'05 Nissan Altima- Intel D945GCLF2D Mini-ITX in Center Console (Storage Bin Mod)
This project was originally an EEEPC 2G Surf Install. I have since decided to redesign my project.
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:music:Click Here to jump to my new Project Redesign Worklog- Starting from POST #21
Updated checklist on post #199
So this is what I plan for my completed CarPC/Audio system to contain..eventually:
Most of these things I already own. The car audio components will be mainly Alpine.
UPDATE: Some of the planned components listed may change throughout the project. See worklog starting from POST #21 for updates.
- * M4-ATX Automotive DC-DC Power Supply, 250 W
* LED Backlit Touch Screen Monitor -- Still Need but PC build can still proceed
* 120mm Case Fan - airflow exhaust for center console storage bin
* Windows 7
* 1 GB DDR2 Module -- Still need to upgrade to 2GB but 1GB will do for now
* USB Wifi Adapter
* Centrafuse Navigation- US -- Need to purchase License
* Intel D945GCLF2D Mini ITX Mainboard
* Logitech DiNovo Mini Bluetooth Keyboard
* 32GB SATA SSD
* Micro Bluetooth USB Dongle
* Alpine SPR-17S - 6-1/2" 2-Way 330W Component Speaker System
* Alpine SWE-1042 - 10" 750W 4-Ohm Subwoofer x 4 -- Custom trunk installation (I already own all 4 subs)
* Upgraded AMP...still researching.
* Alpine rear deck speakers -- Still need to upgrade but not ncessary for build
* Alpine SPR-17C - 6-1/2" Speakers for rear doors --- Still need but not necessary for build.
* Install grill behind back seat center drop down armrest -- Still need but not necessary for build
* LCD Rear View Mirror Monitor
* Backup camera
* M350 Mini-ITX Case w/ mounting brackets
* 120mm Washable Fan Filter
* Prewired HDD Green LED w/ motherboard header connector.
* Reset/power/power LED Switch cable with MOBO header connector
* Latched Power button w/ Green LED Ring
* USB CarPC Amp -- Still Need
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############### OLD PROJECT & 1st Project ##################
I plan to use my EEEPC 2G Surf as my carpc. I am actually using it now but only with a temporary mobile solution. EEEPC's are so fun to hack and versatile. The 2G Surf is "bottom of the line" when compared to the more recent eeepc's. But it still does exactly what I need and more.Now that money is tighter than ever I figure that I would make some adjustments to my project...the best part of mobile computing...can fit almost any budget. I also will be having a professional shop perform the electrical portion of my install...atleast it will be my vision and design...though I'm sure others out there have similar or better setups than this.
Current Temporary Setup
- EEEPC 2G Surf
EEEPC/Netbook Car Floor Mount
Sony CD/CDRW/Mp3/WMA Deck
Audio Jack for AUX input to Stereo
Power Inverter (cigarette lighter plug)
Alpine 10" subs x 3 (only 2 are active)
Stock component speakers
Stock rear window speakers
350 watt amp
My temp setup will actually work quite well for anyone that may want a relatively low cost carpc solution. I happen to already own an upgraded amp and additional 10" sub and speakers. So though my New Hardware idea that I will list later looks like more items. I am actually utilizing components that I already own that I have not installed yet.
My Original Main Hardware Idea:
My New Hardware Idea
I am running a EEEBuntu Linux Distro (Base 2.0) on my EEEPC off of an 8GB SDHC and I am using XBMC as my media software ( I prefer Linux over Windows). I really like the looks of the Street Deck, Centerfuse and other software that MP3Car offers but they are only for Windows. I also have tried many many open source front ends and I am not completely satisfied with how they handle music. The main function for my PC is music and mobile internet. GPS is not a big deal to me since referring to apps like google maps is sufficient for me. I will eventually be adding OBDII. I also currently use bluetooth dialup for internet access. I use my Wii Remote (using bluetooth) to navigate my XBMC . My goal is to have as few wires and as less hand contact with the PC for safe driving and convenience.
