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    2004 Volvo S60R - "Popup" display/carputer install

    Alright all, after having a computer in my previous vehicle (03 Acura CL, 6speed), I've come to love and miss the whole computer element in my R.

    The system will consist of a VIA/EPIA M1000 based computer running a very slim version of Windows XP. I plan on piping the audio through the stock HU803 headunit using an AUX adapter (made by USASpec or Mr_E (a member of the swedespeed forums)). For the video, after looking at possible mounting locations for a 7" LCD touchscreen, I've decided on placing the screen where the stock navigation screen would be (obviously, I don't have navi). I plan on the screen operating the same way the stock one does, "popping up" from under the dash however I will start off with a manual "popping up" version and maybe later tackle the electronic raising of the screen. Just to name a couple of things that I'm planning on implementing with this setup: 60 GB of mp3s/mpegs, controlling XM satellite radio via the computer, USB DVD rom for watching DVD's, bluetooth for a handsfree setup again through the PC, "dead-reckoning" GPS navigation using a "hacked" onstar unit.....

    So my project begins here...if you're interested check back with this thread from time to time to see how my progress is going and of course, feel free to post any questions or comments as I'll do the same!

    This is the location of the screen "popping up" that I'm talking about:


    Here are the parts I've gathered so far...

    Here's the stock navi version center channel grill which I will modify a bit to get the screen to fit:

    Here's the stock navi version center channel speaker which I will replace with my current bigger sized one:

    Here's the bracket for holding the navi center speaker and also the screen housing:

    Here's a shot of the computer and XM direct unit:

    And finally, here's a shot of the 7" touchscreen LCD (Tview):

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    so you finally sold the cl! saw your posts on acurazine trying to sell it.

    i'm thinking of trading mine in for a 6sp later on.

    awesome choice for a replacement car.

    good luck with the install.
    are you going to use the stock mechanism to 'pop up' the screen or are you going to design one?
    2001 Acura CL traded for a 2006 Subaru Legacy GT
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    Quote Originally Posted by acura cl
    so you finally sold the cl! saw your posts on acurazine trying to sell it.

    i'm thinking of trading mine in for a 6sp later on.

    awesome choice for a replacement car.

    good luck with the install.
    are you going to use the stock mechanism to 'pop up' the screen or are you going to design one?
    Yeah man, I finally sold it. The guy who bought is making it into a show car so he's gonna supe it up and all.
    If I were to have a CL it would definitely be a 6speeder especially with all the problems of the auto tranny.
    Thanks for compliments on my car. I'm still getting used to the turbo in the R but its definitely a nice ride.
    As far as the stock mechnism for popping up the display, I was actually going to try to hack the stock one apart but I haven't found a junk yard with a navi laying around yet for a decent price. I think for now, I'm going to come up with my own way to pop it up and see how that works. I'll keep ya posted!

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    sounds like you got your hands full, good luck

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    can you reach the screen that far away? mine is up on the dash, and it's about as far as i could reach.

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    give jcdillin a shout. he has a simialr car and is looking into something like you.

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    UPDATE:

    So I've been taking it slow with this project because I want it to look as good as possible. Today, I had some time to really work out the up down mechanism of the new 7" touchscreen monitor along with cut up the navi center grill. I also ordered the cd changer bracket to hold the PC in the rear near passenger side fuse box area. Here are some pics below:






    I plan on making a cover of sorts, to hide the screen when its fully down, out of my current center channel grill material. Thats the next phase I guess.

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    keep up the good work

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