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    New truck, CarPC overhaul

    Well I haven't really been around this forum in a while and I see that I've missed a lot but the past year or so life got really busy and I went through a couple cars (not my fault) but now I have found one I want to stick with. So here we go...

    I did a complete physical overhaul on the PC and will be doing a complete OS overhaul once I finish acquiring parts, finalise the hardware, and integrate everything together. This includes the ECU (ODB-II), car alarm, carpc, and anything else that I might want to throw in there (I cant give everything away up front ).

    Truck: '97 GMC Suburban K2500
    Front End: Centrafuse v2 Nav
    OS: Windows 7 RC1 Build 7100
    Motherboard: Intel BLKDG45FC
    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
    Memory: 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800
    HDD-1: 200GB 2.5in SATA II (3Gbs)
    HDD-2: None
    PSU: M2-ATX 160W Intelligent DC-DC PSU
    Sound Card: Integrated
    Screen: New Lilliput 8'' Wide screen
    Car/Accessory Control: None
    Satellite Radio: None
    HD Radio: None
    WiFi: RangeMax Wireless N USB 2.0 Adapter
    EVDO: LG Dare (Verizon Wireless) over Bluetooth
    OBD: OBD-II (Future purchase)
    GPS: BU-353 Weather-proof GPS Receiver

    --> Website link with complete info and pictures <--

    The truck itself


    More updates to come...
    "Mess with the best, die like the rest."
    Work Log --> Old Car (Totaled)
    Work Log v2 --> New Car (Totaled)
    Work Log v3 --> GMC Suburban K2500 (Engine died)
    Work Log v4.5 --> 05 Toyota Tundra DC SR5

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    Updated...

    Im looking for recomendations for a front end its between CF and SD not sure which one I want to go with yet, what do you guys think?
    "Mess with the best, die like the rest."
    Work Log --> Old Car (Totaled)
    Work Log v2 --> New Car (Totaled)
    Work Log v3 --> GMC Suburban K2500 (Engine died)
    Work Log v4.5 --> 05 Toyota Tundra DC SR5

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    Quote Originally Posted by P3D4T0R View Post
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    Im looking for recomendations for a front end its between CF and SD not sure which one I want to go with yet, what do you guys think?
    I love the idea of putting the CarPC on the back door. Hate your placement of antennas though. Looks bad. Also take the dash out and properly put the screen in, so it looks like it should be there. If you dont know how to, have some one like Nexson do it. i tried to do mine and sent it to him, he did a nice job. Dodge Durango Screen Fabrication, Nexations Creations *Work Log* I ran my antenna to the top middle of the windshield and fed the wire through the rubber gasket. Also the BU-353 doesnt really have to go on the top... you can actually hide it in a panel on the inside of the car. I have mine behind plastic near the rear, ontop of the rear A/C system.

    As far as front ends, just download them both and try them. I know CF has a 30 day trial. i have CF and prefer it, because of its multi screen capabilites (I have 5 on my install).
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    I love the idea of putting the CarPC on the back door. Hate your placement of antennas though. Looks bad. Also take the dash out and properly put the screen in, so it looks like it should be there. I ran my antenna to the top middle of the windshield and fed the wire through the rubber gasket. Also the BU-353 doesnt really have to go on the top... you can actually hide it in a panel on the inside of the car. I have mine behind plastic near the rear, ontop of the rear A/C system.
    Thanks for the input, as for the antennas I had to get on top of my truck to get that picture and they can not be seen from anywhere else. plus i tested the antenna in other places and it really dose get a better signal outside (10-15 sats instead of 5-8). I know the screen looks bad my strength is in electronics and software not fabrication so when i get the money it will be professionally installed.

    Any input on a front end?
    "Mess with the best, die like the rest."
    Work Log --> Old Car (Totaled)
    Work Log v2 --> New Car (Totaled)
    Work Log v3 --> GMC Suburban K2500 (Engine died)
    Work Log v4.5 --> 05 Toyota Tundra DC SR5

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    Quote Originally Posted by P3D4T0R View Post
    Thanks for the input, as for the antennas I had to get on top of my truck to get that picture and they can not be seen from anywhere else. plus i tested the antenna in other places and it really dose get a better signal outside (10-15 sats instead of 5-8). I know the screen looks bad my strength is in electronics and software not fabrication so when i get the money it will be professionally installed.

    Any input on a front end?
    Try them both.... i use CF.... Cf also has more support. SD died and they are trying to bring it back, but i doubt it will even come close to CF in features.
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    great work do you have a cover to go over everything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by koolmoedee View Post
    great work do you have a cover to go over everything?
    No, I haven't made one yet, I'm waiting to finish the hardware first.
    "Mess with the best, die like the rest."
    Work Log --> Old Car (Totaled)
    Work Log v2 --> New Car (Totaled)
    Work Log v3 --> GMC Suburban K2500 (Engine died)
    Work Log v4.5 --> 05 Toyota Tundra DC SR5

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    The screen doesnt look all that bad just needs a little more work to clean it up>Believe me its not too hard at all just a bit time consuming. Check out what I did with the same bezel and it was my FIRST time.This is what i started with:
    This is what I ended up with. I have been contemplating a carpc but I dont know squat about it.

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    Small bump... Still working on getting all the pics up and in order as well as taking more pictures but Id still like some opinions/suggestions for what Ive got so far. Thanks
    "Mess with the best, die like the rest."
    Work Log --> Old Car (Totaled)
    Work Log v2 --> New Car (Totaled)
    Work Log v3 --> GMC Suburban K2500 (Engine died)
    Work Log v4.5 --> 05 Toyota Tundra DC SR5

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    Added a link to my site with all the info...
    "Mess with the best, die like the rest."
    Work Log --> Old Car (Totaled)
    Work Log v2 --> New Car (Totaled)
    Work Log v3 --> GMC Suburban K2500 (Engine died)
    Work Log v4.5 --> 05 Toyota Tundra DC SR5

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