Can't wait to see pics!
NO PICTURES YET
** UNDER CONSTRUCTION **
It's been about two months now since I started the planning and testing phase of Laptop based CARPC. I have the majority of things allready, so I am ready to start the functional portion of my testing. So far all that I done is the software testing and configuring.
Here is what I have so far.
2004 Suzuki XL-7
White Pearl with Tan Interior and Wood Grain Accents
Just the typical Fire/EMS Goodies
4 corner strobes
LED's in the grill and back window
LED Dash Light
Recently - Panasonic AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA Head Unit
IBM Think Pad T21, 800 MHZ, 30 GB HDD, 256 MB Memory, DVD-ROM, 802.11b PCMCIA Card, Holux 213 Sirf 3 USB GPS receiver for laptop PPC
Laptop will be mounted cop style. Until I get the 7" screen.
In addition I have a Coleman Power invertor....I don't remember the specs. I'll post that later with the pics.
Windows XP Pro, Road Runner, Delorme Street Atlas 2006, and a couple more additional apps for testing. The Final load is pending.
My goal is simple. The main use of the system will be for navigation. I have meet a fellow member who is willing to share his skin with me that he made for a Fire Department. So inaddition to the navigation I will also use it for logging in calls that I run. I really have no use for the MP3 aspect since my head unit plays MP3's. However I may go down that road in the future. Right now I plan on mainly playing with the system to see what I can do with it. I do run a small Computer Repair business and alot of the time I carry a laptop with me for doing invoices there at the customers house, so it is possible that my CARPC will evolve further.
The bottom line, I'm a Techie...I have been one for as long as I remember. Not to mention my background as a network administrator for the Marine Corps. So this should be a fun project.
PICTURES PENDING, GPS RECEIVER JUST ARRIVED TODAY
FIELDS_EMT: NC FF/EMT & Sys Admin
Planning and Testing Phase - 50%
2004 SUZUKI XL-7
Check out my work log!
Can't wait to see pics!
Red Thanks for the words of encouragement.
UPDATE - 8/15/2006
So I got home yesterday and there it was my Holux GPS receiver. Purchased off Ebay for $40 including S&H. Like a kid with a new toy I had to play with it.
First I installed it on the IBM Think Pad. It took me a few to get Delorme to see it, just a matter of changing the Com port. And I was in business. Shortly there after I got a call from a customer who was having problems with his computer. So I loaded the GPS on my other Laptop, it's the one I use for my computer business to do my invoices.
So with the second laptop installed and running I headed out to another county. I didn't use a start or a destination. But I was amazed just to see it track my every move, not to mention how close it was with my speed and location. So far I am pleased. So for the return trip I used my GPS location for the start and then my home for the destination. Took a couple of side roads and it recalculated my route. There is only one problem. The glare from the screen. So I don't think that a cop mount will work.
Oh I tried to get some pics last night, yeah the camera was dead. So hopefully I can get the pics tonight.
Well it's back to the drawing board, need to figure out a alternative display. I'm think about a PS one screen since I'm only going to use it for navigation plus from what I have seen Delorme doesn't play nicely with a touch screen.
I have been playing again and this time I have pictures.
Where to start....I have returned to the drawing board to re-eval my planning. So last night I decided that I was going to do some further work. First of all the power adapter for the laptop had been damaged by the previous owner. Of course I knew this but never got around to fixing the problem. So I removed the duck tape that was covering the bare wires.
Very Ugly... So I soldered everything together and now it looks good and I feel it much safer now.
With the Power Adapter fixed it's now time to test some software...Tonight's menu includes MS Streets and Trips 2006.... I am not pleased. Yes it's all GUI with a bunch of additional windows, but trying to figure out a route and everything just made me enjoy Delorme better. Of course my problem could be that I have not tested Streets and Trips like I have Delorme. I smell a weekend road trip.
Holux GPS Receiver:
Notice the piece of Duck tape, that was covering the bare wires that I mentioned above.
Power Invertor: (Yes it's plugged into a Power Port on the center dash. Right now it just lays on the floor beside the Mobile and Portable radios for EMS)
Whats your install plan. I'm getting together a similar setup with my laptop but i just can't figure out where to put the darn screen!
For the laptop I am considering under the passenger seat on a flat mounting surface. Or the other idea is to mount it under the back seat so that it does not get kicked. I also need to ensure that I have access to the power invertor for the printer that I use for the business.....
Lik eI said I have several ideas that I am playing around with. Th ebig thing right now is to finish testing various applications on the laptop and see where I need to make improvments. I did decide to remove MS Streets and trips and stick directly with Delorme. I also need to get a monitor to actually place in spots to see what will work.
Thanks for the post.
Sounds good! i had the same plan for the laptop as i don't want to extend the screen too much and allow interferance., I had planned to do a passenger side hookup for the LCD but i wouldn't be able to see anything at that angle and definitely safe to look at when driving. i may just do an on dash mount and have it fold face down with some sort of cover so it's not so obvious when parked.