97 Nissan MAXIMAPC Version 2
I decided to upgrade my carpc that I had done last year. If anyone is interested in looking at the old setup, here is the link http://www.mp3car.com/show-off-your-...-maximapc.html
Some Problems with the old Setup
- Too much Power Consumption
- Bugs with home made startup/shutdown controller
- Static Noise heard
- Long USB cables causing signal problems
- Long bootup time
So I got rid of the old setup and had the following new components.
I still kept the same devices (like the Garmin GPS, OBDII controller) but I decided to store all my music in a flash drive. Since the software I was using was Centrafuse 3.1, it still did not support ipod capibility with iphones and itouches, I decided that there is no point in storing the music on an ipod.
Intel D410PT MINI ITX Motherboard w/ Fanless 1.6 GHZ Intel Atom Processor
Corsair 32GB SSD Drive
M4-ATX Startup/Shutdown Controller
TUFF N TINY 4GB Flash Drive
Nlite Windows Xp Professional SP2
Custom Plexiglas enclosure designed to fit completely behind the dashboard
OEM Nissan Heated Switch integrated for on/off purposes
Custom Integrated USB Port in the Ashtray
The Old Setup
A close up of the old switch
So, now the new stuff, the goal of this project was to:
- Keep the existing OEM look
- Fix all problems from previous setup
- Integrate everything behind the dash
- Keep the new project on a budget.
First, I decided to get a MINI ITX form board, because I realized I had just enough space to fit a MINI-ITX board if I could get my hands on. Now, I know that ventilation in that area is minimal, so I had to keep cooling in my mind. I came across this one day on ebay
and it was perfect for my application. It was fanless and only drew 20 - 25 watts at maximum load, which meant less power consumption, and less thermal heat, which I got for 40 bux (awesome deal). So, I ended up getting that, and while I was there I also got a M4-ATX shutdown/startup controller which worked soo much better than my old setup (got a used one for 30 bux). I also got a SSD drive, because I wanted to boot to the os fast and stop the hard drive from failing from vibrations in the car. This is the one I got, cuz I got it on ebay for just 24 dollars!! Insane steal!
Next, I had slipstream my windows xp cd, so I used nlite for that. I found an online tutorial showing how to slipstream xp cd for a netbook so I followed that and got good results. Below are a few pictures.
Next, I wired my OEM Nissan Heated seat warmer switch. I wired it up for use and then used a 2000 grit wet and dry sandpaper to remove the marking off the switch.
Next, I made my wiring diagram which is shown below.
Here are some install pictures. Below you will see my plexiglass enclosure. The design came out perfect, I had only a few mm in tolerance around the edges. I also fitted a small fan to blow any heat generated.
Now doing a test run.
Here is the finished setup with everything working, as you can see the new switch at its location.
My USB port integrated into the ash tray
Everything is installed and working at the moment, I might have to upgrade my usb port as it seems it sometimes losses signal. But overall, I would like to know your thoughts and opinions on this project. So, what do you all think?