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    2007 Mazda 3 Install

    2007 Mazda 3

    This is the result of almost a year of collecting parts, and absorbing knowledge from the great people on this forums. I have condensed the final build into this one post to make room for the rebuild. Which I have [I]mostly[I] finalized, and am just waiting on parts to upgrade the experience.

    More importantly, there has been a major shift in direction in software choice for many reasons. I understand more about it and have started helping the openMobile project. The design philosophy behind it trumps road runner and its open source. Installing the software is effortless and all of the difficult tasks are handled by the development team, not the end user. If you haven't seen it, try it out. Don't be superficial, the program hasn't reached a full version, and is under test skins. There are previews of the new skin our thread if your only front end requirement is "pretty" (lets be honest, that is the majority of this site's users).

    On that note, here is the first build and the rebuild will follow shortly.





    A couple of thanks for those who made this install more manageable for me.

    guino for pushing car front ends.
    W3bMa4t3r for very easy to follow schematic for an auto power on module.

    And of course mp3car.com

    • [FREE!!] Dell d400
    • 40 GB hardrive
    • 1.3ghz intel pentium mobile
    • 512 MB RAM
    • RideRunner FE
    • DigitalFX 4.0 skin
    • 7" Lilliput 701
    • Two Diamond Audio d3 10"s
    • Stock Bose tweeter and door speakers



    I'll keep it short, pictures show more..

    This is a "dead" laptop I got from my grandma. I wiped the hard drive and installed XP she lived again.



    I soldered a wire, that runs to a 1/8th headphone female connector. This will be used to connect the auto start, and be able to disconnect.



    The entire project waited for the extra $$ for this beauty.Quick test..



    and then deconstruction.. before mp3car sold them this way...



    Here is where she's going..



    The original screen came stock with DVD navigation. Within a year my car was broken into and hasn't worked since. Never figured out what was wrong and the dealership wanted to charge some insane amount just to look.
    The old screen pulled out nicely



    I removed the old screen and cut out a section to add the screen controls.
    I also forgot to take pictures of that process...
    I used hot glue for a temporary fix and so i could use bondo outside in the sunlight.... but it works for a couple days



    The couple days later I did mount and bondo. I'm holding the screen in place with some epoxy, right angles, and screwed into the plastic so it's removable.



    It will come back out in a week or two, get a good sand, and some paint [I HOPE]

    but its not too ugly for now.



    Cleaned up..

    Sanded and painted the housing. No more terrible looking bezel



    Until then I put it under the passenger seat and made some loops with zip ties.



    setting it in...



    I must admit, it's not pretty [okay, its awful). But it worked..



    Wired it to the switched +12v and started with the car.. The entire unit fit easily next to the shifter. Pushed back and dissapeared



    And threw in a rocker to keep the computer off while the car is on..



    The sub woofer I did about six months before. I used a wiring kit that made it pretty easy.
    Integrated the amp into the cargo tray, also switched amp wiring down the passenger side, and signal down driver.



    And a rocker for the amp




    Subs in the hatch.. I made better use of my too small box, plus I like seeing the size of the magnets





    All finished. Pretty happy with my first go..







    Hardware: Two Diamond Audio D3 10" subs, 7" Lilliput eby701, 2.7Ghz AMD 45w Sempron, Gigabyte mobo, 512MB nVidia 9800, 1GB RAM, 500 GB, M4ATX

    Software: OpenMobile

    My First Build

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    Reserved for rebuild
    Hardware: Two Diamond Audio D3 10" subs, 7" Lilliput eby701, 2.7Ghz AMD 45w Sempron, Gigabyte mobo, 512MB nVidia 9800, 1GB RAM, 500 GB, M4ATX

    Software: OpenMobile

    My First Build

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    Reserved for upgrades.. got a few coming.
    Hardware: Two Diamond Audio D3 10" subs, 7" Lilliput eby701, 2.7Ghz AMD 45w Sempron, Gigabyte mobo, 512MB nVidia 9800, 1GB RAM, 500 GB, M4ATX

    Software: OpenMobile

    My First Build

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    I'm looking to do my first CarPC build in my 09 Mazdaspeed3... has the factory nav, but I don't want to replace that screen I want to add a second one where the radio is now... what do you think?

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    This is a great installation. I'm glad you were able to use the factory screen location. It looks professional and will look even more so once you've polished that screen casing.

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    Thank you. Another reason I put off finishing the housing is that I want to spend an entire day just sanding, and refinishing it. I have been looking at this post from turbocad6 and plan on a similar finish[i hope(hes good)].

    Pics updated.. you guys be the judge

    But I have a question for anyone who has done a better job of hiding their cigarette lighter adapter then me, how and where? I want to get rid of the only wire that's visible.



    Done. Heres the hook up behind the CLA.

    Hardware: Two Diamond Audio D3 10" subs, 7" Lilliput eby701, 2.7Ghz AMD 45w Sempron, Gigabyte mobo, 512MB nVidia 9800, 1GB RAM, 500 GB, M4ATX

    Software: OpenMobile

    My First Build

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    Why don't you just cut the plug off and wire it in? Maybe even use the power from the back of the lighter socket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by double0h View Post
    Why don't you just cut the plug off and wire it in? Maybe even use the power from the back of the lighter socket.
    Good advice, pics updated.
    Hardware: Two Diamond Audio D3 10" subs, 7" Lilliput eby701, 2.7Ghz AMD 45w Sempron, Gigabyte mobo, 512MB nVidia 9800, 1GB RAM, 500 GB, M4ATX

    Software: OpenMobile

    My First Build

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbear2001 View Post
    I'm looking to do my first CarPC build in my 09 Mazdaspeed3... has the factory nav, but I don't want to replace that screen I want to add a second one where the radio is now... what do you think?
    @tbear2001: Sorry I skimmed over your post. I havent seen the '09 radios, but our's (07) has the trip computer controls built into the radio, so leaving that is a MUST for our model. Also my navigation was damaged when my car got broken into and someone decided to have a look around my car. If you don't have to keep the radio for the trip computer and can still navigate with out the stock stereo, two screens is a great idea.
    Hardware: Two Diamond Audio D3 10" subs, 7" Lilliput eby701, 2.7Ghz AMD 45w Sempron, Gigabyte mobo, 512MB nVidia 9800, 1GB RAM, 500 GB, M4ATX

    Software: OpenMobile

    My First Build

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    I don't really care about the trip computer... since my new carputer should have all of that and more. The only thing I'm trying to figure out is how to use my carputer to handle Sirius. As I understand it if I remove the existing radio/headunit, the A/C controls will still work with the existing display, but I will lose the trip computer (as you mentioned), plus the Sirius control. If I can duplicate the Sirius control via my carputer....

    Ahhhhh, *****, just keep going around in circles.... think I'll work on getting the software and everything going and then figure out where to mount the screen. When driving today I decided that a touchscreen where the existing nav screen exists is not the best since you have to reach up for it, so I think the existing nav screen will just stay as is.

    Thanks to you all of the forum for all of the great information.

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