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Thread: 2006 Acura TL w/Navigation Carputer Worklog

  1. #11
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    With the testing completed it was now time to add the Sony RM-X11M in my car. Based on the instruction manual the Sony RM-X11M is 51mm or 2in. So I picked up a 2in circular saw from home depot to get a even cut.

    Found a location to the left of the steering wheel that would fit perfectly.


    However, before I go hacking away at my car I wanted to make sure it was a perfect fit so I did a test on a piece of wood.



    Perfect fit


    Now it was time to do some cutting in the car. BTW I found out the hard way not such a good idea on leather to use a circular saw, good thing i didn't do any damage. I did a little test drill to make sure it cut properly and it didn't. I ended up using it as a template and then used a box cutter to cut at the foam and leather on the dash. When I got to the plastic backing I then used the circular saw and that finished the job (sorry no picture I accidentally deleted it)



    Sony RM-X11M Mounted




    After that I got a tap in fuse at a local auto store and tapped into the ACC on my fuse box and connected it to the + of the Sony RM-X11M. Looks like this below.



    Picture of the unit powered on in the car finished.


    Night shot

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    Upgrade the USB Hub

    I didn't like the usb hub I got because it could only power one unit and not multiple. So i ended up buy another usb hub with external power.

    The hub I bought


    The problem with this was that the car provides 12v-13v dc and the hub needed 5v. So what I did was take an old cell phone car charger and hacked away. Sorry no detail images on this mod. Just know the 12v is coming from the left (blue - ground, red - 12v) and 5v is going out on the right.



    On the 5v out I connected it to the USB Hub power adapter wire to be plugged into the USB Hub.

    Chopped the wire from the USB power adapter


    The final look



    Update:
    The hub above was too big to be placed in the location I had the old hub so I ended up buying another hub that was more compact and had an external power source and attached it's wires to the car charger mod I did above. So now I have two hubs being powered by the cell phone car charger. BTW I put a .5amp fuse in the inline fuse.

    The new compact hub I got from frys: http://www.frys.com/product/5346298?...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG

    looks like this

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    nguyen---nice progress on your car.
    The Sony install is clean as hell---great location for it. Good creativity with your component hacks, too.
    What is your impression of the rii mini?
    I have a 2006 TL and plan to use a Latitude D600 for my CarPC. I have a dockstation and one of the screwy clamshell laptop holders Dell made. I'm not sure how to begin mounting the unit. Have you come up with any ideas for your implementation?

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    Hey dwb993, thanks a lot.

    Rii Mini
    this is probably one of the slickest gadgets I've ever used. It has everything in one package and very handy. As you see in pictures it is super small. The buttons are very responsive. I tested the distance and I get about 40' and about 25'-30' through walls. The touchpad has a texture too it, but smooth. Not as smooth as a laptop touchpad. Default of the touchpad cursor is slow, but this is fixed by adjusting the mouse speed in the control panel. A thing to note, there are many versions of this keyboard on Amazon, if you plan on buying one make sure to get one with the super mini usb receiver. There were two different kinds of rii mini one where the usb receiver is about 1 in long which leaves a hole (where the receiver is housed) on the keyboard while the other is 1/3" long and a holder that holds the receiver can be put back on the keyboard to cover the hole that houses the receiver. (Hopefully not too confusing) Note: The only reason I added the Sony Remote Controller was because I didn't want to operate the keyboard while driving. Instead now my passengers love using it to operated the laptop and choose songs or mess with the camera.

    Mounting:
    I decided the best way to mount my laptop was under the driver seat. It fit snugly with the rails of the seat holding it in place. It fell into place and it doesn't require me forcing it in. I was also able to use all the usb ports (2 on the right and 2 in the back). On the right the wires fit underneath the rails to give it a better fit and keep the laptop from moving. It does protrude out a little of about 2-3 inches (I asked a friend in the back if he noticed anything different and he didn't even notice the laptop. I guess it's me since I know it's there), but there is still plenty of leg room for passengers in the back. I decided to mount there because it fit perfectly and it cut down all the wires I needed to run. Also I had access to the Car charger wires in the center armrest for my usb hubs. Here are the dimensions of my dell e1505

    Dell e1505 Dimensions
    Width 14 in.
    Depth 10.45 in.
    Height 1.44 in.

    Quote Originally Posted by dwb993 View Post
    nguyen---nice progress on your car.
    The Sony install is clean as hell---great location for it. Good creativity with your component hacks, too.
    What is your impression of the rii mini?
    I have a 2006 TL and plan to use a Latitude D600 for my CarPC. I have a dockstation and one of the screwy clamshell laptop holders Dell made. I'm not sure how to begin mounting the unit. Have you come up with any ideas for your implementation?

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