Ever since I was a kid I have always wanted to put a computer in my car. I just bought my first car a 2007 Hyundai Elantra.
Right away I started to plan out my first CarPC! Here is what I have come up with so far:
Screen: CarTFT CTF700-SH - VGA 7" TFT - (600nits) -Transflective
Motherboard & CPU: Intel D945GCLF2 Mini-ITX MB with Dual-core 1.6Ghz Intel Atom
PSU: Mini Box M4-ATX 250W 6V to 30V DC-DC Car PC Power Supply
GPS: Globalsat BU-353 SiRF star III USB Mouse GPS Receiver
Memory: 1GB OCZ (I might get a 2GB later)
Hard Drive: 3.5" 80GB SATA Western Digital (Will probably change this later)
Other: Griffin Powermate
Here is the stock dash:
First thing on my list was to put my deck in the car (had it in my parents car before )
This is the stereo installed with the dash apart.
While I had it apart I was trying to figure out how to mount an LCD in there for the CarPC!
And the stereo installed!
So my LCD finally came in yesterday! I ripped the dash out again and started to plan how to mount the LCD in there. I ended up buying a dremel from home depot and hacked off the two plastic mounts that were in my way!
I then sanded the plastic down and did a test fit. I couldn't believe it but it fit perfectly! There is absolutely no play vertically but some horizontally. I quickly got some foam to wedge the screen in there and then started working on a way to mount it in there. I got carried away and didn't take any more pictures. I will get them up soon! I made a really ghetto mount out of some aluminum siding and used two screw holes (1 for the clock and 1 for the AC vent). The mount just goes across the back of the screen diagonally. I was originally going to do 2 mounts but after the first one it was rock solid.
Here is the final result! A quick snap shot late at night. I am still blown away at how good it looks for just being placed behind the dash in one night!
That plastic on the LCD is just the protective stuff that came will the screen. It looks awful but I am leaving it on till I get something better. For now my deck is in my glove box ... I was hoping it would close but it doesn't ... I am thinking of just getting a 4ch amp so i can ditch the deck.
Please let me know if you guys have any ideas! I still have to mount everything else. I am undecided on where to put the computer .. under the seat or in the trunk?
If just enough is really good, then too much ought to be perfect.
2006 Scion xB with in-dash Atom & Lilliput 889GL -- Worklog at http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...res-links.html
You raise a good point. I never really thought much about going that route. I think mainly because I figured it would over heat and it is a lot harder to do maintenance on it.Will it fit behind the screen? That makes running the wires a lot easier . . .
I will have see how much room i have in there...
That's really nice.
Hook the pc and let us see the glare free monitor.
dsatx in voompc 2 case <HERE>
OK so I was able to take some more pictures of the screen. The screen was on the normal brightness setting (forgot to set it to the highest). I hooked it up to my laptop.
In this shot I compared it to my laptop screen which had a ton of glare. The touchscreen still looked amazing!
Google! It was getting darker out side.
I will have to take more pictures on a sunny day...
laptop hooked up to the screen. I have since setup the computer in the car with XP. I am still finishing the case I made out of plexiglass, once it is done I will take some more pictures.
Ah ok, looking forward to seeing the pics
OK so I took some pictures of my plexiglass case that I built for my CarPC. It turned out pretty good for my first custom computer case.
It isn't finished yet I still need to make a lid and install a quick release connector for the power cables. I also need to figure out how to mount it in my trunk because right now it is just on the floor. I threw a bunch of cardboard boxes around it to stop it from sliding around