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    2007 Honda Fit - In Dash

    My plan is to install a car PC inside the dash of my 2007 Honda Fit. Here's what I have so far:

    • VIA EPIA-CN10000EG 1GHz Mini-ITX Motherboard
    • 1GB DDR2 533 PC2-4200 Memory
    • D-Link DWL-AG530 Wireless PCI Adapter 802.11 AG 108Mbp
    • GlobalSat BU-353 USB Sirf III GPS Receiver
    • Scosche Dash Kit
    • M2-ATX DC-DC ATX Power Controller
    • AMP9 Amplifier kit 14.5V max, low profile (in the mail)


    What I need:

    • 2.5" SATA Hard Drive
    • 7" Touchscreen
    • Radio tuner
    • Case (will probably custom build)


    I'll be using LinuxICE for the OS and nGhost as the front end. I'm thinking of using Roadnav for GPS navigation. I borrowed a hard drive to get the system up and running for development. Wifi, GPS, and multimedia all seem to be working fine.

    I opened up my dash to make sure there will be enough room to fit everything. It looks promising.

    First I removed the glove compartment to mark and remove the air control cables:


    Pulling the head unit out was not easy. There are seven clips holding the unit in the dash. Following everyone's advice I had to force it out by pulling from behind the AC controls. It felt like I was going to break it, but it eventually popped:


    Here's a closer look:


    With the dash kit in place:


    It looks like there will be enough room. After a few measurements I figured the maximum dimensions to fit a slide in are about 7.5" wide by 4" high by 8.25" deep (from the back to the dash kit). Plus, there's a few inches up top where I should be able to fit the AMP9 and maybe the M2-ATX on a small shelf.

    I hope to make my final purchases and finish the install by the end of the year.

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    Good Luck!

    I am working on a 07 Accord myself, but I am going to try and install the touchscreen in the CD storage bin under the stock radio, you can see my work log in my sig.

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    Thanks! It looks like you're well on your way. My amp showed up in the mail yesterday. Time to fire up the soldering iron!

    Here's a mockup of a frontend skin my friend made for me:

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    Oh that mock up looks real nice I would be interested in testing it with you

    I've given up on the idea of keeping the door on the lower bezel I'll just mount it in there I do not want to take apart the liliput!

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    I picked up a Lilliput 7" touchscreen (EBY701). It's working well, but I can't get a hold of the BIOS update for my MB (EPIA CN10000EG) to support 800x480...anyone know where I can get it?

    I also ordered the hard drive. I went with a 2.5" Toshiba 60GB SATA (5400 RPM). I should be receiving it tomorrow.

    Here's a shot booting LinuxICE:



    The nGhost frontend:



    The music interface:



    I started wrapping the toriods for the AMP9. The wire I received is 0.6mm, so each core requires 52 turns. One down, seven to go:


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    Over the Christmas break I went to work on the amplifier. The good news is that I wrapped the remaining toroids. The bad news is that the one I wrapped a few weeks ago walked away. I'm suspecting that my three-year-old found it too shiny to resist. I'm in the process of getting a new one.

    I picked up some sheet metal today and hacked up the case. First I did a little snipping:


    Then I got "creative" with pliers, a hammer, and even a brick:


    It's not pretty, but it should work. For the dimensions, I went with 7.5 x 6.75 x 4. The depth is 6.75, which will just fit the MB and will allow the screen to fit in front with no modifications. The opening will be to the right as I slide it in the dash.

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    Looking good up till now keep it up looking forward to seeing the finished product

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    Wow. That's a nice frontend skin

    I really like the frontend skin. I'm watching this log intently as I am also interested in embarking on a carputer project this year.

    Keep up the good work.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnstof View Post
    I really like the frontend skin.
    Hopefully we'll be seeing more of it soon

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    I hope you finish your project soon because my project is pretty much exactly the same. I have a 2008 Honda Fit (same as 2007) and I bought the same touchscreen. I want to see how your carputer turns out before I start taking my car apart.

    Keep up the good work!

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