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    Post 2007 Ford Focus - Dark Red - MusicMonkey5555

    Just starting my my Car PC project on my 2007 Vermillion Red (Darker red) Ford Focus.

    Colors for below list Completion level:
    Blue Bold - Going to use, Purchased/Already Own/Free, Installed
    Blue - Going to use, Purchased/Already Own/Free
    Green - Going to use
    Orange - May use
    Red - No longer using

    The Following specs are what I plan to put in it (links to were I got them (hopefully they won't break):
    Software:
    X XP Pro
    X StreetDeck
    X Firefox
    X MediaMonkey
    X Trillian Pro
    Hardware:
    X VoomPC-2
    X Jetway J7F5M-VDE Motherboard w/VIA C7 processor
    X 1GB Kingston Ram
    X Segate 200gb 7200rpm SATA notebook HD
    X CT650A 2Din VGA Monitor

    Other:
    X Clifford Matrix Car Alarm - Car toys couldn't find good pic link
    XRockford Amp: Fosgate Punch P300-1
    XSub: Rockford Fosgate Punch P1S410
    XVisteon HDZ300 HD Radio® Component Car Tuner Kit - Ebay
    XHDR-RS232
    XElmScan 5 USB OBD-II Scan Tool
    X4 port USB Splitter (will use a lot of USB devices)
    X
    StreetDeck Bluetooth Dongle for mobile phones


    Just purchased a bunch of parts here is the total:
    1 HD Radio + Shipping (ebay): $60
    2 Alarm - Install & Parts (Car Toys): $568
    3 Amp (Car Toys): $250
    4 Sub (Car Toys): Free w/ amp
    5 HD Radio Cable (MJS Gadgets): $24
    6 USB Splitter (MP3Car): $12
    7 USB OBD-II Scan Tool(MP3Car): $130
    8 Case (MP3Car): $100
    9 MotherBoard & CPU $159.99
    10 Ram $18.99
    11 Hard Drive $169.99
    MP3car Shipping (6,7,8): $13
    MJS Gadgets Shipping (5): None
    NewEgg Shipping (9,10,11) $8.84
    --------------------------------------------
    Total: $1,514.81

    I put car alarm down under all of this, because if I am going to put something this valuable in my car, then I am going to want some security. As for what I got in the car alarm I got the works, class break trunk pop, doors... I didn't get push start though (no need).

    I read in many sections that the easiest way to hook up the speakers to the pc is to use the amp, so that is what I am going to do. I am a bit confused about how they will hook up to a two channel ample with a sub, but the sub was free with one of the good amps (sure it came out some were), but I am sure the details will work themselves out or I will have to do something. I will probably take a look at the forums for some info about streetDeck speaker support (volume levels and whatnot - haven't done this).

    Because of these details along with not being sure about what I will need (what comes with what) wires and cables I will need (and power supply) I would say planning is about 80% or so. Also I have allot to buy and possibly more so Parts is about 30% and I will say 1% for install since my alarm is in (only counts a bit).

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    Ordered some more parts

    I have now received all the parts payed for above.

    I just ordered some more (bank is hurting from this addictive hobby), probably could have done with out some of this if I really wanted to.

    Finally decided on a power supply this should be fine for what I have my only worry was having so many usb devices with a small power supply, but this should be fine for the system I am building.

    Hardware:
    X M2-ATX 160W Intelligent DC-DC PSU
    X ROCKFORD FOSGATE PUNCH P400-4 4 CHANNEL AMPLIFIER

    The items I have left are:
    Monitor
    StreatDeck Phone
    StreatDeck Soft
    Sound Card (nicer one with more channels)
    Misslenous wiring

    Think that is about it (may always need some new toy, I also may get a normal blue tooth dongle just to have for other bluetooth items).

    Here is my total so far:
    12 4 Channel Amp (ebay): $189.90
    13 Power Suply (Mp3 car): $89.94
    Ebay Shipping (12): $19.99
    Mp3car.com Shipping (13): $8.47
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    Sub-Total: $308.30
    Previous Total: $1,514.81
    Total: $1823.11

    Just thought I would add these to show somewhat how I feel at this point.

    Should be getting all the parts I order around the April 23 or 24.

