2002 Nissan Altima Car PC
Here's my first shot at a mp3car - though I've been planning for over a year.
This is the back of the enclosure - what will face the trunk
Front of the enclosure
With the screen - it's not *gasp* a lilliput. It's a NEC. And yeah, I probably paid way too much for it- but that's the price of finding mp3car.com months after beginning the project. Sadly, I spent the first few months at altimas.net, but I wasn't getting much out of it. My late find also explains my inverter setup, instead of an Opus. Version 2.0 is allready in the planning stages....at least I've gotten somewhere with it. Better than where I was 6 months ago.
Here's the box running - it has a 1Ghz athlon, 512 MB of ram, ATI All In Wonder 7500, SB live, Holux GM210 USB GPS, 120GB IEDE drive, Serial touchscreen, 11 Mb/s wireless ethernet, and can use my cell as a modem back to my house, where I'm setting up a dialup server.
Last pic from the side.
I'm using a DPDT switch to turn the computer on/off. I have a BX24 microcontroller that is on all the time (draws <35mA). It monitors the ignition line. If the switch is in the center position, the microcontroller turns the computer on and off with the ignition. If it's up, it leaves the machine on all the time. If its down, the car pc is always off. It can be reprogrammed on the fly - but that takes my second serial port.
It runs WinXP - I would like to put Mandrake on it. All in good time. I'm hoping to find someone who actually has the unit from OBDdiagnostics.com hooked to a USB-> Serial converter working. I'd like to get that bought and installed soon.
It's got the RF remote that comes with the AIW card - with the USB receiver. Thinking about a keyboard as well. I have a mic run to the steering wheel, but there's some definite friction here about voice recognition. Maybe I'll throw it on and report how well it works.
I'll try to post some more pics this week. Sorry if the pics aren't online all the time. Still looking for a decent host with some room.
Hopefully it'll stop snowing here and I can put the equipment in the car. I'll take some good pics during the install.