Nice work mate. I have an FPV f6 Typhoon, and have a 7" touchscreen mounted in the spot where u are going to mount the factory screen. My question is where are the centre vents located to, now that you have cut them out to house the screen? Also, are you in melbourne. Would love to see ur creation in the flesh, so to speak. Cheers mate.
Ta for the feedback - we could meet up, I am in Doncaster East, just about on the corner of Springvale, and Reynolds Rd - there's a little suburb in the left there......
Where you at, I could def take a drive...
I have reverted back to the 7" Xenarc for now, mounted at the right of my steering wheel, as it is impossible to glue/weld or do anything with the PPO/PPE plastic they use in our fascias.
I got the info directly from a person that works at the plastic eng business that manufacturers these fascias - so, if I can do the model, they will do a mould from that, and they can injection-mould a good couple of pieces from every mould - problem is the cost of such a mould might be bnetween 1-3k Aud, according to him, so I need to find a couple guys that would be willing to split the costs.
a Bit of a setback, really, but it will get done - just imagine factory/moulded "original" - just what the doctor ordered!
I will not use the center vents anymore, or I can design something and replace my FPV pod-gauges, and have nifty little vents sitting there? All ideas, some good, some bad....my plan is to replace the complete ICC with a computer-controlled HVAC system, so it will be handled by the carputer setup - hence the original reason to go core-2-duo setup.
But, feel free to PM me, and I will forward my mobile no, we can meet up - don't worry, I am not an internet predator, a few Melbournians have met me at especially the Nizpro Dynoruns :)
Thanks for the reply, and again, you have done some great work on that car. I would love to do the same, but at the moment, with all the other hobbies as well, I havent got the time...............and money haha. Plus there is obviously more satisfaction in doing it yourself. Definitely should meet up. I am also wondering if they will do another meet somewhere?
Hey a quick question from your opinion......my car being a sedan, I have mounted the car PC out of the way, but I want to completely want to make it dissapear........I have a wife and child and usually want to boot free lol. Any ideas on hiding and venting?
Thanks again for the reply,
In the first and third pages of your outstanding build, you used at different times the Arcade VGA (with the Cubic) and the Vga to CGA adapter from ConvertersTV (with the Apple Mini).
Now how was your experience with them? You never posted any pictures with one or the other so that we could see if there was any difference. I'm not asking you to put it all together again and take pictures (lol), but maybe you could tells us about your experience with image quality, setting up, how it worked with the front end, nav maps, small texts, etc.
I'm trying to use the VGA to CGA converter on my Infiniti M35 (Nissan Fuga in some markets, maybe in Australia?), which has a very good 7" widescreen LCD, but I am having poor results (see this thread). I'm thinking about buying the ArcadeVGA (do you still have it?), and ditch the laptop I'm trying to use. So any imput would be very welcome!
I have also got the Ultimarc arcadeVGA card in my system and a switch in the centre console to switch between the 2 different screens. They work very well and the picture quality is great.
Thanks, Hellion. So you use the stock lcd screen on your build?
I also used a button and 4PDT relay to hack between the AV computer and the monitor. But I cannot get the right sync with the Converterstv card.
I don't want to hijack this thread, so may I suggest you to post another thread with more details of your build? You are one of the few who use the Arcade VGA successfully. Do you use RGBs, RGBHV? And powerstrip, and at what resolution and freq. do you use, etc. Are the Arcade VGA drivers stable with divx, mp4, dvds, navigation, etc.?
In any case, thanks again for the valuable input.
Ok, going back to my original goals when this first started out, let's see what's up - comments in blue
1) Most important is the factory look! The mod must/will not detract from original factory looks...
So far keeping with this, I have the temporary TFT LCD mounted on the right, next to my steering wheel, and are busy re-designing a factory injection-moulded bezel to house my 10.4" LCD
2) Powerful system, doing multitasking without ANY hickups.
Decided on the Core Duo Apple MacMini, expanded to 2gig Ram, 7200rpm Seagate Momentus HD, and 1.8Gig Core 2 Duo Merom CPU - complete
3) Deadreckoning GPS system, using Gyro and GPS input.
Awaiting arrival of the daughterboard, finally managed to source the Gyro fairly cheaply in Oz - 90%
4) Capacity to play MP3's, DVD's
Spec'ed System will be more than capable of doing anything you throw at it - complete
5) Internet Wireless connectivity.
Via build-in WiFi capability of the MacMini, works like a dream - complete
6) Infrared (IR) control of computer
Decided to use a combination of LCD touchscreen input, and an Industrial Stainless Steel Trackball, mounted in the original cupholder - complete
7) On/Off activation either manually, or selectively ignition controlled
Using the Carnetix 2140 controller, decided to make this ignition-controlled only - complete
8) OBD-II (onboard diagnostics) display and logging of variables.
Decided on the Autoenginuity interface and software, which supports all the sensors on my BF UTE - complete
9) Quiet operation, minimizing powerdrain.
Mounted the computer in my cd-console, and using a 120mm computer case fan, with decent flow, but low noise to keep things cool - complete
10) High-quality Touchscreen - 5-wire resistive is the best.
The temporary Xenarc 700TSV 7" LCD uses the 5-wire resistive touchpanel, which is very good - the permanent 10.4" have only a 4-wire resistive, still excellent quality, although most input will happen via the industrial trackball - complete for now
So, as you all can see, the goals above will determine plenty much what components I select for this Project, as I have realized early on although a Via Epia "may" work, it will not do so to satisfy my unique requirements.
I am in the process of designing a new carputer, using specialized case, making use of internal heatpipes to create a truelly passive-cooled setup, all with a very minuscule footprint, slightly larger than a 3.5" harddrive.
I have just received my Tyre Pressure Monitoring kit from my supplier, and I am 90% complete removing the wireless receiver, and integrating it via a custom PIC-Micro into my Carputer - all the temperature, and pressures, from each wheel will be displayed in realtime on CentraFuse frontend, with adjustable alarm-limits to warn of excursions.
In my mind, this is a very important part of having this carputer in the 1st place, it is an added safety factor when doing serious travelling with a 500+ HP (on the wheels) UTE
As everyone can see, things are pretty much smooth sailing from hereon in, I am awaiting arrival of my PIC-micro and associated PCB, and then it is time to install the pressure sensors inside each wheel, yes, even the sparewheel will have one.
I will post pics on the weekend to showcase my progress.
I still need to make a bezel to permanently fix to industrial trackball in it's position, but, jeesh, this stainless unit sure looks nice, and I am sure this is a first for a carputer setup :)
Originally Posted by mrbean_phillip
Can you give us any more details on the the above. I am interested in a TPMS system that I can source locally and also the dead reckoning system. pm me if need be.
You're not the only one!! Stuff the PM, let us all know :)
Originally Posted by meddler
Once again mrbean_phillip, awesome work!
Making good progress on the TPMS, will provide some detailed pics on the weekend - will have the sensors installed then too, so I will keep you posted.
I would be willing to do the kits for the Ozzies, way cheaper than anything similar from the Oz market.
Give me a few more days :)