2003 Pontiac Vibe GT - Initial Stages - 6/05 Update!
This is originally posted on Genvibe.com This is in a 2003 Pontiac Vibe GT. I'm going to get the DSSC serial power controller (it's an AT system), I have the TView 7" on order that should be here thursday (5/26), and i'll probably add more.
What's going in:
A DigiPOS (yes, a register computer) running a 1.2Ghz Celeron
- 512 Mb Ram
- (x2) 20 Gb HD
- Either a Laptop DVDRom or a desktop, depending on shock mounting
- Rand McNally Serial (NMEA) GPS
- Linksys USB WiFi-B
Right now i'll be using the onboard sound and video, but I may upgrade the Video card later on. I'll have to use PCI because there's no AGP on the system. The case is pretty small and fits under the pass seat. I'll try taking it out on a test run tomorrow with one of my 14" LCDs in the passenger seat.
In case you haven't been privy to Mike and I's conversations..we're really into the idea of fitting a CarPC into the Vibe. Well..with the recent purchase of my stock Nav (i'll stop crying eventually) I'm forced to go ahead with it. Today I managed to physically rip the Nav out, and get about 40% of the way through the CarPC. As of yet, i'm missing the power controller, the screen, and a mini-keyboard i'll use for it. The screen should be here Thursday. Hopefully, i'll get the inverter hooked up tomorrow and I can at least give it a test run..
I also need to figure out where to put a DVDRom. I have a full-size one from a desktop system that I thought about shockmounting under the driver seat..but..I might rip one out of an old laptop and have the nice mini-DVD..but, I still don't know where to put it! I considered dremmeling a hole in the passenger dash, but..I don't know if I can make it look clean enough... Any ideas? Talking about a standard Laptop DVDRom drive..
First...the front dash pulled off(thanks Mike for the instructions)
What was under the dash...
What I found in the dash! That's the Glass Breakage sensor for the 'Security' system. It's next to the air setup on the passenger side..
Here's the factory GPS antenna. Yes, that is the defroster vent it's attatched to.
Here's the power supply for the computer. Huge, ain't it? It slid in behind the AC controls and shifter. Fit pretty well..I had to slide it over slightly to get it to fit with the stock AC outlet housing..but it all went together. Above it is my 'aftermarket' GPS. A Rand McNally serial GPS with no top.
And a closer of the aftermarket GPS
Here's the lower half of my Alpine EQ brain..which..needs to move. It rubs the bottom of the seat if you put the seat down. The Inverter is the blue thing.
Here's the mess in the 'passenger seat' area. Note the center console and passenger seat missing. The factory Nav is sitting on top of the EQ brain.
And here's the aftermath. As I don't have a replacement screen yet (it should be here Thursday. I get to drive with this lovely view.
And finally..my new puppy, Dade. Leashed to my Hidden Hitch and staying cool under the car.
I'll resize the pics better when I can think..and, when I build a little website about the whole project. This is a nice peek however.