Looks great! What did you do with the Emergency lights etc? My gf has this car and removing the center console is such a pain!!
This project was the most ridiculous thing I've ever done in my life. Looking back, there were a lot of things I should have done differently, but I'm glad solutions were found in order to integrate everything together. Well, let's get right to it, shall we?
I wanted something small, powerful, and decently easy to hook up. I'm excellent with PCs, but terrible when it comes to knowing almost anything about my car. I looked around on the web, and found the setup that I wanted:
Specs: 4GB DDR3, 64GB Solid State Drive, Intel Atom Dual-Core 1.6
Now, here's where you all get to laugh for a few seconds. If you remember the last sentence, I said that I wanted something easy to hook up. Clearly, wiring the P2140 to a box with no molex connectors was something I completely overlooked when I was doing my research while I was exploring all the power options. So problem #1: How the Hell am I going to get the automatic startup/shutdown software to work? Answer: wire a power switch to the front of the car:
Granted, that was more of a bandaid than anything, but it sure beats having to open the trunk, turn on the computer, open the doors, turn the key, start driving, reach destination, turn the car off, open the trunk, turn the computer off. F that. However, it does give me all the quick access that I need, and with the solid state drive thats in there, turning on and shutting down is quick and painless.
I was originally going to go with the Lilliput explosion proof 7" touchscreen monitor, but then I ran into other powering issues. I wasn't ever really clear with how the 7" touchscreen monitors got power. I eventually realized it could be wired into the p2140, but I had only realized that after I made my purchase for one of the 7" USB powered and operated Xenarc Monitors:
Regardless, I am still happy with the purchase of the box and monitor, and with the results of them working well together (even though it took me hours to get the PC itself to recognize the USB monitor as the #1 and only monitor active on startup/shutdown).
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand we're off to getting the monitor in:
Time to wire everything together. Hi wires:
And this is the shelf where everything rests:
There you will see the CarPuter, Optical Drive (which I replaced w. a 1TB External Drive), SoundBlaster 5.1 External Sound Card, and the P2140 for power.
For those wondering what I use for the amps, subs, and speakers, I have the M500 mono channel amp for my 12" Type-R subwoofer, and I have a 4channel Kicker Amp for my 2 sets of 6 1/2 Infinity Refs.
Integration for the Future:
I recently installed Centrafuse into it, and it works fantastically. Not going to dive too much into it past the Media settings, only because 3.5 just recently came out on the market, and I'm going to get that in there ASAP. I jailbroke my iPhone 4 so I could have the tethering + WiFi options so I could be wireless on the road, which is great for things like Pandora, Netflix, and my Slingbox. For, you know, passengers, of course.
Problems and Woes:
The power thing was a real bummer. I was totally looking forward to being able to hit the button on my Viper to start my car up, so I could hop in and Windows would already be running. Shoulda done more research! I think that next time around, I'm going to explore the Mac Mini route, but I would love to not have to put Windows 7 on there just so I could use more features. I'm hoping that more software integration will become available for Macs within the next few years when I may have to replace the main unit.
The best part of the whole experience was trying to get the sub to work properly. Windows recognized it, you could hear it kick while testing it, but nothing else would ever make it work coming from iTunes, Centrafuse, etc. I knew it was just a software issue, but it took days to figure out. As soon as the subwoofer finally started working, all of the speakers cut out. Pretty sure I almost broke my toe cause I kicked my tires so hard, Lol. So then it was another few hours to figure things out with the speakers. Everything finally worked out after some slight, yet tedious reconfiguration.
So far, I am incredibly happy with how it has all come together. Friends and family are impressed, and it feels great all around.
Looks great! The way you fitted the screen in the dash is exactly how I would like to do mine. How did you get it to fit correctly? Did you just cut into it very carefully then sand it down on the edges?