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    Quote Originally Posted by TFCommanderBob View Post
    So DCCA failed to mention that my product is out of stock, though I did get a prompt reply from a 'sales manager' when I sent them a terse email, quoting their service statement and my current predicament. He said that the cl-rlc would be out of stock "for a few more days". I replied with a question of whether that was a guess or if they knew of a shipment they'd be receiving in a few more days, and he replied that they would look into it. I'm not holding my breath, I think I might cancel and reorder from another vendor even if it costs me a few more dollars. They might still be an OK vendor if the product is in stock, as they seemed relatively prompt. But I fell through the cracks.

    Onward to the AutoToolWorld purchase, they have now informed me that because of hazmat restrictions they are unable to UPS me the rage xtreme or the duraglas. I told them to refund my money and I would not be shopping with them again.

    And I still haven't received that discount from Elemental Designs for the sub, but I'll let that one simmer a bit longer.


    I did find an Auto body shop that is somewhat local. I'm hoping they will have what I'm looking for, or at least a similar product so I can get started next week or so. Couple more days, and the bulk of my stress is over.

    Cheers....
    Let me know how you make out, I can always go to the store and ship you exactly what you need. I do not mind at all =)
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    nice work

    nice work?
    then how much you spent?
    Quote Originally Posted by TFCommanderBob View Post
    So DCCA failed to mention that my product is out of stock, though I did get a prompt reply from a 'sales manager' when I sent them a terse email, quoting their service statement and my current predicament. He said that the cl-rlc would be out of stock "for a few more days". I replied with a question of whether that was a guess or if they knew of a shipment they'd be receiving in a few more days, and he replied that they would look into it. I'm not holding my breath, I think I might cancel and reorder from another vendor even if it costs me a few more dollars. They might still be an OK vendor if the product is in stock, as they seemed relatively prompt. But I fell through the cracks.

    Onward to the AutoToolWorld purchase, they have now informed me that because of hazmat restrictions they are unable to UPS me the rage xtreme or the duraglas. I told them to refund my money and I would not be shopping with them again.

    And I still haven't received that discount from Elemental Designs for the sub, but I'll let that one simmer a bit longer.


    I did find an Auto body shop that is somewhat local. I'm hoping they will have what I'm looking for, or at least a similar product so I can get started next week or so. Couple more days, and the bulk of my stress is over.

    Cheers....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nexson View Post
    Let me know how you make out, I can always go to the store and ship you exactly what you need. I do not mind at all =)
    Hah, thanks... Generous as usual Let me look around here a bit. I'm hoping to get out tomorrow morningish to look around. Depends on the cat- one of our kitties has a puffy pink eye, when I'm hoping will recede overnight after some rest. If I have to take him to the vet tomorrow, I'll lose most of my shopping time!

    Some good news though! Most of my hard work on other projects has paid off and I've completed all but an exit interview (friday morning) to have fully finished my Masters degree! W00t!

    Other good news- This post is coming from my car pc! It is sitting out on an antistatic bag on my coffee table, run off a 400watt ATX PSU. I have everything up and running except the front end. I've installed RideRunner and I'm working on figuring out how all that works. It is quite foreign to me right now, but hopefully with some quality searching/reading I can get it up right. It can already do winamp and weather and Firefox appropriately, although it can basically do that out of the box. I'll take a couple pictures tomorrow and explain the hardships that I went through getting everything up running. Next I'll be starting on sanding the PVC to the shape I want for tweeter pods, but I may wait until Saturday to begin that.

    As for cost to coco123, I believe I'm at about $1,600 which includes basically everything (even fabrication materials and an audio amp) except for speakers which were taken from an old install. I'll post an updated excel sheet of my costs and what I have received.

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    waiting .......

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    Quote Originally Posted by coco123 View Post
    waiting .......
    Hah, well since you are waiting... This is the updated checklist- virtually nothing changed, just noted what I received. If you cannot read it, hold ctrl and hit + until you can.


    I requested a refund from autotoolworld (which I haven't received yet), haven't gotten that promised discount from eD, and I just fired an email to DCCA asking for an update on its status. If they don't get back to me by friday with a timeline for when the product will ship, I'll cancel my order and reorder through an ebay seller. They are on my naughty list...

    I'm holding off on the HDradio, although I didn't make the excel SUM function specific enough to note what I've purchased and what I haven't. I also haven't come up with an appropriate mic for that little area by the keyhole.

    I have a couple of hopefuls for a custom case that I'd like to show yas too, I just have to wait until there is no one sleeping in that room so I can snap a few pictures! I'll hopefully get another update in a bit.

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    Congrats on your near completion of your masters! What an accomplishment!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nexson View Post
    Congrats on your near completion of your masters! What an accomplishment!!

    Thanks!

    Still no pics, day went by too fast. Perhaps tomorrow afternoon or something.