    Can't wait to put the pc togeather, I already started a bit, but once I get the power supply it will be almost finished (minus the dvd drive that will come with the monitor and need to be hooked up somehow).
    2007 Ford Focus
    Project Page
    Software - Win7, Centrafuse, Firefox, MediaMonkey, Trillian
    Hardware - Intel X25-M 80GB SSD , VIA C7, Jetway J7F5M-VDE, Kingston 1GB RAM, Preassembled 2Din Frame w/7" Lilliput EBY701
    Planning: 85%
    Parts: 95%
    Install:75%

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    This is the monitor I ended up going with:

    Hardware
    X Preassembled Black Double Din LCD Frame with 7" Lilliput EBY701

    Also there is a driver issue in windows 7 with this monitor, refer to this thread for the solution:
    Lilliput EBY701 usb disconnecting windows 7

    Also went to see how much it would cost of CarToys to do the install since wiring power is a bit of a worry for me. My total comes to about $500 for them to do everything.
    2007 Ford Focus
    Project Page
    Software - Win7, Centrafuse, Firefox, MediaMonkey, Trillian
    Hardware - Intel X25-M 80GB SSD , VIA C7, Jetway J7F5M-VDE, Kingston 1GB RAM, Preassembled 2Din Frame w/7" Lilliput EBY701
    Planning: 85%
    Parts: 95%
    Install:75%

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    Some changes/An update

    Ok so here is some more stuff I ended up getting for it:

    The front usb on the case didn't seem to work so I got 4 of these:
    Internal USB Motherboard Header Port To A Regualar USB

    Also for the bluetooth I went with:
    VP6494 Miniature Bluetooth Dongle

    Ended up grabbing this to install everything since I am not going to have an external drive:
    Patriot Xporter XT Boost 8 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive PEF8GUSB

    Needed some audio cables to go to the amp:
    Cables Unlimited AUD-1205-06 6-Feet Pro A/V Series 6-Feet 3.5mm to RCA Stereo Audio Cable

    I ordered an external drive to put all my music on and hopefully don't run into any problems with it on Hibernate, but I should be fine. I would just put everything on the internal drive, but one syncing is a pain. Ipod support doesn't have searching and browsing tons of files is a pain, so the easiest thing is to just bring this inside sync it using mediamonkey then take it out to the car and have Centrafuse index it. Anyway here it is:
    Seagate FreeAgent Go 250 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive ST902503FAA2E1-RK (Black)

    Going with this for wifi (hopefully it works will let you know more later):
    ALFA Network 1000mW AWUS036H High Power Wireless G 802.11g WiFi USB Adapter with 5dBi Antenna

    Also a big change, I went with windows 7 it seems to run just as fast as xp and is much easier to navigate with a touch screen. No issues thus far, just using default drivers for sound, and video and they are working great.

    Also I am going with Centrafuse over street deck it seems much more supported now. Both could use improvements though. The one big thing I liked in streeetdeck is gestures, and they are supposedly in Centrafuse but couldn't seem to get them to work. Also for sure no support in the library view. Wish gestures worked for typing things in (music search/scrolling) in Centrafuse. Also Ipod support is not great. You can't search songs (or it doesn't work at all) Podcasts are just all listed (no not played list). Audiobooks don't show up at all under a different menu. No playlist support. Needless to say navigating a big list of songs isn't as easy as it could be. Wish they would take some hints from media monkey. If I could just use media monkey with writing out each letter rather than having to type in the little search box and then they made the go to feature have a bigger button it would be great. I use that all the time, will listen to a playlist then say play all the songs from that artist or that album. (ok enough with the rant).

    Lastly for the Hard Drive I went with:
    Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM

    Perfect size for all the apps and stuff, using an external for media. And it speeds up boot times and everything a ton which is well worth it when that is the number one thing about a carpc that is a bit of a trick.

    Also as a bit of an update I got everything installed (Monitor, carpc, amp, HD radio). I am not comfortable with power and doing it myself on my newer car and couldn't find anyone to do it with so I had it done by Car Toys the price wasn't too bad ($400 or so) and I got to help out and did some extra work after getting everything installed for free.

    Everything seems to work, but a couple things:
    • Didn't get 4 channel sound working on this board (may need xp software). Not a big deal since most audio is stereo anyway and will probably get a faster pc later anyway.
    • HD radio not recognized yet
    • Every once in a while (on cold mornings?) it doesn't resume from hibernation or at least the monitor doesn't come on so I have to turn off the car, unplug the power and plug it back in and turn the car on again. Sometimes it resumes sometimes it ask start windows normally? ...
    • Seems the front speakers on the amp don't get any sound so the amp may be toast and it is past the warranty I think, but am going to try calling the company.


    Things working:
    • Bluetooth calling
    • Voice commands
    • Music


    Need to try/finish
    • Turn by turn
    • wifi/internet
    • HD Radio
    • Auto hibernate when car is off/on
    • Speed up boot/resume time
    • Car stats
    • Alternative audio in (Phone, Ipod)


    I have a ton of photos and will take some more and post them later, but it is late and I got a flight in the morning.
    2007 Ford Focus
    Project Page
    Software - Win7, Centrafuse, Firefox, MediaMonkey, Trillian
    Hardware - Intel X25-M 80GB SSD , VIA C7, Jetway J7F5M-VDE, Kingston 1GB RAM, Preassembled 2Din Frame w/7" Lilliput EBY701
    Planning: 85%
    Parts: 95%
    Install:75%

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