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    Quote Originally Posted by BloodyRootsSP View Post
    Hi neighbour

    Hope that your goods from mp3car.com store arrive safe and sound (and better off without the abusing taxes) cause it is the way I am inclined to go.
    (...)
    Anyway, I wish you good luck with your purchase and please tell us how did it go through the mail.
    Hi, in my order I asked to ship to a hotel in USA, there is a friend of mine there, he already got the packages (by UPS) and he is bringing that to me.
    It is nice to hear from somebody that lives in the same region, because we can exchange ideas and find solutions together. Its always harder to to do a project like that if you live outside USA or some Europe countries. Are you a member of Honda Club? We can meet in one of the weekly meetings, if you like.
    Good luck on your project, too.
    (I will kept the english in this post due to the global audience).

    Quote Originally Posted by seanz0rz View Post
    for shock absorbing, use memory foam. i used it in my install, and even being off road, no problems whatsoever.
    Good idea, I'll look for a piece of it. But how did you fixed your HDD into the memory foam? You just glued it, or what? :-)

    Thanks all
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    Quote Originally Posted by vamarante View Post
    Good idea, I'll look for a piece of it. But how did you fixed your HDD into the memory foam? You just glued it, or what? :-)
    i made a carriage out of abs plastic i had lying around, then i used double sided tape to attach that to the foam, then for the foam to my fiberglass tray, i used superglue. its held up fine for nearly a year.

    the link in my sig has lots of pictures.
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    Why donŽt I have friends like yours???

    Will I be the first one to try that overseas shipping? The way youŽre bringing them is the best, you will be unboxing it pretty soon...

    Never did attend to a Honda Club meeting, but IŽll have a good reason now. IŽll pm you later.

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    My order from mp3car.com arrived on june 14th in the hotel, just 2 days after I've placed my order.

    Very fast shipping (I've chosen the cheapest UPS option).

    A friend of mine will bring the package to me next week.

    While I wait I will try to improve the eletronic side of my diagram. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by seanz0rz View Post
    i made a carriage out of abs plastic i had lying around, then i used double sided tape to attach that to the foam, then for the foam to my fiberglass tray, i used superglue. its held up fine for nearly a year.
    Hi, nice car and carpc.
    Where did you get the foam? Is it sold in some store, or did you take a piece from another thing (pillow, etc...)?
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    i purchased a 1.5 inch thick sheet made for a king sized bed. i cut it in half to use for my mattress here at school, the rest i put into seat cushions and such. i had a little scrap left over, i sliced it length wise to make a .75 inch thick piece and used that for my car pc.

    im not sure of your options in brazil, but i know others that called for the free sample of tempurpedic material. that might work.

    good luck.
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    Operating System

    I am thinking about using TinyXP instead of regular WindowsXP.

    I've read that its boot time is very fast and it consumes very low memory, so maybe I can remove one of my DIMM memories (was going to use 2x 256MB).

    I am trying to download TinyXP now (using bittorrent)...
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    Smile Lilliput And M2-atx Just Arrived!!!

    Finally I have all the required parts at hand!

    My mp3car.com order was shipped to a friend that were in USA and he brought the package to me, arrived today in Brazil.

    Here is what I was waiting:


    (Lilliput 8" wide touchscreen, M2-ATX PSU, Car PC Hacks book)

    I think that now I am almost READY TO GO!

    Also, today I met with a friend that owns a car sound store, I presented my diagram and he said that it needs improvement.
    He will help me redraw the installation diagram (cabling, fuse, etc...) and very soon I will take the car there to plan/measure for the console fabrication. He is very experienced in fabricating consoles for car audio and dvd screens.

    Here is more pictures of the items I received today:



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    Initial Lilliput tests - Very good

    Today I tested the Lilliput (attached as a secondary display for my notebook). It works very well. It has a very nice appearance, looks like a good quality product (I thought it was going to have a cheap look but I was totally wrong. It starts with the nice box, all accessories and the screen itself is very nice).



    I didn’t test it on the CarPC yet because its Sunday and my CarPC "test environment" is at my work (using a part of the desk on my cubicle). I have a baby and it wouldn't be safe, his curiosity won’t leave my CarPC alone on the home table.

    I will take the lilli and m2-atx to the office tomorrow and will try it on the CarPC when I have time.

    I have programmed the auto power on feature, following the instructions of this thread.

    The only thing I am worried is about setting the proper resolution 800x480. My IBM T60p notebook doesn’t have this resolution available, I've tried Ultramon and Powerstrip but no luck. I think its a limitation of the ATI Mobility FireGL V5200 card. But that is not a problem, since I will not use this as the CarPC. I was just anxious to test the touchscreen and see if the resolution is good (it is).

    I hope that the onboard VGA adapter that I have in the CarPC supports that resolution. I will test tomorrow or the other day.

    You can set any resolution and the lilliput will "stretch" it to fit full screen. But to get the best image it is necessary to use native resolution, 800x480.


    I also bought that book, the Car PC Hacks, it is very interesting! I recommend it! It seems to have good tricks, and it explains every aspect of the CarPC.
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    Great work log.... keep the faith, you will have hurdles and the results are worth the effort
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