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    Ok, I'm in the home stretch now after a waiting for parts. I sent my uSDC20D shutdown controller back to Jeff to be repaired since it had the clicking problem (see thread about this elsewhere), and I finally got my screen trim from Rich. I learned that the Xenarc won't fit on the screen bezel (and in the dash) with the back case on, so that came off - and I had to zip-tie the Xenarc's PCB to hold it in place.

    Now I have to figure out how to secure the frame + screen in the dash - I'm not sure if it's just the dash trim strips that hold it in place or if you're supposed to screw it on somehow.

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    Mine stays in place without any screws. The trim holds it real firm. You should havbe no problems with it.

    How did you zip tie the screen in? Is it firm against the bezel? mine is still sliding down a bit. I would love to see some pics if you have any

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    Quote Originally Posted by jedi7001
    Mine stays in place without any screws. The trim holds it real firm. You should havbe no problems with it.

    How did you zip tie the screen in? Is it firm against the bezel? mine is still sliding down a bit. I would love to see some pics if you have any
    I posted this on your thread but I'll post it here too.
    I drilled a hole on the bezel to put a pin in to hold the LCD from sliding down.


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    Lots of progress pics to show:

    Opened dash:


    Xenarc fitting to Rich's trim:



    Trim and screen being installed in dash:




    A look at the original GPS unit that was there before:



    Screen and trim completely installed in dash:




    A look at the trunk (definitely a work in progress):


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    Having power problems - I've tried a bunch of iGo DC adapters, and none of them seem to stay on. They start out seeming like they're powering the laptop + docking station + Audigy PCMCIA card ok, but eventually it cuts out. The last iGo adapter was supposed to be good for 90W, which I thought should be plenty. This is getting frustrating.

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    Hark: Try a power supply from CarNetix. They are a bit more expensive but they are absolutely top quality from what I understand. I'll be ordering one soon for my brother's mac mini install.

    Here is one theory: Many DC devices have a nasty habit of shorting the leads of a PSU (very briefly) when they start up. In my personal experience, the Audigy2 NX seems to be a culprit. Depending on how the PSU is set up to provide power, shorting the 5V rail may or may not affect power to the laptop... of course the laptop has its own internal power supply so even losing power into the laptop for a brief moment should not cause problems... But maybe the short causes a short on the laptop's power rail too...

    You can build various isolation circuits to help this problem... Or you can get a carnetix PSU which seem to be pretty tolerant of it..
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    Quote Originally Posted by srcstc
    I posted this on your thread but I'll post it here too.
    I drilled a hole on the bezel to put a pin in to hold the LCD from sliding down.


    Rich
    Got any pics that you can show us? What about using some sort of friction tape around the edges of the screen to hold it in place as well, behind the trim?

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    Hark, I tried the tape thing, just did not cut it. I am going to try the "pin" option this weekend and let you know how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jedi7001
    Hark, I tried the tape thing, just did not cut it. I am going to try the "pin" option this weekend and let you know how it goes.
    So how'd it go?

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    That looks really nice!

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