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    Who am I? HiJackZX1's Avatar
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    Isnt that cable to long!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????!!!!!!!!!!!! My truck is the same length maybe alittle shorter and a 10 foot cable worked from the front to the back, with some slack to spare. Now if your not running straight down the middle them maybe you'll need about 15 feet. On my front passenger VGA run I was short 5 feet, so I had to run the cable funny. For all the other VGA cables though they were all long enough. Also the cable looks really thick. Almost the same width as my DVI-D cable, which I bought from monoprice also.
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    I'm not running down middle, and to give you an idea, the 10' USB uplink cable just BARELY reaches from under driver seat to the trunk, and I'm not 100% sure if that's going to work 'cause of it running near the power lines.

    Remember, I drive the grandma mobile

    Edit: It will be longer than I need, but I didn't want to get it and have it too short either, and I didn't think 20' would cut it from my measurements I needed at least 25'

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    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    Well I'm crossing my fingers, but I am sure it will work. Maybe they had you send a double box because they simply used the inner box to send back to you? It is funny though that they had such harsh requirements but what you recieved back was kind of substandard for my taste. The bubble wrap doesnt even look inflated, lol. It sux that my install is at a stand still. Im so eager to get going!
    No dice. However, tonight working with bxsteez on this stupid M4 he noticed something. Click!

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    Goce with MP3Car Store is sending me a DSATX and refunding the difference. Thumbs up to them working with me on this stupid ordeal, and hopefully they'll be able to get the M4 issues worked out with Mini-Box.

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    Sunday June 28th:
    This evening I ran some cables in prep for the DSATX arriving on Wednesday.

    I ran the VGA extension cable I received from MonoPrice, and the Stereo Mini I received from BuyExtras. I ran the USB Uplink cable, and the extension cable from the webcam on my rearview mirror to the USB Hub under the driver seat.








    Edit: I hit Post instead of Preview.

    I put electrical tape over the connection on the stereo mini extension to prevent the cable from pulling apart, and then put heatshrink over the electrical tape to keep the tape from making the surrounds sticky.

    The VGA was easy to push through to the trunk. It was more stiff than any of the other cables, and the hardest part with running it was behind the channel where the seat belt runs, but I got it.

    The VGA and the audio are run opposite power cables, they're on the driver side and the video/audio are on the passenger side.

    After running everything I threw the laptop in the trunk and tested the audio. I can hear a buzzing noise that was not present prior to the extension cable. I'm going to need to either find a better insulated/higher quality stereo mini cable, or I'm going to have to upgrade the power cable from the battery and do an amp in the trunk.

    I'll wait for the DSATX, and use it as is until I come up with a better solution.

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    things are looking great with your install. I like your attention to details, and pics are nice as well. Congrats on choosing a DSATX over the cheapo M4. Looking forward t more updates.

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    Thanks Punky, this has been quite the project and experience for me, and I know when I do this next time I'll have a much more organized install. For me I like taking pictures and sharing the experience. My hopes with the worklog is that someone could read the logs and recreate the project on a similar car. Digital is cheap and I think I'm nearing the 500 picture mark of "edited" photos (blurry/bad pics removed). Hoping to have a working CarPC by the weekend.

    By clean install I mean such as color coded wires

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    Wednesday July 1st:
    I was not at work today, but my DSATX 220 was set to be delivered to work. It's an Agency Wide Shutdown week due to the holiday - knowing that UPS is usually there before 10AM I boogied to work, and got there JUST as UPS was dropping off the packages for that morning - luckily the building manager was in and signed for 'em. I grabbed my package and headed on out. Too excited to wait I cracked 'er open right there in the parking lot. ... It's another M4-ATX!! NOT a DSATX! Even the packing slip said DSATX, and it was checked off by "J7" whatever that means. J7 OBVIOUSLY didn't pick the right part.




    The M4-ATX did come with the wire harness in a nice little bag, the terminals were gold, the dip switch block is red, and the writing is facing the same way as the catalog/manual pictures.

    I took it home, and figured - I might as well try it to see if it works. I still want the DSATX, but curiosity only killed the cat

    I opened up the package, noting that not only are the terminals gold, and the dip switch block red, but the writing on the chips is also facing the same way as those in the pictures online/manual - the motherboard On/Off wire is MUCH SHORTER than before. Luckily I still have the super long on/off wire I salvaged from an old desktop.


