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Thread: Holden Commodore VSII Carputer

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    Holden Commodore VSII Carputer

    Hi everyone. I've been reading the forums for a little while and have decided to do my own carputer.

    First, the car....
    Holden Commodore VS series II (1996 model)
    3.8L V6


    LOL Car's pretty dirty at the moment. Raining a fair bit here in Sydney recently so it just picks up dirt each time it gets driven

    This is where i plan on installing the screen. I'm going to remove the Sony Headunit, cut out the plastic buttons where the ABS/SRS label is and fabricate the screen in there and the carputer will be mounted in the glovebox.



    The Carputer:
    - VIA M10000
    - M2-ATX PS
    - 512mb RAM
    - Seagate 80Gb hard drive
    - Compaq notebook DVD-ROM
    - Lilliput 7" TS
    - Windows XP Pro
    - Probably Frodoplayer as the frontend
    - Slimline notebook IDE adapter
    - Diagnostic cable to connect to ECU

    I think thats everything. Everything is ordered except for the Lilliput, should all be arriving in the next few days. I'm on Uni holidays for a month at the end of next week so it will be full steam ahead from then.
    I've gotta say a huge thanks to everyone on the forums at Mp3car.com I've built computers before, but never anything for a car. I've been able to get all the information i need from these forums.
    I'll update as the build progresses

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    Hey there. Im in almost the exact same boat as you
    I to own a Holden VS and Iím going to be putting a carputer in these holidays aswell.
    Im just waiting on the screen to arrive and I need to buy a power supply.
    Ill be mounting my screen a little different to you though, ill have mine sitting above the abs/irs and antenna controls.
    Although ill be keeping a close eye on your project especially how you do the wiring and dash removal stuff.

    Also are you running the sound from the computer to the HU or running it straight from the computer to amp/speakers?

    Good luck with it anyways
    Let the world roll along... Ill catch up later.

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    I saw this title and thought someone was putting a Commodore 64 in their car! LOL, crazy Aussie's!!!
    ~Puff

    View my worklog... I dare you... http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/worklogs/77267-2003-audi-a4-worklog-puffs-ride.html

    Carputer Progress [||------------------] 10%

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    I thought the same thing.

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    lol @ commodore 64 hahahaha
    Hey cppp.....Yeah i plan on running the sound from the computer to the H/U. I wanted to still be able to listen to the radio so i'm going to mount it in the glovebox and get my mate (electrical engineer) to extend the wires to the faceplate so i can mount it on the dash.

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    Just a quick update.....
    The M10000, M2-ATX and Hard Drive all arrived. There are a couple of pictures below showing the mounting of the mobo and PS. I've basically just screwed some standoffs into a piece of MDF that is shaped to fit the floor of my glovebox



    Now im just waiting for the RAM and dvd-drive to arrive so that i can start loading up the software

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    Another Update

    First day of uni holidays
    Basically ripped the dash apart and got stuck into the wiring.....what a painful process!!!!!! Every dash component seems to be connected to about 5 other parts that all need to be removed as well
    Anyway eventually got it apart and ran the power wires for both the carputer and the amp through the firewall.


    Lots of wires!!!!!!!


    Also relocated the Headunit....I originally planned for it to go in the glovebox but room does not allow for both it and the carputer so I've mounted it under the passenger seat, with the aim of remotely mounting the faceplate on the dash somewhere.

    Still waiting for the RAM to arrive, but i've got plenty of stuff to keep me busy in the mean time

    The screen and the DVD-drive also arrived today so i can start fabricating the screen surround. Below is a quick mock-up of where the screen and dvd will be mounted.
    Via M10000, 512mb RAM, 80Gb Seagate HD, Lilliput 7" TS, M2-ATX, Tray-load DVD-ROM

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    More Updates

    Well, everything has finally arrived over the past two days. I spent yesterday loading the OS etc on my very sophisticated workbench (see below)



    Today, i basically spent the whole day applying bondo, then sanding, then bondo, then sanding etc...... It was my first time using bondo, and you can see from the pictures that i used waaaayyyy too much at first Thankfully, the electric sander quickly cut it down to size lol. I've applied one coat of paint, but as i suspected, all the small imperfections have shown up so i'm going to keep filling/sanding until i can get rid of them.
    Also, i originally planned on mounting the DVD underneath the screen, but space (or lack thereof) means that i'll have to mount it in the glovebox with the rest of the carputer.


    After the first series of bondo/sanding


    Round 2 .........


    More filling

    1st coat of paint....lots of small imperfections to be fixed


    Still plenty of work to be done....as of now nothing is actually in the car at the moment, apart from the wiring.
    Via M10000, 512mb RAM, 80Gb Seagate HD, Lilliput 7" TS, M2-ATX, Tray-load DVD-ROM

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    i hope you didnt use bondo as a "glue" to hold the lilliput casing to the dash bezel because it will crack. Bondo is a filler only ....

    Dash needs a little more work, but other than that looking good...

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    na didn't use bondo as a glue. The lilliput casing was epoxy-welded to the dash before the bondo was applied
    Via M10000, 512mb RAM, 80Gb Seagate HD, Lilliput 7" TS, M2-ATX, Tray-load DVD-ROM

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