2007 Dodge Charger & Zotac Ion
This is my first attempt at a carputer. I've been lurking for over five years.
- Zotac IonITX D-E
- 4GB RAM
- 160GB HDD (Will get a SSD soon)
- 4th Gen Mo-Co-So case
- Lilliput 629 with DVI input
- Directed HDRadio
Check back for pictures while assembling the system
The Mo-Co-So case. It's a really nice case. Much better than if I had attempted to build a case out of sheet metal. The bottom plate slides out.
This plate includes mounting holes for the hard drive and has standoffs for the power supply and motherboard.
Here is the M2-ATX installed. I eventually decided to reverse the direction because the cables seemed to lay better.
As you can see, the cables didn't lay very flat. The cables weren't going to lay flat enough to fit in the case.
Once the motherboard is installed on the plate, all the front panel connectors need to be installed. The case offers a LOT of options. A Power or Reset button, 2 USB ports, stereo RCA jacks (with a wire to ground to the case),
Here is the box fully assembled.
There is a case fan that mounts on the plate that lines up with the M2-ATX and a vent in the side of the case. I found that the fan was extremely noisy. I will need to find a replacement fan if I'm going to try to use this inside as well.
The Lilliput 629 Touchscreen... Since this has a DVI input, I got a HDMI to DVI converter and use the HDMI out of the Zotac. This works great... HDMI should be a lot smaller than DVI for routing cables in the car.
I'm probably going to use RideRunner... I used to be excited about RR, but it is seeming less and less what I want. I'm getting interested in openMobile.
I have developed a plug-in for RR that emulates the OEM head unit using the canbus. In Chrysler vehicles there are 2 canbuses: One for the engine, and the other is for interior devices. That second bus has the head unit, Sirius satellite receiver, and steering wheel controls among others. The plug-in can control the Sirius receiver, listen to the steering wheel controls, and display information in the information cluster in the dash (EVIC). The hardware used is the CANUSB. I tied into the canbus using a hands free adapter that has both ends of the head unit harness (while the HU is still there)
That is it so far. I still need to figure out how it will go into the car...