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    Golf MKIV - Indash Screen and Computer

    My first attempt building a Carputer, the challenge is all the electric parts, computer setup is no problem since i fix servers for a living ^^

    Anyway, got half of the parts this morning. below is the hardware expected

    CPU: Pentium M 1.8Ghz S479 (Idle is 31c and load 35c with stock fan and 16c and 25c with bigger fan, very impressive considering the power and the heatsink size, it can play 1080p HD video very smoothly too)
    Motherboard: VB-I915M Pentium-M Mini-ITX Motherboard
    Memory: 1 Gb DDR2 (a bit too much for hibernating, but since ill use S3 standby only, all good ^^ )
    Power Supply: M2-ATX 160Ws
    Sound Card: Built-in for now, realtek ALC655 6-channel
    AMP: no need for now, i will be using the car deck relocated in the glove box
    Hard drive: 1x 120Gb for OS and APP + 1x 320 Gb SATA2 for Music + Movie
    Front end: Road Runner + DigitalFX skin + Iguidance 4.0
    LCD: Xenarc 705TSV
    LCD Bezel: Custom mounted on the stock radio cage (like every MKIV carputer)


    here is how i will mount everything

    Any comment, please share




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    what the dashboard looks like :-)

    loving it !


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    nice job so far... although i would recommend putting the computer were it can be accessible more.. i had mine first behind the screen, and had overheating issues when i used the heater in the winter. there is not much air movement back there. i moved mine to the trunk, and only had problems on the 110 degree days.

    what do you plan on doing for the screen? the snap in one from mp3 car? or a home made one?

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    Thats exactly how I am mounting the motherboard for a customer of mine in his MK4 golf
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    Quote Originally Posted by trititan View Post
    nice job so far... although i would recommend putting the computer were it can be accessible more.. i had mine first behind the screen, and had overheating issues when i used the heater in the winter. there is not much air movement back there. i moved mine to the trunk, and only had problems on the 110 degree days.

    what do you plan on doing for the screen? the snap in one from mp3 car? or a home made one?
    overheating should not be a problem since the beast is running a pentium M, 35c during HD movie playback, ill be ok :-)

    the screen will be custom mounted in the dash, i wont open the screen because wants to keep the warranty but ill try to make it fit nicely using some epoxy putty

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    Do not use that pink foam it is conductive, no matter what you heard. Do a search on it, hopefully you haven't run it on there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anky1 View Post
    Do not use that pink foam it is conductive, no matter what you heard. Do a search on it, hopefully you haven't run it on there.
    i was since last night, WOW, just replaced it with an anti-static bag

    thx for the warning lol

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    No problem man.
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    Some Progress, i'm glad the motherboard is still alive after so many dashboard test fitting












    I'm not touching the screen until the warranty expired. LCD stand will be mounted on the radio cage


    Love that thing :-)

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    Today progress









    The Anti-theft





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