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davemark
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9th May 04 at 22:42   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

ok started work, took dash apart with trusty screwdriver and haines manual

gutted dash


another pic of dash


my dash awaiting some work


the littput on top of dash to see i aint got much room nice snug fit (imagen it a little lower and more flush


cheers

davemark

for more infomation about in car pcs please join www.digital-car.co.uk forums (site still under constuction)

[Edited on 09-05-2004 by davemark]
davemark
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9th May 04 at 22:42   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

ok 90% compleated dash now heres some up to date picys

ok james cant help it he loves to help


the dashes finial coat lookes cool


ok now on to glovebox mod


ok dash as dryed time to put it back on here it is


ok painted glovebox mod installed hu (needs a better coat of paint will do that soon)


ok few little touch ups here are some current up todate pics



not looking to bad comments and suggestions welcome , would like to thank james for his help and support as allways

davemark
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9th May 04 at 22:47   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

looks pretty wicked can you remove the screen ?? at night sorta thing or when you leave your car?
davemark
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quote:
Originally posted by Trucido
looks pretty wicked can you remove the screen ?? at night sorta thing or when you leave your car?


not its fixed unfortuantly, i looked into romoveable screens but it was to much work , im gonna upgrade my alarm systems. the screen is very hard to be removed it self (well sucured) they will probbley break it trying to get it out

dave
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when i did my 2 i made sure it removable

might be hard for u but a thief will smash it out in seconds mate
cdcool1
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quote:
Originally posted by M2RV H
when i did my 2 i made sure it removable

might be hard for u but a thief will smash it out in seconds mate


yup, screw driver in that little hole between the aluminuim and screen at the side, rip of aluminuim, screwdriver down the hole at the top

rip/cut wires out/off

15 secs max i'd say unfortunately
davemark
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yup i suppose u right no one can have anything nice these days, im working on a dummy screen that goes over to look like old poo hu

dave
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12th May 04 at 00:26   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

the pc side of things

I have now done my windowed cubid im not ever so happy with it the whole cut was sloppy and not ever so square and now the lid goes on really stiff so all in all im not very happy with it ... it looks ok ... let me here your opions ( bare in mind this is my first time i have cut a case :S )







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12th May 04 at 11:44   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

nowt wrong with that, where u putting the pc?
davemark
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quote:
Originally posted by mentalasanything
nowt wrong with that, where u putting the pc?


its going in the boot

dave
cdcool1
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from the pics it looks fairly tidy mate
Kris TD
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that mdf, you need too brush it with pva first, then paint over the top
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Originally posted by Kris TD
that mdf, you need too brush it with pva first, then paint over the top


Nice little trick, i'll remember that one
davemark
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yer i know looks a bit nasty at the moment cheers for the tip

dave
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I wouldnt mind avin a go at an in car pc, as Im an it technician. Did u jst use a normal screen and use the tv out of the pcs graphics card or is it a special monitor??
davemark
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quote:
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I wouldnt mind avin a go at an in car pc, as Im an it technician. Did u jst use a normal screen and use the tv out of the pcs graphics card or is it a special monitor??


it is this monitor

http://www.horizon-autotek.co.uk/index2.php?page=tfts

propper pc monitor
cdcool1
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Originally posted by mentalasanything
I wouldnt mind avin a go at an in car pc, as Im an it technician. Did u jst use a normal screen and use the tv out of the pcs graphics card or is it a special monitor??


either would work however if you wanted a cheaper screen
davemark
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yer u can use a normal video screen , and for video it would be fine . but for desplaying txt for mp3 or directons on sat nav would look blurded

dave
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dave,

looks really good in there mate, i done the same in my carlton, only not got any decent pics up yet, some nasty phone type ones in my garage but keep meaning to get something proper up!!

May be worth bearing in mind, with my liliput screen i was supplied with a 240 - 12vDC smoothed power adaptor and also a 12v DC -12v DC adaptor. the latter of the two proved very unreliable and was causing the screen to keep crashing.

Yours may be okay, prob just mine! but if you do get problems would be a good place to start looking, was causing the pc to crash and all sorts of problems!

Now running the screen off the +12V rail off the PC power supply and all sweet as a nut with sugar on top!

Anyways, soz for the essay!
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Originally posted by DaveC
dave,

looks really good in there mate, i done the same in my carlton, only not got any decent pics up yet, some nasty phone type ones in my garage but keep meaning to get something proper up!!

May be worth bearing in mind, with my liliput screen i was supplied with a 240 - 12vDC smoothed power adaptor and also a 12v DC -12v DC adaptor. the latter of the two proved very unreliable and was causing the screen to keep crashing.

Yours may be okay, prob just mine! but if you do get problems would be a good place to start looking, was causing the pc to crash and all sorts of problems!

Now running the screen off the +12V rail off the PC power supply and all sweet as a nut with sugar on top!

Anyways, soz for the essay!


yer at the moment the screen is running of the sig lighter supply (oh dear my siglighter dont work any more oh well ), if it cause probblems will run it of the pcs psu

cheers

dave

[Edited on 16-05-2004 by davemark]
davemark
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ok done a little more here are some pics

somepics of my car



wires up the postive to battey (yellow cable)#



the pc in the boot (looks lost) needs some more securing and a proper psu , at the moment i have to shut down and boot up manualy


pics of the dash working (sorry pics are bad) there was alot of direct sunlight and monitor was hard to read (lol the reason im getting my car tinted)




getting there all i need now for compleate install is propper psu (ordering soon as i have cash), pc a little bit more secure, gps installed and wireless lan added

cheers

Davemark
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28th May 04 at 02:06   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Cracker job chum. Often considered this myself. What halted my efforts was the wish to have dvd drive built into dash which unfortunately would be run off an IDE cable which even more unfortunately has a maximum length of just over a metre ish.

Still lookin at other possible ways to do it but theres no device to act like a repeater for an ide cable on the market.

The case is lookin well sweet mate, cant see wat u mean by a bad but atall from the photo. If its noticeable in person maybe a wee filing will sort her out.


Keep it up chum.


Richie
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May help people if you also put a run down of what everything cost ya so they would have a rough idea for themselves if they want to venture into doing something of this.

Links to places to buy the kit may help too.
davemark
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30th May 04 at 23:01   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

penfrold82 - u can get ide to usb adapters which let u use any ide device on usb connection.

richie - good idea

prices are approx

tft - 200 - http://linitx.com
dash work 10 (filler etc)
paint - 10

pc - i got all my pc bits from http://linitx.com but any good mini pc supplier is good

case - 60
motherboard 70
harddrive (40gb) 40
ram (256mb) 20 (ebay)
wireless lan 40 (ebay)
special in car psu - 110

other bits

gps- 50 - ebay
extention cables (usb,monito,audio) 20 (maplins)


approx price (all new) 650 , some parts can be get 2nd hand if u look around , dash work my vairy in price from car to car

hope this helped any more questions just ask

Dave

[Edited on 30-05-2004 by davemark]
Seirrah
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30th May 04 at 23:58   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

This is such a great project and hope it all goes smoothly from here on. Just wondering what you gonna use it for ? and what inputs you have ? that screen touchscreen ? (did not check link sorry)


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