wow, like the little apple switch
I accomplished something i considered to be very difficult last night. Me and my fat fingers and my 100W soldering gun were able to create a power switch jack for my P1900 in the back of my intel mini. This was a major obstacle in creating a "dockable" mini, so I'm glad it worked, i'm glad i got some sleep last night, and i'm glad to move on. here is how it went down:
I drilled a .250" hole at the top of the security slot. There is some metal behind this that all has to be trimmed away on both the top cover and the case. For the jack i used, I needed to drill as high in the slot as possible to gain clearance to a circuit board directly beneath it.
I then soldered some extensions to the y-adapter from the Carnetix MacPac kit and routed them just in front of the wifi antenna's mounting post.
Then i soldered the leads perpendicular to the terminals on a 2.5mm mono jack. I did the soldering outside the case, and then wiggled the jack into the hole i drilled earlier. Mounting the jack high and upside down gives just enough clearance for the ribbon cable behind it to snake past and connect to the daughtercard for the drives. Before I closed up, i made sure my solder joint was smooth and then laid down three layers of electrical tape over it just to be sure.
The end result was much more polished and clean looking than I had expected.
and above all, it works! I had to futz with the P1900 a little bit, apparently when it gets out of sync it never quite catches back up without a little help.
my test rig
So that's it for now. I have parts on order from crutchfield that should be here today or tomorrow. I think when i get another bill paid off i'll go ahead and order the basic stamp development kit and the iPAC, and some 4-way switches and start building my controls. This is happening!
LOVE the car (Always been an Si fan even if I drive Toyotas :P )
Super clean install. Looks VERY professional.
Inspiron 5100 Laptop
*2.2 Ghz CPU
*368 MB Ram
*32meg OnBoard Vid
Carnetix 1900 PSU
BU-353 GPS Antenna
iGuidence Nav Software / Mappoint for POI's
Linksys USB WiFi
D-Link USB Bluetooth 2.0
Eclipse CD4000 HU
i forgot to post pictures of the head unit installed! I spent about 3 days making harnesses before even attempting it... i gotta say it was time well spent. Right now I'm running off the factory amp... doesn't sound that bad at all, plus all the factory speakers work - sub, tweets etc...
i also got a factory service manual for my car... probably over 2000 pages in all, so i'm about to get knee deep into this thing =)
so anyway... all i've got so far is a custom splash screen for the AVN unit. enjoy.
btw - thanks for the comments SK. I love the toyotas too (see sig)
Looks great as always!
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Nice install. You should show it off on fgcoupe.com I love the little detail with the apple logo on the button.
How'd you connect your mac to your HU? (sorry not familiar with both mac and your Alpine HU)