Oh, and the Jeep!
So, being in IT, and a computer nerd, I have always wanted an in car PC, and finally I decided to pull the trigger.
Here’s the hardware I decided to go with:
i3-2100 3.1Ghz CPU
Foxconn H67S LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Mini ITX
4GB DDR3 1333Mhz Crucial RAM
OCZ 180GB SSD
160w DC-DC power supply
Mini ITX case
Inelmatic 7” Sunlight readable screen, found a good deal on this and was the basis to start the build.
Micro Bluetooth Keyboard
GPS antenna, bluetooth dongle, HD/FM/AM radio tuner, USB wifi
Still debating on CD/DVD drive
Here’s the unit, mostly assembled:
Next was the build plan.
Obviously the screen would go where the head unit is, simple. But where would the amp/or head unit go. Obviously the Jeep is lacking in space, and because I had an old alpine with an aux input, I decide to go that route. As far as placement, decided on a Tuffy Full console as it has a location for the radio and based on reviews is twice as functional and spacious as the factory console.
I am a car audio idiot, and had help with the wiring here – my Extended harness:
Console (pre wired for head unit):
Console installed with head unit:
Now locating the PC, too much money to put under the seat, having no doors often and well there’s always a chance of water. So I will be hacking apart some of the glovebox to locate in there.
Here’s the mount for the PC, wanted it to be sturdy yet somewhat easily removed if needed.
Me hacking up the dash, will be building a custom metal enclosure for screen that will allow for a removable screen and some water tight storage, possibly a second monitor…
And the system operating, with Centrafuse, next will be topo maps with GPS locations, routes and more!
Direct sunlight shot, still readable (looks better in person than pics)
Let me know what you think, or any suggestions.
Oh, and the Jeep!
Done some minor work on a template for the screen holder:
The top is rough, very rough but it gives me an idea on height.
So now for some minor progress. Not being one to fabricate sheet metal very well I decided on a poster board template, to give me an idea of the look/size of the screen holder/storage.
Here are a few pics: (The top is not done, I made a couple of different heights to see what I liked, very roughly)
Very nice. I didnt know you can buy consoles like that. hehe.
Is it specifically for the Jeep or universal?
Are you running that monitor at native resolution or higher? How is it at night? Too bright?
It's a Tuffy console specifically for the Jeep, will provide a great place to store the monitor when removed.
The resolution has been an issue. Right now It's set for 800x600, and windows is a bit skewed, and playing videos is off in centrafuse, but everything else looks great. I set it to 1280x720 and videos play perfectly, windows looks good, but I can't see anything in windows, it's impossible to use without a stylus.
I tried the cartft monitor driver to try to force it but it's not taking. I wonder if it's a limitation in 7 and I might be able to hack the registry to modify its limitations.
Oh and the brightness is perfect at night at the lowest setting.
I ended up cleaning up the wires, it looks alot better in there now, and I have the video cable coiled up under the passenger footwell zip tied to some pre existing wires.
Last edited by Randallflagg; 07-09-2012 at 12:21 AM.
Here's the template in the Jeep, I think I'm going to like it.
Right now I am debating on having it professionally made by a work client. My metal working skills are pretty bad, I assume.