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