. The VM7000 was slightly bigger than the frame and glued inside it's housing, but after a couple hours with a dremel, and xacto knife and a glue gun I got it to work and still look normal.
Initially after hooking up the monitor to the accessory 12V I was getting vertical bars on the screen. I fixed it by running its power from the 12V bus on the PC power supply (along with the XM USB interface board).
The PC is based on a Zotac single Atom board in a mini-box ITX enclosure (+ 160GB 2.5" SATA HDD and 2GB RAM). It's running Centrafuse on top of Windows 7. I'm using the MJS xmdirect USB interface for XM and an earthmate BT-20 GPS I had.
Sound is through an Alpine 4-Channel amp to the factory speakers. I spent several hours messing with getting the 4 channel sound to work in Windows (No bass whatsover, Centrafuse stability issues with the Realtek drivers VS windows drivers, etc) before I gave up and used a Y-splitter into a single audio output on the PC. It sounds great though, and most audio is 2-channel anyway though.
I tried to use an ADS USB FM tuner but it won't run natively in Centrafuse under Windows 7, and the workaround I found led to Centrafuse crashing constantly. Reception also wasn't great when it did work.
Next phase is to add an HD radio tuner, and get a better GPS (probably the BU-353). I'll probably eventually upgrade to a better, transreflective touchscreen monitor as well as switch to an SSD hard drive.
- M350 Universal Mini-ITX enclosure
- M3-ATX Plug-In Smart car PC PSU
- Zotac ION B-E mini-ITX Single Atom N230 Motherboard + CPU
- VM7000 7" touchscreen
- MJS-XMD2 XM MiniTuner USB PC Interface
- Scosche VW2317B Stereo Installation Kit
- Scosche VW01B Wire Harness
- Double DIN Lilliput 701/629 Monitor Frame
- Audiovox XM Direct Kit
- Alpine 200W 4-Channel AMP
+ Cables, speaker wiring, etc
nice work, very clean install!
This will let you add an aux input to the factory radio (appears like a CD-changer to the radio) and let you connect to any stereo audio source, eg. a Mac Mini.
I am running a similar setup in my '08 R.
how does win 7 do on the atom 230?
Windows 7 runs beautifully on the Atom. I wasn't expecting much outside basic audio through Centrafuse, but Windows 7 definitely does good job of getting the most from lower-end hardware.
The startup time and running basic apps is comparable to my home computer running Windows 7 with an AMD Phenom X3. I definitely wouldn't try to run any games on an Atom system though.
Nice, and clean
I like the way you fitted your LCD, goes well with the interior.
Wrt the case - I'm also using one of those Mini-box M350's, and they work very well - keeping my Zotac system nice and cool.
Keep up the good work, loving it.