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    BMW e36 328i Sport Coupe

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    Just in the process of ordering kit and planning the wiring. I have the next week and a half off work and will be doing the wiring over the weekend and the beginning of the week.

    I will be taking photo's as I go along to show you what is going on.

    The Car


    Hardware:

    Up front


    PC

    Extras

    While yes I understand that the spec is overkill for what is required at the moment... The Atom processors are quite energy efficient and will draw less wattage from the engine/battery, also the ION chipset will give me playback of HD video smoothly (most of my videos are 720p/1080p mkv's due to the setup of my living room frontend) even if I cant play them at HD resolution at the moment.... but the HD projector out of the boot wont be far behind!

    There are some more custom bits that I will be doing to finish off the install (rotory control system, front & rear cameras with recording, internal camera....)

    Day 1

    Okay so day 1 has gone quite well... much better than I thought it would have...

    I have removed the front passenger seat and the back bench..



    Removed the centre console and the shift surround..


    Found my cable run....


    Down this run I have ran
    • 2 x USB
      2 x 3.5mm audio Jack
      1 x VGA Cable
      10 x wires for the headunit

    My only snagging point at the moment and am awaiting a reply from en4cer about is.... how do I EASILY remove the Stereo and CC holder as pictured below...


    There seem to be 4 screws holding in, but they are on the reverse side and I dont seem to be able to get a screwdriver and and my fat fingers in there at the same time!!! lol

    Day 2 to Day 32

    Okay so bit of a BIG jump between posts, I do apologise. Had so much stuff on I havent found the time... but now I can finally show you some more photos.

    Sooo things went pretty much like this... I finally got the plastic out of the frame... with a lil bit of force, but in the end it wasnt that bad The next bit I really dont have that many photos of as I was running towards the end of my week off work, the Bezel had turned up from the USA and the display arrived at about the same time..



    That shot was at the end of the day, and I must admit it was quite easy to fit the screen... the Bezel was as good as I expected, with the screw holes and holders in the right places for the lilliput screen... well almost, it is possible to get a lil play in the screen around it, but its easily solved however I will admit that behind that lovely screen, its not all pretty.. but its sturdy!

    I must admit upfront I have made on lil booboo and that was when I was relocating the AC unit... I will admit right now that my hacksawing skills are pretty dismal (and not looking at en4cers photos properly), so when cutting the sunglasses holder I cut the wrong bit at the bottom and also cut it badly! however it works and it fits right at the moment... tho I have brought another sunglasses holder from these guys Shropshire BMW Parts for £5 (They are based in Telford, but do mail order parts and are on ebay)

    More of the screen and upfront to come..... next up is the PC



    Heres a few photos of the PC, the all on one CPU/GPU and mobo combination of the board is fantastic in many ways, nVidia ION chipset for some outstanding graphics from a small machine, Dual-Core CPU for anything that can be off loaded to the GPU, mini-PCI Wifi card, HDMI, DVI & VGA out (great for some expandability... see Phase 2), Digital audio out (Alpine do a Digital Audio adapter.. will solve some of the some slight interference problems) and quite frankly.. a fair few USB ports... 6 on the back and 2 lots of headers on board.



    Combine this board with the universal case and you have a nice lil setup. I chose this case over a vroom case is the expansions on the front and the lightness of it. You can also buy from LinITX various extras for mounting the case how you want.

    The PC obviously needs to be powered some how and that is with the M1-ATX... its quite simple... you use some jumpers to set how long it will stay on for when ignition (or switch) is turned off, it will keep a 5v line to the PC for a set period of time ( for quicker restarts) and then fully power down. The M1-ATX will also monitor the battery and fully shutdown if the current from the battery drops to a low level.



    All of this will be mounted in the boot, above the battery where the First Aid kit would have been, what you can see below is just a mock up (notice the m not a c) I made out of some plywood and off cuts I had. I must say it fits quite well and the principal is sound so I will be off to get some MDF and re do it to a better finish ( including covers and carpeting) also located here I don't loose much boot space and is conveniently just above the battery and right next to the end of my cable run.




    So now back to the front, here are a few snaps of the system working about 80% fully.. right now the radio doesnt get a good signal and I dont have Phoco installed for the phone section, but it plays music, plays videos, shows me where to go and keeps me amused




    I did make a royal cock up of trying to wire up the antenna upto the USB radio, some thing went POP and I lost all windows, sunroof and internal lights... this was easy to solve.. replaced fuses... however the ignition/accessory line to the radio doesnt work any more.. so until I fix this i have fitted a switch on the cig lighter panels to signal ignition or not.

    More to come on the interface later and the next phase of the install...

    Lucan

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    Just a suggestion, seeing as you are putting the screen where I have mine.

    Upgrade your screen to the Linitx TMR or a transflective.


    I have had lilliputs for years, but have now put in a TMR and the difference is noticeable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer View Post
    Just a suggestion, seeing as you are putting the screen where I have mine.

    Upgrade your screen to the Linitx TMR or a transflective.


    I have had lilliputs for years, but have now put in a TMR and the difference is noticeable.
    Good thinking Batman! also on that note I hadnt order the screen yet anyways

    A quick question on the fitment of the bezel with a non-liliput screen... any problems?

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    The linitx's use basically the same screens as the lilliput so fits fine.

    The problem is how to fit the controller boards behind it.


    On the lilliput I had before I just double sided foam taped the single lilliput board. and that worked for almost three years before it fell off, hence the reason for the upgrade.

    The Linitx TMR has three seperate boards that screw onto the back of the casing, so I have trimmed the casing and hot glued it to the bracket that is in the console.

    Unfortunately while fitting I allowed the screen to drop a bit and I think I have loosened the very small cable that goes between the controller board and the screen as I now have a perfect picture, but in yellow.

    So I need to take it out again and reseat the cable.

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    hmmm... been having a look at the TMR's.. and my main problem is right now I cant afford the extra £100+ for a TMR screen....

    I think I will go the route of a normal lilliput for now and upgrade after xmas if it is a major problem (im pretty sure I can flog the lilliput to someone.... theres already a lot of interest with work collegues to see what the setup is like and hints of me doing it to their cars too)

    Thanks for the info tho here and also on the BMW carputers site

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    I have the USB Tiny Thumbpad Keyboard. It's good for text entry on the road, but it's lacking the keys necessary to make it a real Windows keyboard. I can't get to the BIOS with it, so I ended up going to a tiny Bluetooth keyboard. I can't tell you yet how well that works; I'm just about to install the system, so I'll do some testing soon.

    I also have a little USB finger-mount trackball in case I need to click on something and the touchscreen malfunctions, but I'll have to admit that nothing like that has happened to me with the systems I've used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdholtz View Post
    I have the USB Tiny Thumbpad Keyboard. It's good for text entry on the road, but it's lacking the keys necessary to make it a real Windows keyboard.
    yeah, that is true... but i only want it for passengers to be able to search for music and such, or me when stationary for the sat nav..... i dont need a full keyboard for most things and if i need the bios i can just plug one i.. i wont be driving at that point

    Done some good work today... all tho news from enforcer says im going to be in some pain removing these screws...!

    More tomorrow.....

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    Updated......

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