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    I have not tried to fit the new box in yet, but it's about the same depth as the stock radio I pulled out. I was more worried about the screen size fitting the Metra opening, but that is OK.

    The Android head unit currently installed is also deep, and I have it sitting 1/2" in, to help shade the current screen. That thing has almost 100 wires on it, I'll post pics when I pull it.

    I was considering the other Ddin case too, but it looked too deep with it's front and backside extensions, so I kept looking, until I seen Derrick's case.

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    Today the 18" HDMI Flat Cable and the 90 degree UP adapter showed up, as well as the SSD. I had to get creative to get the HDMI in from the back, and although not the most elegant solution, it don't really obstruct things much.

    I started loading Windows 7. The motherboard fails to detect the WIFI/BT card, will investegate further.


    Here are the HDMI solution pics:







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    What monitor is that? Or is it above somewhere and I read over it?

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    It's that Samsung monitor from the "Transflective" LCD panel with res touch+controler for $101+$36 S+H thread, where they made a double din case for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rray View Post
    It's that Samsung monitor from the "Transflective" LCD panel with res touch+controler for $101+$36 S+H thread, where they made a double din case for it.
    Guess I"m more interested in the trim panel with sd slot and buttons.

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    This weekend I cut all of the flat panel kit's USB Cables down to size and wired them to the USB Header Plugs. I also cut the fan cable down to size and mounted it.

    I used HOTweezers to strip the wires because it don't damage the metal strands of the wires, and it's easy to strip all wires the same length with it's depth stop.


    Wiring all those USB cables to headers really cleaned up the bulk of wire that would otherwise be dangling. I made the cables long enough that I could plug them into any motherboard that would fit in this case.


    The next issue is the network card. I could not get the Intel 6235 mini PCI-e card to be found by windows or the motherboard's BIOS. I though it was defective, but decided to try it one more time, and this time I was able to find some drivers on the Intel site. The network card is postage stamp sized and I added 2 antenna's to it.


    After running the executables Wireless_15.2.0_s64.exe and Wireless_15.2.0_Ds64.exe, the network card's hardware was discovered.

    The Intel DN2800MT motherboard will not detect the Intel 6235 Network Card until the driver is installed, and this is not in any documentation anywhere. I had tried everything including miltiple versions of BIOS flashes, repeated searches for new hardware in windows, and even installing this network card in my ultrabook without it being detected. Oh, and these network cards are only available as an OEM tray part, without instructions or drivers. You have to be born with the knowledge to use them.

    So I did a speed test and it was successfull with 22Mb/sec download from my home WIFI.


    The keyboard is a wireless Azio Thumb Keyboard I found on ebay, item 310473303097. It works pretty good and has a mini trackball in the upper right corner acting like a mouse.

    Next part of the project is to get the DC to DC converter mounted, and keep an eye open for a thinner short HDMI cable.
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    Last night I finished designing the power supply mounting plate, but left room on it to mount an internal USB hub, as even though I have 4 internal ports, I need 5 internals.

    I found this device, NZXT IU01 internal USB expansion that seems to fit the bill:


    So it should arrive tomorrow, then I can add it to the power supply mounting plate. Thinking of just laser cutting the mounting plate out of .01" acrylic for convenience instead of ordering a phenolic.

    Also worked on the sound, and was able to configure windows to allow the sound to be played from the line out while video goes through the HDMI.

    I gave up on video, as there are no drivers that work for the GMA 3650 chipset for windows 7 64bit. Leaving it at 800x600.

    The other thing I worked on was the left side touchscreen buttons, but I cannot yet figure out how to program the buttons to move volume up and down.

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    I have a lot of the same components (mobo, screen, wifi/bluetooth card and 64GB ssd via slot) you're using and I decided to go with the apple HDMI cable. Great thin and very flexible cable.

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    I got the internal USB hub in today. I peeled off the velcro sticky mount, and discovered that USB header 1 was damaged and poorly reworked underneath, so I de-soldered it. I also desoldered the 2 USB sockets as they get in the way of the next part of the project, the internal Directed HD Radio mod.

    Anyways, I measured and adjusted the drawings for the power supply mount parts in Corel Draw:


    I cut the parts out of acrylic on the laser cutter:


    Then assembled the power supply mount with plastic cement, and attached the DC to DC converter and USB hub:


    And finally mounted the assembly inside. I'll do the wiring over the weekend.


    I also received a thinner 12" HDMI cable, but it's still too big for my preferences, so I'll look into the Apple HDMI cable suggested. (Thanks GLA502)

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    The past few days I wired up the DC to DC converter, and configured it for Auto mode, where it turns on the PC with the ignition sense, and sends shutdown 5 seconds and hard off 60 seconds after ignition off.



    I also wired up the HD Radio for use with COM1, and the front panel sound header input. I also added the ground (small black wire looped from chassis ground to audio ground). I had to de-solder the mini-DIN8 and the 2 RCA audio jacks so I could mount the board to the DDIN case lid for internal mounting:


    Here you can see the HD Radio board mounted to the DDIN case cover, with the cover opened. There is little clearance from the USB HUB board on the left, so I might have to relocate it when I connect the steering wheel controler.


    I closed up the case and tested HD Radio functionality without an antenna, and it seems to operate, but don't tune in to any stations or output any sound, not even hiss, so I suspect I cannot use the back panel audio out at the same time as the front panel sound header for line in. I have no experience with HD radio or front end software, so it could be normal to have no sound without an antenna? Will research this week.


    I played with the radio for about an hour, and noticed the lid was pretty warm from the radio board, but fortunetly, the case fan is right there to pump the heat out.
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