BMW X1 E84 CarPC application - ongoing-
Instead of finalising my installation and then showing off, I decided to start this thread and explain my setup. Most probably, I will have loads of mistakes, this being my first carpc install. So I will share my plans, hardware and etc here. Please comment as you like, maybe I can correct an irreversible installation problem.
Ok, my biggest problem was the lcd installation. I dont know if lucky or not, I found the bezel for my car, for a small fortune. These guys being the only manufacturer of bezel this kind, I didnt have any other choice. here is how it looks like;
Most of you will be critisizing my choice of display, I know but here is what I got from a chinese trader;
I bought a dome shaped small rearview camera which I cannot find any pictures in web now. I installed it to the dummy cover for original rearview camera hole. I drilled a 1.5cm hole and installed it. I should take some pictures installed. The display I have has a 12v input to switch to AV input. So, reversing lamp will supply 12v both to camera itself and the digital input of the display control board. I might have to drive a lower voltage relay to get this working correctly, I will see.
I bought a used Acer AspireOne, 1.6Ghz processor, 1 Gbram and 8Gb SSD. Sounded like bestbuy for me.
I also bought a smps car charger for this computer.
Here is the usb hub I thought would be a good fit behind the bezel.
As a gps receiver, I bought a usb gps dongle, chinese crap, but looks like it works. Im having issues with igo 8.3 but Garmin and Sygic performs quite OK. I will ask for opinions about this problem later on.
A keyboard, most probably I will not need it after my front end comes to its last look, but just in case, here it is.
A sound card would be useful I thought. Since I will place the computer in the trunk, it would be wise to keep the audio cable as short as possible. Mic in port will be also useful for bluetooth handsfree, shorter the cable, less the loss. (No need to say that Im planning to connect this to the usb hub behind the bezel) I found it useless to pay loads of money to a sound card, since the amplifier and the speaker setup of the X1 is the main bottle neck! radio business sucks!
Bluetooth adapter, it should be usefull if Im planning to have a handsfree functionality.
Why not to have analog TV?
I will use 2 elm327 adapters, again chinese crap ones, one for obd, other for kcan.
I am planning to use RideRunner with Reborn Skin. I already have it sort of fixed, almost ready to use. Only thing I need to fix is, with help of TrevorC2, to get the steering wheel buttons control some functions on the software.
My cousin is now preparing a plastic frame to the naked display so that I can install it to the bezel I bought specific for my car.
Very very soon, I will start installation. Please comment on this plan of a newbie.
I will take pictures and share them with you as I start installing.