06 Accord CarPC - LOTS of pictures!
In December of 2009 the 1997 Chrysler Concorde died. But of course, I salvaged the parts out of the Chrysler to use in the next vehicle. The "next vehicle" is the 2006 Honda Accord. mmmm
I've learned lots with the different incarnations of the CarPC, and I always said, "My next one I'm going to integrate the touchscreen into the car.". Honda has a factory navigation system for the 2006 Accord. Mine didn't come with one, and after all the research I had done I found it just WAS NOT going to be possible to do and maintain the look I wanted. I could've moved the climate controls to the cubby, or sacrificed the vents above the stereo. Neither one of these was appealing, and if I was going to lose the cubby, I might as well put the touchscreen down there. This will give me further to look from the road (dang.) but at the same time will allow for less sunlight on the screen. So, cubby it is. Damn.
Table of Contents:
Most photos were taken with the wife's Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR, some with my BlackBerry. Most pictures have links to the larger version.
Monday April 12th: Taking Apart Lilliput For Fabrication
Saturday April 17th: Hardware Pictures. M4-ATX Enclosure Ordered
Monday April 19th: Nexson Sneak Peek!
Tuesday April 20th: Fabrication Complete!
Thursday April 22nd: M4-ATX Enclosure
Friday April 23rd: GPS Replacement and miscellaneous items ordered - EXPENSIVE night!
Sunday April 25th: Figuring out the Passport & Purchased AMP Kit
Wednesday April 28th: Installing the Lilli in the Bezel & GPS, Lilli Power, AMP Kit Arrive
Thursday April 29th: Car2PC Has Arrived
Tuesday May 4th: Monoprice Box 'o Goodness!
Monday May 10th: Mute Fabrication
Thursday May 13th: Lots of Little Parts!
Taking Apart Lilliput For Fabrication
Monday April 12th:
Since I'm taking over the cubby any way you slice it, I'm going to just put the touchscreen in there. I can unbolt the cubby, then bolt the touchscreen in. Then I can switch it back down the road when it comes time to sell/trade/upgrade or whatever comes along. I reached out to a couple different people that I thought could fabricate the job, but Nexson has done this type of fabrication before (and plenty of others), he responded real quick, and so I decided to go with him. Per his recommendation, I removed the screen from the housing and packaged up only the parts he needed.
I had never taken apart the Lilliput before, but it wasn't that difficult. Remember, I'm taking apart my Lilliput EBY701.
Remove the 4 screws from the back of the bezel. Break the paper seal at the bottom, then gently apply pressure to the top & bottom and carefully pull the bezel apart.
Carefully remove the two ribbons between the screen & board. I did not remove the connection for the buttons as the plastic holding it together was weak.
Remove 4 screws from the back of the touchscreen. Carefully remove touchscreen and place safely in an antistatic bag (I'm storing mine during fabrication).
Remove 3 screws from the control board. Lift control board & buttons out. I am storing the Control Board in anti static and shipping the buttons with the bezel to Nexson.
Remove 4 screws from the board. Remove speaker wire from the board. I placed the board in an antistitc bag as well.
I removed the speaker entirely as I had no use for it, it has a nice strong magnet and I don't want it visiting the equipment while in storage. I also made pouches from some recycled paper for the screws/brackets and labeled them accordingly. This will make it easier to put back together.
Nexson needed the plastic buttons for the controls so I put those in a little pouch to keep 'em safe, wrapped everything up and sent it off via USPS Priority (Insured as well!) mail. Very important to insure EVERYTHING for what they're worth at the point of shipping. To me, those bezel pieces I sent him might as well be a new touchscreen. They got $200 worth of insurance. When he ships back the completed bezels, insurance of $200 + Labor costs. Nexson gave me an estimate of 2 weeks (fabrication + shipping times). That will give me plenty of time to get other parts ordered that I need, and start building the PC.
Hardware Pictures. M4-ATX Enclosure Ordered
Saturday April 17th:
Today I took some pictures of the "new" stuff. You can see the dust that has been collecting on this equipment, just waiting to go into the Accord! As a reminder, I went from the Zotac 630i-ITX WiFi Motherboard to the Zotac 9300-D-E HDMI w/ Wireless. I'm also going from the Intel Celeron 430 to the Intel Celeron 2.2GHz, and finally; from the 2x2GB Kingston Low Profile DDR2 RAM to the OCZ nVidia 4GB (2x2GB) PC2-6400 RAM.
I also ordered the M4-ATX Enclosure yesterday, and the BU 353 GPS today.
Monday April 19th - Nexson Fabrication Sneak Peek!
Monday April 19th:
Nothing really special about this update, but Nexson sent me some photos of the fabrication in progress. It'll be mixed emotions when I install the screen in the cubby. I love my cubby, so I'll be sad to pull it out. But I also love the CarPC idea...so I'll be happy to put it in. *sigh*
Tuesday April 20th - Fabrication Complete
Tuesday April 20th:
Fabrication has been completed by Nexson! He sent the finished photos! Drooling, ready to take out the cubby and put this in, even if the Mrs. is not! :)
BTW: LOVE the stacks of Sunkist in the background. Can you spot them? lol