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Thread: 2003 Nissan Xtrail - Direct DoubleDIN replacement using VIA Pico ITX

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    2003 Nissan Xtrail - Direct DoubleDIN replacement using VIA Pico ITX

    Currently the Nissan Xtrail is fitted with a doubleDIN 6-stacker CD/radio/cassette in the centre dash. It does not have MP3 capability nor an aux input for USB devices.

    The functionality I wanted to add was
    1. Play DVD's
    2. Aux input for USB device with MP3 files
    3. Navigation
    4. OBD2 vehicle diagnostics and display
    5. Reversing camera

    The dream ...
    A full carputer being able to
    1. Perform all of the above features plus
    2. FM / DAB+ radio
    3. DVB-T tuner
    4. Reversing sensor display integrated from existing 8-sensor unit
    5. Display of DVD playing on headrest screens for rearseat passengers
    6. Complete fit of all components, including audio amps and powersupply into doubleDIN slot
    7. Tire Pressure Remote Monitoring

    I have sourced over the previous few months, after many months of research...
    1. VIA 1GHz Pico ITX with 1Gb memory
    2. Chinese clone M2-ATX intelligent startup/shutdown controller
    3. IDE-CF adaptor
    4. 8Gb CF card for operating system
    5. SATA-CF adaptor
    6. 32Gb CF card for MP3 storage
    7. Seform 7" LCD touchscreen 800x480 (Lillyput/Xenarc similar)
    8. DoubleDIN adaptor mounting plate for Lillyput EBY701
    9. 2 x mini 70W/channel stereo amps (one for left/right front + one for left/right rear)
    10. USB ELMscan5 OBD2 module
    11. Globalsat BU-353 USB GPS Receiver SIRF III
    12. Slot-load DVD drive
    13. Craig Brass Ultimate DAB+ radio module

    I will be loading some pics of the items and space it will be mounted into soon.

    Current progress is...
    - Fabricated mounting plate for 2 x mini stereo amps
    - Fabricated mounting plate for MB, CF adaptors and powersupply
    - Loaded operating system onto Pico ITX and setup touchscreen drivers
    - Modified bybyte doubleDIN screen mount
    - Fabricated fixing brackets for MB/CF/PS and Amps mounting plates
    - Fabricated cabling to connect MB/PS and Amps to OEM wiring harness
    - Fabricating audio cable for 4.1 connections from MB header
    - Modified dash for fitting of slot-load DVD drive
    - Loading Navigation software, configuring RR and testing audio, video, dvd, radio functions on bench
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    Sounds very cool what os did you load? post some pics if you have any i would love to see the guts of this install

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    Thanks joe. I am running XP and will be using RR frontend.

    OK, here are some initial pics

    1. Pico ITX with M2-ATX supply and IDE-CF adaptor all mounted on tray (front and rear views)


    2. 2 x stereo mini amps mounted on tray (front and rear views)


    3. Dash pictures showing original fit and space available


    4. Test fit of mounted equipement into double-DIN space


    The slot-load DVD drive will replace the hazard flasher switch at the bottom of the photos after the switch is relocated to the dash just infront of the steering wheel.

    Next lot of pics will be of the screen ready for mounting and the two trays bolted together with mounting brackets ready to be installed.
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    Seems cool so far. I am curious how your mini amps work out. I will be getting one eventually and just so happen to come across those same ones you have through some googling.
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    wow! i have wanted to do an install like this for a long time but couldn't find any parts small enough. very nice

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    oh where did you get those tiny amplifiers from. I've never seen any like that

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    Thanks people,
    This has been in the planning as I said for quite a while and I really did not want to do anything until I found the parts which would all fit into the double-DIN space. Putting the cpu or amp under the seats just did not appeal to me and there is not much other space behind the Xtrail dash.

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    I have already wired the amp into the front speakers temporarily and fed my MP3 player through it via the 3.5mm plug and the bass is great. As it is 75W RMS/channel with 500W peak total power there seems to be plenty of headroom for the bass peaks. For the cheap price I thought it was worth trying and not much lost if no good. And considering how small normal car radios are these days with 2x45W amp, tuner, etc in such small cases I thought the size of these was about right to actually be true and work. Pleased with the result.

    @ joe
    I got the amps off ebay and the seller store link is
    http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/Techex...2676?_nkw=500w
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    Ref X-Trail 2003

    Hi there ,
    I have just been reading about your x-trail pc install, What model x-trail do you have, I have a 2003 deisel dci in the eu and want to try and install a OBD11 into it. Now in the eu this standard did not come into force on deisel's until 2004.

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    Hi rfinch23,

    I have a 2.5 petrol Xtrail, T30 Series 1.
    We did not get the diesel here in Australia until the latest T31 model in 2008.
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    I will say looking good...... I will also say that those amps are small, but watch out, they can get very hot. If you do easy or normal sound volume listening, the amps will only get warm. If you listen to your volume all the way up, a lot, then they things get blistering hot. If this happens that compartment will heat up quick and the PC will be using that hot air to cool off, which wont do to good to the health of the PC. I suggest putting fans someplace, maybe one to blow cool air into the compartment and one out the compartment.
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