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    Here are some updated pics. This is a trim I made for my friend Vinny, and that's his Lilliput. Last thing I have to do is secure the button circuitboard.



    I used spacers in between the circuitboard and the lcd module.





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    Here you can see how I used zipties to secure the circuitboard in place.





    And to secure the Cable so it won't get tugged on.



    The finished product.




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    Rich: Wow; just awesome work, yet again!

    If the button circuit board is not going to be used when the screen is in the dash, you can just remove it. I have my lilliput operating without the button board. I did the auto-power on modification, and then I soldered on 3 leads for the IR phototransistor directly to the main PCB so that I can put it somewhere visible to use the remote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gork
    Rich: Wow; just awesome work, yet again!

    If the button circuit board is not going to be used when the screen is in the dash, you can just remove it. I have my lilliput operating without the button board. I did the auto-power on modification, and then I soldered on 3 leads for the IR phototransistor directly to the main PCB so that I can put it somewhere visible to use the remote.
    Thanks! And thanks for the info. I was just wondering if it would work without it. Did you order a new IR or did u just use the one on the board?


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    It should work without it, yes, but here's the catch: Some of the new lilliputs automatically power on when power is applied and don't need the 'mod'. I don't know if the auto power on feature was implemented on the button board or on the main PCB, so check this out first. If you find that the screen you have does auto power on, see if it still does it with the button board removed.

    If it does turn on automatcially with the button PCB and it does not turn on automatically without it, I would not suggest removing the board and doing the auto-turn on mod. Instead, you should probably just stick the button board to the main PCB with some layers of double stick foam tape.

    I did not order a new IR Phototransistor yet, I have just soldered on the 3 wires for it. They are currently just hanging out behind my dash waiting for me to get my act together.

    Anyway, I guess you could do either. If you never intend to put the lilliput back in its case, it might be just as well to use the one you already have; if you think that someday you might put it back into a case, then this page says that Sharp IS1U621L Sensors for Remote Control and Panasonic PNA4601M Series
    are compatible devices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gork
    It should work without it, yes, but here's the catch: Some of the new lilliputs automatically power on when power is applied and don't need the 'mod'. I don't know if the auto power on feature was implemented on the button board or on the main PCB, so check this out first. If you find that the screen you have does auto power on, see if it still does it with the button board removed.

    If it does turn on automatcially with the button PCB and it does not turn on automatically without it, I would not suggest removing the board and doing the auto-turn on mod. Instead, you should probably just stick the button board to the main PCB with some layers of double stick foam tape.

    I did not order a new IR Phototransistor yet, I have just soldered on the 3 wires for it. They are currently just hanging out behind my dash waiting for me to get my act together.

    Anyway, I guess you could do either. If you never intend to put the lilliput back in its case, it might be just as well to use the one you already have; if you think that someday you might put it back into a case, then this page says that Sharp IS1U621L Sensors for Remote Control and Panasonic PNA4601M Series
    are compatible devices.

    I believe he did do the auto-on mod but I'll doublecheck. Thanks again for the info.


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    came out great, rich!

    please keep on posting pics when you can. also, how will you run the vga cable and molex power cable to the trunk of the car? do they go under the floor carpet?

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    when i get my car rich ill make sure to hire u lol great work im in the tri-state area

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    Nice job

    Im planning on getting a carputer to but the main problem is how im gonna attach the tft screen lilliput`s 7 or an 8.
    The best view might be where the car stereo is along with the board computer and fan buttons. Maybe shipp ths components further down and have the screen on top as you did in your car..

    Any tip or recommendations is welcome
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    That is some nice fab work. I'm looking at doing the same thing for my e46. what are you using for the bottom half of the face. I noticed that you are using a single din headunit kit for the top portion of the face. Are you using the AC front cover for the bottom half?

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