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Thread: 2004 SEAT Ibiza FR - Project FR1080 - 15.4" Touch with Custom Monitor

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    Newbie Gonix's Avatar
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    I'M FINALLY BACK!

    After moving home 3 times and country I now got time to settle in and complete this. Still going for the crazy 15.4" screen and have had plenty of time to think about this.

    Also thought I add the before and after photos of my crash. See first post.

    Due to MOT and police warnings I have been advised not to go ahead with this as it causes serious restriction when driving. Few modifications have had to been made for one the LCD panel and controller are no longer together to make the panel 1/3 of its original depth meaning I can now indicate without hitting my screen also slimming down the bezel to no longer block the passenger air bag (personal request from family).

    Right now with the log. Bought lots of tools jigsaw, drills and plenty of L, U, ali poles and some ali sheets. Now there will not be any sketchup this time as been in my head seems to work -self injury due to stupidness with jigsaw. PS ALWAYS clamp down small metal when cutting

    No camera so please bear with me using my phone

    Buisness;
    First to start was adapting the dash pocket to hold the controller board.




    Main frame done and once its been bench tested I shall add a front grill with dim red LED's behind showing off the board.

    tomorrow will be finalising the pocket to insure good fit, possibly will turn board upside down to have a fan on the bottom of the pocket as the controllers tends to get very hot. Also start work on the LCD bezel which I'm still thinking about.

    Me playing with Vista and 15.4" touch screen.


    Location where it shall be install. (LCD, Just above hazard light button)(Controller in pocket)


    Any advise on the easiest way to extend the LVDS cable?

    That's it for tonight, stay tuned for more tomorrow.

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    Small update with been busy at work due to Easter holiday and all here is some new piccys of the the controller board finally in its mounting position. Underneath the board will be a 100x100x10mm fan to cool the Pixelworks CPU.



    Need help, does anyone know how I can get the VGA to turn 90 with in 10mm? Got plenty of cables to try on but not keen on soldering it onto the board as its worth a lot.

    Also can I take 12v directly from a 12v battery or will I need a DC 12v regulator thing. I have a AC-DC adapter but be cleaner if I can take direct 12v DC.

    All nuts are locking nuts to prevent movement of vibrations with silicon washers.

    Tomorrow it's time to attack the LCD bezel.

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    Back again, not much done this week but finally became part of the Dremel Club

    New Toys:


    Today and tomorrow is extending the LVDS cable with a SCSI cable. Preview of my work to be done:


    Also finish one part of the LCD and touch screen casing, needs a bit of smoothing.




    Also second screen case made but doesn't have touch. This shall be used in the rear of my car to say

    GET BACK BEFORE I BRAKE!
    or
    MOVE YOUR ISSUES OFF THE ROAD!

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    Thank god for safety goggles, 2 Dremel cutters shattered into my face.

    First off last night I was working on extending the LVDS cable using SCSI, so far I've done one side of the cable with 1:2 LVDS:SCSI also all have been continuity tested.

    Also got a few shoots of the casing loosely put together to find errors in dimensions and faults in design. Shall also see the new 100mm fan hole ready for installation. Going to have to add another leg for the screen as it is bouncing quite alot.




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    Long time since last update, been playing with my new tri-screen setup.

    Anyway back on track, the board case is now complete and before installation I was going to do a test bed of all electronics.

    To my disappointment the LVDS cable I extended is well, on acid. What the photo doesn't show is also the noise (slightly see it around the orb).


    As you can see this is annoying and slightly frustrating as my entire design was dependent on the cable been longer. Using the backup cable it runs fine, can see the length difference in photo below.



    Time to find alternative

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    hehe pure madness :P
    goodluck fitting that one in

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    SUCCESS!

    After another couple of hours doing 50 soldier joints and individually shrink raping cables I successfully extending the LVDS cable by 600mm.

    Made entirely out of Cat-5e using the twisted pair for the +/- and untwisted pairs for power and ground lines. Just need to tidy it up a bit and its ready to rock.



    Edit:
    After playing about and cramming everything in, the controller unit is now complete.




    Edit #2:
    After making extended power leads for the unit I installed the controller unit into my dash. After plenty of swearing, scratches and time I finally got the unit and normal radio installed. There really was 0 room with all the cables been rammed in. Below shot is during the smoke test, the LCD is just resting on the dash for the test as still got some work to do on the frame.

    Now after weeks I can listen to music in my car

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