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    Mazda6 sedan carputer

    Hi.

    I have finally installed my carpenter and I just though Iíd share some pictures with you boys and girls.
    The system consists of the following parts:

    HARDWARE
    1. Lilliput touch screen VGA monitor.
    2. Car pc unit consisting of
    a. VIA Epia MKII 1200 motherboard
    b. M1 ATX power supply
    c. Home made shutdown controller
    d. Home made monitor power supply
    e. Slim DVD player
    f. 40 gig 2.5 inch Samsung HD
    g. 512 mb memory
    3. Holux GM-210 GPS mouse (USB)
    4. Sylfex Auxmod unit

    SOFTWARE
    1. WinXP PRO
    2. RoadRunner Front End


    Since the factory look is what I was after, I decided to buy the whole map pocket from my Mazda dealer and fabricate it to look like the stock navi unit as I could.
    I added two inserts on the inside of the map box unit which reduced the space around the VGA screen, so the screen looked that it belonged in there.
    The buttons of the screen were removed and the IRE sensor was placed in one of the inserts. Using the remote control of the screen I can adjust it without the need of the buttons.
    The screen was mounted on the top lid, using a spring-loaded hinge. When the lid is opened the screen folds down. To close the lid I just have to push on the bottom of the screen and it folds back in. I tried to make this thing motorized but it would not work just right so I gave up and went the manual route.

    The carputer is mounted under the rear parcel shelf (where the bose sub is usually installed).

    The GPS mouse is mounted under the center brake light (inside the car)

    The sound of the carputer is fed to the stock stereo system with the use of the Sylfex AuxMod unit.

    Power to the carpc comes from a cable that goes trough the fire wall (trough the wiring harness) and ends up in the trunk to the pcb using a quick remove connector.

    The LCD power and signals go from the trunk to the LCD on the passengerís side.

    The audio signal also is routed from the passenger side to the stock head unit.

    All the cables used to for the audio signal and the LCD controls, power and signal are high quality cables with external shields in order to minimize interference.


    The whole system runs with XP and Roadrunner as the front end. A custom-made Skin for Roadrunner finished of the whole setup.
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    The road is long but we are getting there.

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    Arr, you removed the pictures just as I went to open them

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ-Studd
    Arr, you removed the pictures just as I went to open them

    -- DJ

    Sorry about that M8 but I had to change the picture size according to the forum rules.
    The road is long but we are getting there.

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    Lookin' real good man... U made the Front End skin yourself??? Looks real nice... neat and simple...
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    Looks nice. I have my lilliput in the map-pocket of my Mazda6 but I like the mods you did to the map-pocket to make it look more finsihed. Do you have any in-progress pics of the mods? I'm also curious how you mounted the screen to the lid (i.e. what type of hinge and how you affixed it to the lid and screen.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cd25987
    Looks nice. I have my lilliput in the map-pocket of my Mazda6 but I like the mods you did to the map-pocket to make it look more finsihed. Do you have any in-progress pics of the mods? I'm also curious how you mounted the screen to the lid (i.e. what type of hinge and how you affixed it to the lid and screen.)
    Well see the picture below on what the hinge looks like. It's no big deal, just a simple door hinge that I moded to accept a spring from a small reccess mounted halogen lamp holder. You can probably find a ready made spring loaded hinge out there.

    One end of the hinge is attached to the top lid (The top lid cover consists of two pieces which you can take apart). The hinge is screwed onto the inner piece. The other side of the hinge is attached to the back side of the monitor using the same method that you use to attach the base that comes with the monitor to the monitor.
    The nut shown in the pic is the original nut from the monitor's base. The bolt is something that I had and it fitted OK so I used it.

    The tricky part is to find the optimum position to attach the hinge to the lid cover.

    As you can see from the photos above, the screen was hacked on the bottom side to permit free movement because the way I saw it, the screen was to big. Maybe it can be done without hacking the screen. I tried it out once but did not succeed and then I decided it was time to hack it
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    The road is long but we are getting there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraychild
    Lookin' real good man... U made the Front End skin yourself??? Looks real nice... neat and simple...
    Yep, I made two skins but I really like this one better. RoadRunner front end is just GREAT.
    The road is long but we are getting there.

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    Thanks Tolisn. I was using 2 small hinges on either end of the screen but I used epoxy to bond it to the screen and to the map-pocket lid. I guess the heat really gets to it because it would never last and the epoxy would separate. I didn't see a need to mod the screen to fit. It actually fits snuggly enough with light pressure so the screen doesn't move when you use the touch screen. I may try the big hinge in the middle, at least it will be easier than lining up 2 sets of hinges and it gives me a mounting spot on the screen.

    Thanks.

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    what did you use to build the frame for the tops and sides of the inserts? from the pictures, it looks like some sort of plastic. and how did you get the curves to be so perfect like that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tolisn View Post
    Hi.

    I have finally installed my carpenter and ....
    wait...what did you install?

    nice install man, very clean
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