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Well, after many many months of planning, waiting, anticipating, and finally making it all happen... Here it is: My Carputer!

Specs are as follows:
Lilliput 629 7inch LCD Touchscreen
Gigabyte 7VM400M Mobo
AMD Athlon XP 2100+
512mb DDR 2100 Ram
60gb Western Digital 7200rpm HD
NEC DVD-RW Dual Layer 16x Drive
Airlink 802.11G WiFi PCI Card
On-Board Video and Sound (soon to be upgraded)
USB Bluetooth Dongle by Actiontec
RF Wireless USB Keyboard + Mouse In One (Works Really Well, link)
300watt Standard ATX Power Supply
600watt XOVision Power Inverter
400watt VR3 4-Channel Amp

All of this in a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS :D

The first real big challange was trying to figure out how to mount the touchscreen in the dash of the Trailblazer. At first I was going to use the GM Mount from www.humount.com, but I decided against it since it was made for a Xenarc, and not a Lilliput. (But they do have Lilliput mounts now, and the guy that runs that site is very very friendly, and helpful. I think anybody looking to mount a screen in a GM vehicle should give them a try first.)

So instead what I did was use a normal everyday clipboard and cut it to fit, and used that to mount my Lilliput screen to it, and put it in the car. It actually ended up working really well... I had alot of issues with using the dremel to cut it down, but all in all it was worth it.
After the screen was all mounted, everything was pretty much down hill from there. I bought a wiring harness for my car, it plugged right into my factory cables, I ran those directly to my amp, and everything worked just fine. Sounds great on the factory GM speakers believe it or not. Ill add some sub's later on... I probally wont mess with the speakers themselves though since I'm happy with the way it all sounds.

All in all, I am very happy with my install... It works really well, except for not having any actual buttons, which is kind of a pain when your in day to day driving conditions. Ill eventually get a Chevrolet steering wheel with the media buttons on it and wire it up to my carputer. But the next big step for me is trying to get a startup/shutdown controller working for my inverter. That has to be done, because getting out every time I want to start up is really annoying. And ofcourse, painting the clipboard mount for the screen, and building a nicer box for it all to fit in.
Below is the completed shot of the screen mounted in the car. Scroll down to the next post for step by step pictures.... And please, let me know what you think. Comments are most certainly welcome! :thumbsup:

 

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First Step, Building the mount.















Now its time to fit the screen to the mount.





 

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That looks awesome!!!! Why not a wireless keyboard/mouse :undecided
 

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Next step, hiding the wires.















Towards the end of the night, its all complete.

 

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He said he had a wireless mouse and keyboard in his list of components!!!
 

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How much are we talking cost-wise for the carputer?
 

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How much are we talking cost-wise for the carputer?
Well for my personal project I didnt spend all that much, but I had most of the computer parts already since thats what I do for a living :) I think after everything was said and done I spent around $300. But like I said, I had almost everything I needed already.....except for the screen.


However, If your a complete new beginer, heres how it would average out (in my opinion anyways):

Complete Computer: $300-$400
Touchscreen LCD: $250-$350
Inverter (For Power): $30-$100
Amp: $50-$100
Misc Extras: $100

But ofcourse, those numbers are completely from the top of my head, and dont mean squat in reality. Its just to show that it can cost around $1,000 give or take... But if you really want to get into this hobby, then you ABSOLUTELY need to check this site out: www.mp3car.com

And to close this post, read all of the posts in this following thread, and you'll find your answers I think: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=63940
 

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Wow, nice write up. I'm sure it's been said or asked about, but are you going to paint the shroud that goes around the screen?
 

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Can you listen to the radio with this setup? If so, how? Just curious as I have started a project like this. I have the computer already, just need the screen and the startup controller, I just like to listen to the radio sometimes and not my mp3's.
 

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Sweet install....:woot:
Good F'ing idea on the screen...would have saved me $100.00 (or more):mad:

I don't know if you've seen my install Here

This weekend I'm moving the PC to the front of the car...Due to moister, I had to buy a new MoBo
 

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Ofcourse I remember your install dude, I asked you about loosing the door chimes ;)

Thanks alot for the warm comments, I apreciate it.

I liked your idea for the "stealth" look in the back....but why did you get moister issues? You shouldnt of had any?
 

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Ofcourse I remember your install dude, I asked you about loosing the door chimes ;)

Thanks alot for the warm comments, I apreciate it.

I liked your idea for the "stealth" look in the back....but why did you get moister issues? You shouldnt of had any?
I have no idea...Just stopped working one day...
Took it out and have it on my desk right now..

FYI: I just installed TinyXP Rev5 :eek:
Worth the reformat
 

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Sorry to hear that about your mobo...

You know, I've read alot about TinyXP but I dont think I want to install it.... From what I understand you only shave a few seconds off of your boot time anyway, and you completely loose the whole "plug-and-play" features of Windows. I would hate to have to install drivers everytime I plug something into my computer....you know what I'm saying?
 

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Sorry to hear that about your mobo...

You know, I've read alot about TinyXP but I dont think I want to install it.... From what I understand you only shave a few seconds off of your boot time anyway, and you completely loose the whole "plug-and-play" features of Windows. I would hate to have to install drivers everytime I plug something into my computer....you know what I'm saying?
With Rev5 alot of the drivers were left in, along with wireless.
I had Rev3 installed and I could not get the network to work...

Here's the part of the Read Me
Support for SATA,Printers, Digital Cameras and MS Office.
As with all TinyXP editions, both of these are intended for gaming
and have had most networking components taken out, no
"Active Directory" is possible with either of these, but
you are still able to use eMule and Torrents no problem.
 
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