Looking amazing! You should be proud of your results. Good luck on the software side of things SNO
Next step is to get the system tuned work on the software side of things then onto the dash and upholstery work after a little break. I will need to select a 10" monitor then decide how to make it fit before starting the dash project.
Similar angles of day and night shots together:
Thank you for looking and especially to those of you that patiently followed along the whole work log while I spent way too long getting this done!
Last edited by PhilG; 03-13-2014 at 02:04 PM.
Very Clean Job! I like it! As far as the windows 8.1, I don't know why, But I have seen window installs give major grief, and other times do strange things like install the upgrade version without checking for a qualifying product. Voodoo I guess.
rray, Very very seldom do I have an issue with it not being recognized. but I generally do a full boot, not hibernate. If you are Hibernating, that might be the difference.
Also I really haven't used it much with W8 because it won't work for me with RR. I have read the issues online about the Griffin program having to be in focus to work and that running in admin will fix it but it doesn't for me. If RR is full screen, the griffin stops responding until I click on Griffin again. I installed it in the console anyways hoping for a solution when I get deeper into the software side of things but if not, I will swap it out for a Space Navigator or try to gut it and install the volume knob now being sold on this site.
I was thinking about trying one of those new volume controls myself. If I could mount the encoder right next to my cup holder USB port (where I have the stylus) and still fit a cup in the holder, that would work for me.
This work log is HORRIBLE!! Mildly curious people should be warned away.
This is the very first log I have actually read (after finding this site via a Google search) and I must say I am extremely upset with you, PhilG. I have spent the last 3 days reading every single post from the very first one when you embarked on this epic journey all the way to your latest fiasco with Win8. I am ASTOUNDED. What took you several years to plan and execute, I just absorbed all at once and all I can say is: WOW.
Up until this moment I had been mildly curious about this whole CarPC thing. Now, thanks to you, I have been thoroughly inspired, emotionally moved, tentatively motivated and ultimately: Committed! What started out as a simple curiosity has swelled into the decision to try this out for myself. You documented and explained your build much better than you probably realize. I understood and loved every moment. Mega-awesome skills with the fiber BTW. I still don't know what "took the cheese-grater to it" means but it turned out very nice. While some people may whine about how long something takes to build, I have a feeling most of us who do this kind of tinkering actually enjoy the building as much as (if not more than) the finished product.
So why do I think this log is horrible, you may ask? Because until now I was a quiet bystander that could lose nothing by simply reading. But now, due mainly to enjoying your work log so much, I will end up spending countless dollars and even more in time spent with my truck torn apart. *sigh* I swear I was only passing by, none of this was supposed to happen to a casual reader like me. *sighs even longer*
Oh well! Haha. I guess I will have to start a work log myself and if I am lucky I will finish in under 5 years (I doubt it though). I just wanted to say thanks for sticking with it and finishing the build. That means a lot to me too. If no one else ever says it, I felt compelled to let you know that you have inspired at least one person into diving into this fun looking hobby. Good luck with the OS problems and I will keep checking back here in case I may ever be able to help.
Great job, PhilG, it looks beautiful.
Hey Southern Genius, thanks for the emotional roller coaster ride I thought man, what could I have done in this thread to **** him off so bad..but I kept reading. So thanks for the comments, very much appreciated.
The fact of the matter is this was not the most efficient way to build a console and I knew that going in but this was what I wanted to do. It was way more time consuming and costly than how a pro would accomplish the same look. They would have used MDF for a lot of it and I knew that but I really wanted something that was as light as possible and to learn as much as I could about F/G during this one project.
Regarding the "cheese grater" have a look here : http://www.timsautosupply.com/shop/3...cheese-grater/
These can be used to knock off a lot of excess material quickly IF you catch the F/G or filler while it is in the "green stage" (not fully hardened).
With respect to the PC side of this, I absolutely love using a PC for a source, have no interest in Head units, tablets, or other input devices, I just want to figure out how to finally make the PC do everything I want. But even if it just plays music, it does it very well, I am very happy with the SQ of the PC.
The time line isn't as bad as you think either because remember, I did the first temp install at the start of July 2010 and used the truck while the console was being fab'd. I installed the unfinished console Jan 2011 then used the truck with the unfinished console installed and working for 2 years until I removed it to complete in Jan 2013. The truck was then basically completed in October 2013. So it was like 6 months of intermittent work initially then another 10 months of fairly intense work evenings and some weekends this year.
FYI, you DID commit in your above post to open a work log and get at it. I'll be looking for it soon and I'm ready to subscribe
Mee Too! :-)
OLD SYSTEM (DEAD)
Intel D945GCLF2 Dual Core ATOM
Lilliput 7" 629GL 2008 LED Backlight
BU-353 USB GPS Receiver / iGuidance / IGO8
M2-ATX Power Supply
RideRunner Front End / Various Skins
Windows XP SP3