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Thread: 2000 MX5/Miata EEEPC CarPC (Photos)

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    Lightbulb 2000 MX5/Miata EEEPC CarPC (Photos)

    Note: This will be more of a reminder blog for me while I build this thing, and a how to/how don't showing the progress as I build this thing. There are heaps of pics of final installs here, but not enough pics of progress with the little things, so I hope this will help people with ideas on how to build their own micro-notebook installation, and general car pc install.

    Comments and any assistance are very welcome. Don't mind my mindless brain babble

    Here are the bits I'm getting thru purchasing.

    HARDWARE
    EEEPC 900mhz, 2Gig Ram, 4GB SSHD (PURCHASED)
    Lilliput 701 7" Touchscreen (PURCHASED)
    80gb 2.5" USB HDD (PURCHASED)
    Compro U500 USB Digital TV Stick (PURCHASED)
    GPS USB SiRF Star III BU-353 (PURCHASED)
    Bybyte Double Din LCD Frame (701) and 99-7505 MX5 Mount Kit (PURCHASED)
    SiLab USB FM Stick OR Radio Shark 2 with ext. launched modified software
    Dealextreme 350w Inverter (PURCHASED)
    Jaycar Digital TV Powered Antenna (PURCHASED)
    Dealextreme.com Wifi USB Adapter + External Antenna
    Dealextreme.com 7Port USB Hub (PURCHASED)
    Antec Big Boy 200 20cm Fan (PURCHASED)
    7" Widescreen LCD Protectors (PURCHASED)
    Jaycar Professional Electronics Enclosure (PURCHASED)
    Ebay Rear Mount Night Vision Camera (PURCHASED)
    DLink Bluetooth Dongle (PURCHASED)
    Logitech Wireless Mini Laser Mouse (PURCHASED)
    Some kind of PDA Keyboard, not researched.

    SOFTWARE
    Centrafuse Navigation 2.0 RCx
    ShutControl
    Mame Plugin


    Current layout diagram included.

    Will be updating with pictures as I progress.
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    Intel Dual Core 2.0Ghz 1Gb DDR2 160GB SATA2 M4ATX Xenarc 700TSV TS BU353 DiNovo Mini Car2PC ODBII Bluetooth HF 16x2 Character LCD

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    Thanks for the link, very interesting.

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    What I learnt this weekend: DON'T use nlite for this. No matter what you do it will kill the speech, there is a way to fix it but it isn't very clean. Ended up doing a straight XP install. 1GB windows install. Doh. Boots fast enough though.

    Currently working on the power on laptop from Ignition wiring

    See here for how to do this:
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/hard...y-circuit.html

    And also a simpler relay for switching on the DC-DC power converter from ignition.

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    Interesting links for powering on laptop

    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/user...rn-module.html

    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/hard...y-circuit.html


    The capacitor allows the coil of the relay to be energized until the capacitor stores a charge, thus de-energizing the coil. The resistor bleeds off the charge of the capacitor when positive voltage is removed from the other side of the coil. You can increase the output time by simply changing the value of the capacitor. This one will give you about a 1/2 second output.



    Double din kits

    http://bybyte.com/kits.htm
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    Use GOOGLE with your GPS + Car Tracking.

    Have to pay for a decent version though (for most people, your only paying for it to auto zoom to your car location... which is kinda hmm) but still, a very cool app. I will probably get it.

    http://goopstechnologies.com/goops.html#compare

    On second thought after driving to pickup the missus with this hooked up to the little EEEPC, I'll gladly pay for it. Very very nice. It tracked me walking out of my apartment, down the stairs to my car, etc. Awesome. Good test of the BU-353 GPS unit, Crazy accuracy. 10m my ***, more like 1m!

    IMPLEMENT GOOPS into CF
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/sb-s...-cf-nexus.html

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    Removed DC-DC option as corrected EEEPC power supply is 9.5v, not 15v as previously thought. No DC-DC available that I can see which supplies downgraded 9.5v Also, 9x USB devices, so powered hub needed. Decided decent inverter more applicable.

    Purchased at Deal Extreme

    300W 12V DC to 220V AC Power Inverter with Connection Kits $31.37 USD
    7 Ports Powered USB Hub KILBY $16.90 USD

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    AUTO POWER ON DURING IGNITION - to get rid of that stupid solenoid idea. Donated him enough money for a good beer

    RJ45 Loopback Adaptor Method
    ShutControl - Laptop Shutdown Controller Software

    AUTO POWER OFF WHEN AC LOST

    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/soft...-software.html

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    hows it going along so far? any success powering the laptop on ignition?

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