My Proposed Installation Plan
I plan to install (mount) my EEEPC either under the front passenger seat of my Altima or in the glove box with a custom grill on the front of it for ventilation. I will be connecting the VGA out to the 7" Rear View Mirror w/Bluetooth/TFT/Backup Cam. I chose to keep my aftermarket deck installed (atleast for now) in case I perform other hardware/software updates on my EEEPC. This will allow me to still have access to music. Both the mirror and my mobile phone (Verizon XV6900 a.k.a. HTC Vogue) support A2DP so I also could explore that option for streaming music from my phone to the Mirror which will be connected to my stereo..but I may lose audio quality with that option.
I have made an internal hardware mod on my 2G Surf which will allow me to power on/off my EEEPC using an external "momentary Off/on" switch. I followed basically a combination of two different tutorials located in both Mp3Car (http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/lapt...er-switch.html ) and from the EEEUser Forum (http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=55472) and this one for describing how to take apart the eeepc http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=6036.
I plan on installing the switch possibly in replace of my Cigarette lighter plug since there is already a hole there. I have a power inverter and do not like using my cigarette plug as a power source because I dislike the cosmetics of the bulky plug sticking out and there is feedback in speakers. I will be replacing it with an inverter wiring directly to my car battery. I will post pictures of my current setup. I also have a video of me using the Wii remote to navigate my XBMC on the EEEPC.
This is the picture of my temporary EEEPC Car Mount. Its within arm reach and not in the way of either me (the driver) or the passenger. The pole is flexible yet very sturdy. EEEPC is attached soley by industrial velcro...works great! It is also not in the way from viewing my stereo face (which is operated by remote control). I am running the XBMC software and this is the view of a current playlist (random play). I created a few of my own album art to use as default if the Artist album art is not available...but I also have Id3 Tag software to add what ever image I want as album art cover for each song.
This is the video of me navigating my XBMC software on my 2G Surf with a Wii Remote using Bluetooth connectivity. Please excuse the quality as I shot this with my mobile phone. I also attached the video to this post : http://www.vimeo.com/3639062
This is a picture of my EEEPC while performing my internal hardware hack/mod in addition to the external switch. I am modding it for an external switch to power it on/off which will eventually be installed on the dash. I completed the internal mod and the external switch to RJ11 connector. These are pics throughout the process. I am working on a budget so I worked with what I had with minimizing expense (lotsa riggin'). This is the video of the finished external switch mod: http://vimeo.com/3733035
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I've decided to mount my eeepc under the passenger seat. Even though the eeepc fits just fine in the glove box by the time I add the vga and audio cable its starts to not be too clean of a setup. I surveyed the area under the passenger seat and there is more than enough clearance and room for any extra cabling I may be adding plus devices. I also decided to purchase the cigarette-to-usb plug conversion that is supplied at the MP3car store. That will be installed to the right of my switch as seen here:
My Altima actually has an additional cigarette plug inside of the center console so if I still need that connection for something else I will have one still available. I am also researching and will develop an enhancement to my power switch. I wish to eliminate as many wires as possible so I want to develop a way to power on my eeepc using bluetooth. The method may not be "bluetooth" per say but by channeling communication somehow through that connection telling the pc what to do. My bluetooth dongle still has power even if the eeepc is turned off.
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The shop that I am having my electronics installed (Kustom Kar Sound)suggested that through experience to not have my eeepc installed in the trunk (especially since I will have four 10" subs back there). Apparently this is regardless of the solid state drive. I'll take their word for since they are the professionals. So that is definitely ruled out and I have decided on mounting my EEEPC underneath the passenger seat for sure and on top of a laptop cooler/USB Hub.
This may not be the exact cooler that I'm getting but you get the idea. It's powered by USB and has four 2.0 USB ports:
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