2003 Honda Accord Sports Coupe - a worklog
Finally decided to create a worklog. I hope to cover my install history (been working on it for 1.5 years....), problems, solutions, etc. To set the stage, here were/are my goals for the project:
When I Started -- these were my main goals:
1. Have All my music in my car (48G) [Done!]
2. GPS [Done!]
3. cellphone integrated with system [Done!]
Now, I have added more
4. Traffic updates [0% there]
5. Quick boot speed [???]
6. Reliable [???]
--Every Boot returns to the same state7. HD Radio [0% there]
8. Auto-uupdates (weather, traffic , gas prices, etc.) via BT phone Connection [0% there]
9. Voice Recognition/Control [50% there]
-- Use Mode button on Steering Wheel to Pause Music && Enable MIC, with VC always on....10. Use as many of cars existing controls as possible.... [25% there]
Compenents in car (right now):
MB899 Intel Core Single/Duo Mini-Itx Motherboard 945GM with Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile 1.66GHz
Seagate EE25 40G
OPUS Mini-ITX Vehicle PC Case w/ built in 120w power supply
BU-353 Weather-proof GPS Receiver with IGuidance 3.0
DVD Drive - Pioneer K06
Generic Firewire Card
Digital Sound processor
Power budget for Opus:
Output: 120W Ripple Regulation
+3.3V: 8A Max, 10A Peak 50mv p-p max 2%
+5V: 8A Max, 10A Peak 50mv p-p max 2%
+12V: 3.5A Max, 4.5A Peak 100mv p-p max 2%
-12V: 0.35A Max, 0.5A Peak 150mv p-p max 10%
+5V STDBY: 2A Max, 2.5A Peak 50mv p-p max 2%
Power supply overall efficiency >90%
max power req - Core™ Duo 2.0GHz w/ 2x 1GB DDR2; +3.3V: 3.02A, +5V: 2.81A, +12V: 1.76A
Wireless network Card
Of course, this all has to go into a ride...
(older pic, when it looked all new and shinny)
Other setup Info:
My carputer is located in my trunk. It's mounted on a mdf board (with 2 rails, so I can remove the computer as necessary) which is screwed into the driver side wall of the trunk (there's a metal piece between the outside shell of the car and the fabric inside). I am using an Opus solutions case, which is to big to fit anywhere on the inside of the car. http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/imag...70886cffa7.jpg
I have an amp under the passenger seat, my DSP processor under the driver seat, DVD drive/usb hub/DSP control unit in my center console,
and USB UIRT/Car2PC behind monitor in the area that use to be the little cubby area (see next post for picture of monitor with the Parrot in the top left hand corner).
Goal: Integrate Phone with system
Solution: Parrot CK3000.
I had been waitng to see if either Streetdeck or Centrafuse would provide integrated software solutions, but after waiting (and waiting, and waiting) and reviewing issues with echo -- I just decided it was time to move on to a proven solution. So today, I got the Parrot installed.
Given my setup, which removed the HU out of the loop, the CK3000 was installed after my amp and before the speakers. A relay was installed to shut down the amp when a call is active (some people want sound still working while on the phone -- I just want the call, I get so few anyways :) )
Intial testing had very positive results. No echo problems and both parties heard the call load and clear (although the person in the car seemed to be far away).
I went with the CK3000 as it fit where I wanted to place it (the others were to large) and I didn't need streaming music from my phone :suspicious: (aka CK6000).
The Parrot is the device in the upper left hand corner of the picture in post #2 (it has the red and green lights....)
After a couple of months of use the CK3000 was dropping calls and people were having trouble talking with me... So, I took back to Best Buy and had them look at it. At the end, I ended up with the CK3100 (they didn't have any more CK3000). The CK3100 does work/sound better and the interface is nice. But it doesn't look as nice and integrated with the setup as the CK3000. I will post updated pictures soon....