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    '05 Celica TS

    -= Update 04-03-2006 =-
    Long time since i've posted here.
    Today i've ripped the car apart again.
    Some time ago i installed a switch in my dash to allow me to keep the carputer running indefinately. Just a simple switch to choose the input for the opus activation line. I had these options
    - 12V constant
    - nothing
    - 12V switched.
    The nice thing about this is that i can keep the carputer running when i leave the car for a short while, and that i can keep the carputer from starting up when i move the car in and out of the garage. Works like a charm, but i soon detected it had one flaw. Indefinately isn't really indefinately. It's just until you run out or juice in the battery (DUH ! ! ) Anyway, this happend to me not so long ago ... i forgot to set it back to switched and the computer drained the battery overnight, leaving me stranded when i needed to go to work. Not good.


    -= Update sep/2005 =-

    Two lil updates ... Recently got some BSOD from windows. So i tought it might be a good idea to have a reset button in my car. I hooked it up, but i ran out of time so i needed to temporarly install it under the rear seat



    Next thing, i really needed to get GPS working since i have a habit of getting lost (not that i mind since i like the driving)
    I mounted the receiver under the parcel shelf



    Also discovered some annoyencies ... whenever i move my right outside mirror i hear it in my speakers and the screen causes some big time interference with radio reception. Guess i'll have to do some and to find a way around this.

    -= First Post =-

    hello guys

    My car has finally arrived, so the install can start.
    But first things first, a picture of the car :


    Hardware
    - epia via MII 12000
    - 512Mb ram
    - WD 120Gb hd
    - OPUS 150W
    - deck keyboard
    - card reader
    - kenwood MP6090-R
    - in-dash motorised screen (underway)
    - PCI wifi card
    - USB 2.0 hub (still deciding how many ports i need)
    - various wires

    Needed hardware
    - slimline DVD-CR/RW

    My install
    Fase 1 : computer meets kenwood => Completed
    Very simple after all, just find the right site and follow instructions

    Fase 2 : computer meets car => Completed
    I dedicated a part of my site to the carputer, its overhere
    This is the final result (for now) : Movie playing in my car


    To do list
    - make the radio buttons compatible with the computer
    - display ID3 information on the head-unit display
    - make winXP boot faster
    - make hibernation actually work

    Any suggestions/comments/rants/flames welcome.

    thanks
    '02 Toyota Celica TS
    Carputer progress : [#######---]
    Currently working on : software ...
    Parts : IBM thinkpad X60 wired up in the booth (T7200 - 1.5Gb Ram - 320GB HD)
    Parts needed: USB wifi dongle (with external antenna)

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    Can't wait to see it come together!

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    that makes two of us ... the only problem is the car is so much fun to drive that i have a hard time keeping it parked so that i can do some work on it
    '02 Toyota Celica TS
    Carputer progress : [#######---]
    Currently working on : software ...
    Parts : IBM thinkpad X60 wired up in the booth (T7200 - 1.5Gb Ram - 320GB HD)
    Parts needed: USB wifi dongle (with external antenna)

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    Little update
    parts have all arrived, but i have a bit of a problem with my screen. I can't seem to get it to fold out.
    posted question here
    '02 Toyota Celica TS
    Carputer progress : [#######---]
    Currently working on : software ...
    Parts : IBM thinkpad X60 wired up in the booth (T7200 - 1.5Gb Ram - 320GB HD)
    Parts needed: USB wifi dongle (with external antenna)

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    I love the celicas, I will be keeping an eye on this worklog. Also, once you figure out your screen problem post the solution so others can learn too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SniperXX
    I love the celicas, I will be keeping an eye on this worklog. Also, once you figure out your screen problem post the solution so others can learn too.
    I did ... in the Screen-forum.
    Here's a link
    '02 Toyota Celica TS
    Carputer progress : [#######---]
    Currently working on : software ...
    Parts : IBM thinkpad X60 wired up in the booth (T7200 - 1.5Gb Ram - 320GB HD)
    Parts needed: USB wifi dongle (with external antenna)

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    Updated the first post to reflect my current status

    Comments welcome :-)
    '02 Toyota Celica TS
    Carputer progress : [#######---]
    Currently working on : software ...
    Parts : IBM thinkpad X60 wired up in the booth (T7200 - 1.5Gb Ram - 320GB HD)
    Parts needed: USB wifi dongle (with external antenna)

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    Updated first message
    '02 Toyota Celica TS
    Carputer progress : [#######---]
    Currently working on : software ...
    Parts : IBM thinkpad X60 wired up in the booth (T7200 - 1.5Gb Ram - 320GB HD)
    Parts needed: USB wifi dongle (with external antenna)

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    updated message #1
    '02 Toyota Celica TS
    Carputer progress : [#######---]
    Currently working on : software ...
    Parts : IBM thinkpad X60 wired up in the booth (T7200 - 1.5Gb Ram - 320GB HD)
    Parts needed: USB wifi dongle (with external antenna)

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