Sorry it's been a while for me to update this here but I, for the most part, was just running wires through the car. I did find out that the lilliput model that I have does have the AV2 option of switching when it's turned on which saves me a lot of work.
So let me take you through my adventure of creating my bezel. As you can see from above. I didn't have much to add around the edges to make the screen fit. As I mentioned before, I didn't want to take the screen apart and risk damaging it. So this is what I did...
Here's the problem. Like all electronics, monitors get hot. So the manufacturers put nice little vents on them to disperse the heat. And what did I do? Cover them up! So HACK that idea, i just cut all that out and started from scratch..... and look what I did:
I popped the front off and I am molding it to the dash piece like a sticky around here has shown.
I used bumper repair to plastic all around the monitor. When I was sanding it, more bubbles seem to pop up so I'm guessing that there was some air in the plastic, So I filled them with bondo, sanded, bondo'd again, primed and sanded and here's where I am:
not too shabby for a first timer. I still have a little work to do to make it perfect n then I'm slappin on some paint. Gonna use the paint for plastics from walmart. Seems to work very well with my bezel and the color matches exactly even after 14 years of fade.
I'll keep the updates coming as I get through them. I tore apart my visor last night to put in the keyboard. I'll have pics up soon! Comments welcome!
wow thats a really neat install of the lilliput! good job.
Okay so I finished up the bezel and painted with a slightly textured plastic paint. Looked great. I went to put the bezel in the car and cracked the side of it:
So back to the beginning with all of that. I'm taking my car to the beach this weekend so I'm kinda in a hurry to get the seats back in. I wired up relays for the XM, fans, and lights i'm running and they don't seem to work. I got the amps in and they pop. The external sound car only turns on when it wants. When the 4 channel amp does work it wont let me turn the volume up too high. And to top it all off, I've gotten what i've read to be called the dreaded white screen of death on my lilliput. I did hook up a monitor to the computer by running a loooong extension cord from the house and I see that everything working fine just gotta get all this stuff sorted out all before friday and working on it monday isn't an option because I work my 2 jobs 8-9. Ahh well thanks for letting me vent. Comments welcome 8^)
Don't you hate the "Awww, $#!+" stuff that comes up? Keep truckin'.
If the external sound card is USB, make sure it's getting enough power. Try leaving it as the only device on that USB circuit.
Good luck -- we're watching over your shoulder and cheering . . .
Okay so I got anxious today and pulled the monitor out at work (I'm a computer technician) Slid a ribbon back in that must be common to fall out according to this thread http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/lcd-...tml#post200984
In that threat they use duct tape and a toothpick to fix this issue but I guess the new lilliputs fixed this issue bc they made a little plastic snap connector.
(i'll post a picture next time I open her up)
Anyways it works fine now! Annddd I took the sound card off the hub and it seems to work fine as well bc the amps are going to protect right after it gets goin. Sooo I'm gonna attempt to check my grounds tuesday and hope it works from there.
Oh and the bezel, cracked it even more today, ehh well. Has anyone had this issue? I can't think of how to add support between the lillput cover and the original bezel without actually making the entire screen permanent rather than just the cover.
Thanks for your help and support!
Up and running...
You can see how bad the dash cracked up and where the AC controls were relocated. I temporarily glued it together for the beach this weekend then i'll pull out the sandpaper :banghead:
Hey did you use actual 'dynamat'? or something else?
I used b-quiet extreme from b-quiet.com. Haven't really gotten the bass going to see if it makes it sound better but I can still very clearly hear my exhaust b/c well, I drive a mustang. :)
Originally Posted by figfry
Yea i was about to say, 'dynamat' can be kind of a rip off. I used 'Second skin' did wonders.
Back From The Beach
Okay so I threw everything in the car so that I was able to go to the beach and, for the most part, everything worked out okay. Of course DigitalFX v4.0 had to come out while I was gone so I installed that while I was there hehe.
I did run into quite a common problem with my lilliput. I guess I hit screen adjust too many times and I received an "out of range" error when I go to PC. The only way for me to fix this was to hook up another monitor and change my refresh rate. Don't you know I hit it again yesterday so I have to fix that again today. (They really shouldn't have put the button so close to the brightness button) .
Another problem I'm getting is after about 5 mins of running in the car, the speakers get an unbearable static to them and I'm not quite sure what it is. I shortened the USB cable to the sound card just now so i'll see how that works out.
Last problem, I'm having trouble getting the DVD rom to recognize, it's on a hub right now and its being powered by PS2. So I'm going to try to get it off the hub and see what happens. I think it may be a USB 1.0/2.0 problem because for some reason when I plug into one of my hubs, it calls the ports USB 1.0 ports even though they should be 2.0. I'll be looking into it to make sure I didn't run any 1.0 extenders.
I know I promised more pics than I have shown so I took a bunch today to show you right where I'm at. Broken bezel and all:
I wanted to show a comparison at what the dash used to look like and I found an old picture on my car domain:
Now I had asked about anyone adding extra support to the back of their monitors. Well I have these spokes that are used to insert the bezel into the dash, well I tightly strapped some rubber bands to the back of the monitor and they are quite tight. (There are a lot more than shown here)
PEEK A BOO: Heres the location of the computer under the passenger seat. I had to raise the seat about a half inch which isn't noticeable and I removed a spring to fit it under there. Damn case was too big for the dash.
Heres the sub box that is fit for the trunk. It's leaning a little bit right now so you can see them.
KEYBOARD: I just put this together real quick. I need more support in the back to make it easier to use.
AMPS: Here is where the amps are located, behind the back seats. I have some wire hiding to do and there will be a cover over them and eventually some pretty little lights:)
Lastly, this is where I plan to cut up to put in the griffin powermate, a usb plug, and an AC outlet.
I'm probably taking the screen out this evening and working on it. I'm getting my rear rebuilt in my car tomorrow so I think it would be best to have it out anyways. Going to cut and carpet the amp rack cover too.
Keep the comments rollin....