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    Jul 2009

    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

    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.

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    nrf is offline
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    Oct 2009

    Updated pics?

    New user here - just saw your post. Exact same car as me. I'm thinking about installing a carpc of my own. Do you have any updated pictures? I am thinking that pop-up storage area in the middle on the top of the dash is a perfect place for a monitor...

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    Sheepdog rdholtz's Avatar
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    Atlanta, GA, USA
    Quote Originally Posted by nrf View Post
    I am thinking that pop-up storage area in the middle on the top of the dash is a perfect place for a monitor...
    Consider the effect the sun is going to have on the screen; if you don't have a sunlight-readable screen ($$$$$), you'll probably want a location out of the direct sun.
    If just enough is really good, then too much ought to be perfect.

    2006 Scion xB with in-dash Atom & Lilliput 889GL -- Worklog at

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