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Scratch Build – In Progress Zanettii's Carputer Project

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by zanettii, 20 Oct 2009.

  1. zanettii

    zanettii New Member

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    Hi There!

    Then its my time to do a project log in here.
    This is a well planned project who is going to be build in a car!
    The computer will be used in a Volkswagen Passat 1.8T 98".
    the system will contain a special build case, and a M-atx board.
    I've just startet, so i'm good into the game so far!

    The car:

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    For those who is interested, the parts i'm using:

    PC: (Will be mounted in the wheel well)
    - 1gb RAM (Not ordered yet)
    - AMD AM2 cpu
    - 10GB Internal HDD for OS (Will be changed.)
    - WD 500GB external HDD for music/movies.
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    - External DVD-ROM.
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    - 300W carputer 12V PSU.

    Gadgets:
    - GPS reciever.
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    - Reverse-Camera.
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    - Roadrunner Carputer-program.
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    Example.
    - Internet.
    - 400W Power-Converter.

    More pictures to come!

    Stereo: (More to come)
    - Focal 5" in doors
    - Focal treble's
    - 2x Pioneer TS-W303R 12"
    - Pioneer DEH-4200SD (Will be replaced by a 7" TS Screen)
    - Custom made enclosure.
    - Audison amp.


    The stereo in the trunk will be build from scratch with MDF.
     
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  2. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    I didn't get a word, but that is some seriously cool stuff! :thumb:

    I very rarely see computers in cars, so have some rep.
     
  3. zanettii

    zanettii New Member

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    Have transelated it into english now, maby you understand something now?
    Sorry for bad english, i'm norwegian, hehe

    Thanks!
     
  4. zanettii

    zanettii New Member

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    Removed
     
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  5. MIGUI

    MIGUI New Member

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    Good idea.:thumb:
    I subscribe to this project.
     
  6. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    Yup, I can read it now! :D

    The Golf is one of my dad's favorite cars. He's going to LOVE this log!
     
  7. zanettii

    zanettii New Member

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    Thanks : )
     
  8. zanettii

    zanettii New Member

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    Hehe, cool!
     
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  9. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    touch screens are crap for carputers, because you cant use a tactile feeling for buttons. I find yourself looking at it too long and thats where accidents occur.

    Other than that, i like it!
     
  10. zanettii

    zanettii New Member

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    I'll try using it for a while, i think it will go great because of the roadrunner program.
    Its just a meny to navigvate through though.

    Thanks!
     
  11. bagman

    bagman Well-Known Member

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    nice project good ideas as well, i will be folowing this project
     
  12. BlackWhizz

    BlackWhizz New Member

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    Following this one.
     
  13. zanettii

    zanettii New Member

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    Thanks : )

    Goodie, follow for good updates soon!
     
  14. coolamasta

    coolamasta Folding@Home CC Captain 2010/11/12

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    Nice work there bud :D

    I used to have a car PC myself in my old GSi, was awesome to have, in fact I may dig out the pics and shove them on a thread for the fun of it.... :p
     
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    coolamasta Folding@Home CC Captain 2010/11/12

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    Mark_Hardware New Member

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    I'm gonna follow this as well. I plan on doing my own CarPC soon, can't wait!

    Nice work so far, great job on the usb GPS, thats sweet.

    I have one question, you are mounting the pc in the sub box? I worry about the vibrations right there
     
  17. Stickeh

    Stickeh Help me , Help you.

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    As burnout said, it can be hard to navigate a touchscreen menu interface while driving.

    I had a carputer installed in my car, and while its a bit bumpier than most (alot...) which made it harder to press where you wanted, my monitor is mounted at the same height as the wheel, and it was still a ******* to navigate.

    I did a re-design of the roadrunner front-end for my dissertation at uni, its a good idea to customize it to do what you need it to do, not give you all the options in the world like it does.

    Another idea is to use a steering wheel control, or something similar to bmws idrive system using a 3dconnexion space navigator.

    If you have any questions, ask away, i will do my best to help you, even provide a custom golf-oriented front end if you want!
     
  18. zanettii

    zanettii New Member

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    Cool, let me know when, and do a project log!
    In the reserve-wheel well, yes. Antivibration sheets will be layed around the computer!

    I didnt knew this was a big problem : o But thanks for noticing! Ive never used roadrunner, so alittle help would be great man!
     
  19. Jipa

    Jipa Avoiding the "I guess.." since 2004

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    I would just ditch the old banger and get a mini-ITX board instead. An Atom board will require far less power, fit into a fraction of the space and be faster... Seeing your audio kit you should be able to afford a 70 € mobo :p

    Other than that, keep the updates coming!
     
  20. zanettii

    zanettii New Member

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    The computer i'm using now, is just temporailry! Ive never build a carputer before, so i'm using it as a test. M-ITX, new power supply, RAM and SSD will come soon!
     

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