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Thread: Elvira - The Scare 'E'(lement) [Honda element 07]

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    Cool Elvira - The Scare 'E'(lement) [Honda element 07]

    Well, I think its time to start my Worklog, I have been already working on the car, and will post pictures a bit out of order.

    My install;



    Honda Element 07 (tangerine)
    Xenarc 700IDT 7" VGA In-Dash Monitor
    Garmin GPS Nav System (GVN 52)
    Vcommand Voice activated GPS (more for showing off, then use)
    JVC - KD-AR770 with Ipod control
    Mac Mini (intel)
    CarNetix CNX-P1900 (ver 2.02)
    Phidgets

    I am using AMP and custom Skinned the program



    Here is my current worklog;

    installed the GPS unit and started work on the dash and a Keyboard
    mount thats foldable.

    Here are some pictures;

    for such an amazing cool car it has so few Outlets, so I added one;





    I started work on the Carputer, and Mounted a Keyboard that folds down.



    Not the speaker below the keyboard, Thats for the navigation system, it will be hidden after I am done.

    Here is the keyboard folded up (well, umm folded DOWN);



    I velcro'ed the keyboard, so I can Laptype (nO, not when I'm driving!)
    here is a picture of the mount (kinda dark, sorry)



    I have been asked info about the keyboard, here is a link:
    http://www.cyberguys.com/templates/s...productID=7599

    And the finished product!
    [editors note; this is NOT the actual screen I am using, I am getting a motorized built in screen, and alpine radio, I am using this screen to make sure all the connections are working properly]




    Here is the dash with the Visor mirror showing.



    I got LOTS more comin!!

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    Arrow Mac Mini Mount

    I decided on the location of the mini is in the glovebox, there is plenty of room for cables, and the door closed will hide the mini, and open i have easy access to load cd's, etc - I am mounting the Wifi antenna externally and maybe put in a small hole (or repeater, I havent decided yet) for the I-remote (you notice that mounted on my wheel?)

    I found a plastic / acrylic mount for the mini

    BUMPS ^............^

    http://www.h-sq.com/

    I added velcro to the legs to give it some traction, and am drilling two shallow holes
    on the top plate to match the bumps on the plastic to keep it from shifting (im mounting the plate upside down,
    so the mac is mounted to the top of the glove box, the mount is designed to fit the other way)

    (more pictures to follow)

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    Thumbs up Got My screen

    Got the Xenarc 700IDT 7" VGA In-Dash Monitor I have been setting it up,
    the picture quality is a bit inferior to my 8" unit I am a bit surpised by that.
    But It's what I bought!

    The intergration is going well, I am still awaiting the alpine radio,
    some switches and the back up camera, I am tweaking everything and
    making changes on the fly (LOL, Of course!!)

    I am adding USB ports in two locations

    http://frontx.com/store/order_p.html

    one for the keyboard, and 'x'
    and one for ipod / phone / who knows (on dash)
    Keyboard one is going on lower console (where the k/B is mounted)

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    Greetings from the road

    Took my system out for its first test ride, stuff all over the floor,
    BUT here I am, wardriving and Wi Fi-ing from a remote location!

    tiny keyboard takes a bit to get used to but IT WORKS!



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    I did a COOL mod for the dash with a lighted power button


    Check out the tread about that!

    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...221#post995221

    Jonathan
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    Here is a Picture with the REAL screen installed


    Jonathan
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    Arrow Update - more problems (and no pics, sorry)

    I have mounted the mac mini into the upper console my Element, and it was a ******* I ran into about a dozen differant problems.

    I had to pull a side panel off to run the harness of cables up to the upper console and had to be REALLY careful cause I was close to the passanger airbag also anyone trying mounting a macmini that way (it does fit almost perfectly) here are some warnings.

    You need -
    vga cable
    Audio
    Power
    USB cables (k/b, mouse, etc)
    speaker (sound output)
    trigger button (to reset the mac if it crashes)

    I have a carnetix power supply, and a Xenarc monitor
    I had to buy a 15 foot adapter cable to make the cable run
    http://store.mp3car.com/ProductDetai...Code=CBL%2D023
    this has the 2 video inputs as well, as the USB for the touchscreen,
    and the VGA for the screen, but you also need a 15' USB cord for anything else

    (like keyboard, thumb drive, etc) you need a powered USB hub
    (I mounted it in the glove box, were the computer was going to be mounted)
    the carnetix has a 5v output for the USB hub, that helped alot

    And you need to bring the composit video UP or Down to use them!

    Now the *****. You have to pull apart the upper console, and cut out a major chunk of the back,
    to fit the cables, even with the cutouts you dont have ALOT of room to play with with the steel upper console support

    I also suggest a WIFi Antenna, mounted on the roof to increase the range
    I am still working on it all, ONCE i have it tamed a Bit I will take pictures

    I'm noticing digital 'hash' on the screen, I don't know if thats line noise from the power
    or a problem yet with the screen, I also see the connector in the back on the screen is a bit loose,
    I keep losing my vga image, and usb control, I will see if that is a bad connector or a bad mount!

    The alpine I was buying fell thru, so I said screw it, and cancelled the order, went out and bought a JVC at best buy, the salesman lied (well, gave me misinformation) about the inputs (he said it has three, it has ONE)
    but Does have a ipod interface and mute and a USB port in front
    So its still usable -- I will give details on that once its installed.


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    Unhappy Arrrrrrgggghhhhh!!!

    If you buy from bestBuy CHECK to see if the Packaging actually IS THE SAME as what the salesman says.. I got screwed, the unit wasnt the KD-AR770 that the salesman was (abit misinformed) selling me, This was the strip down unit with NO AUX INPUTS not even ONE!!! (KD-G720)

    I was having the unit installed, and the installer said "were is the aux input?' 'there is no aux input on this radio'

    SO When I went back to best buy they told me 'oops sorry, but your S.O.L we don't carry the other unit'

    ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH HH


    (i'm NOT happy)



    Jonathan
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    Smile Putting it All Together...

    "Art isn't Easy" -- Stephen Sondhiem


    Well, Little by little the carputer is taking form.

    Mounted the Screen, and working on the power button (right side)
    have the mac running 'marine Aqaurium" as a screen saver.
    Garmin Navigation Control mounted on the left.



    Added USB ports on the upper and lower console
    (have a 6 port powered USB hub in the glovebox)



    And a close up of it



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    Cool Some night pictures



    Close up of the lighted computer reset button



    Check out the video of the Light pulsing!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9MNE-bkltI

    Jonathan
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