2009 HHR LS panel conversion
This is an all out vehicle mod, not just in adding a PC, but a complete vehicle overhaul... so i hope nobody minds that i throw in pics of other various stuff im doing to it, but heres the start of a project that may just take a few years to accomplish ~_~ but its gonna be damn sexy once im done with it ^_^
less that 700 miles on the vehicle in this pic (666 to be exact):
first mod: running boards
second mod: adding panel rear doors w/o windows or exterior door handles
i JUST obtained a new dashboard panel for the top portion of the dashboard that i plan on using for the displays and pc hardware... since chevy integrated the "onstar" crap into the stock sterio, i cant exactly pull the sterio and mount components into the area there, however there are LAN bus units made by metra.com that allow the LAN bus to still transmit data and allow aftermarket radio equipment to be installed but the onstar integration is kinda nice to know if the vehicle ever gets stolen, it can be tracked or if i get into an accident while playing around with the pc and i get knocked uncontious, they can find me LOL (that was a total irrisponsible thing to admit but weve all done it... adjusting this or that while driving and notice a slight swerve back into the lane... dont lie youve done it ;) )
anyway... the cadillac project is more to complete for myself, rather than a show quality vehicle as its kinda rough around the edges and far from trophe material... but this project is brand new very clean and has already cost well over 2 grand in collection of parts
the pc i chose to butcher is one of the slim line HP pc's -- since its really cheap to buy, and its equiped very nicely, the only thing i have a problem with is that it came with vista home basic and their website doesnt come with drivers for xp. nvidia's website had quite a bit of help but it didnt have everything.
drivers missing from nvidia's nforce package were the audio and the amd power controller for some form of "co-processor" :S
ALSO HP's website claims that the onboard video/chipset is a 9100 something, so when i downloaded the driver package for that chipset, nothing worked, so since i figured it couldnt get any worse i tried the 7/8 series package and it now functions correctly across the board except for the audio!! ~_~ i dug and dug for realtek HD audio packages and nothing worked, the installer would run but 3/4 the way through an error popup would mention something along the lines of "no suitable hardware detected for this installation" and would self close after pressing OK....
so i dug into an archive i have of previous nvidia motherboards with realtek hd audio packages and started installing the oldest audio driver package first... same results... nada.. then i came across the driver archive for my gamer pc and tried it.... it installed and works, but im thinking along the lines of not completely. the motherboard only has 3 audio jacks in the rear with one onboard jack for front headphone audio.
the realtek sound program that i got working has auto sence, and worked when i plugged in the green jack (front audio) but would not function properly when any other jack was used for 2.1 (sterio and sub) or quadrophonic speaker configs... but other realtek audio mobo's i have with only 3 audio jacks will allow you to manually configure the rear ports for 5.1 which this new hp mobo is configurable for, but NOT for xp only vista driver packages ~_~
the audio "works" i figured out how to get it to function... the "front speakers" must be plugged into the front headphone port, where as the rear speakers need to be plugged into the back GREEN port and opening the driver (SOUNDMON.EXE) needs to be configured to NOT mute rear audio when the front port is used.... it took several attempts of plugging in and removing and reconnecting the audio jacks before it acknowledged the correct configuration.
another reason i went with this HP bundle was not only cost, but power... i now have 3 of these, and all 3 of them come with low power AMD processors... this new one came with the semperon, where as the first one i bought came with a dual core am2 athelon (35 watts) and the 3rd i got from a friend who wanted me to try and fix it-- something went wrong with the mobo and hp sells the mobo for bout 150 bucks, but it came with a am2 athelon x2 (i dono what the power rating is for this one but it cant be that much more since the power supply is only 260 watts). the pc's also come with card readers, external hard drive bay (usb) SATA lightscribe dvd burner/cdr combo drive, 250GB-1TB hard drive choices and the newest one i bought came with 2 gigs of DDR2 800
heres a link to what they have:
heres a basic layout of whats in the case: (i pulled the vista hdd and added a 2.5" sata drive)
i really couldnt pass up the deal (350 bucks after taxes and shipping) on how much stuff this thing came with
once i start fabricating the dashboard panel, ill post more pictures (sorry for the long 1st post LOL)