2001 Buick Regal GS Worklog w/Pics!
Well, I've been thinking about doing an PC install for over a year now, and I'm just getting around to doing it.
Heres the car. 2001 Buick Regal GS
Heres the dash where I'm embedding the LCD screen.
Heres my Screen, The SUPER off of Ebay.
The screen was my big purchase, because I know I can start from there.
Right now, I'm installing an old SFF computer I had lying around.
I'm using an old small form factor Dell GX200 pentium 3 computer. The case actually says GX110 on it but I tore the motherboard out because it decided to not want to power up. So I ripped the motherboard out of another computer I had lying around, and put it in this one.
800 Mhz Pentium 3
512 MB RDRAM
Slim DVD ROM Drive
I was going to use one of the IBM SFF computers I had (the case is actually smaller) but the ones I didn't sell freeze when you boot windows up on them. 5 of the 20 I had were bad.
If anyone is interested in purchasing for parts or something, they have
933Mhz and 866 Mhz P3
DVD Slim Drive
The ram and HDD were taken out, but the case is kind of nice.
I'm going to eventually build a Mini Itx computer, but this is kind of a test run, so all I'll have to do is switch computers later, and everything else will be installed already.
The Regal has some very nice places to put a mini itx computer, here are some pictures of possible places to put one.
This is a picture of the armrest open. Its VERY deep if you can't tell from the picture, and it goes under the console an extra 6 inches as well.
This is a picture of the storage compartment under the climate control on the dash. This is very deep as well, if I stick my hand in it, it goes almost up to my elbow.
Until I build a Mini ITX, I'm going to use an inverter. I bought this Vector 400w inverter at Meijer for $50. When I do install the mini itx, I might go for a dc-dc setup.
Heres the picture of the Vector Inverter. The cable they included to hook up to the battery is kind of short, I'll have to find a way to extend it.
I'll be using Roadrunner as my front end, I kind of like it and its the only one I could get to run. I'm going to try and embed iGuidance into it. The software side of things seems kind of complicated, but i'll have to work through it.
For my GPS Unit, I'm using the Onstar Hack. I had some trouble, but I finally finished the OnStar Hack after one of the soldering points was giving me a VERY hard time (solder would NOT stick to it) but I came up with a technique that seemed to work.
Heres some pics of the onstar Unit installed in the trunk, notice the cable coming out if it, thats the hack.
I confirmed the hack works by installing iGuidance on my laptop and driving around. Looks Great!:rock:
Well, thats it for now. More to come later.