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    Not sure what happened... but my M10000 died. I recently moved, and I think something got jarred in process. So... I am going in a different direction and using a palm top in the glove box as my processor source, and mounting the screen and bezel as a secondary monitor.

    More to come...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalenth View Post
    (From Post #10) ** I am also looking for a 12v fan to install in the case. This screen is HOT, so I need something to circulate the air... but it has to be quiet. Any ideas, please let me know.
    Maybe that heat you were concerned about took out the processor.

    What sort of palmtop are you planning to use?
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    Hi Kalenth,

    I'm in DFW as well. Your project looks so nice! I'm also about to install my 1st carputer using BLK02si's double-din enclosure. The toughest part for me is finding a screen that'd fit. I noticed you're using the 702tsv but I thought the dimension I found of this screen is too large (155.4mm x 104mm) or rather 4mm too tall. Did you have to trim the Metra kit?

    Thanks in advance!

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    @RD - Yeah, I am not sure about the board. I may have crossed wires somewhere... I think the new plan will work out even better if I can get the mounting system right.

    I am using an IBM X60 with a docking station for the laptop... it's a bit thick, and the processor is not as power friendly as I'd like... but it's what I have to use. I'm going to have to trim the 2 bracers in the dash behind the glove box, and then mount some track rails for the LT to slide in and out on. The advantage is mobility of the system.... being able to undock the truckputer and bring it inside for updates, etc.. makes it worth the modification hassle, and the dock is perfect since it is thin, and all the ports are in the back. I figure I'll make a nice harness for all the cables and I should be set. Most of the other hardware, usb adapter, HD radio, etc... will be mounted in the PC chassi that is no longer housing the computer components.

    @joo7 - The only thing thus far that I have had to trim was the screen enclosure.... Trimmed top and bottom, centered it in the metra kit, and epoxied from there. The only issue is the ribbon cable, just be slow and careful when maneuvering it, and if you are having to force anything, then stop and take a look at what you are doing.

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    This is the gist of whats going on... I have NO idea what amp will do the trick. I am guessing I need a 5.1 to power 4 speakers and a sub? And I've found a couple of external sound cards, but I am still shopping for the best bang for the buck.


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    hmmm... any recommendations for an external sound card and USB replicator? I've found a few... but I can't tell any major difference except price.

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    this is what I found.

    Zalman ZM-RSSC External USB 5.1 Sound Card - is what I ended up getting for a sound card. I should have it in by this weekend.


    Blaupunkt THA555PnP - Amp. 5.1 in/out. Not super powerful, but honestly I do not need to wreck my ears, or my wallet on something ridiculously overpowered. Reviews thus far have been extremely popular, and setup looks to be fairly strait forward.

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    I ordered the last of what I need to get this project off my desk and in my truck.

    4X DC power unit, DC power supply for my laptop.

    As for the laptop storage area, I ended up removing the panel above the glove box, moving the 2 metal bracers that are inside. From there, I had a considerable amount of space to use, probably 14" wide X 14 deep X 2 high. I cut out the plastic centerpost, cut 2 grooves in the bottom for the slide rails, and cleaned up the whole bit so it would look ok.







    As for the dash components, I removed the cigarette lighter faceplate, removed the lighter (it will later be used to power the stuff internally). Then I took the faceplate off of my slot load DVD rom, and very carefully cut it into the faceplate. Some JB weld later, and now it looks like one stock piece.





    Next is the mockup, main install, and sound connections.

    The only thing left to figure out is how to auto-on this thing with the ignition. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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    So far it looks pretty good.
    I will be starting the install on my 2006 f150 next weedend.Have you tried out that sound card yet I am still tring to figure out what I am going to do for a card.

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    I haven't received it yet. It and the amp should be coming in this weekend. From what I have seen, either that or the creative usb sound card would be the all-in-one options for this type of build. I don't think that it needs external power, but I may have to wait and see.


    on another note, I've been doing some side research on a remote switch for the laptop... I pulled apart a junk LT here at work and hooked up a PC switch to the terminal, it worked like a dream... so I'm trying to find a good quality button to use.

    Anyone know how a resistor would work for a 12v to a 2v for a LED?... or I might use a Bulgin switch.

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    hey, nice to see another F-150 truckputer. I recently started running all my wires and components getting everything ready for my install as well in my f-150. if you havent already done so, i found that the brain of the HD radio (HDZ300) fits perfectly above the stock radiom, right underneath that center dash area. kinda hard to explain but mine fit perfectly. For my screen i am using the newer lilliput 629, the width fit perfectly snug into the double din Metra kit, and all i had to do was trim the area where the buttons are at the bottom to be able to fit it into the opening. I'll try and post some pics of my install also. and if you are still looking for some raamat, i was able to do both my front doors and the back wall with 1 roll. and i'll prob. wind up ordering another roll to finish the entire floor. you are right though its all about research,research, and more research. another neat trick if ur trying to maximize deadening road noise is to fill the gaps in the back wall along with your a-pillars and b-pillars with some non-expanding foam that you buy at home depot. i used about two cans on the back wall filling in the gaps.

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