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    POS 98 Nissan Altima Car PC Project started

    Hello everyone, this is my first post but my 4th Car PC install. I have just started the project as of two days ago. I have been developing a new car PC over the last few months and ordering parts. I have finally started stage 2 of the project which involves mounting the equipment inside the car. The Nissan Has a nice double DIN stereo which would seat a 7" screen nicely so I have removed the face plate and done some slight modding in order for this too fit. Since I will be buying a new car in the next few months, I did not want to make any big changes to the cars interior, with that said. I simply used hot glue to fit the screen into the openeing of the existing bezel. I am uploading photos and will attach once I have them on my PC.

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    Photos of Nissan Bezel

    ok, dont laugh! Here they are:
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    Sounds good! Bring on the pics and PC specs.
    My 2007 Ford F350 Work Log located HERE

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    A Few Specs

    Here is what I have so far, this list is far from complete and will probably change slightly..

    7" Lilliput touch screen
    VIA micro ATX mobo 8.5x8.5"
    1gb kingston ddr2
    Socket 775 Pentium 4 3.2ghz
    160gb Seagate sata 2.5" HD (might be replacing with compact flash)
    Windows 7 Embedded Standard w/media center
    Also loading XBMC on the WMC embedded
    currently running a dual boot of windows 7 pro
    Navit GPS Software - open source
    DC-DC 150W 8V-28V ATX Power Supply with IPTS (AT003)
    EZCAP USB 2.0 DVB-T Stick with FM & DAB (HDTV Tuner) - WRONG PART
    GPS Receiver is undecided. I have a few in mind
    Still looking for an amplifier
    No Chassis, will be mounting open in the trunk, or mounting in the wall with a NEMA power box, this depends on how the cooling works.
    Linksys WRT54G with DDWRT installed for hot spot, and access to the car remotely
    Verizon 3G for internet
    apache web server, active state perl with win32 perl modules for access to tect-to-speech and voice recognition API in windows.
    USB BT for phone, headset, VR and TTS
    Custom perl apps for reading email, weather, etc..

    I would be glad to share the perl scripts once I get them tuned a little more!

    o, and removable USB drive for easier transfer of data, and to prevent OS drive from getting crowded.

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    Here are a few PC pics. I have mounted everything in the NEMA utility box, I will paint the box and add LED fans to spiff it up before completion. The box is very heavy duty and my plans are not to make this blend in, in fact I think I will make it stand out from from the car since it this is clearly not a factory install on a 98.

    The PSU in the photo was used in this box from a previous configuration. This PC used to run Endian Linux Firewall and was mounted to the wall. I have since replaced the unit with a 1U server with gigabit NIC's rendering this box more "junk" as my wife calls it. While hanging onto the "junk" I was working on a home automation program to turn lights and appliances on/off with voice commands, I came accross the Lilliput screen and bought it up, thus sparking the old interest of a car computer. At this point I had an epiphany and thought it would be interesting to integrate the voice recognition and text to speech in a car computer.

    Enjoy.
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    I will post power on pics maybe tomorrow. I did a test fit of the bezel with the screen mounted, it fit just perfect! I will post photos of this later.

    -NOTE: I am in Grand Forks ND, it is typically about -1 to -40 degrees outside, so I am not as excited to be sitting out in the car to test these things. The install will not actually take place until March or 2011 when the temp starts to come up.

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    I was going over my ebay watchlist of parts and making my purchases, i noticed my tv tuner was dvb-t not ATSC north america. This tuner was also my FM radio tuner the device was windows media center compatible (which is my front end). So I am now out of luck. Any suggestions would be helpful. I will browse the forum for FM tuners and see if any are MCE7 compatible in the mean time.

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    i have managed to order all of my extension usb, vga, audio cables and my backup camera.

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    Test Fit

    I snapped a couple of photos of the screen in place. I have not hard wired the Monitor yet so you can see the power cable feed through the ash tray slot and plugging into the lighter plug.

    No PC connected so I get the 'NO INPUT' when powered on.

    I will post photos of the PC running windows 7 embedded probably tomorrow, we'll see how things go. I have been having issues with volume control, I believe the driver is for XP so I might need to do some digging.

    I have still not found an amp or a replacement FM tuner. I have picked up some ground loop isolators for the audio connections to kill the buzz in the background (common problem with after market amplifiers.) and some of my parts have shipped, I should see them in a few days!
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    what do you mean ground loops are a common problem with aftermarket amps? just in that car, or in general?

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