Ok guys . As i am heading to the end ( if anybody can say that there is an end at these kind of things) of the carpc project i thought it would be good to post at this section a thread.
I dont think my project is something so usefull for others to see as it lucks aesthetic and the main cponcern from the beggining was to build it withoout spend even a cent.
In reality the cost was a big issue as through 2010 that i bought the first compmonent ( mobo) i was already without a job and things in Greece at that time was't too hopefull for anybody.
From that time to today ( meaning 3 years now ) the days that i ve managed to work was 30 days/year and this was on 2010. At this year i worked 14 days.
So i think you get the picture of how difficult it was for me to move fast and how i would like . But i am very happy at this point as it seems that htis project is going somewhere and the kids like it a lot .
From the very beggining this project was mostly for the kids. What i mean is that i could't imagine back then how much i would appreciate a quite trip or even a small ride with the car . It issomething that only the persons who have kids can understand. On the other hand i ve never had issues with navigation as i am a pda fun so i had my tools, but i could imagine that a pc can do this job better without concernig if the pda rings so you ll have to answer it and loose instantlly the visual of the navigation. Something else that i wanted to succed was the continuous monitoring of the engine of the car.
SO to clarify again . My project is not beautifull and i am kind of embarassing to post it but at least it would be a good "not to do" guide for everyone here.
Also i would like to apologice for the luck of your mother language and the mistakes that you are gonna see here.
Starting from the very Begiging . My selection on my mobo was based on a core duo cpu that i had . So it was kind of one way road the fuzzy 945gme.
In the beggining i had in mind that i would integrate it to the double din case i had in the car but after it came it seemed to me difficult to make it fit in this tiny space. For once more i was wrong.
Searching for alternative position for the case i got myself in this forum were a guy had a brilliant idea and a wonderfull setup. I just copied him .
But even this simple thing was difficult to be copied by me . So instead of putting the mobo the way he did i just put it this way
The case has been made from plywood ( i think you can see that ) with the addition of two part epoxies and a permatex wood glue.
The side panel can be slide out and the top one is can open .
On the very begging it was a good idea . But it the reality it was messy idea as the cables and all the stuff around the mobo make it a pain in the *** to do any work inside the case.
The thing has been saved from totaly disaster as i ve had the case opening from two sides. But then again i have to take it out from the car to do anything to it.
to be continued..
edit: sorry guys but the kids need some support every now and then .
Lets go to the good parts now.
The next thing to do was the lcds. From the begging i had here a damaged laptop which had inside some good stuff. The only thing i cared about at that moment was the lcd panel. I knew that i would use at the end 2 screens but i thought it would be better ( and cheaper ) to start with the big one. the screen was a 1280 x800 lcd so i ve picked one lvds board from chinattoby to make it work
Now the only thing to overcome that had ben left was me .banghead . ANyway took almost 2 motnhs to get the board here so ive spent some time on supporting the family's holiday
in our new tent.
Got myself back got very disapointed knowing that htere was no sign of the board. After i ve talk to the seller i looked into the hellenic postal office were i ve found that they had my board sitting there for almost a month . Anyway got the board and started to play with the panel. To be more specific and tell the truth there were no gmae for me there but the good old me doing my magiacal things. At the end and finding no reason for couldn't not see a damn thing into the panel ( i could only see with a torch light) i got the brightness way to up. That didn't change anything too. Finally i found that i had not connected the cables that powering the lcds lamps. Then the things got better . But not much better as i had already cooked something. During to my searching of the no image panel and the cause i ve moved one jumper to the 12v option instead of 3.3 that was on its default.
Ignoring at that moment what the problem was ( i knew i had something cooked but did't know if it was the board or the panel itself) i asked help from chinnatobby. He send me a knew panel but at this time i put this in the basket too . See if i had my panel burned it would cost more to get myself a new panel.
After two months the package arrived . I was very happy as finally i could get some real action in the car . So i ve started the fabication keeping in mind that at that time and for some months that panel would be in the car as a standalone and moveable.
So i ve bought a 1 running meter of pvc corner profile ( 10mmx20mm ) and 1 meter of aluminium corner profile ( 9mmx19mm) . I would prefer a abs for the pvc but i couldn't find somewhere fast enough so i turned it down as an option.
The problem on making something is usually the tools. I have a small butane welder which i use mostly for welding abs plastics. I ve tried some other one as pp and hdpe but the easiest of all them is the abs. Anyway at that time i ve had my tooltip lost so i had to come up with another solution. The epoxies was somehting that i didn't want as there are more then an hour cured so i used some cyanoacrylic glue and some ash from the ashtray . The results were impressing.
And a double sided glue tape for keeping the screen in place. To tell the truth i regret i put the double side tape as the screen was fitting tide enough. But to be more sucure i used this . On the other hand if i will try to remove it it will be an issue.
Protection on the back of the panel. It would meant to screwed on the pvc frame but at that time the fabric tape were good enough. I have also made a protection board from cork, thick paper, and fabric to protect the screen as it would moved aroound the car
this is what i got finally
Last but not least guys. I think that the personality of each person depands on its own surrounding . I ve always had people that helped me a lot in my life . That includes forums too.
I would never could succed it if it werent all of you guys and this wonderfull forum . I just dont have words to describe the way i am feeling for all of you guys here. I just only wish i could reached only a small percent of ur character and giviness ( sorry for the word) guys.
I wish God have all of you, the people you love, and the people who loves you well and give you all the goods in this world.
Be well guys i will keep posting on my "not to do" guide whenever i am finding new photos