more of the car...
I have been building my car pc for alomost a year now. Still working on final touches adding hardware and getting to upgrade from vista to windows 7.
Still have to machine a bezel for the screen and mount it.
MSI GME965 Motherboard
4GB DDR2 memory
Intel Core 2 Duo processor
Seagate 120 GB 7200rpm laptop sata hard drive
14.1" LVDS lcd from Toshiba Techra laptop using on board lvds connection
14.1" resistive touch kit
mini-box 200W atx power supply
currently running windows vista. Right now I dont have a start up shut down controller. Possibly thinking about switching to the m4-atx power suply and running it external from my dual din case i made for the motherboard. Still have to get a usb or sata slim slot load optical drive. Also still have yet to get a usb soundcard for the rca outputs to my amps. Id like some opinions on what start up shut down controllers and or power suplies actually work well. Also any info on what usb sound cards are worth anything. audio is just 6.5" components up front, 6.5" speakers in the rear instead of the 6X9"s, and one 10" sub.
true 4X50 Watt amp for door speakers and rear speakers, 200W mono amp for sub. I don't want to run a headunit.... or any sort of preamp or audio control device. Hoping the usb audio card will do what im looking for.
and here is the car and pc porn...
more of the car...
is that thing fwd or rwd? And thats a s2k motor?...nicely done
yes it is rwd. was wondering if anyone would notice the engine the wrong way. Everything is from an 05 s2k. Engine, rear suspension, wiring, ect.
Still have to put floors in, make fuel and brake lines, driveshaft lengthened, and a few other minor things.
while im stopped on the build of the car Im messin around with the car pc.
Im having trouble with the Intel Pro/ wireless 3945ABG Network Adapter that I stole from a laptop and put on my msi motherboard. Installed the drivers from Intel but no luck. If anyone can help im runing windows 7 64 bit.
Nicely done. I would like a closer look at how you are connecting the LVDS to the screen.
ill snap a picture tomorrow. its really simple though. lvds cable is the stock cable from the toshiba techra laptop the lcd was from. so that end just plugs right in. The msi motherboard has an on board lvds connector. I ordered the connector and pins from digikey. Then sent it out to Motor City Technologies and they made the cable. So its a plug and play deal. They have such great customer service i sent my lcd to them to have the touchscreen added. I was having a hard time setting up the bios for the lvds that when i sent in the lcd, my motherboard, hard drive, ect. they sent me back a working car pc with the 14.1" lvds lcd working with the touchscreen. At no extra charge.
the only delay that I had was due to weather. they got snowed in. but not their problem.
here are 2 pics. kind of hard to see in one, but the lvds just plugs into the onboard lvds connector on the motherboard between the mini pci card and the video chipset. no adapters or daughter cards. the other end of the cable is the lvds cable and connector sourced from the laptop. third picture shows the lvds connector on the motherboard.
will say lvds is the way to go. i have the 14.1" lcd next to my hdmi hp monitor and the quality is better. pure digital signal right from the video chip to the lcd. no digital-analog-digital conversion.
Hey, any new updates since last year?? Did you finish this project? I'm curious how your lvds screen install turned out, let us know!
My 2007 Ford F350 Work Log located HERE
actually went to fit the screen in the dash and it just looked out of place. im downsizing to a dell inspiron mini lcd that is 10.1". it is a lg screen led backlit with lvds connection. again motor city is making my lvds cable. will be working on modifying my bezel to make as a plug, so a mold can be made and turn out a professional fiberglass part that looks oem. computer hardware is staying mostly the same with the motherboard but in a years time new products are available and will be used. still going in the same car.