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    Project Vogue

    So far the car has a bucket load of kit installed (came like this from new and done by a pro install company in London)
    I am now going to change the old kit and upgrade to a full CarPuter with onboard ODB2 diags, pc, mp3, wifi and modem.

    Currently installed kit:

    2 x Alpine Headrest 7" Widescreens w/brain box TME-M750
    1 x Alpine TV Tuner TUE-T012
    1 x Vdo Dayton MS5000 GPS/SAT NAV
    1 x Unknown front Screen
    1 x Alpine DVD Player DVA5205P
    3 x Sony remote Headsets
    1 x Kenwood RF Modulator
    1 x Alpine Composite unit KCE100V
    1 x Alpine Multi nav/dvd/tv/hu remote
    1 x Alpine TV remote
    1 x VDO sat nav remote
    all aerials concealed (thats the good bit) you cant see anything

    plus just bought a new VDO Dayton TMC5011 traffic master box (new version) from ebay. to connect up for traffic as am moving back to the UK in January....

    plus a bucket load of cables and relays....

    Here is the current setup

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    The front screen is causing me problems as the surround was cracked in the bottom right hand corner when I got the car and since I reied to repair it I cracked it twice more...bloody irony!!!
    I have no idea what the screen is?? It has NO make or marks on it and have looked everywhere to find it. Weird that it fits the RR so perfectly!!!
    I want to replace it with a bigger screen that will accomodate the pc desktop and skin but it needs a socket for the VDO sat nav??? I am lost on this one which means I am now stripping down the car and doing a reverse install to see how the installer did it.

    Here is a picture of his hiding place

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    New Kit and changes required:

    Remove rear Alpine oem CD changer.
    Install micro pc in place with:

    Intel P4 Micro Board
    M1 ATX psu
    Maplin invertor
    Travla Box not decided yet but in black
    P4 3.0Ghz HT
    512mb DDR
    Slim CD rom laptop unit
    2.5" 40gb fuji
    PCI Soundblaster Audigy
    Linksys Wifi pci cardw/ext SRX triple ext antenna for max signal of hotspots
    7" or 8"touchscreen (undecided) plus some kind of fabrication
    56k modem on Nokia 3230 bl/t w/ext aerial.
    ODB2 with sofware diags
    Windows XP Pro
    Rovacom lite diags perm. connected on board
    Alpine CD head unit with pre out and 2 x aux IN.

    The idea:

    To connect the DVD player direct to the new HU from the current FM Mod unit.
    Connect Alpine HU to Land Rover DSP in boot for direct pre amp signal.
    Connect PC soundblaster to aux in on HU.

    Other changes to be decided and posted.
    I have most of the parts in the garage from other units etc so cost will not be a major issue.

    Any comments especially from RR owners are welcomed.
    Carputer Progress: [----*------]

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    Softwarre: [------*----]
    Design: [Complete]
    Finance: [In Progress, multi items on Ebay]
    Fabbing: [Design complete, Assistance sought]



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    Very very nice! A wider picture please!

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    Thanks for comment Cris. Just looked at your idrive...like the look of that.
    I need to learn how to fabricate. Have no idea about how it's all done.
    I will go out and take a few more shots of the interior.
    Carputer Progress: [----*------]

    Hardware: [---*-------]
    Softwarre: [------*----]
    Design: [Complete]
    Finance: [In Progress, multi items on Ebay]
    Fabbing: [Design complete, Assistance sought]



    My project page

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    Hi Mick

    Well this answers many questions for me. I like the setup...in fact your the second rr ive seen with the dvd player installed inplace of the rear ac vents. Im thinking of doing the same thing. I do however think you can fit a much larger monitor in your dash. I think you had said you need some help in this area..... just hit me up and we can discuss options.

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    Thanks J.
    Thats exactly my thinking. I have thought over the 10 or 11 inch screen and lose the Alpine but for reselling the car I think that this will put people off.
    So I thought I would keep the HU and put in the biggest screen I can get into that hole. A 7" I think. So i'ts down to the connection as well. I need a VGA connector on the screen but also I know to be an Alpine/vdo "monitor connector" A black mobile phone type. I am in the process of going through the whole system to see how to wire in the PC and change the way it connects. This will probably involve some sort of change of cable or adaptor as I do NOT want to go RCA for the PC.
    The fabrication is a worry as I need the surround done in the "wood style"??? and not black. Any thoughts
    Carputer Progress: [----*------]

    Hardware: [---*-------]
    Softwarre: [------*----]
    Design: [Complete]
    Finance: [In Progress, multi items on Ebay]
    Fabbing: [Design complete, Assistance sought]



    My project page

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    Quote Originally Posted by MICK UK
    Thanks J.
    Thats exactly my thinking. I have thought over the 10 or 11 inch screen and lose the Alpine but for reselling the car I think that this will put people off.
    So I thought I would keep the HU and put in the biggest screen I can get into that hole. A 7" I think.
    getting a 7" screen is like living in a big house and watching a tabletop 13" quasar tv/vcr combo in the living room because you dont want to mount a 60" plasma on the wall and leave holes when you move out.

    you own a freakin range rover. grow some onions and buy a range rover-sized screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MICK UK
    Thanks J.
    Thats exactly my thinking. I have thought over the 10 or 11 inch screen and lose the Alpine but for reselling the car I think that this will put people off.
    So I thought I would keep the HU and put in the biggest screen I can get into that hole. A 7" I think. So i'ts down to the connection as well. I need a VGA connector on the screen but also I know to be an Alpine/vdo "monitor connector" A black mobile phone type. I am in the process of going through the whole system to see how to wire in the PC and change the way it connects. This will probably involve some sort of change of cable or adaptor as I do NOT want to go RCA for the PC.
    The biggest screen you can put there if you want the hu to remain in that location is probably a 5.6". I just finished fabrication for another forum member (see picture) using a 7" monitor and there would be no room to install the hu in the stock location.

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    The fabrication is a worry as I need the surround done in the "wood style"??? and not black. Any thoughts.
    I have a local guy who does the wood finish on car parts. So replicating the wood finish with a factory look will not be an issue. And its not just stick on panels, its the actual woodgrain finish that the factory uses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Freelander
    getting a 7" screen is like living in a big house and watching a tabletop 13" quasar tv/vcr combo in the living room because you dont want to mount a 60" plasma on the wall and leave holes when you move out.

    you own a freakin range rover. grow some onions and buy a range rover-sized screen.

    Be nice man.....

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    Nice! where did you get the woodgrain covering for the headrests?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIzFlawless
    Nice! where did you get the woodgrain covering for the headrests?
    No Idea, the car came like this...
    I have the details of the fitting company in London and am going to try again to get some info on the install... poss. a wiring diagram and fabrication info.
    I will post here when I get info.
    Carputer Progress: [----*------]

    Hardware: [---*-------]
    Softwarre: [------*----]
    Design: [Complete]
    Finance: [In Progress, multi items on Ebay]
    Fabbing: [Design complete, Assistance sought]



    My project page

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