Hello all. I have done a handful of installs related to carputer. I first did one in 2006 that was a AMD based persnal computer. I used parts that I had at the time for spares. I had a cd drive, 40 gig HD, Barton 2500cpu and a 7in Xenarc screen. Having the main input as touchscreen kinda sucked and was dangerous driving. I am doing a new install that uses a controller interface but still utilizes touch screen through USB. I did not want a full desktop PC like before but I needed something compact and to be able to save music, surf internet and use wireless. I found that using a Xbox 360 mainboard with a ATX power supply modified to come on when I turn the screen on or press a button on the controller would be nice. I needed a easy access external drive to download movies, music and anything else without sitting in the car or having extra long cords. So a large external drive is what I will use. I am using a 7 in DVD player / USB touch screen made by XO vision. The XO vision also serves as my new radio and Head unit as it has a 280 watt amp built in for speakers up to 120 watts each.
*Here is how the xbox will wire up in the dash. The xbox 360 always looks for profile settings and can load a boot program designated from the Flash drive. After they are saved the BIOS searches for the profile each time it turns on from there forward. Given that I am taking advantage of the two extra memory ports you would normally save game data on. I will use two 512mb cards, one card is enough but I want it to looks balanced without an extra hole hanging out. The ATX power supply will be specifically for 12volt and remote turn on.
*Here is the 360 donor that with graciously give it's life to become a car PC for the devices working days, allspark bless him...
*This is the Xbox 360 with the clam shell case removed. It is pretty simple and I did it with a T6 screw driver and finger nail clippers.
The first thing I noticed is how bland this looks behind plexi glass
*I really wanted to spice up the look of the mount and DVD drive since they cover most the board. I descided that I should cut a drive window for the DVD player. It looks pretty cool to see a DVD laser light us the DVD housing and see a disc spinning. Also I definatly need some color here! I descided to go for an Iron Man color scheme. A deep metalc red, with candy coat and gold accents in certain places, not as flashy as the actual Iron man scheme.
*A DVD drive window can be done on most all players. With some players they have detailed dimples and risers in the case. Those are harder to make a perfect circle without a machine like a water jet.
To start with you take the thing apart, don't break anything! Find the center of where the disc would be if it was in the player. This is best done by careful measurent. Draw cross hairs for the center. Then line up a spare disc on the cross hairs. Hold the disc down firmly and draw a circle around it with a fine tipped felt pen.
After the circle is drawn check it to make sure it is centered. If so the next step is to draw an "arm" that will hold the center puck in place so that the DVD player is still useful in the future. It is best the arm is wide, maybe 2 inches. I chose to taper it from 3 inches to 2 inches for more style.
Well time to make a cut! I used a cutting wheel to get about 1/4 in from the edge. I did this to get the majority of the material out.
Here I cut down to 1/8th inch to the circle I drew a few minutes ago. I wanted to test fit to see how it looked.
I used a dremel with 120 grit sanding drum to deburr and cut the final shape ot the edges. I also used 120 grit to remove sticker gew and round off the edges to make sure I never cut myself.
Here the drive is finished as far as the cut goes. It all fit back together well!
I will make the next post on the mount design I came us with.