1997 Jeep Cherokee - Custom In Dash updated Dec 09 2003
As always, it's still a work in progress, but I couldn't wait to show it off.
Car: 1997 Jeep Cherokee
Engine: ummm, a V6?
Sorry, no pic of the car itself, as it isn't clean!
Amplifier: Rockford Fosgate Punch 800a4 - 4 channel 800 watt amp
Speakers: Boston Acoustics Pro Series Component Speakers (seperate woofer and tweeter with external crossover) in front, 2 JL 12" subwoofers in a PowerWedge box.
Configuration: 1 channel at ~75 watts RMS left, 1 channel at ~75 watts RMS right, 2 channels bridged mono to subs at ~400 watts RMS. Yes, it is loud.
Computer: Via Epia M10000 Nehemiah
Case: Custom Plexiglass bottom mounted in center console
Power: Opus 90W DC-DC PSU w remote trigger option
Storage: 40GB laptop drive
Drive: Slim Slot-Load DVD/CD-RW/CD-R Drive
Sound: Via "on-board" sound - AC97
Display: Gain 7" LCD touchscreen from Xenarc
- CoPilot 2003 for GPS Navigation (USB version)
- XMPCR - XM Satellite Radio
- D-Link DSB-R100 AM/FM Tuner
- Microsoft Wireless Network Adapter
Right now, I'm running Windows XP Professional and using the hibernate feature to enable a pretty quick boot. The Opus remote trigger works great for turning on my amp, but when XP comes back from hibernation - pop - there's that annoying sound of the sound card turning on. For input I am using just the touch screen with the On Screen Keyboard - what a pain, I am going to have to spring for a keyboard soon.
I quickly coded up my own windows media player 9 skin, but have since decided to scrap the all inclusive screen (with equalizer, vis, and playlist visible all at once) for a better interface (work in progress).
The XM PCR software is just about the worst piece of junk ever. It causes my system to not go into hibernation (if I don't watch it and shut it down manually when it fails, it would let my battery drain). However, it is cool to have XM Satellite Radio playing while getting Global Positioning Satellite navigation at the same time. Kinda makes the world feel pretty small....
The DLink USB Radio sucks, frankly I hate FM Radio, so that's not a big loss.
The low-down -- I am still not quite done, as I have yet to add my bluetooth adapter to allow T-Mobile internet access full-time. My Windows XP Embedded build is coming along, and I am writing the software specification for an all-in-one media player program that hopefully will be pretty slick and allow instant control of media files/CDs/DVDs (using the Windows Media Player 9 SDK), the XM Radio (using the XM PCR hacks and an XM PCR OCX), and whatever else goodies I can find. And yes, I am following all of the other software builds.
So, here are some pics:
I am not yet done with the install, I have one more round of putty, sanding and painting to get rid of those dents and dings (that was my fault for being too Dremmel-happy) on the dash. The cover for the console will be replaced, and I was thinking of mounting my DVD drive somewhere else with a firewire bridge (like gork's beamer). I also have to mount at least semi-permanently an antenna for my XM Radio and the GPS antenna/receiver. And of course, like so many others in the forums, I am working on some software as well.
For the gallery of the not-quite-finished install, visit:
Since I just graduated from University with a degree in Computer Science, and don't have a real job yet, I am going to try to start a company providing in car computer systems, much like Gnet Canada, but cooler. Wish me luck.
Comments? Criticisms? Praise?
updated gallery photos!