nice job, love the car and the install!
I’ve reading MP3Car.com for over 13 months but only recently became a member. This is my Car PC Install. Its not 100% finished but its almost there.
My PC Specs:
--> Shuttle SN41G2 v3 (with nForce 2, Dual VGA, 5.1 Surround Sound, SATA)
--> Opus 150W DC-DC PSU
--> AMD Athlon Mobile@2400+ (using the Wire Trick)
--> 160Gb SATA HDD mounted on a foam suspension thing in the case
--> 1Gb (2 x 512Mb DDR400 Ram (Samsing) – yes overkill I know, but it was cheap at the time and the nForce works better with dual-memory setups.
--> Gyration Wireless RF Keyboard and Mouse
--> Panasonic Slim Slot-load CDRW/DVD
--> Mp3Car.com external CD enclosure
--> Xenarc 700TSV 7”
--> Holux GPSlim236 Bluetooth GPS/GPS Mouse (can use both modes at the same time AND it is based on the new SiRFIII chipset!!!
--> Shuttle Wifi adapter (doesn’t use a PCI slot)
--> Wired PC “ON” and “HDD Activity” LEDs to the front of the car so they flash.
--> Lexus OEM Sat Nav housing with motor. This thing took me over 8 months to find at a reasonable price.
--> 120 degree wide-angle reversing camera off ebay.
--> Custom AUX-IN for sound. The Lexus 6 CD headunit doesn’t support AUX-IN….but after months of nagging I managed to be the first person to try out the AUX-IN created by a UK based Lexus electronics company. It works great with NO noise!! Can really enjoy the 8-speakers the car has!
--> Destinator 3 with MapMonkey (not that impressed after using Tom Tom for so long),
--> Croid WINc
The thing I like about this system the best is the protential for future expansion. I can add games with wireless controllers, setup dual screens in the back, digital TV and I’ve not used a single PCI slot yet!
Some Pictures of the car (its been a while since the car has been this clean!)
Car PC Pictures (sorry about the mess!)
I have the display for a Bluetooth phonekit, reversing sensors and a usb hub which I have not secured yet.
Screen flipped down.
Screen flips up as soon as the ignition is ON.
Shuttle PC in the boot – not the most glamorous looking. May rectify that later. It is on a piece of thick hard foam that I have covered with the same material as in the boot
Position of the phonekit. It cuts audio when I get a call to both the CD/Radio and the AUX-IN! Has voice dialling too!!
My SiRF!!! Bluetooth GPS/USB GPS Mouse. It has a 10 hour battery so is ALWAYS on! I have a fix as soon as I get into the car.
RoadRunner – looks really “stock”
Old pic – My PC Status lights
My list of future improvements:
1. Get a Laptop style touchpad which I can keep near the drinks holder. The touchpad will make it easier to control the PC -the touchscreen is all well and good - but can be a abit awkward to reach at times.
2. Install Prolex reversing Camera. I have put all the wiring in place to autoswitch to the camera when reverse is selected - all I need now is the camera! The eBay camera is not great quality. The Prolex one is tiny, 140 degree wide angle, waterproof and pin-sharp quality. Trouble is it costs a fortune!! Will have to save up!
3. Get a much better wifi antenna!
4. Get my Slim CDRW/DVD hooked up.
4. Look at some games I could install and play using wireless pads!!
I love having a 160Gb HDD full of movies/music/software at my disposal!
The PC had been ONE HELL of alot of work and effort and just shows what you can do when you put your mind to something - despite having no experience of what you are doing.
nice car, nice install and nice choice of phone. I have a 6680, very happy with it, shame it doesn't work with phonecontrol though...
Good point.Originally Posted by RS3RS
I suppose if it was THAT good a place for a touchscreen then the Lexus engineers would have put one in anyway!!
Its not that bad, but because the car is quite new I didn't want to replace my headunit, and mess about with the dash to fit a touchscreen in. I do like it the way it is because it looks just like any other IS200 until you turn it on!
wow, turned out great. Awesome job!
no burning smell anymore?
Too right....I am on 3 in the Uk which is 3G and to be fair the only decent phone on this network is the 6680. I did ask Zorro about phoneco support but he said it wasn't supported. But I'm more then happy with the Parrot CK3100 kit I've got installed! I think its probably a more reliable solution then using a software based solution.Originally Posted by davidegee
The phone can be used with Tom Tom Mobile too!! I plan on getting a copy on the phone. My GPS allows simultanious Bluetooth and USB GPS connections so I'm good to go!! I want to keep Tom Tom as a back up because I don't really trust Destinator's routing.
Thanks for the props guys!
Hey....you know I still panic everytime I smell burning in the air!! Been fine so far!Originally Posted by jcdillin
Need to not be as paronid!!
Thanks again for the great advice!
Looks a mint install, like the screen idea :-)