There is a metra kit you can get to place a 7" screen in. This looks pretty good and no cutting is required.
If you want to fabricate without cutting the original parts then you can just get a replacement part from the dealer.
I guess you could use the 12v from the harness, but I just used the 12v from the PC PSU using a 4 pin molex connection on the monitor. That's the great thing about these types of projects, there are so many dfferent ways to get something accomplished.
I connected everything up today. I'm getting power to the motherboard. When I turn the key the fan on the motherboard spins and the hard drive spins.
I saw the computer boot and get the the Windows loading screen (one time), then the screen went black. The screen is powered and seems to be working fine, but it say there is no signal. Is the motherboard just not booting Windows or is it the screen?
The screen is set to auto on, but I have to manually power it on after it gets power for the first time. It seems to forget to auto on when unplugged.
I feel I'm almost there...
My wiring went like this:
12v constant form the wiring harness (yellow) to the 12v input on the power supply (yellow).
Ground form the wiring harness (black) to the ground on the power supply (black).
12v switched (red) to the on/off switch (red) of the power supply.
12v (yellow) that was the 4 pin (pentium) connector to the (black/white) wire on the screen.
Ground (black) that was the 4 pin (pentium) connector to the (black) wire on the screen.
I removed everything from the car and brought it back to the workstation.
Back on the workstation I could not get the screen to power on. I had to reset the CMOS to get it to work again. Took it back outside powered up, saw the Windows boot screen again and then... blank screen again and could get a signal on the next boot.
Why would it do this when I power it from the car??
On a far outside chance I'm wondering if it was the sabrent TV card I installed. I did remove it for the second round of boot/blank screen. I wonder if the drivers or something has anything to do with it. Next step is to remove them completely. I don't have a restore point, but that would be nice. Still, this only happens when the system is powerd by the car.
This is frustrating... :censored: :censored: :censored:
I'm making this post from inside my car!
To get the screen to finally start working I had to disable the TV screen in the bios. At least I think that's what it was. It might have also been when I reset CMOS while the system was in the car. Anyways, it works now.
My new speakers should be in on Wednesday. Until then I'm rocking out with some $10 headphone type speakers.
Still having issues with auto-on for the screen. I'm going to look further into the Liliput codes and see if there is another option.
The screen is working fine. The sun washes it out a bit more than I would have thought. Guess I could have payed ridiculous big cash and got the tran-flec.
I feel you. When I had my 05, I had tinted windows and it wasn't too bad. I still need to break down and get the 06 windows tinted.
I've had a few issues that ultimately seem to be caused by using Tiny XP Beast.
I took out the car pc and went back to the bench to work out the issues.
For one, the Unichrome driver kept switching my BIOS into TV and resulting in a 'no input signal' from my Lilliput. After a clean install of XP pro this issue seems to be resolved.
I also did not have the option to sleep the OS from Tiny XP.
I hope the issues do not return when I install back into the car. It seems the video problem came right after I installed into the car.
I'm also going to fix up my faceplate and repaint it while I have everything else out.
The good news is all the speakers and wire have been installed. This is a much bigger job on the 07 Mustangs vs the 05/06. I'll post some pictures soon.