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    Smile 2009 Pontiac G8 GT Build- The Shiz-Nit

    I have been lurking on the Forum for some time now and have done lots of research. I am just about done with the planning and about to build. I have some parts and need to order others. I have all of the parts that I plan on using listed below. I will not be starting until next weekend (I have a 4 day from work). If anybody thinks that something might not work or they have a suggestion then please let me know so that I can adjust my plan. I will be updating with pictures as the project moves along. For now here is a picture of my car. Thanks in advance for your help.
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    Car PC Build-
    Mother Board $150.99
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    Motherboard: ZOTAC GF9300-I-E
    Networking: Built in Wi/Fi
    Video: NVIDIA GeForce 9300 (Built In)
    CPU: E6600(2.40GHz, dual-core) Found
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    Power Supply: M2-ATX 160W Intelligent DC-DC PSU: 69.99
    OP/S: Windows XP Pro/LinuxICE (Already Had)
    RAM: Patriot 2GB 6400 (Already Had)
    Hard Drive: WD 1TB 3.0 SATA (Already Had)
    Sound Processor: MAudio FastTrack Pro (Already Had)
    Case: Cube Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply $39.99
    DVD/CD: Samsung Drive BLK (Already Have)
    Logitech diNovo Mini Black Bluetooth Wireless Mini Keyboard Retail: 139.99
    USB Hub: (Already Had)
    Cables/Wires: $30
    Touch Screen USB Controller for 4-Wire Analog Resistive Touch Panels: $32.41 (Purchased)
    4-Wire Resistive Touch Panel for 6.5" Widescreen LCD monitors: $63.22 (Purchased)Video In Motion Module (I wish that there was another way ): $297
    Navigation GPS: Future Mod
    Blue Tooth: AZiO BTD-V201 USB 2.0 Micro Bluetooth Adapter (Class 1, V2.1 + EDR) 21.99

    Total Price (So Far): $854.58
    I need the VIM in order to have my stock screen stay on over 3mph. It is an expensive part but I do not have much of a choice. I will be adding a touch screen overlay to my existing stock 6.5 screen. If anyone has some info or knows of an option that will work for me, please let me know. If I am missing anything else please let me know about that to.

    As for mounting, the computer will be in the trunk mounted to the Top on the Bottom of the rear deck.
    As for front ends I am still playing around with the free ones and have not decided on one.

    Audio: Infinity Kappa All-The-Way-Around with a 10 (Old School) Sub-Woofer in the trunk.

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    Drool....I love the G8 so much....very jealous! The G8 will be the next car I own, after my car dies. I don't care if it may be old by then...I just love the styling...

    Good luck on the project!

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    Update 25FEB10

    I could not wait for everything to get here and I am still hung-up on the power supply. Here is the new Infinity Kappa 32.9cf center speaker that I installed today. I will have to put a 6ohm or so resistor on it because it is just to over powering of the other speakers. I also installed Infinity Kappa 6.5" in both front doors but did not take any pics. I will take pics when I do the back ones. I also got my Touch Screen overlay in the mail today. This will go over my stock screen.




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    What's VIM? It's a nav/video hack?

    Maybe you can hack yourself and save some $$$. Most likely you'd have to add a switch to cut the speed wire, ground the parking brake and, as with my Sequoia, I also had to add a switch to the OEM gps antenna wire (because without speed info, the computer tried to guess speed from the gps). Most Toyota/Lexus solutions also involved cut the gps positioning, so I didn't spend much (around $15.00 at Radio Shack), while people were asking $300+ for the same thing.

    Now a permanent solution, that keeps everything working, I haven't seen yet for Toyota/Lexus. Is that what this VIM does? If so, totally worth it. Does it add VGA input to the stock monitor too?

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    Yes sort of the "VIM" stands for Video In Motion. It is a safety feature GM built in. You can play video through the rear Aux port while in park or up to 3-5mph then it shuts off. The VIM mod allows the video to stay on no matter what speed. No one has figured out how to do it except a company called JHP.
    Here is a link
    http://jhp.com.au/g8partsdirect/VideoInMotion.htm

    My car does not come with OEM GPS, the screen is just for the stock radio an HVAC controls.

    Until myself or someone else finds out a different way it is the only option I have. They are also the only company that sells it.

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    You can't just cut a wire to disable the VIM safety feature. It pulls that information from the GMLAN interface. You have to reflash the radio to "not care," about the higher speeds. That's what JHP is offering... it's VERY expensive, but they have a monopoly on the market right now.

    It just sucks that we (I drive an 09.5 G8GT,) have to suffer with composite video signals... I am desperately trying to find another solution. I have heard of A/C controls being relocated... basically, everything in the car works off GMLAN, and right now, the stock headunit simply communicates to those modules. All it would take is adding a secondary controller somewhere.

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    Do you really want to keep your stock HU?
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    I'd much rather replace my headunit with something different... a nice hi-res screen would be great.

    I'm thinking I might be able to replace the screen, and still have it hook up to the stock stereo, but ALSO have VGA input... no more VIM necessary at that point...

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    In order for the HVAC controls to function I must keep my stock head unit.

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    I have been looking into a replacement screen but have not found one yet. I was thinking along the same path as you. If I could swap out the screen and replace it with a screen that has a VGA input then I do not see a reason why it would not work.

    Update: Just waiting on my motherboard and a few other parts to come in. I hope I will get to install next 2 weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanO View Post
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    In order for the HVAC controls to function I must keep my stock head unit.
    The hvac is controlled by the hu's interface? that's lame . I must say that slightly lessens my love for the g8 gt. Well, good news is that a lot of effort is going into hacking the GMLAN, so sometime in the future you should be able to control the hvac from your carpc.
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