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Thread: 2003 Mercedes C-Sports Coupe

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    I remember the first time I sat in one of these I thought to myself it would lend it's self very well to a car PC install!

    I WANT PICS!!!!

    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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    Fabrication coming along. Need to find a slot-CD bezel to finish it.

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    Aron, any progress?

    Fabrication is going well, made a slot DVD drive out of a tray bezel. Currently relocating the power, menu, and A/V buttons to the side of the screen. Going to unsolder the SM switches from the PCB, extend the wires and glue them to a piece of ABS to mount them.

    Got the tape deck apart, looking at how to extend the wires for the face plate to mount it in the ashtray. I want to retain the lid to the ashtray, so I will have to cut the face plate to remove the centre section.

    There should be enough room behind the LCD to mount the stripped tape deck (no tape mechanism, no face plate). Will make a permanent mount for it when I take the dash apart soon.

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    Had some issues mounting the LCD and slotload in the same bezel, off by 2 mm! Trimmed the edges of the double-din bezel, back in business!

    Bought some parts today: 1.3 Celeron, MB, and PSU. Ram and CF card next.

    Was going to do a rear hatch install, changed my mind. Will mount within a rack-mount case under the passenger dash. This allows the 160W PS to power the LCD, computer, and USB hub.

    Can a PC be mounted upside down without issue? Was thinking of mounting the rackmount upside down, putting on a plexiglass case, and mount my footwell LEDs inside. This would light up the case and footwells at the same time!

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    I'm running my motherboard upside down on my bench setup while testing and it works just fine. Nice car btw.
    current system: car2pc adapter playing aux in for a sansa fuze media player. simple. cheap. effective.

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    Thank you.

    Took apart the face of the tape deck tonight to relocate the buttons. Turns out there is 1 PCB with all the buttons on it, so I cannot just cut the centre buttons off the face and squish the 2 sides together to fit it in the ash tray.

    UNLESS, looking at the PCB the traces seem to be only for the buttons in the centre, and the buttons are normally open... so if I cut the centre of the PCB out I may still have all the buttons on either side. Might have to join ground/power planes and a few larger traces that look like control info. Worried to try it since I need at least 1 button to switch from tape/radio!

    ALTERNATIVELY, I keep the PCB intact and extend the buttons. Going to cross post this in another forum, yet my radio PCB has the type of buttons that if you push against them with a rubber backed button, they activate. So I am thinking I can solder extension wires onto the PCB where the button pads are, then buy some mini push switches to relate behind the buttons like I am doing for the LCD buttons I relocated.

    Arg, so many ideas, glad I have solder station and lab at work.

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    I'm going to relocate the tape deck face to the centre armrest upper container to make life easy. I don't want to keep the tape deck for long, until I get an a amp, so not going to bother with the hassle.

    Alsomost done the bezel. All epoxy, no bondo, so hopefully no cracks.

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    Good advice:

    Measure twice, glue once.

    I'm on my 3rd attempt getting the slot-load CD in the correct location. Off by just 1 mm means the bottom of the CD will slide along the plastic and possibly scratch.

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    Are those really 19"? Look smaller to me, but it might just be the picture.

    Your car looks great, good luck with the PC!

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