So I finally got my monitor in from the MP3Car store yesterday.
I have already been hard at work fabricating the monitor into the dash bezel all day today.
It was hard work as I wanted it recessed as well as facing straight into the truck not tilted in towards me as the Avalanche dash is made from the factory.
Here are some preliminary shots.
Original dash bezel:
After cutting sanding and Painting:
Here are some pics when I test fitted in my truck.
VGA cable is from my old monitor install.
That will be moved in the final fitting when this is completed for now I will be moving the monitor while working so I'd like to be able to go back to my old setup at a moment's notice
Not sure if I'll keep the Windows 8 yet as it does have minor issues (quirks) and unfortunately this is not a multi-touch display.
I also noticed that while the bezel matches the rest of the gray in the interior, It is not really suitable for a monitor - at least to my eye so I will be taking the bezel back out and painting it black as well as some other interior trim pieces.
Here I was trying to figure out what to do to fill the bottom hole left after making the bezel.
Since my truck has all red LEDS, I figured I could grab a piece of 1inch thick plexiglass, sand it and add LEDs to get a glowing red affect.
Someday I may just add a button to switch something on and off and have it backlit.
If you are wondering why I even left the holes there in the first place, it is because the Avalanche originally had an air vent in the upper location.
Also there is a sensor in the vent that determines the temperature of the air that goes into the cabin and adjusts the temp accordingly when the A/C is in automatic mode.
Covering it up would have just rendered it inaccurate so I had to leave the vent there.
EDIT:What seems like a hair line fracture in the screen actually is not.
It is just a line along where I had pulled off and folded the protective covering on the monitor and put it back as I did not want off until I was done.
It created that optical illusion of a break and I did not even see it until after I posted these pics.
Nice job! You know, it almost looks like a a vent from a mid 90's Camaro could almost fit in the leftover vent space might be work checking out. I would not even consider using W8 as a front end but as just as OS, it seems great. The one issue I have is the lack of low res options. Maybe when I up-size my monitor it will be OK. Whats the native res on the monitor you have there?
I looked back and did not see what size monitor you are using. What size screen is that?
I have an 03 Avalanche and trying to consider what I want to go in there.
I will be starting out with a 7inch screen only because I have it and won't require any fancy work to make it work.
Looks decent though.. You can send me the left over paint from your Bezel since mine is the same thing.. ;)
Apologies I thought I mentioned it earlier. The monitor is the Lilliput 12.1 inch open frame monitor in the MP3car store. Yes it does require a lot of modification to your dash as you can see so if you already have a 7 " and want to avoid all the extra work, that's the way to go. It's the largest in the MP 3 car store and I am glad I did not try to find a 15" or something as it would have completely blocked out my air vent or have to be pushed toward the driver which woul b obstructed by the gear shift lever
This weekend was a very busy weekend for me. I pretty much transformed my vehicle both inside and out by myself this weekend. Well I started earlier but a lot was completed in 1 package in a couple of days
Here are pics of the dash showing some of the functions.
Unfortunately by the time I got done, it was getting dark outside so you can't see the frame as a finished product however I will definitely post pics of that soon
Screen with Alpine head unit below
Close up of the screen with Windows 8 lock screen.
Another view with Windows 8 start screen.
This setup has the M2-ATX startup/ shutdown controller which I programmed to hibernate the PC automatically 5 minutes after the avalanche is shut off and Retained AccessorycPower goes off. The PC gets accessory power directly from my Alpine head unit. In essence it (the headunit) acts as a power button for the CarPC. Turn the head unit off and the CarPC hibernates as well. I originally had it do the sleep thing instead to boot up faster and had my controller providing 5V permanently to keep the PC running in sleep mode however my new Optima RedTop eventually failed me as I started waking up to a dead battery on Monday mornings if I did not drive the whole weekend 4 months later.
Eventually it was every morning I woke up to a dead battery. Turns out the PC consumes more power in sleep mode as it retains all settings in RAM when going to sleep.
Hibernate on the other hand writes the settings to the hard drive then shuts down. I do now experience slightly longer boot times as a result but I'd rather have that than instant on with a dead battery.
As for the screen it also powers off if no HDMI or Video input is available. In addition it powers on automatically ones it gets 12 volts from the truck so I had no need for the buttons on the screen. I did retain the remote so I may switch inputs to my camera or other video devices I may *choose to add in the future.
This is my main menu screen.
I have a Transformers theme going on the outside with the autobot badges in all the right places so it made since to use it on the inside as well with the Centrafuse frontend
This screen should give you an idea of some of the functions I have so far.
And here is my settings page
At some point I hope to detail all the apps I am using in the truck.
I just noticed that my Vehicle Infotainment System is running on Pacific Time so it is 3 hours behind my actual Windows time and my current time zone.
Guess I'll have to go back outside and correct that
Here is one of my connected apps page.
Later i will add more pics *and pages as I find connected apps i deem useful.
Lets just say with LTE, anything goes. Netflix and Gmail are others that i can think of off the top of my head
And just when you thought it couldn't get any better, I have more tricks up my sleeve
Yes you are reading right.
Navigation......... well everybody has that nowadays so is traffic so I am not going into details as it is run of the mill stuff.
Yes these are live traffic cam feeds that are being imported directly into the Avalanche and I can select a feed to view it full screen as well as take a snapshot.
Maybe one day I'll take a snapshot of my truck as I go past the field of view of one of them.
Last but not the least are my digital gauges.
I have the computer hooked up to my OBD II port under the dash as you may know from following this thread.
Here are the pics.
Does this remind you of any vehicle you may want to drive someday?
I chose the Lexus LFA gauge style because it looks really nice and is along the same lines as my Alpine head unit display.