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    2003 S10, first install

    Alrighty, so after months of having my hardware sitting here staring at me, I decided (at 8PM) to get working on it. First up is WHERE TO PUT IT. I don't plan on this being the final resting place of the computer, but for now, here it is.

    This was once a door to a full ATX case.


    The panel cut out of that poor door.


    The start of my pop-rivet frenzy.


    Motherboard and PSU installed, with proper threaded standoffs and standard PC screws.


    One from the top.


    Here's the console it's going in.



    I made a few booboos here and there, but they're lessons learned. Now I need to figure out some sort of dampening mount for a HDD, and it looks like I'll be using a 3.5 for now. No install on the screen yet, I still have to find a suitable place besides my bedroom for dealing with the toxic fumes of chemically melted plastic!

    This is by no means finished, but what ya'll think so far?

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    Looks good sofar. I have to post my pics up soon.
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    For HDD you can try this 1994 Pontiac Firebird in Europe :-)
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    Alright, some much needed updating. Here's part of the neverending sanding stage:


    Finally painted:


    For reference, this is what it used to look like.


    Here's what's behind the scenes:


    And to explain the monstrous fan. I was having issues, even inside the house with the A/C set for 72, with the screen/controller board overheating. The fact that I rarely use A/C in my truck, here in central Florida, only compounds the issue. Both the fan and the monitor are running off an OPUS 15w DC-DC POL board. I plan on piggybacking the +12V/ACC/GND off what the stereo was using.

    And it figures, after hours of swearing and sanding (though I think I did both about evenly) I somehow managed to chip the dash.

    Such is life. Anyway, I may work on getting the actual PC wired up this week. Pics will follow!




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    I'm wondering why you would be having such issues.

    Here in Texas with the 19+ days of 100+ degree heat, I've yet to have a single heat issue.

    Makes me think something else is going on.
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    'tis very possible. for now, when I have the fan blowing air on it, everything stays on just fine, and that's good enough solution for me.

    It happens very quickly though. The screen starts to distort a little, then it turns to gray/white/black flickering stripes. I did a bit of searching here and the most common and logical solution was overheating. That, coupled with the blistering heat I accidentally subjected myself to once, made the most sense. If anyone has an idea, I'm all ears.

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    VERY nice .. i have the same dash ... did you remove the texture from the entire dash brezel?
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    Thanks. I did it awhile ago, by hand. NEVER AGAIN. That plastic is hard as hell. I had no idea that high build primer existed at the time either, so it was completely smooth before it got painted.

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    if your carpc was having heat issues in your house at 72 degrees, its going to go into thermal meltdown inside your truck... I know behind the dash of my truck it gets hot as hell... theres definately a problem somewhere.. I'd find it and resolve it before going through the trouble of installing everytihng, then finding out it doesnt work, and having to rip it all out and do it all again... But.. its your decision.. have fun
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    True, but I don't see any other solution. If the monitor overheats, it needs to be cooled. I don't see any defects on the board, and it's getting the correct voltage. I have no idea what else it might be.

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