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    2000 Porsche Boxster S install

    FINISHED!!!!!!!!!! AND IT WORKS, LIVES AND BREATHES!!!!!!!!!!

    Finished install, running Centrafuse RC5, with a CD in the slot-loading drive


    Full view. Including the trackball (hopefully temporary, until the touchscreen works again). It sits in the space for the ashtray



    View from the left with the box for infrared keyboard, 2 USB plugs and hard-off power switch. Note the HDD peeking out at the front



    View from the right, with screen closed and PC off. Can you see it?



    With the covers still taken off



    Cable nightmare, for your viewing pleasure. This is the pretty side!


    See below for more info and pictures:

    I just finished installing (again) in my 2000 Boxster S. But this time I am installing EVERYTHING in the center console.
    Some pics of the install. It wouldn't be possible without my dad, who did all the mechanical work!

    Here is how it works:

    Jetway Mini-Itx board, 1 GHZ, 256 MB ram. Plenty fast
    nlited-Win XP SP2
    M1-ATX power supply
    40GB 3.5" HDD
    7" in-dash motorized touchscreen (touch not working right now )
    Ground Loop Isolator
    USB bluetooth stick
    USB Wifi stick
    USB touchpanel controler
    USB GPS mouse
    USB rearview camera (install in the far future)
    Trackball (right now, until the touchscreen works again)

    anyway, to give you an idea: (hope it makes sense)

    -MoBo is installed in the lowest slot of the center console (where the equalizer normally sits. Equalizer still fits, and covers MoBo) screwed to the top of the slot upside down.
    -slotloading slimline DVD-RW is installed where the little "Batman" cover is, in the little space. fits like a glove (after hours of checking and adjusting)
    -the screen sits in the upper 1-DIN slot of the lower console and unfolds upwards (its a DWW-700M)
    -powersupply is underneath the DVD drive, built a little case for it
    -HDD sits upright and sideways behind the console (where all the cables and pipes are. fits snuggly in there
    -GPS mouse sits on dashboard next to the alarmlight. Cable is run though the dashboard (removed the instrument cluster)
    -powerbutton and LED is inserted into a blank switch on upper dashboard
    -original radio sits in upper console. Sound via the AUX-in on the radio. Used a Ground loop Isolator to get rid of engine wine, hard drive sound, beeping and background noise
    -microphone sits in the determined spot for phone (on left of the instrument cluster)
    -there is a free 12V power plug (black) inside the center console which I use. It also has ignition control
    -there is a box with the infrared sensor of keyboard/mouse, in which I integrated 2 USB ports (from MoBo connectors) and a hard-off powerswitch. this is tucked in the driver foot area, where the carpet ends (attached with velcro)

    It is a super clean install (I think, give me your thoughts), totally reversible without any visible changes, no long wires anywhere. No need for a MoBo case, as it sits inside the console. And with the screen turned off and inside its housing no thief even realizes that there is a nice PC in the car.

    Still to do:

    -get the f*ing touchscreen to work (might have to switch the touchpanel)
    -install microphone (ordered) in the spot where the original Porsche phoneinstall microphone sits

    Let me know what you think

    Of course running Centrafuse RC5, the best car-pc software!











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    You should remove the Pink foam - I believe is conductive and can possibly ruin your mobo.

    Otherwise looks good

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    since this is a worklog and not a completed project (yet) it has been moved to the worklogs forum.

    Once you are finished with it, please follow the stickey that's at the top of the worklog forum.
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    Nice use of space Does it get hot in such a small space though?

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    no, the foam is non-conductive.
    And it protects the soldering points of the MoBo.

    It doesn't get hot, as there is ventilaton from behind.

    Thanks for moving it to the worklogs, I only realized this after I postes it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quinrod View Post
    no, the foam is non-conductive.
    And it protects the soldering points of the MoBo.

    It doesn't get hot, as there is ventilaton from behind.

    Thanks for moving it to the worklogs, I only realized this after I postes it.
    yes I believe it is

    there is a thread about it somewhere, Its been years since i read it but i believe a guy lost his epia to the pink foam, everyone thought it was not conductive then to, until they tested it. I think it was in a firebird /trans am (4 gen)

    If I remember the end conclusion was it was conductive to discharge static....
    My Install

    Software:
    CFiG v1
    iGuidance Plugin for CF

    CarShell
    Working shell for a CarPC

    StopWatch
    StopWatch plugin remade for centrafuse RC1

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    here you go:

    2000 Pontiac Trans Am carputer install

    start at post 30
    My Install

    Software:
    CFiG v1
    iGuidance Plugin for CF

    CarShell
    Working shell for a CarPC

    StopWatch
    StopWatch plugin remade for centrafuse RC1

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    nice install so far by the way!
    My Install

    Software:
    CFiG v1
    iGuidance Plugin for CF

    CarShell
    Working shell for a CarPC

    StopWatch
    StopWatch plugin remade for centrafuse RC1

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    thanks!

    great find alti!
    I didn't know about this, I always had the MoBo sitting on the foam during software install and never had an issue, but wasn't thinking about static discharge
    I now removed the foam and replaced it with some thin cardboard.

    Glad to hear you like the install so far.

    I looked at yours, it's gorgeous with the huge screen!
    And I LOVE the control via the cell phone. I have a Sony K790/800i, do you think it could work with that as well? And what software did you use for that?
    I also got your timer plugin for Centrafuse, a great addition! I am running CF RC5, does it work with that RC as well?

    Ok, gotta go back to installing everything

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    Great build.
    I love the way you've fitted everything into the centre console.

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