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    MP3 project for Land Cruiser. Done

    The project to install a computer in my Toyota Land Cruiser for easy
    access to my extensive audio library is complete.

    Pictures first then you can read the rest if you are interested.

    Some general pics of the truck
    http://www.nwlink.com/~erice/CarPC/Truck01.JPG
    http://www.nwlink.com/~erice/CarPC/Truck02.JPG

    Here is me setting up the MB and software.
    http://www.nwlink.com/~erice/CarPC/MB01.JPG

    Here is the LCD after I took it out of the case it comes in so I could
    put it in my own frame.
    http://www.nwlink.com/~erice/CarPC/LCD02.JPG

    Here is the case the MB will go in.
    http://www.nwlink.com/~erice/CarPC/Ampie01.JPG

    Dash install. You can see I mounted it a little crooked. Next time I
    am in there I'll adjust it. That has nothing to do with the mount but
    just how I bolted it in. It also shows the software I am using in the
    truck. It has big buttons that are easily pushable (it is a
    touchscreen).
    http://www.nwlink.com/~erice/CarPC/Dash07.JPG
    http://www.nwlink.com/~erice/CarPC/IMAG0002.JPG
    http://www.nwlink.com/~erice/CarPC/IMAG0003.JPG

    Pics of the Case installed.
    http://www.nwlink.com/~erice/CarPC/AmpDrawer01.JPG
    http://www.nwlink.com/~erice/CarPC/AmpDrawer02.JPG

    This shows the LCD dash mount dad made on his Mill.
    http://www.nwlink.com/~erice/CarPC/IMAG0011.JPG
    http://www.nwlink.com/~erice/CarPC/IMAG0012.JPG
    http://www.nwlink.com/~erice/CarPC/IMAG0016.JPG

    Here you can see the LCD in the frame and also the fiber optic mounted
    to the PCB. I still wanted to be able to use the LCD remote control
    so I used a fiber optic wire (toslink) and mounted it to transfer IR
    from a spot below the dash to the receiver (behind the LCD) It works
    like a charm.
    http://www.nwlink.com/~erice/CarPC/IMAG0019.JPG

    A pic of where I installed the shuttle for easy media browsing.
    http://www.nwlink.com/~erice/CarPC/Shuttle.JPG

    Some pics of the door woofers and ribbon tweeters.
    http://www.nwlink.com/~erice/CarPC/DoorSpeakers04.JPG
    http://www.nwlink.com/~erice/CarPC/DoorSpeakers05.JPG

    Hardware:
    Via Epia 10000 Motherboard, 512 ram, 80GB hard drive (2.5" HDD)
    Ampie case
    M1-ATX PS
    Lilliput 7" LCD touchscreen mounted in dash.
    ShuttleXpress input device for media browsing.


    Software:
    WinXP, RR, winamp, 40gigs of flac audio files.

    Audio Hardware:
    Alpine PXA-H701 sound processor (using optical digital input from
    Dayton converter)
    Alpine RUX-C701 interface (for H701)
    Dayton SPDIF -> Toslink, digital to digital converter.
    3 amps, 2 woofers, 2 ribbon tweeters, 1 sub, and a partridge in a pear tree.


    Next additions will be:
    GPS for navigation.
    Backup camera for hooking up to the trailer easier.
    Wi Fi for connectivity with my home network when I am home.
    And possibly some trip software for mileage calculations.

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    Ahhhhhh my eyes hurt! the rest of the install looked great, but omfgwtf, as a pc builder who does his best to have cables either hidden, sleeved, and routed, that is almost an offensive wiring job! oh well, what works... works!
    Other than that back wiring mess, looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eubey
    Ahhhhhh my eyes hurt! the rest of the install looked great, but omfgwtf, as a pc builder who does his best to have cables either hidden, sleeved, and routed, that is almost an offensive wiring job! oh well, what works... works!
    Other than that back wiring mess, looks great!

    LOL, I knew somebody would comment on that. I've never been big on appearances...more of a function guy myself. Still, the dash install looks nice and no wires show in the vehicle at all. That back drawer is a mess though. I could probably clean it up a bit just by extensive use of wire ties. I may do that at some point. That makes tracing wires a little harder when I have to debug some problem in 6 months though. hehe.

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    haha ya besudes that back tray it looks real great

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    Lets see the car
    How about it?

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    Gosh, I don't think I have any pics of the truck around. I'll take some and get back to you.

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    ok. I added some general pics of the truck and a few of the speakers too.

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