    I did stop by the auto body supply shop, and was sorely disappointed. The only low grit sandpaper they had was in like 100-packs. Anything under 120grit in small pack was only as sanding disks, where I wanted sheets. I did pick up 1 quart of Duraglass for about the same as I could get it for online. They had Rage, but only had the regular version in less than a gallon. So I guess I'm still looking for Rage Xtreme in like a 1/2 gallon and a small pack of 36grit paper. Can you get that where you are Brian? I kind-of doubt it because it is even hard to locate online. FIB-123 is the xtreme 1/2gal model number. There is one location out here, but they are over an hour away. Til I paid for gas there and back, I could buy 1 gallon at the auto shop and throw half away.

    We shall see...

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    Exit interview accomplished. Had some problems, lot of tough music history questions, but overall not too shabby. Passed. Done.



    So here are a few shots (only spent a quick minute taking pictures, sorry) of the mess and a story to go with it. I'll start by stressing a fact: Keep a good scrap drawer, you never know what you might need, and when. I stripped down an old ATX pc case to obtain a reset and power button. It also had 3.5mm jacks that I might be able to use, and possibly a usb to internal header set, although I think they are put too close together to look good in the intended position.



    Anyway, I had problems with the initial build. I decided to use the smaller heatsink, figuring form over funtion. Its a 45w cpu, It should be fine. I installed all the components, hit the power switch, fans spun, and I got no video, no beeps. Crap. Switched from dvi to vga. Switched monitors. Went hunting for a speaker, after realizing that the board only had headers- no built in. Still no beeps after finding and attaching a speaker. Finally I decided to take the cpu out and found the heatsink was stuck to it. After some prying I got it off, but the cpu came up with it and I hadn't released the socket- No, the thermal paste wasn't the permanent kind, but it tried to be. I either bent a couple CPU pins in the process, or they were already bent. After a few tense minutes straightening those out few pins, I cleaned off all the paste, found an old syringe of OCZ 5+ Silver instead of the cheap stuff, and after reinstalling everything it worked like a charm. I have everything up and running, and started playing with RideRunner and custom skins and stuff. I'm on the fence though. At $80, Centrafuse will offer me a good quality mapping system and a quick painless design. I'm pretty sure I'll end up going that route, as free map programs don't look promising, and a quality one can be easily the cost of centrafuse.

    I haven't tried out the DSATX yet, because I'm unsure how as of yet. I don't own a converter for it to use, so I think I'm going to have to bring in my battery to test it out, or bring the pc to it.

    Finally, case options. I noted that the FullATX case I stripped had predrilled spots for the mini-itx board. I could cut out the motherboard tray and backplate so that I can mount the mobo and have a nice clean back, but it still wouldnt be enclosed. The other option that I'm looking at looks much more fun.




    It is a case that contained, until today, a cheap poker set. I think it came from my grandmother, and she got it as part of a prize at bingo night. I don't play poker, so its been sitting in a closet for a couple years. The good- All parts fit into it just as I had the cardboard layout. The bad- It not deep enough on to actually mount a backplate in just half of the case. That leaves me with a couple options. I can either just chop out the appropriate amount from both the bottom and the lid. Or, I can just cut holes for wires to run through, and have the connections take place inside the case. There is just barely enough room to try it that way. Thoughts?

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    Starting Case

    Ok, so I did 90% of my Christmas shopping today, but still got a few minutes to mess with the carPC. I was told to relinquish the coffee table, so most of my stuff got moved back into the extra room. The boring installation parts are over, so I suppose I can live without TV while I work. The stereo is plenty loud enough to hear it in there

    Since I'm still looking for 36grit sandpaper, I opted to start on my computer case. I immediately realized that the dremel I own is now junk. It is a battery one, which I purchased while we were living in apartments that didn't have outside electricity. The battery now lasts about 5-8 minutes with the dremel wheel spinning on high, and takes a few hours to charge again. I'll be purchasing a new one after Christmas.

    I was grateful for it anyway though, as it was the only thing I had which could cut through the metal framing around the box. Under that frame is compressed fiber cardboard-like pieces covered in a silver veneer. I'll never be able to screw something into that- It simply won't hold. These are mockup shots, so things look rough and angles are off, but you get the idea better than with words.






    So I am going to frankenstein both of my ideas into one. I'm going to cut out the metal motherboard sheet from the old atx case, which convieniently is predrilled for an ITX board. It also has a backplate spot so I dont have to attempt to "shape" the cheapo material box into the correct dimensions. It appears to be *just* deep enough to be able to mount all my components.

    I haven't decided how to mount the metal piece to the box. I'd prefer not mar the outside of the box, even the bottom, but I might just not have a choice. I'm picturing it bolted to the bottom of the box, with a nut and washer on the outside. Perhaps I could put little feet over it so you can't tell.

    My girlfriend's stepdad has a father who can work with metal and a grandfather who can work with wood. I think he is interested in my project, so hopefully he can lend a hand and maybe even enlist his relatives to either allow me to use their tools or simply help by working on the project themselves. He is much more knowledgeable with PC's and especially electronics than I am. I have virtually no tools other than the basics, as I have yet to own a house. I did inherit some from my dad and grandfather, both of whom passed away about a year ago. I just have no place to put anything!

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    Merry Christmas from Tania, Chris, Miles, and Jazz!


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