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    Looks rock solid, looks like some clips to separate it for access & doesn't waste excessive floor space. Nice!
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    The part that holds the monitor is on a hinge in the back, with a window latch that holds it down. It can be rotated up for access to the back of the monitor and also the PC.

    Tomorrow I will start cutting some 1" x 1" spruce and start framing in the radios and such. I am just going to keep cutting strips and putting them in place with 3/8" dowels and glue until most of the open area is no longer open. The area towards the rear, which used to have a 2 meter ham radio but now is a mounting location for the Anderson power control module and also an Dc-DC 12 volt regulated power supply for the monitor will be topped off with a piece of 1/8" x 1.5" aluminum, so I will have a place to mount toggle switches as I need them.

    I may also tackle the wiring of the PC itself tomorrow as it would be nice to see it boot up finally. To be honest, I need it running as the radios need some programming changes to make me happy and it would be nice to be able to do that without having to remove them and plug them into my desktop.

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    I framed out the inside of the console box a little yesterday... it needs more work but it is a start. It allowed me to put in place a 1/8" x 2" piece of aluminum on the bottom to mount some switches.

    Today I made a bracket to hold the 12 volt monitor power supply... the paint is driing... will wait until tomorrow to mount it.

    I also played with monitor cabling. The monitor came with several cables. The one with HDMI on both ends and a USB cable on the PC end fits nicely (I had to put a short extender on the USB cable however).


    The problem I had today is that I have been on vacation all week. I actually woke up at 6 AM and convinced myself that I deserved a few more minutes of sleep... which ended around 10 AM...

    Lets see what tomorrow brings.

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    drilled a lot of holes... spliced a lot of wires...

    Got a boot screen.... first time it has booted in about 18 months.

    Started grabbing every usb device I could find and plugging them in... many crude improvisations to get things to happen...


    Did 90 windows updates via wifi ..
    Held a brief Skype call with my 12 year old...

    Still need to figure out how to get the touch screen to work.

    gotta add a USB hub under the bed of the truck as well as under the dash.

    Happy as crap however at what happened today :-)

    Rick

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    If the touch screen came with a driver disk, it should be as simple as installing the drivers and plugging in the USB connection when it asks...unless you have something very different from the Lilliput's etc.
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    I tried that, although I may have had the USB cable plugged in before I installed the drivers. I tried unplugging it and replugging it, I tried rebooting it.

    The manual on the CD says it should show up on the device list and where I should see it... not seeing it at all.

    I have only played with it about an hour total. In my experience, most really annoying problems take at least however long it takes to consume a 12 pack before they are fixed.

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    Well, my major problem has been figured out...

    I sat in the parking lot after work for a couple of hours messing with things.

    The monitor comes with several cables... including HDMI to HDMI+USB, HDMI to DVI+ USB.

    I was using the HDMI to HDMI + USB cable. The much smaller HDMI connector takes up way less room than the DVI connector does.

    Running out of options, I used the HDMI to DVI cable (I have multiple video outputs on my PC). When I the USB connector in, Windows found it and the touchscreen driver came up. Life is good now.

    I emailed MP3.com to see if I can get a replacement cable however, as the HDMI cable is way easier to use in my installation.

    Now if I can figure out how to keep the monitor from shutting off every time I turn the power off I think I will be a happy guy.

    Rick

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    I needed a cheap way to get audio out of the PC until I can find appropriate funds to do it more better.

    Tried a 10 dollar "FM Modulator" that plugs into cigarette lighter to send audio to factory radio (which lacks auxiliary inputs). Results were partly to mostly sucky. It just doesn't put out enough power to reach the antenna. I had to plug it into an 12 volt extension and stick it on the dash to get it to sort of work.... putting wires everywhere I dont want them to be.

    Got a better idea on the way... 1/2 watt FM stereo transmitter is on the way (I love ebay, don't we all?). Should be able to pick it up 1/4 mile or more away... great for parties as well maybe ? Could be cool for dealing with those people driving down the road that play loud music of a type that is different than what I like as well.

    It has a 1/10 watt setting as well. It should be in by this weekend.

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    Got the FM stereo transmitter. As near as I can figure, when they said .1 watts and .5 watts, they lied a bit. It is more like about 100 uW and .5 watts. 100 uW is probably something along the lines of your more typical "FM Modulator" that they sell anywhere. I wont know untill I actually get it installed if the 100 uW setting will be adequate or not. The high power setting will be adequate. I did a bit of testing in the house... yes, it really rocks.

    I pulled the new console out, did a bit of sanding and painted it a dull grey last night. It was supposed to be warm and sunny today, but instead it is overcast and very humid. The paint is still a little tacky. I am putting things back together but no rush... I don't want grey paint all over the place when I put it back in.

    MP3CAR is having the monitor manufacturer sent me a replacement for the dead cable. I got the impression that it would come pretty quick. Nothing yet... hoping for Monday.

    Rick

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    Well, I put it all together this afternoon...

    Life sucked.... much rum'n coke involved...

    It wouldn't boot... narrowed it do to what I thought was a motherboard issue.

    A couple of hours later I realized that the DVI cable that I am using while I wait for the replacement HDMI cable developed an intermittent short. If I hold it in just the right angle it works fine... this sucks.

    Hoping the replacement HDMI cable shows up on Monday, and really hoping it is better than the last two .

    BTW, the FM "transmitter" thingy works awesome. As I am typing, I am listening to Jethro Tull on a portable radio inside my house, that is originating from my truck...parked outside... as long as the video cable doesn't short out.

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