2008 Chevy Malibu Install
Car Codename: Optimus Prime
Hey everyone. After reading and planning, I've begun my project to install a CarPC in my car. Here is my ride:
A 2008 Chevy Malibu LTZ in Black Granite Metallic with Ebony and Brick leather interior. It has a V6 and a 6-speed tap-shift transmission. The car is the main piece of hardware:
Optimus Prime Back
The PC is a custom build:
- Intel Atom processor 330 Intel 945GC Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
- SUPER TALENT MasterDrive 64GB Internal Solid State Disk
- Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 667 Desktop Memory
- Vroom PC2 Car Enclosure
- Carnetix M2-ATX-HV 160W Intelligent DC-DC PSU
- Windows 7 RC 32-bit OS
The other hardware that I'm going to put in the car:
- USB FM/TV Tuner
- USB GPS Reciever
- iPod Cable (and iTunes to play from my iPod)
- XM Stuff
I have build the computer, sans the power supply. I didn't know which one I wanted, so I put the PC together with a standard computer power supply. The real supply comes in on Monday, so I'll install it and have some fun working with the PC.
Pics of the build:
The intial setup after the build.
Windows 7 RC working on the Atom Processor
My first ever PC build was a success!
As I install it in the car, I'll post more information. It's going to take a little bit of time -- It's expensive for a broke college student. And I don't want to mess up my new car.
Any feedback and suggestions are welcome.