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Thread: 2000 MX5/Miata EEEPC CarPC (Photos)

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    have you already bought the tv antenna? if not, ditch it.. to this date noone is satisfied with aerial reception.. not to mention feb 2009 is right around the corner... that means no more analog broadcast anyway in the US
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    I am going with the "RJ45 Loopback Adaptor Method" option as per link above as this looks the most promising. I will be testing it this weekend. Pretty simple. Heres hoping.

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    Thanks for the heads up. I was going to use an unused Digital TV Antenna I have around my house, so no loss.

    If its hard to get analogue receiption in a car, I can imagine how hard DVB reception will be!

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    Weekend Update

    USB Bluetooth with full bluetooth Phone control amazingly easy to get working. Plug and play. Very nice.

    Have not tested WAKE-ON-LINE due to general lazyness.

    HARDWARE
    Undecided on case to put in the EEEPC+Accessories. Undecided between plastic box and metal case I have seen.

    SOFTWARE
    Updated and tested all systems.
    MP3/Music = ALL OK
    VIDEO = ALL OK, added 250gb USB2 Disk, ALL OK.
    CENTRAFUSE = Customised menu layout, happy, ALL OK.
    GOOGLE EARTH = Tested output, added plugin, ALL OK.
    NAV = Untested until AUS Centrafuse purchase
    GPS = Tested with Google Earth, all OK.
    REVERSE CAM = Tested OK with internal cam. Need HW for car cam.
    RADIO = HW REQ.
    WEB = ALL OK
    WIFI = ALL OK
    BLUETOOTH = Added phone, tested incoming/outgoing calls,phonebook, ALL OK.
    MAME/GAMES = Added mame icon, added games, waiting on game archive, ALL OK.

    TO DECIDE:
    External casing to keep all the stuff in one place. Don't want bits everywhere as with other laptop installs. Only external bits is the INVERTER to keep heat separate from PC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ibfragalot View Post
    GOOGLE EARTH = Tested output, added plugin, ALL OK.
    What plugin are you talking about here? I need one too. Cant find any.

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    I'm talking about Goops sorry, for Google Earth GPS tracking, not a CF plug for GE..
    http://goopstechnologies.com/

    Thou I find just linking an external app, pointing it to goops works fine, launches fullscreen.

    But yeah a proper inbuilt CF plugin would be nicer
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    TO BUY:

    Rear View Reversing Camera, number plate mounted. Should be able to avoid drilling holes in my car. Which.just.ain't.gunna.happen.

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/NEW-REARVIEW-...080601094a2799
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    DAMNIT! Just got my OBD-II cable... which fully supports a '00 MX5. If your in USA. Course, this backward country didn't introduce it until 2003! 7 years after USA! ARGH!

    Back on Ebay it goes...

    Purchased:

    7" Touchscreen Protectors
    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....Category=34288

    From http://bybyte.com/
    1 MAZDA 99-7505
    Item Number 997505 $16.99 USD
    1 Bybyte Double Din Frame for EBY701NP LCD
    Item Number FR-0-701 $30.00 USD
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    have any pics? im waiting to see if anyone has successfully installed an eee pc into a car before i dive in. what frontend/skin will you be using? upload some pictures!

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    Apologies for the lack of pictures - I'm currently designing the cooling system and the box which will contain the EEEPC, Inverter, USB Hub, gadgets etc. so I can have all the stuff in one box and not have a laptop and accessories sprawled across my boot. I expect to begin installing (with plenty photos and detail!) late next week.

    Unless you want your EEE and bits everywhere in your boot, best put EVERYTHING in a box (with very good cooling). Even with MiniATX installs you have alot of stuff outside the box floating around. This way, with an EEEPC, you can fit every single bit into one box and just have the cables coming out neatly. I will be using a professional electronics enclosure, approx 27cmx30xmx9cm. About $40-50 at an electronics store.

    For cooling (EEE 701 gets very hot even in normal conditions) I will be using a 20cm Antec "Big Boy 200" Fan, and 3x 8cm fans which will cool the EEEPC. There is a 8cm square opening in the back of EEE's which is PERFECT for a 8cm fan directly blowing or sucking the motherboard.

    I will be using Centrafuse. Its the best all round solution I believe.

    THE BEST TIP: Plan EVERY DETAIL before you buy!!! I'm doing everything on 1:1 scale on paper to make sure it all fits before purchase.
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