Quinny's Car PC --Warning this thread contains Geek Speak--

Quinny's Car PC --Warning this thread contains Geek Speak--

Postby Quinny34 on Sun, 02 Aug 2009 7:27 +0000

Please bare with me whilst I try and get this thread in order... It's taking me ages to get some time and motivation so I thought I'd at least throw it down in raw form and edit it as I go along for those that are looking to head down this path... If possible, please dont post until I get the thread finalised a little more...

Cheers Quinny...
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Firstly,

Like customising your 4b... you need to work out what YOU want from the system and not worry about what the other bloke has got... thats for posers

Secondly,

Think about it before you start purchasing or cutting... even after doing this, you're still going to smoke a few items and change a few things once underway...

Thirdly,

Not sure about three yet... But im sure there is one!

Forth,

Draw up your electrical runs and work out where they are going and where you'll mount things... it may change but your better of getting as much of the cable you need along with fuses and distrabution blocks...

Fifth,

This goes a little against the first, but learn from others... Keeping in mind what your trying to achieve...
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Re: Quinny's Car PC --Warning this thread contains Geek Speak--

Postby Quinny34 on Sun, 02 Aug 2009 7:29 +0000

Righto... The device...

Case..

Size 10" x 9.25" x 3.125"/254mm x 235mm x 80mm
Material 4.5mm Extruded Aluminum 
Color Black Anodized Finish
Weight 2kg/4.4 Lbs
Ventilation 1x 50 x 50 x 10mm Fan
Audio RCA Line Output
Indicator lights Hard drive (red) and system power (purple)
Mounting Position Universal (Misionary position also available for those not so adventurous :o )
Warranty 1 Year


Specifications:
Case Extruded Anodized Aluminum measuring 10" x 9.25" x 3.125"/254mm x 235mm x 80mm more info
Processor ATOM 330 1.6GHz Dual Core 8 Watt CPU with 1Mb L2 cache 533MHz FSB
Graphics Intel GMA 950
Chipsets Intel 945GC Northbridge
ICH7 South bridge
Audio Realtek ALC662 High Definition audio codec + Composite/RCA Line Outputs
USB 6x USB 2.0
LAN 1x  10/100/1000 Mbps
BIOS Intel BIOS 4mb flash memory

Rear Panel I/O
2x Ps2 for mouse and keyboard
1x VGA
1x 7 pin S-Video
1x 10/100/1000 LAN
1x RS 232 COM
1x Parallel Port
6x USB 2.0 ports
3x Audio: Line in, Line out, and Mic in
Composite/RCA Line Outputs

Monitoring and Management
Power Management (Supports S3 standby)
Fan Speed Control
Wake on USB
Wake on PCI
Wake on LAN
Wake on Keyboard
Wake on Mouse

Memory/RAM  2Gb PC5300/667MHz

M2-ATX Smart Power Supply:
Connects directly to the battery,
Voltage regulation,
Automatic Start-up more info
Built-in Bluetooth-Exclusive Feature - Internal V1.1/1.2 Vista Compatible - 50m/150' Range - Works with Centrafuse 2

Also Included
6 pin locking power harness
users guide and wiring diagram
master driver disk
detailed system build sheet
LCD monitor power cable

Compatible Operating Systems
Windows XP, Ubuntu Linux, and Windows Vista (2Gb RAM suggested with the use of Vista)
Operating temperature 0°C - 50°C
Warranty 90 day parts and labor plus 1 year parts

Ideal Features:
Exclusive vibration and shock resistant hard drive mounting system (hardware included for a single 2.5" hard drive)
Regulated 12v output for LCD monitor power (up to 3A)
Smart 160W automotive grade DC to DC power supply features automatic startup and shutdown with adjustable timing settings, and more
7 pin S-video output for use with existing factory  NAV/GPS screens  (compatible with RCA to S-video adapters)
VGA video output for high resolution monitors
RCA audio outputs for easy audio integration
Built in Bluetooth for wireless keyboards, hands free cell phone, and more (keyboard, software and microphone not included)
Locking 6 pin input/output  power harness (included)
Built in mounting brackets for easy installation
90 Day parts and labor warranty plus 1 year parts warranty
 
New 4th Generation Features:
Redesigned air intake for enhanced airflow and increased cooling
Hard drive and system LED lights
RCA audio line outputs
Miniature reset switch


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Re: Quinny's Car PC --Warning this thread contains Geek Speak--

Postby buggerlux on Sun, 02 Aug 2009 7:48 +0000

Did you look at a solid state hard drive? Heaps less chance of platter damage because there is no platter :D

What does it do? :D

One of those touch screen monitors would be way cool.
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Re: Quinny's Car PC --Warning this thread contains Geek Speak--

Postby Quinny34 on Sun, 02 Aug 2009 8:32 +0000

Now my main aim was to get Ozi Explorer on a big screen so I could do alot of planning on the run... We tend to go trecking and sometimes there is a need to change your original plans... (Like at 2 am in the pissing down rain half way between Mytrleford and Wonangatta when faced with a tree the thickness of the Lux and nothing but the ASS to deal with it - For a better description of the ASS see the Tallarook 09 thread)

So, I wanted Ozi, Plenty of map storage, Road Navigation, MP3's and video playback mainly... Other items that would be a bonus included, OBD connection and the ability to hook up to my Xede chip to program it. (The xede is fully programable with 2 map banks for multiple maps or 1 blank and 1 modified map to allow for normal operation when required)

I alo wanted to be able to upload photo's when on the move to clear out my SD cards (Not as big an issue now days with 4 - 32G SD cards available at a good price)

Now a few of the IT guys at work had already gone down this path with laptops and I was initialy going to go down this path but the cost of the above unit was only $500 inc delivery and I had another use for the laptop I was going to use...

