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    2006 Acura RSX Type-S Project

    Inspired by DJiK carcomp system I decided to shape up my baby with some nice features. As a programmer, I also liked the idea of being able to program the system and the car the way I want it. So here are some main rules I'd like to follow:
    1. Non-destructive installation, meaning I don't want to cut the head unit bazel. It should be totally revertable.
    2. Altho money isn't a restrictive matter, it should be spent wisely and economically right.
    3. It should look nice and "like original".
    4. Should be able to extend car features and raise the comfort level.

    Main features I'd like to implement:
    1. Voice activated GPS
    2. Voice navigated Media Library
    3. Hondata ECU hook up.
    4. Outside cameras.
    5. Various gauges and system info.
    6. Passworded car ignition.
    7. Sky is the limit...

    Steps completed:
    1. Bought a comp set of mini itx mobo, via C3 1GHz proc, 512 MB RAM, 100GB hdd, mini itx case with 80W psu.
    2. Bought a Holux GR-213 usb gps reciever.

    Planned steps:
    1. Measure dimensions and decide on touchscreen position.
    2. Set up an initial system once all components will arrive.

    Except pics asap

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    What's up Dude?!

    #1 & #2) Check out NaviVoice
    #3) I don't know much about Hondas. Have fun with the research.
    #4) Start with one.
    #5) A part of #3.
    #6) It's been discussed many times -- basically you'd have to keep your computer on at all times, which drains the battery.
    #7) No it's not... Remember Sputnik?
    For Sale: Carputer (CarPC) & RCA Y-Adapter
    Newsflash: Take a look at my unsold stuff above, thanks!
    Up Next: Make an OBD to Serial cable & Redo the "MMI buttons"

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    Sounds interesting, I like "passworded" car ignition, It's something I've been thinking of doing some time this year.
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    This sounds interesting I am also a programmer and I am interesting into tapping into hondata for live performance data, one of the main reasons why I am becoming interesting in carpc

    other reasons
    1. radar detection (angles)
    2. turbo gauges on screen

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    Bought a big 8" touchscreen. Interesting thing is in Circuit City such screens start at $500 whereas I bought it for $165...

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    Got the PC on Friday. Looks good, except it didn't have video drivers installed and was very hot in idle, I couldn't hold finger on it for more than 2 seconds! The MoBo reported 147 F(!) on chipset and 120 F on proc.
    The video driver was found relatively fast, thanks to google. Then I checked the inside of the comp, and found out the reason for such tremendous heat - the chipset had passive radiator and 2 of the case fan places were empty...
    So I've ordered 3 60x60x10 fans and hopefully the temperature problem will be resolved.

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    Okay, so the fans arrived but they are oversized I'll try to replace them.
    The slim dvd drive needs an ide adapter which non of the Frys, CompUSA, BestBuy, Circuit City has. I've ordered it online, hopefully nothing else is needed (ah...the screws for that drive aren't standard, much smaller).

    Next thing is powering. First I was thinking of getting a Carnetix dc-dc regulator, but when I contacted them, they said their regulator isn't powerful enough for my mobo and screen (it needs +12V @ 6.6A plus +12V @ 1.2A). Second option is dc-ac inverter, they are relatively cheap but once I imagined myself tons of wires, adapters, inverters, converters going around I decided this is not an option. The third and the last one is a dc-dc psu specially designed for carputers. So I've bought a 150W PSU by Opus Solutions. As described it can survive engine cranking, over and under voltage, shutdown delay, blah blah. The most important is the first feature as manual transmission cars tend to stall on lights.

    That is it for now, and may I say, it didn't look that complicated at the beginning

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    Well, I'm proud to announce that main hardware installation has complete. The process is described on my own site www.romanchik.info. Those who don't speak Russian are welcome to watch the pictures, as they are pretty self-explanatory.
    Special thanks to DJiK for support and some explanation

    On Monday I should recieve my slim IDE adapter and then I'll be able to make the sweet part of carputer.

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    Fakk, Stop thanking me -- you did all the work.
    Instead, show us some pics of the actual CarPC & Monitor.

    (Я только нашел фотки машины на сайте)
    For Sale: Carputer (CarPC) & RCA Y-Adapter
    Newsflash: Take a look at my unsold stuff above, thanks!
    Up Next: Make an OBD to Serial cable & Redo the "MMI buttons"

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    I was having a hard time seeing from the pictures how you mounted the touch screen and was wondering how you mounted it. Also, did you hook into the existing stereo system? I also have a 2006 RSX-S and would like to do some of these things as well.

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