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Thread: 2001 Audi A4 1.8TMS

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    2001 Audi A4 1.8TQMS

    Inspired by people like SharksWeb and Nicklemedia in AudiWorld, I, too, decided to undertake the task of installing a carPC to play MP3s, Videos, DVDs, and have NAV and VAG-COM capability on the fly. Here are my specs:

    - Travla C137 case
    - Mini-ITX VIA EPIA M10000 Motherboard
    - Embedded VIA C3 1Ghz CPU with Fan
    - 512MB PC3200 DDR Ram
    - Hitachi 30GB 2.5 Hard Drive
    - DVD/CDRW Slim Slot Load Drive
    - Creative Soundblaster Live! 5.1 PCI Sound Card
    - OPUS 150W Power Supply inside Travla Case
    - 4 port USB PCI Hub
    - BU-353
    - 7" 700TSV
    - 9/06 RR build
    - Modified BMv2 skin
    - Winamp 2.95
    - MPC (default installed)
    - VAG-COM Beta v0.78
    - IGuidance v3.0

    While it took a couple of months to get a handle on what I needed for what I wanted, the learning curve was steep, but it all came together nicely in the end. I've got the PC up and running w/ all the software and controls working as it should. I am now at the even more fun, yet frustrating, part...fabrication.

    I decided on a miniPC case to ease the installation/removal of the PC for updates, maintainence, etc. I wanted something that could come out relatively easily and plugged into my hot bench. Doing an indash install would make that rather cumbersome to do. Eventually, I'd like to incorporate internet capability, but I'm not Mr. Deeppockets.

    I decided to use RR for my front end because of limitless possiblilities it offers. It's probably more than I need, personally, but I like to have the option should I decide to want more. The skin is a modified BMv2 skin. Just changed the color scheme a bit to match my OEM interior and added/removed some functionality I needed/didn't need.

    Now, some pics:
    ...of the car...


    My hot bench:










    Pic of the Road Runner Front End control panel:


    Audio Browser:


    Audio Player:


    IGuidance Navigation:


    Last but not least, VAG-COM functionality:


    My plans for fabrication are as follows:
    The touchscreen will take the place of the OEM Symphony Radio.



    I purchased the Metra Kit 99-9105 to help make a new bezel for the touchscreen. Also embedded into the faceplate will be two usb ports and a power and reset buttion.

    The case will be mounted in the trunk.

    I don't have any plans for installing a remote slot load DVD into the dash anywhere, but I can always utilize the hazard/fog/cupholder area if I ever change my mind.

    Not too shabby for $1200.

    So, stay tuned for the fabrication...
    Pico-ITX / XP Home with EWF-HORM / RR v12/02/2009 / Winamp v5.13 / RRMedia v1.2.2

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    Sounds like a plan! Cant wait to see some more progress....btw nice car

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    how to get the Road Runner software?

    Hi friend ! i have a carputer into my car, but i dont know WHY to get the Road Runner Soft, is free? can you get me a copy? or please let me know the link to download, thanks!


    PD: your car is beauty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alejandroborja View Post
    Hi friend ! i have a carputer into my car, but i dont know WHY to get the Road Runner Soft, is free? can you get me a copy? or please let me know the link to download, thanks!


    PD: your car is beauty!
    Check the RoadRunner forum. There's a link in there to download/install RR.

    I've started to fab the bezel. Will post pics on my next log.
    Pico-ITX / XP Home with EWF-HORM / RR v12/02/2009 / Winamp v5.13 / RRMedia v1.2.2

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    Um, I'll see if I still have it. I was cleaning out my computers (desktop and carPC) and have been deleting a bunch of skins already made. I've been working on a new skin to suit my own personal tastes and functions, and have since been using that on-the-fly skin. I'll email it to you once I find it.
    Pico-ITX / XP Home with EWF-HORM / RR v12/02/2009 / Winamp v5.13 / RRMedia v1.2.2

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    I also have a Audi and like the red skin. if you do find it i would also like a copy.thank you.

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    Looking to see how this turns out.

    I really like those rims and it also looks like you done some performance mods?



    btw, this should be in the worklogs section
    Installed
    Asus A7N8X-VM - AMD Mobile Athlon 2400
    512 Ram - 60GB HD - Opus 150w
    Lilliput 7" - Rikaline 6010
    [00000000000001100010-] 98% Completed

    Check Out My Install!!!

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    +1 on requesting hookups with that skin. That looks real nice

    Is it time-intensive to change the glow and font on the skins? I need an orange one for both dark/light brushed aluminum skins

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    You really should post that skin in the RR forum, in the skins subforum. It is really nice, and would be helpfull to many people.

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