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    Quote Originally Posted by delussional77
    i cut the plastic bar that the screws go into. The AC controls still mount fine and the screen sits flush inside. Pictures can be found here:

    http://www.sounddomain.com/id/delussional77
    I do like the flush look. Do you have pictures of the how you squeezed in your head unit?
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    wkolodny - Im starting on my 2001 sport and have a few more questions.

    1) Did you remove the console entirely or just the tops parts when you ran the wires?
    2) Did you have to remove the seats to take out the carpet?

    Thanks for all your help. I hope my install winds up looking as nice as yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob0_o
    wkolodny - Im starting on my 2001 sport and have a few more questions.

    1) Did you remove the console entirely or just the tops parts when you ran the wires?
    2) Did you have to remove the seats to take out the carpet?

    Thanks for all your help. I hope my install winds up looking as nice as yours.
    The top part of the console just pops out. There are a couple of tabs locking it in on each side in the middle and front of the console. I then ran the wires down through the opening and out the sides by the seats. You can then puch the rest of the wires under eaither side as you run it to the back.

    As for the carpet, if you have a sport trac then it just unclips very easily. If not I cant help you there.
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    Much better sound

    I have always been pretty happy with the sound coming out of my coffee PC but I had heard the external USB sound devices were better. I picked up a Creative Labs MP3+ external USB sound card.



    I couldnt believe the improvement in sound quality. The internal sound card was like listening to music with ear muffs compared to the quality I now get.

    It also had another unexpected benefit. I had a Radio Xtreme USB radio and I had pretty much abandoned using it due to the engine whine. Well I tried connecting it to the Line In from the MP3+ and guess what? No more whine.

    Overall I would HIGHLY recommend getting one of these puppies if you own a cappuccino pc or just dont have room in your case for a better sound card. Plus they are cheap. Only about 30 bucks on ebay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wkolodny
    Works great. I am powering both my Lilliput and my Cappuccino PC off of the output from the ITPS. Just a note for those of you who may want to copy this setup, BE SURE to apply a solder bump as described in the installation manual to disable voltage regulation. It will not work if you dont do this. I found out the hard way.
    I'm confused.. Why did you use an ITPS if you don't provide the regulated power? I thought the point of the ITPS is so if the car goes over 12V the ITPS will regulate that power so only 12V will go to your PC PSU? If you apply a solder bump doesn't it totally remove the ITPS functions?

    Quote Originally Posted by wkolodny
    Also here is a picture of my modification to the Lilliput.

    If you look closely you will see a small switch attched to my new 9 pin connector. The switch is wired to both sides of the screen power button. When I want it to turn on automatically I leave it switched ON. When I need to adjust some settings I turn it OFF. When it is in the ON position you can still manually turn the screen off and on by hitting any button besides the power button.

    Can you explain this a bit more? How can I have my Lilli turn on when my truck turns on?

    And one last question.. Have you changed your LCD setup anymore yet? I have a Ranger and will be doing something similar to yours and I was just wondering..

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbird2340
    I'm confused.. Why did you use an ITPS if you don't provide the regulated power? I thought the point of the ITPS is so if the car goes over 12V the ITPS will regulate that power so only 12V will go to your PC PSU? If you apply a solder bump doesn't it totally remove the ITPS functions?
    The built in regulator was cutting down on my amps. I wanted the ITPS to power on/off the screen and the pc. They werent getting enough amps with using the built in regulator.



    Quote Originally Posted by tbird2340
    Can you explain this a bit more? How can I have my Lilli turn on when my truck turns on?
    I just shorted across the power button. I stuck a switch in series with the short to disable my hack manually. The buttons will not work while the power button is shorted. The remote still does though.

    Quote Originally Posted by tbird2340
    And one last question.. Have you changed your LCD setup anymore yet? I have a Ranger and will be doing something similar to yours and I was just wondering..
    Thanks
    Still mounted in the console. Held in place via tiewraps and a tension rod. I still havent gotten around to fiberglassing it.
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    Woo Hoo. I just passed 10,000 views for my car pc project write up. I feel like I just made the New York Times best seller list. Thanks to all of you for making it happen.

    For my next trick I am going to try to outpost Frodo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wkolodny
    For my next trick I am going to try to outpost Frodo.
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    Would it be possible to use an OPUS power supply versus an ITPS with a cappucino PC?
    I would like to use standyby instead of hibernate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rboone
    Would it be possible to use an OPUS power supply versus an ITPS with a cappucino PC?
    I would like to use standyby instead of hibernate.
    For some odd reason I have never been able to get my coffee pc to go into standby mode, only hibernate, so an opus would not be very useful. I would use it in a heartbeat if anyone knows the trick to get standby to work. The PC turns the screen off but the fan keeps running.
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