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    Aldaris's 2003 Sentra SE-R Spec V CarPC

    Recently I had two dreams I wanted to fulfill. It was to get a Spec V, and the other one was to have a computer in my car. The good news is that the two will soon be achieved!

    I got my car in September 2005. It's a 2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V. I love it! It's beautiful, fast, and it drives very well!

    Two months after I got the car, I started to look to buy the computer. I did a lot of research, and I finally bought a VIA EPIA M10000. Here is a complete description of the computer :

    • VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX Mainboard 1GHz
    • 256MB DDR RAM Ultra Low Profile
    • Hard Drive 2.5" Hard Drive 60GB Samsung 5400rpm
    • Lilliput 7" VGA Touchscreen 629GL-70NP
    • USB GPS Receiver BU-303
    The Car : Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 2003
    The CarPC : Via M10k - 256mb - sb Live 5.1 - lilliput 7''
    Media Center status : 33%
    Car Installation status : 33%
    WorkLog : http://mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=77258

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    The Car!

    Here are some pics of the car to see what it looked like before installing the computer!





    The Car : Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 2003
    The CarPC : Via M10k - 256mb - sb Live 5.1 - lilliput 7''
    Media Center status : 33%
    Car Installation status : 33%
    WorkLog : http://mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=77258

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    Pics of the computer

    Here are some pics of the computer that I described before. It's not in the car yet, but its time will come!





    The Car : Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 2003
    The CarPC : Via M10k - 256mb - sb Live 5.1 - lilliput 7''
    Media Center status : 33%
    Car Installation status : 33%
    WorkLog : http://mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=77258

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    The Frontend!!!

    I've spent the past 5 months working on my own Media Center. (since it was the winter, I couldn't do anything anyway!)

    I decided to create my own Media Center for many reasons. First, I didn't find any media center already existing that attracted me. . . for the look & feel, user friendliness and ergonomics. And also because it's one of my passions and it's my job to code software!

    I based the design of my media center on the Microsoft Windows Media Center because I found the look so cool!! But I want to say that all images were done by me. I didn't steal anything!

    In 5 months I succeeded to release a version that can be used in a car. For now, it can play songs and can manage a playlist very easily. I stopped the development for now because the summer is coming and I want to concentrate my work on the installation of the computer in the car.

    The thing that took long to do was the skinning system. I made it so it can be fully skinnable. All the interfaces are stored in a xml file. So when the program starts, it parses the xml file to ckeck what the screen should look like. This way, you can change all images, buttons, etc.. You can not only change the images, you can move the items in the screen!! You can also remove items if you want or add new ones!


    Here are some screenshots of the Media Center :

    Main Menu screen :


    Music screen. The image shows the playlist with some songs in it and the song that is playing in the bottom with the visualization :


    Screen to add songs. You can add an artist, an album or songs. When you add something to the playlist, a small message appears in the upper right-hand corner of the screen that fades out after 3 seconds.
    The Car : Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 2003
    The CarPC : Via M10k - 256mb - sb Live 5.1 - lilliput 7''
    Media Center status : 33%
    Car Installation status : 33%
    WorkLog : http://mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=77258

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    Nice!

    Backstreet Boys???

    Peace,

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    Screen installation Prototype!

    Before I started bending steel and solding anything, I wanted to make a king of prototype to be sure that my idea was fesable and not too crazy!!

    So the easiest way and priceless way I found was to make it in LEGO blocks. Yes I really said LEGO!!

    Anyway, the mechanism is kind of simple, for now it won't work be motorized..give me a chance! hehehe

    So here are a couple of pics to show you how it works!

    This is the bottom of the bucket from the compartment in the top of the dash that I got in a junkyard (for those who knows how a sentra is made will understand) :


    The prototype in his close form. (imagine the big lego plate is the screen )






    The Car : Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 2003
    The CarPC : Via M10k - 256mb - sb Live 5.1 - lilliput 7''
    Media Center status : 33%
    Car Installation status : 33%
    WorkLog : http://mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=77258

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    legos are cool, i still play with them
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    call me crazy but u can prolly use legos to make ur hinge just like that lol

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    with a lot of imagination it could be possible, but I'm not sure it would be solid enough and it would be hard to join the screen and legos... maybe with crazy glue!! hahaha
    The Car : Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 2003
    The CarPC : Via M10k - 256mb - sb Live 5.1 - lilliput 7''
    Media Center status : 33%
    Car Installation status : 33%
    WorkLog : http://mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=77258

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    sicck lol legos , one detail tho ull have to make sure the hinges wont swing (while braking or takin off) especially with a spec V

    ps: fellow qc do u visit mtlracing?

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