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    You are right, he does have the European version, but the dash is basicly the same. What I forgot about Djbac's install is that he controls the AC through the pc. You could do that as you live in the home of Phidgets...I don't remember where, but somewhere there is a recent pic of his dash, and I must say it looks great...

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    Yeah I finally found his dash, it's nice, but his HVAC looks a lot better than mine with the american version It would be a pain to control it with phidgets ! Unless I could use the european HVAC instead of mine .. ? Anyway, I'll first start adding GPS and WiFi
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    Quote Originally Posted by CapitaineFritz
    Yeah I finally found his dash, it's nice, but his HVAC looks a lot better than mine with the american version It would be a pain to control it with phidgets ! Unless I could use the european HVAC instead of mine .. ? Anyway, I'll first start adding GPS and WiFi

    From Phidgets you'll only need 3 servos and an USB servo controller. Since you're in Canada it will cost you only around 75 CND, but I think it's worth it. So you'll be able to put the screen in there.

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    I understand the fear of stuff being stolen but...

    Quote Originally Posted by CapitaineFritz
    meanwhile.. Part two: computer install

    Here is the test install I did to be sure the motherboard and the power supply were working fine !

    I had to take one of my CRT monitors from my house because I don't have any small LCDs yet


    This is the material I have


    Everything's ready to run ! I've used the wired that were used to plug my amplifier before to plug the M1-Atx. Everything powered-up nicely !


    Last thing : my CRT on the driver's seat ! And an oooolddddd keyboard



    Feel free to post any comment and if you could help me to find a location for the screen, it would be nice I would like it to be hidden and keep my stock radio (that's why it becomes difficult! )

    Here is my dash:

    I am real curious about where you end-up installling your screen, I have a 04 corolla, and the exact same screen. Since that screen doesnt fit too well in the space of the factory stereo, I had to play with it a lot to get a location for the screen. I am still working on my screen, very close to getting done now. I have a few pics of work in progress. I personally like the flush mounting the screen in place of the factory stereo. But nice setup for the PC.

    How are you planning on powering up your pc. I am planning on using a shutdown controller, and have the switch mounted under the hand brake.

    Any ways good luck, keep us posted.
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    Hi,
    Everything works right now. It's at first step though (I have no GPS, no sound, no WiFi). It's powered via a Mini-ITX power supply (shown on the pictures) which includes a 90W DC-DC psu and an ITPS all in one package. A bit like the OPUS solutions.

    For the monitor I studied everything well and I will try to build an "home-made" in-dash screen with the one I have. Like shown in one of the pictures, I took off the center part of the dash and the screen would fit just well in the first (upper) storing box if I cut it half and I fix a rail.

    Chris:
    I don't think I'm gonna relocate the HVAC because I want the car to stay as stock as possible for two reasons : thefts and to be able to resell the car easily. It's pretty dangerous to install a visible screen here where I live so it's better to be hidden behind something
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    Did you mod anything at your car? like adding something to the bumpers, or that's how the canadian version looks like?

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    canadian version !

    You like it ?

    I'm optimizing the software right now as well as configuring the front-end. I think I'll use Centrafuse because it's nice and uses XML so it's easy for me to modify the language (French's my primary langauge).

    I just installed minlogon.exe mod and it's working quite well ! I do a 39sec boot instead of ~1min !

    I'll post other pictures as soon as the computer is back in the car and then I'll continue fiberglassing the left part of the trunk for the subwoofer and finir the computer install (with black carpet over it!)
    Via Epia M10000 / 512 DDR / 10gigs 3.5 HD / M1-ATX / Innovatek 7" TS Screen
    Trunk fiberglassing in progress...
    Need GPS / Aux Input / WiFi

    My Corolla Computer

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    Thanks for the pics CaptainFritz!

    I have an '05 Corolla S as well. I've been searching my different options for mounting a LCD, but your suggestion for using the upper cubby is awesome! The MTS12000 is cool and I could use one of those if I found a good 1 din converter for the head unit area...

    However, if I lost the stock head unit, I'd have to install an amp somewhere else, and the volume knob for it would have to be relocated somewhere convenient..

    I already have a DF-TOY installed, so keeping the head unit would let me still use it as well.

    It will be great to see how it works out for you. I will eagerly await your results!

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    I didn't found anything similar on the net yet.. but I saw a few installs with one (and it was hand made )

    I just started the University today so I'll have less time.. (and money!) to continue, but as soon as I have new pics I'll post them

    P.S.: I would REALLY like to have an aux input but can't find any information on what kind of radio do I need ? Do I need the stock WITH cd-change controls ? Do you have the cd-changer controls on yours ? How do you switch audio source ? If you don't need yours anymore, I'm really interested !
    Via Epia M10000 / 512 DDR / 10gigs 3.5 HD / M1-ATX / Innovatek 7" TS Screen
    Trunk fiberglassing in progress...
    Need GPS / Aux Input / WiFi

    My Corolla Computer

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    I have what I believe is the base model stereo system for the '05 Corolla S. It does not have a 6 disc changer. However the Head Unit can be used to control one if you upgrade to one. The DF-TOY essentially fools the head unit into thinking that you have upgraded to a CD changer system. All I did was take the head unit out, plug the DF-TOY into the back of the head unit and put it back in.

    On the head unit it doesn't appear that there are CD-Changer controls... and it won't appear that way until you actually have one installed. The 'Disc' button is the magic part. Pressing the 'DISC' button on the head unit will select either Disc 1 which is the indash CD Player, or if pressed again it will access Disc 6 which is actually the DF-TOY. The DF-Toy has two stereo RCA inputs (2 Left, 2 Right) ... track 1 on "Disc 6" is RCA input 1 and track 2 is RCA input 2.

    It's been really nice. A couple people online have said they thought the signal was too weak, but plugged into my M-Audio M3 mp3 player, I have had absolutely great results.

    Attached are some photos of the DF-TOY and my head unit. Sorry it was dark so things got a little fuzzy.. The DF-TOY by the way is underneath the passanger seat near the front. They give you an insanely long cable with it.. so you can mount it pretty much anywhere.

    I am thinking I'll probably go the route of taking out the head unit. So I may need to get rid of the DF-Toy here pretty soon. I'll let you know once I finally figure out all of the details of my car-puter.
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