(13th Oct 08)
After many months of research I took the first step in buying the first part. The 15.4" LCD, be careful when buying from sites such as Smart Micro because you may buy a LCD then they send you something they think will be compateble. In my case I ordered an LG LP154WU1 for its specification and they sent me a Sharp screen, reasoning "we were out of stock and that screen will be compateble" even though they don't know what its going to be used for. To this day I don't know the spec of the screen due to there been no datasheets on the net for it. Return was not an option due to shipping costs so they refunded me the difference as the screen they gave me was $20 cheaper.
Max Resolution: 1920 x 1200
I started playing around and to my frustration HDMI the reason I bought it just wouldn't work. All I got was a Black border and taskbar got cut off. After weeks of trouble I finally picked up the phone and paid international price and called the USA. After about a 5 mins call finally got an answer that most graphics cards have this trouble and its what the GFX card interrupts what the controller is. As such it thinks the native resolution is 1280 x 720 then from there the digital signal is just wrong and the controller doesn't understand the signal been feed.
I then took the gamble in buying the updated controller board but to no luck. So now got 2 of these 15.4" LCD screens.
Just this weekend bought the touch panel.
Whilst waiting I ran into a problem with my design. The problem is I want my engine to recharge the UPS / Glass Batteries but when parked up I can just plug it into the wall and it then takes the power from the grid whilst charging the UPS / Glass Batteries. Need some kind of auto switch.
Here’s my design. (Update 14th Oct 08)
Before you ask it is not been moulded into the dash board but found a company in Guildford that have a CAD / CAM system to build the case for the screen. Below the HU Radio in my car is a pocket thing which is going to hold the controller board this way I still get the OEM look as nothing has been changed to the centre console only added.
Will update as I go along.
(14 Oct 08)
Obviuosly I don't own an iPod as I'm a M$ person (bad I know) and own WM6.1 phone so this is the reason I went for the Gateway 300 and not 100. So I went ahead and bought it, another $300 in dept but should be worth it.
Just got the Gateway 300 and here are a few images.
I'll install it tonight and test it with my dads little iPod.
I'll use either USB or Aux to connect my PC.
(22nd Oct 08)
Got a little carried away and forgot to post, anyway I love this device everything works. Still waiting on the touch panel, UPS lost it grrr. So whilst waiting went to pick up my new pocket thing to go below the radio incase I screw up, only $6 worthwhile investment. Also new cup holder to replace my broken one.
Also popped into JKM Performance in Portsmouth and decided to finally REVO it. Took my 130TDI upto 170bhp estimate. Old top speed 125mph (130 when new), New top speed 143mph.