This is also posted on mp3car.com but thought I'd share it with you guys. (Started in 2008) History The dream started all the way back before I even had a car license I owned a Ford KA for you who don't know its this thing. Didn't own it long enough to have my own picture 6 months after passing well let’s just say it was no longer drivable after flip here and fence there. Now 19 and paying off my second car I'm now continuing my dream of a car-pc. After: Rental, nickname dumbo My car SEAT Ibiza 1.9 TDi FR 170Bhp Revo Project Summary I've noticed many successful projects here and they look fantastic but I wanted to do something different. Then with all this hype of HD I thought why not. Objective Take Full HD Movies to the beach. (13th Oct 08) After many months of research I took the first step in buying the first part. The 15.4" LCD, be careful when buying from sites such as Smart Micro because you may buy a LCD then they send you something they think will be compateble. In my case I ordered an LG LP154WU1 for its specification and they sent me a Sharp screen, reasoning "we were out of stock and that screen will be compateble" even though they don't know what its going to be used for. To this day I don't know the spec of the screen due to there been no datasheets on the net for it. Return was not an option due to shipping costs so they refunded me the difference as the screen they gave me was $20 cheaper. Specs: Max Resolution: 1920 x 1200 Response: 25ms Supplier: http://www.manhattanlcd.com/ I started playing around and to my frustration HDMI the reason I bought it just wouldn't work:mad2:. All I got was a Black border and taskbar got cut off. After weeks of trouble I finally picked up the phone and paid international price and called the USA. After about a 5 mins call finally got an answer that most graphics cards have this trouble and its what the GFX card interrupts what the controller is. As such it thinks the native resolution is 1280 x 720 then from there the digital signal is just wrong and the controller doesn't understand the signal been feed. I then took the gamble in buying the updated controller board but to no luck. So now got 2 of these 15.4" LCD screens. --------------------------------------------------------------- Just this weekend bought the touch panel. Whilst waiting I ran into a problem with my design. The problem is I want my engine to recharge the UPS / Glass Batteries but when parked up I can just plug it into the wall and it then takes the power from the grid whilst charging the UPS / Glass Batteries. Need some kind of auto switch. Here’s my design. (Update 14th Oct 08) (14 Oct 08) Obviously I don't own an iPod as I'm a M$ person (bad I know) and own WM6.1 phone so this is the reason I went for the Gateway 300 and not 100. So I went ahead and bought it, another $300 in dept but should be worth it. Just got the Gateway 300 and here are a few images. I'll install it tonight and test it with my dads little iPod. I'll use either USB or Aux to connect my PC. (22nd Oct 08) Got a little carried away and forgot to post, anyway I love this device everything works. Still waiting on the touch panel, UPS lost it grrr. So whilst waiting went to pick up my new pocket thing to go below the radio in case I screw up, only $6 worthwhile investment. Also new cup holder to replace my broken one. Also popped into JKM Performance in Portsmouth and decided to finally REVO it. Took my 130TDI upto 170bhp estimate. Old top speed 125mph (130 when new), New top speed 143mph. --------------------------------------------------------------- After spending well over $1500 I'm not going to leave this project alone till its done. Here's the network plan for the car. Not much to do with the car but important; Finally got the steel brick into my flat, weighs an absolute ton. After opening up the server and finding a very different format of motherboard I started to find out what everything was. Specs for the server; 1 POWEREDGE 2650 - AC - XEON 2.8GHZ/512K, 1 2GB ECC DDR MEMORY, (2X1GB) 1 ADDITIONAL XEON 2.8GHZ/512K, 533FSB CACH 3 146GB SCSI ULTRA320 (10, 000RPM) 1IN 80 P 2 36GB SCSI ULTRA320 (10, 000RPM) 1IN 80 PI 1 SPLIT HARD DISK DRIVE HOT PLUG BACKPLANE 1 PERC 3/DI DUAL CHANNEL ONBOARD RAID CARD 1 24X IDE CD-ROM DRIVE(N) 1 AC REDUNDANT POWER OPTION (2 POWER SUPPL 1 ENGLISH - WINDOWS 2003 STANDARD SERVER 5 All of this for a neat $349.42 and only 4 years old. Now installing Windows Server 2003 with raids set; C Drive Raid 0 Stripped - (2 x 36Gb 10k) D Drive Volume - (3 x 146Gb 10k) Don't think I can watch TV with this on. Its like a small jet especially without its case on. Once tested I shall swap out those 36Gb with 73Gb 10k from work. -------------------------------------------------- Got home from work and brought home with me 6x 73Gb 10k u320 hard drives. I'll bring the other 6 tomorrow as they weigh a ton. Just swapping out the 146Gb for 73Gb and compare speed when all 5 put in RAID 0. 5th Feb 09 Finished the sync code. Decided vb was to long code for something this simple so just created a .bat file to run @3am every night from the server. ^^^^^ It takes copies of TV recordings from MCE-S01 then pics, vids and music from PULSE-G01 (main pc). To save space it then deletes TV recordings off MCE-S01 as its only got 100Gb. Also deletes everything else from the car so if I watched and deleted stuff at home changes will be reflected in my car. The server then uploads the whole lot to the car. Thank god I invested in N300mbps 1Gb router or it be all day long uploading. 29th Mar 10 I'M FINALLY BACK! After moving home 3 times and country I now got time to settle in and complete this. Still going for the crazy 15.4" screen and have had plenty of time to think about this. Due to MOT and police warnings I have been advised not to go ahead with this as it causes serious restriction when driving. Few modifications have had to been made for one the LCD panel and controller are no longer together to make the panel 1/3 of its original depth meaning I can now indicate without hitting my screen also slimming down the bezel to no longer block the passenger air bag (personal request from family). Right now with the log. Bought lots of tools jigsaw, drills and plenty of L, U, ali poles and some ali sheets. Now there will not be any sketchup this time as been in my head seems to work -self injury due to stupidness with jigsaw. PS ALWAYS clamp down small metal when cutting No camera so please bear with me using my phone Buisness; First to start was adapting the dash pocket to hold the controller board. Main frame done and once its been bench tested I shall add a front grill with dim red LED's behind showing off the board. tomorrow will be finalising the pocket to insure good fit, possibly will turn board upside down to have a fan on the bottom of the pocket as the controllers tends to get very hot. Also start work on the LCD bezel which I'm still thinking about. Me playing with Vista and 15.4" touch screen. Location where it shall be install. (LCD, Just above hazard light button)(Controller in pocket) Any advise on the easiest way to extend the LVDS cable? That's it for tonight, stay tuned for more tomorrow.