    I kept the M4-ATX in desktop mode for the first test. As soon as the 50AMP fuse was plugged in up front, and the negative clamp reconnected to the battery terminal - the computer kicked on. Woot!

    So I pulled the negative clamp and fuse, changed it to P1, pulled the M4 fuse, reconnected all fuses, the negative terminal and turned the car on. Ran to the trunk to watch the fan spin up. Nothing. Dangit, what'd I do? So rechecked all connections, pulled all fuses (for a bit longer) and tried again. Nothing. Switched it back to desktop mode and it worked just fine.
    Bxsteez2 had a multimeter so we tested the ignition line from fuse box to trunk. Nothing. There's the problem. Found out that the 2nd accessory slot in my fuse box doesn't work. So I just spliced the radar detector and the ignition line to the M4 together and it works in P1!


    I had to run so Bxsteez2 and I parted ways. When I got home I got the Lilliput out to test on the M4. I turned the car on, the computer started to warm up, and I plugged the Lilli in. The little red glow from the Power button came on, I hit the power button, it went green - then it went off. So did the computer. What the hell, I just shorted it all? How? Where's a short? Did I imagine something? What'd I do? Maybe I should just power it when the system turns on... - A MILLION things were running through my head at the same time.

    First things first though - I took the Lilli back inside, and plugged it into the house power, and it turned on just fine - no issues. WHEW!

    I went back to the car, plugged the Lilliput EBY701 back in, and turned the car on. Same thing happened! DANGIT!! What is going on!?!
    *sigh* Bxsteez2 and I met up again after 9PM (as neither of us had work the next day). We put the touchscreen on the M4, and powered it off his power supply on his work bench. Worked just fine, several times. So maybe it’s something in the car, some goofy power issue.

    We took the monitor, the M4, the Zotac board, the hard drive, everything down into the trunk with a new power wire to do some testing. Laptop, CarPC, multimeter, I don't think I've ever had so many running electronics in my trunk – kinda sechsi!


    Not finding anything wrong with the setup and wondering why there are two power plugs on the Lilli – and no documentation on them, we tried the spare one while in the trunk. No dice. Tried the spare plug on the dash…IT WORKED!!!!

    By this time it was late - or early (READ: 1AM) I packed up and headed home from bxsteez2's place, holding the touchscreen in place the entire way as I had not adhered it to the dash. And of course, the absolute worst happened - it slipped when I was accelerating and down it went, off the dash. I grabbed it, but it was too late - it had pulled the power cord out of the side and ripped it clean from the harness. Don't know why I was such an idiot, why I didn't let it just sit on the seat next to me unpowered, unplugged, safe.


    Frustrated with myself, I finished the drive home. I was going to have to buy a new harness, couldn’t be that much I figured. I accepted this and went to bed.

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    Look like the M4 is haunting you further, even if you decided against it.
    I'd say return since its their fault, and get yourself the DSATX this time.

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    Thursday July 2nd:
    Spoke with Bxsteez2 in the AM about the dongle ripping out of the Lilliput EBY701, he said he might have the equipment we need to solder the wire in place again. So, I headed over to his place and we took apart the dongle's housing, fairly easily.

    The main gray piece slid down once the clamps were pushed in, then the metal housing inside was easily separated with a fine flat head, and there we saw just how clean it had pulled out. Bxsteez2 was able to fix it with his hot tweezers and super fine soldering equipment. The man, I just...I guess words cannot describe just how awesome he is.

    I didn't have my Canon EOS with me so the pictures were taken with the BlackBerry - not exactly the high quality up close pictures I would've liked to have, but better than nothing. You can still click the images for the HUGE version though.



    After the dongle was repaired we tested it, and it worked just fine!

    I test placed the Lilliput on the dash trying to find the right spot. Right on top, with the Lilli all the way down felt like the best location. I cleaned my dash with soapy warm water, rinsed it, then cleaned it with rubbing alcohol and stuck the base in place.



    At this point we had to take a quick road trip, so I was able to use the CarPC and play MP3s all the way, however the Nav was not working for whatever reason so that'll take some more looking into.

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