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Thread: AUDI A3 CarPc with Dell C600 in the glove compartment

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    AUDI A3 CarPc with Dell C600 in the glove compartment

    My car:

    - Audi A3 1.9 TDi 110 PS

    My PC:

    Laptop DELL C600
    - Proc.: 850MHz PIII mobile with intelligent cooling system
    - Memory: 384MB RAM
    - HDD: 40GB 5400RPM 8MB cache – quite fast
    - WiFi: Intel PRO/Wireless 802.11 b/g
    - DVD optical drive
    Display
    - Hami 8” VGA with TouchScreen
    Power supply:
    - original Dell power supply adaptor
    - power inverter 12V-220V 200Watts
    Additional devices:
    - Bluetooth: USB Bluetooth
    - DSP: Sound Blaster Audigy 2 PCMCIA – very nice thing :]
    - Tuner TV/FM: AverMedia Cardbus Plus PCMCIA
    - Hub USB with 4 sockets
    - GPS receiver Nokia Bluetooth or Navibe USB
    - Remote control Pioneer
    - Antenna WiFi 5dbi

    Audio system:

    - Amplifier Blaupunkt GTA400 Flash
    - Capacitor Dietz 1F
    - Loudspeakers SinusLive: SL-160 and SL-F160 – high quality loudspeakers in my opinion

    Installation:

    The main purpose of my installation was to minimize costs of system (what doesn’t mean I used the worst materials of course), and because I have work, studies and a girlfriend I had to minimize time I spent with my carpc.
    The first thing I made was installation of loudspeakers. I used quit good and strong loudspeakers to achieve possible strong and low bass. Places where loudspeakers was installed were precisely soundproofed. I didn’t use subwoofer because I need maximum place in my trunk, but I thing that sound is enough high-quality and quite noisy . An amplifier and capacitor I installed in trunk.
    The next step was installation of display. I had to rebuild all central part of dashboard because of large size of my display. The display is solidly installed to reduce risk of robbery. A frame around display was made with using original parts and a special foil.
    The last step of may installation was heart of system, that is PC. I decided to use laptop in my system because of a lot of advantages: small size, low consumption of energy, built-in intelligent cooling system 2,5” HDD which is much more resistant to shocks than 3,5” HDD and much more.
    The solution of using laptop let me to install it in dashboard what reduced amount of wires and reduced noises. I have optical drive, touchpad and USB slots in front of car also.
    To install laptop I had to rebuild the glove compartment. I used special springy materials to reduce shocks. Laptop is without display and battery of course. In place of battery I installed USB hub with additional power supply and ps/2 slot.
    The installation of capacitor wasn’t caused by high power consumption of amplifier but to supply computer and display when engine is starting (computer turned off when engine was started without installed capacitor).

    Now I’m testing different software and try to solve some problems with combination hardware-plugin-front end. I would like to use Centrafuse for my Front End, but I’ve got problems with software to my tuner TV/FM: AverMedia Cardbus Plus PCMCIA which I could use in CF. I would like to use my Audigy 2 DSP mixer instead of CF mixer, but I see it isn’t easy too .

    For the future I planned to install OBD2 interface, reduce noises and made an unit for steering power.

    I described my system very short, but everything was much more complicated in reality. If you have any ideas or questions please e-mail me or post replay in this thread.

    (I'm from Poland and I don't know english well, so sorry for my spelling errors )

    That’s my work:










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    bardzo fajne.... gdzie w polsce mieszkasz?

    O ya... sorry my polish is a bit rusty since its been a while since Ive been home and talked it at all... gotta love college

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    I'm form central Poland, in the vicinity of Kalisz. Thanks for interest of my thread

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    Gave you a 7. Everything looks really good, well, some of the wiring could be cleaned up, but not bad at all,, but the whole I NEED A CAPACITOR to survive crank, there are "better" solutions, though that one is not bad at all.

    Michael
    ...I love the French language...especially to curse with...Nom de Dieu de putain de bordel de merde de saloperies de connards d'enculés de ta mère. You see, it's like wiping your *** with silk, I love it.

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    It looks good, but certainly not perfect.

    And the Show Off Your Project forum is not the place for a poll. It's fine to ask for evaluations and criticism, but leave the polls to more relevant topics.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    It looks good, but certainly not perfect.

    And the Show Off Your Project forum is not the place for a poll. It's fine to ask for evaluations and criticism, but leave the polls to more relevant topics.
    Party pooper.

    Michael
    ...I love the French language...especially to curse with...Nom de Dieu de putain de bordel de merde de saloperies de connards d'enculés de ta mère. You see, it's like wiping your *** with silk, I love it.

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    And the Show Off Your Project forum is not the place for a poll.
    Sorry, I didn't know

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    I like the way you put the 8" in the dash. Its simple but looks very nice. The laptop in the glove isn't installed perfect but it seems practical. I like it!
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    This is tight - love the A3 - but your carputer setup is TIGHT!! Me likes!!
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    Thomass,

    This looks like a fantastic job which I hope to have a go at myself.

    My car is identical to yours in colour, model (pre-facelift) etc...

    Do you have any advice or photos of the rebuild you did on the centre console...

    I'm hoping to use a 7" widescreen which will hopefully leave me more space and make it easier.

    I'm looking for any advice you have,

    Many thanks,

    Tristan.

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