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    Post 1995 Honda Civic Sedan EX - My First CarPC


    LATEST UPDATE: DEC 9 2007
    PAGE 6, CARPC PHASE 1 DONE




    [HL]YouTube video posted! Click here[/HL]


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    CURRENT STATUS:
    [||||||||||||] 100% - CarPC phase 1 done! / Planning phase 2

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    Hi, after reading a lot, its finally the time to make my project real!

    I plan to have a complete CarPC, including OBD data, bluetooth to phone, wifi, rear camera, etc.., but at this time I have simplified the scope to make it viable in short term.



    PHASE 1 GOALS (current phase):
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    - Audio files
    - Video files (no dvd drive)
    - GPS navigation
    - Fabrication to host the screen in the dash




    HARDWARE:
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    [ OK ] CPU and MoBo: Intel Little Valley D201GLY with 1.33 Ghz Celeron processor (new) (bought at mp3car.com)
    [ OK ] Mem - 1x 512 DDR 2 667Mhz (new) (already had that)
    [ OK ] HDD - Notebook HDD 80.0 GB (already had that)
    [ OK ] HDD Adaptor for Notebook HDs (bought somewhere in the net)
    [ OK ] Keyboard - USB PS2 Mini-key Keyboard (bought at cduniverse.com)
    [ OK ] GPS - BU-353 Weather-proof GPS Receiver (new) (bought at mp3car.com)
    [ OK ] USB Hub - 4 port USB hub (already had that)
    [ OK ] Screen - Lilliput 8" Widescreen (16:9) VGA Touchscreen - Model 889GL-80NP/C/T (bought at mp3car.com)
    [ OK ] PSU - M2-ATX 160W Intelligent DC-DC PSU (bought at mp3car.com)
    [NEW] Griffin Powermate Volume Knob (bought at mp3car.com)




    SOFTWARE:
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    [ OK ] OS - Win XP SP2 (previously was TinyXP Rev05)
    [ OK ] Navigation - Destinator 6 for PCs (with Brazil 4Rodas maps)
    [ OK ] FrontEnd - RoadRunner with DigitalFX 2.5 skin



    OLD HARDWARE THAT WAS UPGRADED:
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    [ OK ] CPU - Pentium III 1Ghz (already had that part)
    [ OK ] MoBo - Intel Desktop Board D815EFV/D815EPFV (On-Board LAN & Sound) (already had that part)
    [ OK ] Mem - 1x 256MB DIMM RAM (had 2, removed 1 since using TinyXP) (already had that)
    [ OK ] GPS - Leadtek 9532 GPS mouse (Serial port & PS/2 port) (already had that)




    FUTURE (for next phases):
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    - Fingerprint reader (have that part already)
    - PhoCo
    - WiFi (have that part already)
    - Rear-view cam (have that part already)
    - OBD-I (data logging)



    Thanks a lot!!!



    QUICK HISTORY (most relevant):
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    2007dec09 - I declare phase 1 complete! YouTube video posted!
    2007dec08 - Screen noise removed (cable), done!!!
    2007dec02 - Visual noise in screen reappeared, checking
    2007dec01 - Trunk ready; Testing CentraFuse front end
    2007oct31 - Left side of the trunk is done
    2007oct27 - Dashboard parts painted, dashboard installed!
    2007oct18 - Griffin PowerMate received
    2007oct - Dashboard fabrication
    2007oct01 - Initial tests with new MoBo
    2007sep30 - Initial tests with new USB GPS
    2007sep20 - Ordered new motherboard and GPS
    2007sep17 - Added an USB extension from Lilliput directly to the PC without the hub; New diagram posted
    2007sep15 - All wires and parts connected in the car. Day zero! Everything works!
    2007sep11 - Changed project, screen in the dash, ac relocation, started cutting the Lilliput frame
    2007aug05 - Started a thread to discuss eletric diagram (see Power Supplies forum)
    2007jul29 - Build an ugly prototipe of the CarPC case (see page 3)
    2007jul25 - Bought Kenwood auxiliary input cable
    2007jul15 - Lilliput now powered via M2-ATX
    2007jul14 - Installed M2-ATX in my test environment, works fine!
    2007jul13 - Got an 80GB notebook HDD, will replace the previous 40GB one
    2007jul07 - Found information about using Destinator 6 for PC instead of Mapmonkey, downloading and will test
    2007jul06 - Replaced WinXP with TinyXP Rev05, reinstalling everything
    2007jul01 - Initial tests with Lilliput, programmed the auto start function
    2007jun30 - Parts received (screen and psu) from a friend that came from USA
    2007jun11 - Odered the last parts (screen and psu)
    2007jun11 - This worklog thread begins
    2007may?? - Got some old PCs, best mobo and cpu chosen (smaller in size, but 1Ghz, all onboard)
    2007jan?? - Constucted an adapter for my GPS mouse (from rj11 to serial and ps2), that was originally for PocketPC usage
    2006oct?? - Bought ps2 minikey (not that important but it was the first investment on the carpc hehe)
    2006????? - Started reading mp3car.com forums

