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    Trailblazer Carputer Project - COMPLETE!!!

    Well, after many many months of planning, waiting, anticipating, and finally making it all happen... Here it is: My Carputer!

    Specs are as follows:
    Lilliput 629 7inch LCD Touchscreen
    Gigabyte 7VM400M Mobo
    AMD Athlon XP 2100+
    512mb DDR 2100 Ram
    60gb Western Digital 7200rpm HD
    NEC DVD-RW Dual Layer 16x Drive
    Airlink 802.11G WiFi PCI Card
    On-Board Video and Sound (soon to be upgraded)
    USB Bluetooth Dongle by Actiontec
    RF Wireless USB Keyboard + Mouse In One (Works Really Well, link)
    300watt Standard ATX Power Supply
    600watt XOVision Power Inverter
    400watt VR3 4-Channel Amp

    All of this in a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS

    The first real big challange was trying to figure out how to mount the touchscreen in the dash of the Trailblazer. At first I was going to use the GM Mount from www.humount.com, but I decided against it since it was made for a Xenarc, and not a Lilliput. (But they do have Lilliput mounts now, and the guy that runs that site is very very friendly, and helpful. I think anybody looking to mount a screen in a GM vehicle should give them a try first.)

    So instead what I did was use a normal everyday clipboard and cut it to fit, and used that to mount my Lilliput screen to it, and put it in the car. It actually ended up working really well... I had alot of issues with using the dremel to cut it down, but all in all it was worth it.

    After the screen was all mounted, everything was pretty much down hill from there. I bought a wiring harness for my car, it plugged right into my factory cables, I ran those directly to my amp, and everything worked just fine. Sounds great on the factory GM speakers believe it or not. Ill add some sub's later on... I probally wont mess with the speakers themselves though since I'm happy with the way it all sounds.

    All in all, I am very happy with my install... It works really well, except for not having any actual buttons, which is kind of a pain when your in day to day driving conditions. Ill eventually get a Chevrolet steering wheel with the media buttons on it and wire it up to my carputer. But the next big step for me is trying to get a startup/shutdown controller working for my inverter. That has to be done, because getting out every time I want to start up is really annoying. And ofcourse, painting the clipboard mount for the screen, and building a nicer box for it all to fit in.

    Below is the completed shot of the screen mounted in the car. Scroll down to the next post for step by step pictures.... And please, let me know what you think. Comments are most certainly welcome!




    EDIT: Finally painted the clipboard black, and added a nice texture. Scroll down for more pictures

    Carputer Progress
    [||||||||||] 100%
    Finally Installed!!
    Everything is in the car and working.
    I painted the cilpboard mount and it looks good.
    Shutdown/Startup is working excellent!
    View My Progress Here

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    First Step, Building the mount.















    Now its time to fit the screen to the mount.









    Carputer Progress
    [||||||||||] 100%
    Finally Installed!!
    Everything is in the car and working.
    I painted the cilpboard mount and it looks good.
    Shutdown/Startup is working excellent!
    View My Progress Here

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    Next step, hiding the wires.















    Towards the end of the night, its all complete.





    Carputer Progress
    [||||||||||] 100%
    Finally Installed!!
    Everything is in the car and working.
    I painted the cilpboard mount and it looks good.
    Shutdown/Startup is working excellent!
    View My Progress Here

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    lol a tower. sweet!
    Cant code cause I dont know how, but give me the paint bucket and my eraser and have at you!

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    good ilustration of you instalation and very nice
    Plan for project = 100%
    Part the project. = 100%
    Built...................= 99%
    Finish.................= 99%
    Install ...............= 99% -50%
    Ditail at 4u2n.dk
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    Thanks, I apreciate the warm comments
    Carputer Progress
    [||||||||||] 100%
    Finally Installed!!
    Everything is in the car and working.
    I painted the cilpboard mount and it looks good.
    Shutdown/Startup is working excellent!
    View My Progress Here

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    Looks good, great for a 1 day project. If you ever feel like it...painting the clip board part the exact same as the rest of the interior - or black would improve things. With the tan/brown interior it does not look that bad as is though.

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    I have every intention to paint the clipboard mount, I just havent got around to it yet...

    What I am aiming for in painting the mount is for it to look as close to the factory bezel as possible.... With that almost bumpy texture and everything. I'm just not that good with painting as I should be, so I dont know how exact im going to get it. But if it all comes out the way I want it to, it will look like GM put that mount on themselves
    Carputer Progress
    [||||||||||] 100%
    Finally Installed!!
    Everything is in the car and working.
    I painted the cilpboard mount and it looks good.
    Shutdown/Startup is working excellent!
    View My Progress Here

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    You awful, awful man! That clipboard never had a chance, did it?

    LOL! =]

    What I meant to say was - awesome job, dude! and Awesome use of the clipboard - very ingenious! I wudda never thunk it!
    - sh00k
    Duct tape and a Bandana for the win, b!shes!!!

    My Setup:http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show-off-your-project/73500-06-scion-xb-tablet-in-the-box.html

    Cost so far: Less than a grand ;]



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    good thing that is a dual din, plenty of room to work with and using that clipboard is pure genius......since you are using a inverter what are you using as a inverter controller and is there any noise from the inverter?
    "A rose by any other name is still a flower"

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