I in no way know much about carputers or electronics, I did all this through reading and researching and trial and error. So if you ask a question in regards to your own equipment I might not be able to answer you. Sorry.
Hey i'm a long time lurker and my first time working on a carpc. I'm pretty busy so i'll update you when I can and be as detailed and thorough as possible. I will provide links to everything I talk about or try too.
Here are the specs:
- Dell Inspiron e1505 Dual Core with 1gb memory using Windows XP SP3 Optimized (thanks to custommx3 for the link [Tweakhound XP tweaking guide....] - Direct link - [http://tweakhound.com/xp/xptweaks/supertweaks1.htm]
- Ride Runner Front End with Translucent Simplistic Front End (I'm a newb at Ride Runner so a really big learning curve.)
I plan on integrating the laptop to my existing navigation system (not like met152 where he used a usb and installed it to the back of the navigation system [CLICK HERE FOR MET152, a little less advance), extend the power switch from the laptop to the front and a switch for hibernate (more on that in a sec). To click on the links in the Ride Runner I plan on using a Rii Mini Keyboard with touchpad to do that (If the picture doesn't show go to Amazon.com and search for Rii Mini).
How am I going to do this?
I am using something called Navigation Multi Audio-Video Switcher System from AVElectronics which allows me to tap into the Navigation System through plug-n-play. The system has 4 inputs and 4 outputs and 3 camera inputs (1 is for backup camera)
It has a S-Video port I can used for my laptop for carputer setup.
Things I've already done:
- Installed the Navigation Multi Audio-Video Switcher System from AVElectronics (Sorry no pictures)
- Installed backup camera
- Installed 2 DVD Players
- Optimized Windows XP
- Installed Ride Runner with Transparent Simplistique II Skin
- Modify power settings in Windows for the Dell E1505 Laptop so that when I close the lid it hibernates and when I press the power button it will shutdown.
- Extended the power button and Lid Switch with 20' of Cat5 cable.
Here are some of the modifications I've done that may help others. Remember this is only for the Dell Inspiron E1505 It may be different from your laptop
Modify power settings in Windows
Goto Control Panel and open up the Power Options, under the Advance tab here is my setup:
When I close the lid of my portable computer: HIBERNATE
When I press the power button on my computer: SHUT DOWN
When I press the sleep button on my computer: STANDBY (this one I didn't care about because I wasn't going to use it.)
and of course enable hibernation under the Hibernate tab
ALARMS - Not tested, just a theory since my laptop batteries are completely drain and wont charge.
The Alarms section allows me to imitate shutting down my laptop or put it into hibernation when I turn off my car. The theory is when I turn off my car the laptop batteries kick in. The alarm is setup so that when my batteries falls below 95% it will be forced to go into hibernation (you can choose standby or hibernation as well). There you have it auto hibernation based on using a feature called alarms.
Extended the power button and Lid Switch with 20' of Cat5 cable
Thanks to Mofo (and his horrible camera phone pictures) I was able to do this mod [CLICK HERE FOR MOFO THREAD]. I cut about 20' of cat5 cable. I believe that is all I needed to run in my car. I needed only 4 wires (2 for my power switch and 2 for my lid switch) My power switch had 4 pads and using Mofo pictures I tested pin 1 and pin 3 and that worked off the bat. In regards to the color wires used, it doesn't matter which ones you picked, for my project I just picked the Blue, Blue/White, Orange, Orange/White. I hooked up the blue wire to switch pad 1, and the Blue/White to switch pad 3 (does not matter which color wire you choose as long and you use them on the other end of the cat5 cable). If you followed my setup in regards to the power options above. This allowed me to turn on my laptop as well as shutdown my laptop (Waiting on a new laptop battery to test the Alarm function). I thought this was a very cheap option. See image below.
The next two wires (remember it can be any wires other then the ones that were used for the power switch, in my case it was orange and white w/orange stripe), I hooked it up to the lid switch. Orange to the red wire and White with Orange Stripe to the black wire. See image below.
Now here is the purpose of the 4 wires. Extending the power switch gave me the ability to turn on and shutdown my laptop, while extending the lid switch allowed me to hibernate my laptop.
Til next time. I hope I was detailed. If not ask me and i'll explain further.
On order, USB GPS, DC to DC Power supply. Need these items so I can finally place the laptop in my car.