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    POWER SUPPLY QUESTIONS:
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    Q: Looking at the M2-ATX wiring, it comes with one connector for hte Mobo, another for HDD, ... But the Screen needs 12v too, but if M2-ATX comes with one 12V connector how to power on the Lilliput?
    I've posted this question here: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/powe...e-devices.html

    A:It seems that I need to create a connector myself.
    According to DarquePervert: "Make your own. Wire the pose connector for the Lilliput screen to a male molex HDD connector. Yellow wire is +12v and the black wires are ground. The red wire is +5v and won't do anything."
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    YouTube video - WorkLog

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    That is correct. You can just tap into the 12v (yellow) and ground(black) and when your system comes on it the lcd will be power also. You can also make it where your liliput can autopower on with a code located somewhere in this forum.

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    My order from mp3car.com was shipped yesterday!!!

    I bought these items:
    - Car PC Hacks Book by Damien Stolarz
    Hope there is useful info here
    - Lilliput 8" Widescreen (16:9) VGA Touchscreen
    Like the widescreen format, and 8" will fit nice in the car
    - M2-ATX 160W Intelligent DC-DC PSU
    Good cost benefit

    With these items I'll be ready for phase 1 of my CarPC project.
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    CarPC status: [||||||||||||] 100% - Phase 1 Complete!
    YouTube video - WorkLog

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    i dont think its a good idea to wrap that hard drive in bubble wrap like that. it can get pretty hot during the summer inside that car and the drive will probably get hotter. it could probably do more harm then good. you have to keep that drive ventilated.

    ps good luck on the civic.

    im just about done on mine just have to install a 4 ch amp and my speakers and cleanup some wiring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 05k20A3 View Post
    i dont think its a good idea to wrap that hard drive in bubble wrap like that. it can get pretty hot during the summer inside that car and the drive will probably get hotter. it could probably do more harm then good. you have to keep that drive ventilated.
    Hummm... You are right. I used the bubble plastic as a jacket for the drive. I glued it in the anti-static foam. So when I need to remove the HDD I just pull it from that plastic pocket.

    I need to find another way...

    I am concerned about fixing the HDD directly into the PC Case, because all the road vibration will beat the HDD. There are some roads I use daily that are very bad.
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    CarPC status: [||||||||||||] 100% - Phase 1 Complete!
    YouTube video - WorkLog

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    First version of diagram

    Hi all,

    I've posted the first version of my CarPC Diagram in the following post:
    Validate my diagram, help! Civic 95 CarPC

    Please take a look. Thanks!
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    YouTube video - WorkLog

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    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. Cant find a screen that I like here and the psu, well, like the m2-atx, there are none.

    Cant help you with the diagram, I didnt get into that part yet, altough I have already pretty much what I need. Im still studying where Im gonna place it but I need to decide wich screen Ill use first. If I can get a Lilli, then I can stick an Epia board into the dash behind the screen, but if I cant, Id rather go with a P-III like yours, in the trunk or another place.

    Anyway, I wish you good luck with your purchase and please tell us how did it go through the mail.

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    for shock absorbing, use memory foam. i used it in my install, and even being off road, no problems whatsoever.
    1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 4x4 in Evergreen Pearl Metallic, Lifted, Locked, and Armored. CarPc in custom console with molded touchscreen.
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