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    VW Golf Mk 3 III

    Hi,

    After some really hard work it's done. I installed my CarPC into my Golf3 Variant (As far as i know you don't know it in the US. I think it's called "station wagon" or "estate". Please correct me). Here are the Hardware specs:

    Board: MSI KT4 Ultra
    CPU: Sempron 2400 (underclocked from 1660 to 1000Mhz)
    HDD: 20GB 2,5"
    Powersupply: M1-ATX
    Display: Xenarc 700TSV (molded into centerconsole)

    This is the Console i molded my Xenarc into:


    And this is what I ended up with (After hours and hours of work. Pictures of the work in my Gallery):


    Everything else went into the Spare-wheel well (I hope it's the correct word):




    The big block is a 25Ah Gel-Battery. Something special about my system is, that I never turn it off. When I take my key out of the ignition lock, the system goes to STR (S3). When I put the key back in it's up running in less than a second . Last time I went on a vacation it was in STR for 6 days and there was no problem, so I think the Battery has got enough power .

    There are many more pictures in my Gallery:
    http://bild.profila.de/thumbnails.php?album=5&page=1


    I'd be happy about any comment
    Bye Joerg

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    very tidy. does the computer hang upside down in the spare wheel well?
    Still Planning and Scavenging Parts ------Software-----and anything else i can lay my hands on!!! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbravo
    very tidy. does the computer hang upside down in the spare wheel well?
    Thanks. Nope it's looking up. To clarify it, there is no spare wheel anymore. As long as i stay in Germany it's no problem, because I am a member of the ADAC (Automobile Club over here). When I am going abroad I put my old space-saver spare wheel in the trunk.

    I installed my hardware this way, because I wanted it as clean as possible and I need the loading area (trunk + folded down backseats) quite often.

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    mhhh ... nice idea with the battery .... how heavy is the thing ?
    And could you explain in plain engilsh (or german) how you connected the battery ? I found the schematics on your site, but since i'm a complete electronics novice i don't understand them
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    Quote Originally Posted by John_Duh
    mhhh ... nice idea with the battery .... how heavy is the thing ?
    9,4kg

    Quote Originally Posted by John_Duh
    And could you explain in plain engilsh (or german) how you connected the battery ? I found the schematics on your site, but since i'm a complete electronics novice i don't understand them
    The schematics on the page are for some idea i had, to use the central lock instead of key in the ignitionlock. But I will stick to the key solution, because the start up time is less than a second and like this my CarPc behaves like a usual headunit.

    Front car-battery -> Relais (switched by D+ from dynamo) -> gel-battery in the back -> CarPC, Amp, etc.

    Engine off: CarPc and Amp running from the gel-battery. Car-battery and gel-battery are not connected.
    Engine starting: Like "Engine off". Car starting only from the car-battery, as the batteries are still not connected.
    Engine running: The batteries are connected and the dynamo loads both of them.

    As my dynamo delivers quite exactly 13.5V all the time the gel-battery will not get overloaded.

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    Cool

    Nice work, krog.
    I drive a VW Golf mk3 as well, and I am about to start molding in a Xenarc 700TSV in the dashboard.
    Originally I wanted to place it exactly as you did in center console, but I think I will try to (re)move the two center air vents - I never use them anyway. With the vents removed, I only need to get rid of my radio and I will be ready to give it go.

    Nice idea with the extra battery and letting your system STR. Thought about the same thing myself, but I too am an electronics novice... *ggg*

    Do you know anything about interaction between VW's OBD-I and a Carputer? (I know this does not belong in this forum...Sorry)

    All in all....
    CarPuter Progress'o'meter: [---------*] 99 %

    VIA Epia SP13000, ˝Gb RAM, 250 Gb HDD, Slim Slot-in DVD/CD-RW, M1-ATX, Xenarc 700-TSV,
    ASUS PCI TV/FM Tuner, ASUS USB WLAN, Griffin PowerMate, BU-303 GPS, USB BlueTooth (Range 100m)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselFreak
    Do you know anything about interaction between VW's OBD-I and a Carputer? (I know this does not belong in this forum...Sorry)
    I have got an interface here. As the Golf3 only has some kind of odb1 it only works with Vagcom. You can read and reset failures and read some realtime data. But there is no fancy dashboard or stuff like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krog
    I have got an interface here. As the Golf3 only has some kind of odb1 it only works with Vagcom. You can read and reset failures and read some realtime data. But there is no fancy dashboard or stuff like that.
    Hi there krog,

    No I know that now - sadly enough.... What I hoped to get was kinda fancy and stuff like that...
    VAG-COM works, I am told, but I don't like the look and feel of the proggy. For garage purposes it would be great, but for fancy stuff - it s**ks.
    CarPuter Progress'o'meter: [---------*] 99 %

    VIA Epia SP13000, ˝Gb RAM, 250 Gb HDD, Slim Slot-in DVD/CD-RW, M1-ATX, Xenarc 700-TSV,
    ASUS PCI TV/FM Tuner, ASUS USB WLAN, Griffin PowerMate, BU-303 GPS, USB BlueTooth (Range 100m)

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    THis is a nice install.

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    Vw driver here as well......LOOKS GREAT....
    i have been trying to decide where to install my monitor in my 96 MK3 jetta.
    The console looks great, but i was going to mount my dvd drive there

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