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From requests in another thread, I'll start a new one with pics of my setup. Basically, I have a 7 inch VGA LCD installed in the 2DIN opening in the dash. It is connected to a computer in the trunk, which outputs 4 channel sound from an Audigy card to an amplifier, and then to the door speakers. The computer also has GPS, FM radio, wireless network, MP3 player, DIVX player.

Here is the computer and amp. They are mounted on a board in the trunk which can swivel up and out of the way and out of sight.



Here's a closeup. The red box is a power inverter for running the computer (the black box). The amp is a US Acoustics 4065.



Here is the board swiveled up. I still need to carpet it. I don't give up much trunk space.



Here is the dash pic again. The buttons around the screen are to control the LCD. Besides the computer display, the screen displays video input from the rearview camera, which I put where the trunk keyhole is. The large silver knob is a Griffin Powermate, which controls volume.

 

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I did all the install work myself. It wasn't much harder than a good stereo install. The hard part was getting the computer setup with the right software and tweaking everything. Total cost for hardware was not much more than a good stereo. I need to tally everything up but I would estimate the total to be about $1500.
 

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Another important detail I forgot to mention - the LCD has a touchscreen overlay, so I control the computer by touching buttons on the screen. That, and the GPS program has voice commands, so I can ask it where I am and it will tell me. I intend to program more voice commands for the other functions - MP3 play, FM, etc.
 

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Two STI's spotted...Sussex County NJ...Dec 5

stiperformance said:
What is that silver thingy in front of the shifter? Got Netstumbler running too?!?
That thingy is the Powermate. It is a USB programmable control knob. It rotates and clicks. I use it to control volume and click to mute. It's easier than using the touchscreen and the software volume controls.

No Netstumbler yet. I have though picked up Wi-Fi access points while driving around. Mainly I use the wi-fi network to download MP3 and other files from my other PC in the house.
 

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Great setup!

Which screen (and touchscreen overlay) did you use?

Also what software are you using for GPS?

Jim
 

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Details, details.

Hardware:

EPIA M9000 motherboard $120
256Mb RAM $40
20Gb laptop harddrive $100
Audigy2 soundcard $80

Casetronics 2699R case $75

Xenarc 7 inch VGA LCD with touchscreen overlay http://www.xenarc.com/ $400

Earthmate USB GPS http://www.gpsnow.com/em.htm $100

D-Link USB wireless network adapter http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=25 $40

D-Link USB FM Receiver http://www.duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/usb/dlink/usbradio/usbradio.htm $20

Griffin Powermate control knob http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/powermate/ $40

RF wireless Keyboard $70

Rearview camera http://www.digitalww.com/camCSS.htm $45

OBDII interface http://www.obd-2.com/index.html $120


US Acoustics 4065 4 channel amp http://www.thezeb.com/caraudio/us_acoustics.html $175

CDT Audio CL-61a 6.5 inch front speakers http://www.thezeb.com/caraudio/CDT_Audio_Components.html $150
CDT Audio 5 inch rear speakers $50

Lots of wires, velcro, etc. $???

Total $1625


Software

Windows XP Home edition
Coyote MediaCar
MapPoint 2004
Street Atlas 2003
WinAmp
 

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can you shoot a close up of the frame around the screen? thanks...

interesting... VERY interesting...

one more thing... how do you turn that thing on?
 

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Awesome concept, man, and nice execution!
A few questions...

Does the LCD have to 'warm-up' to start working well in the cold weather?
Where did you mount the GPS antenna? Inside / Outside / Under Wing/Scoop?
Did you have to cut/modify the dash to fit the screen...or it fit right in?
How long does it take from when you power on the inverter, until sound comes out the speakers?
Any plans for a CD/DVD-ROM?

What's next?!?! You have an great foundation to build on.
Ever consider using a +12VDC ATX power supply for the PC. You could probably hook the radio remote turn-on to the power switch the PS.
You could move to an embedded OS (Windows Embedded - or Linux) to improve boot times (seconds) and eventually move to DiskOnChip booting.

Once again, very nice work.
 

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Sweet!! Thats exactly what I plan on doing when I get mine!!

How do you power on and shut down the computer? I have read about a power supply that shuts down the computer when the car is off. So its not a hard shut off.

Also is the EPIA M9000 fast enough?
 

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Never seen any onboard sound that could compare to the Audigy 2 or any other good or better sound card. First thing I did when I powered on both my current systems after building them was disable onboard audio (since I had put in good sound cards). If you are using cheap computer speakers and don't play a lot of music or play dvd's, you might not notice the difference, but if you are using this to output to your car amp & speakers, you don't want total junk.

I also had the onboard sound on an Intel D850EMV2 mobo cause conflicts and crash games on a previous setup. Once I disabled that and put in a decent sound card, my problems went away.
 

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Audigy 2 is a PCI card, you can also get it with an "audigy drive" which is an additional external interface for hooking up instruments and USB & firewire devices to and which fits in a 5.25" bay. But I imagine his setup is with an Audigy 2 PCI card only.
 

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How well can you see the LCD in full sun?

Does the touchsceen block some of the brightness?
In full sun, it is pretty hard to see. The monitor is rated at 250 nit. It's not the brightest you can get, but I don't want it too bright when driving at night. I even have to dim it down at night through software.

The touchscreen has minimal effect on the brightness.
 
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