OK, I'm new here, and this is my first thread on mp3car but I'm about to start my 2nd car pc project within the next month.
Sorry I don't have a cool name for my xB yet...maybe someone can help with that.
I really foresee this forum helping me allot along the way, I know mostly what I want to do with my next project and kinda know how I'll accomplish it but this one is HUGE compared to my previous project.
Oh yeah, previous project...
a 98 sentra that got invaded one day in a parking lot, was broke into and the sony head unit, an mp3 player, and amp and subs (box was too big to be taken outta trunk) were all stolen.
the fun part was that when they took the head unit they took the mounting bracket and tray and cup holders that were attached, as well as cutting the wires instead of just unplugging the radio, so i was left with a big hole in my dash and very very short wires with no plug.
i was kicking myself for leaving tools in the seat of my car, although they didn't take the tools, they used them to unscrew the amp and subs and to cut the wires!
At that point I had thought a little about installing a pc into a car, but never heard it being done before. Well I started searching for some small lcd touch screens and found mp3car.com!
i didn't sign up the info was very helpful being that car pcs were very unheard of.
I built a shuttle-based pc to start and 'installed' it behind the drivers seat and then dissasembled the 8" 4:3 lcd and mounted it in the big hole where the radio, tray, and cup holders once were.
My problem was i had to do everything myself and i was horrible at fabrication.
somehow the screen cracked under stress and the trim around the screen never looked right. so i ripped it all outta the car, sold the pc and lived without any kinda of radio or infotainment for nearly a year.
Now present day:
I've had my 2008 xB since it was new and drive it allot (75,000 miles allready) but for the last year i've been debating on selling it for something less 'cool' but more comfort.
i finally made my mind to keep it, so now i'm certain i want to go crazy modding it!
here it is now:
and interior (yes i modded all my leds from orange to green)
here are the parts i will initially be ordering (you'll see that i 'downgraded some'):
* Lilliput EBY701-NP/C/T 7" VGA Touchscreen with Backup Camera Wiring
* M2-ATX-HV 140W Intelligent DC-DC PSU
* P4-12V to P4-12V Cable
* M350 Universal Mini-ITX enclosure by Mini-Box
* ElmScan Compact 5 USB OBD-II by ScanTool
* BU-353 Weather-proof GPS Receiver
* Griffin Powermate Volume Knob 1100-PWRMTS
* G.SKILL 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory Model F2-5300CL4S-2GBPQ - Retail
* Intel BOXD945GCLF Intel Atom processor 230 Intel 945GC Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo - Retail
* SAMSUNG USB 2.0 Silver Slot-Load Slim External DVD Writer Model SE-T084M/RSB LightScribe Support - Retail
* Western Digital Scorpio Black WD1600BEKT 160GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Total about $700
i wanted to go with a full size atx board to give me mainly the number of video outputs i need, but to also give me more performance at a lower cost.
after lots of researching and recommendations i decided to go smaller, and i just kept going smaller and smaller :-)
when the time comes to add more monitors, i'll try those usb video cards, or i'll buy a pci dual head to go in my 1 pci slot.
here's some of the things i want to do with this pc.
everything centrafuse offers:
auto high beam
push button start with numeric pin (I love the transporter movies!)
remote start (even though my xB is a 5 speed and i'm not supposed to do that)
maybe even down the road i'll add things like electronically controlled window tint or advanced cruise control or lane departure warnings.
i know that most of the extra stuff i want to do will require fusion brain or maybe 2 of them, but i'm still doing research on it and this new eyeR interceptor for v4 to see what i need to start with, but this christmas i hope to have all the centrafuse functions working.
here is where i'll mount the m350 (with cardboard template that is way to big[for old atx idea])
i'll build some kinda plexiglass housing that'll keep it from being kicked by the rear seat passengers, btw the front seat is slid all the way forward, it wont be exposed like that normally.
the current radio will be replaced by a lilliput 701 lcd
i would like install a 6.5" rear view mirror screen for backup cam/nightvision and maybe gauges
i want to put 2 small touch screens where the current hvac knobs are, or maybe just relabel the knobs and modify them to simply control 3 griffin power mates. ( i can't figure out where to mount a volumn knob in my car)
i also want to replace the aux and ipod input with a usb hub/power button-combo-something-or-another.
well i've run outta time but hopefully our wise forum readers will have some advice for what i've written so far.
oh last question, i can't find where to add my signature, where do i do that?
also, for kicks, here is a photoshop pic i did of the bodywork i want to do to my xB!
thank you all!