Now for debates about whats better, go to mp3car.com and cut loose, I simply found that the technology had caught up with user requirements and the above unit had all the power supply and much of the tricky stuff built in ready to go in an integrated package...

I also cheated here, one of the guys mentioned above also thought the same and replaced his laptop with the above unit, So I let him do the XP setup and tweaks, Centrafuse install basic setup... (This was a big step for me as Im from Infra structure and this guy was a developer! - Again... more IT humor)

Screen wise I went with the 8" Wide screen, mainly due to the fact i already owned it and Im a tight arse, but also coz I wanted the bigest screen I get manage to fit in...

So of with the centre dash console and lets try it on for fit...

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Some cutting required but nothing I wasnt prepared to do...

So how to join it all together?????
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Re: Quinny's Car PC --Warning this thread contains Geek Speak--

Postby Quinny34 on Sun, 02 Aug 2009 8:52 +0000

Well... It all needed to go behind the back seat so first order of business was to unbolt the back seat and complete the rear seat mod allowing it to fold down when mounted. So out with the hack saw and into it....

Done..

Now for the cabling... Now all credit to this needs to go to my mate Nathan who pretty much drew out a mud map in my office in 2 minutes flat and then helped me grab it all in one lunch time at work... No running back and forth in the middle of the job to grab that extra bit here and there...

Now the list of cable goes something like this and I'll confrim when Im back at work and grab the reciepts..

6M 1 red and 1 black 30 Amp Cable
30M Roll of 3mm gauge dual strand wire
25M Speaker wire
Packet of assorted blade fuses
Fuse box for blade fuses
Inline fuse for 30 amp cable with a 30 amp fuse
Stereo Adapter from Super Cheap... (DO NOT UNDER ESTIMATE THE AMOUNT OF TIME THIS BABY SAVES U)
Power distrabution blocks.. (go the larger ones.. 5mm per block I think)
Connectors - General blade connectors
Connectors - Battery connectors for the 30 Amp cable..
2 of the big grey connectors for the 30 Amp leads... Allows them to be disconnected easily....

LOL... Sorry my decription of these parts isnt brilliant... like I said... Im no sparky... I'll most likely come back to this section and update it if I've forgotten anything...
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Re: Quinny's Car PC --Warning this thread contains Geek Speak--

Postby rodw on Mon, 03 Aug 2009 4:55 +0000

Great stuff Quinny, I might do up something similar about my system as it would be interesting to compare a laptop based system build up which is an option if you have one lynig around..
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Postby meep on Mon, 03 Aug 2009 7:41 +0000

That's more or less the same display I'm putting in and I'm presently pondering how I'm going to cut that annoying bar (see my blog for pics).

Are you keeping the display intact with casing? Are you removing your clock?

I find that with the screen sloped at the same angle as the dash, there is quite a bit of shine on the scren from driver position. However, pushing the bottom of the screen in for a more vertical orientation gives a much better picture - but leaves gaps at the side and bottom.

I'll be interested to see how you do this and will copy you!!

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Re: Quinny's Car PC --Warning this thread contains Geek Speak--

Postby Quinny34 on Mon, 03 Aug 2009 8:39 +0000

Check the last pages of my build up for quick answers... I may be a few days away before I finish this thread of and get to the screen... :D
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Re: Quinny's Car PC --Warning this thread contains Geek Speak--

Postby subi_man on Fri, 07 Aug 2009 7:56 +0000

Looking good Quinny - I love my carPC
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Postby Choady on Mon, 10 Aug 2009 6:53 +0000

Hey Quinny - looking good. Any details or a link on where you can purchase the box for $500 inc delivery ?
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Postby Quinny34 on Mon, 10 Aug 2009 1:02 +0000

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Re: Quinny's Car PC --Warning this thread contains Geek Speak--

Postby Bourbydol on Sun, 15 Nov 2009 8:13 +0000

thought i'd dig this up n ask a Q!
I was thinking of using a monitor like this, Glare would be no problem! But would the resolution be enough for Ozi explorer n street nav? 16:9 ratio, 800x600 res
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/9-Inch-Sun-Visor ... 19b753989e
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Re: Quinny's Car PC --Warning this thread contains Geek Speak--

Postby rodw on Mon, 16 Nov 2009 5:01 +0000

Bourbydol wrote:thought i'd dig this up n ask a Q!
I was thinking of using a monitor like this, Glare would be no problem! But would the resolution be enough for Ozi explorer n street nav? 16:9 ratio, 800x600 res
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/9-Inch-Sun-Visor ... 19b753989e


Sorry mate. It is no good as it is not a VGA monitor, just a video monitor. I would be looking for a Liliput 7" or 8" touch screen. (Quinny's is 8". I've got the Xenarc 706TSA which is pretty awesome but it did go back to the US for repair under warranty). The Xenarcs were generally considered a better monitor but the 706TSA has proven a bit of a dog so the rankings have changed.
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Postby Bourbydol on Mon, 16 Nov 2009 6:25 +0000

cheers, will loook for a vga monitor
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