2003 Durango SLT / Project HiJackZX1 (Finally Focused Remix)
The plan is to create a high end multimedia car that can create both a feature rich environment for shared use, and for personal use. To accomplish this, I am using 2 setups.
PC1: Main PC
A Zotac Motherboard with INTEL Dual Core (E8200) processor. 4gb of RAM, running WIN 7 Ultimate 32bit. This unit is for Dual Zone media. The driver has access to NAV, OBD2, Music, and anything that is essential for driving. The passengers have their own set of controls that play Games, Chat, Video, DVD, TV, and tons more. They have dedicated ear phones, so they do not disturb the driver or vis versa. A button can be pressed to send rear audio to main audio so everyone can enjoy.
PC2: Rear PC
AsRock Motherboard with AMD Hexa Core processor. 12gb of RAM, running WIN 7 Ultimate 64bit. This unit is for Multi Zone media. Each user that interacts with this system will have their own controls. No other user is forced to share what the other is doing. Even audio is separate. This is done buy using 6 sound cards, 6 graphic cards, Windows Extended, and TS software to map each panel to a specific screen and Virtual Box to create 6 independant zones.
Originally all of the systems and components were in different areas of the car, because I kept adding new things to the setup. This all became a big mess and now I have to take everything out to get a more uniform setup.
Here is the rear hatch:
As you can see there is a floor that opens and closes. Basically that will be cut in half and the hatch extended all the way to there. If i didn't need access for my dogs, I would most likely use the whole thing. The reason I need so much room is because I want to fit a fuse box system and battery into the back (if my engine bay cant handle it, which it should). If the battery does fit in the engine bay, then it will only be for wiring and fuse box. Also all components and devices for the Car PC, will be moved to the back also. Basically I am trying to get everything into one central location.
Now the mistake I made the first time is I built the enclosure first, without actually having the equipment. This time I will not make that mistake though. I plan to install all the hardware, then build the enclosure.
As far as powering, I will have a OPUS 320 (currently have) for the main setup and a 550watt desktop PSU with inverter for the multi-zone setup. Thats it, no more three M4 ATX units like I had planned to do before. I have scaled all devices down, so I only have 5V devices that need to be powered. In fact I have 30amps worth of 5V devices. Thankfully PaulF linked me to these devices http://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/sto...0001_212549_-1. I figure I'll get three 10 amp versions and call it a day.
Now as for all the stuff I already moded, I am going to have to have all that restored to factory. My front console has to replaced because all of the air holes I cut. Then all I will add to the console are the control switches, DVD ROM, SCard Reader and Ethernet port for updating (in case my wireless doesn't work). I am going to replace the third row, I think trying to fix it is a waste. No if I keep the second row console I made, then I have to keep the third row. I can use the console for storage, what do you guys think?
I think I will keep it and maybe close up the air vents. That way it looks like a solid unit. Oh course, I will have to have the upholsterer redo it then. i don't know what I will do with the empty cavern though? I think I will use it for a Fusion Brain in the future. i want to add a lighting system in my headliner, kind of like the cash cab. I think the Fusion Brain can handle that.
So in saying that, all I need to replace is that front console.
As far as USB ports, since I have the wire in the doors already installed, I am going to put the ports in each armrest. Originally there were switches to control the individual units, but since that idea is gone, I don't need them anymore. So that leaves holes in all armrests. The USB port would be a nice filler.
The camera setup will stay as is. Its fuse box will stay under the passenger seat. Only all the PC connections will be moved. Screen fuses may also stay there. Everything else will go to the back.
Hope you all enjoy this new thread. I will try to keep it consistent and not jump all over the place.
PCIe to PCI adapter testing.
Well I got the PCIe to PCI adapter. I was worried that it would not work. I basically wanted to reuse my Sound Blaster PCI X-Fi XtremeGamer card. I like how it works and I also had to buy special cables to use the 7.1 feature. So basically I spent a bit of money on the card. The new MoBo only has a PCIe x16 slot. The PCIe to PCI adapter is basically a hit or miss item and doesnt work with all items. Its also made for low profile cards, but thankfully the soundcard is low profile. I had to make my own little bracket to permantely attach it to the adapter. I tested it in a PC I had at work and it did work perfectly. So now thats out of the way.