Routing the wires:
After taking off all of the transmission housings (I love how disassemblable my Subaru is), I found that I can route the wires just beside the shifter. I made a custom power extension for the LCD, as well as power for the PC, and housed them in a container wire, and just routed it through here.
The CarPC is going under the passenger seat. This is all the wires coming out from under it, as well as random parking receipts.
So I started mounting the PC on the plexiglass. It's covered with white protective material, which I decided to keep 'cause the cable mess was too horrid inside - didn't want to demonstrate it. Might take it off some day.
Hard drive and everything else mounted (except power supply) - note that I mounted the hard drive on a shock assembly of 8 springs, bottom ones being slightly harder than top. Again, this didn't QUITE work out as I wanted because I miscalculated the width of the case, as well as the amount of cables above and below the drive; ideally, it was supposed to free-float, but now it's sort of restricted. But it's still better than a hard mount, I think.
Under passenger seat:
(rear cover still needs to be re-attached, and velcro needs to be put to prevent it from moving around... but that'll be done once I'm really done with mounting stuff)
So this is what the whole assembly looks like. Don't mind the GPS... it's moving to a much less conspicuous place, and the wire will run alongside the doorsill and under the carpets to the USB port, so that you wouldn't even know that there was a wire there.
Well, that's about it for the install. Final specs are (in my sig, but here they are again in case my sig changes):
- VIA EPIA M10000
- 512MB DDR RAM
- 200GB Western Digital HD
- Pharos 360 GPS unit
- CSR Bluetooth v1.2 dongle
- M1-ATX power supply (mounted just above the motherboard inside the case - can't see in pics, took them before I mounted it)
- custom crappy plexiglass case
For input, I use the touchscreen, obviously, and if I need to, a Logitech Media Mouse (or something, don't have it here - the wireless one with a USB dongle), and a Stowaway Bluetooth Keyboard. Look ma - no wires!
Next up is custom USB ports - probably in the center console somewhere. I want to put it instead of the ashtray, it seems like a PERFECT spot; but I don't really know how to attach a piece of plastic there so that it stays, and yet is removable for when I sell the car (Impreza owners - you probably know the location I'm referring to).
Anyway, comments/flames welcome. Keep the flames down re: the case, though - I know it sucks, but I wasn't about to pay $300 USD for an Opus case