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      06-15-2008, 06:05 PM   #1
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Finally installed my CarPC

Its finally in! Took me a few days to get everything in there and working but it was totally worth it! I now have full navigation, 60+gig of music, internet, traffic & weather updates, video, etc. in my car! It's got a 7" touchscreen that I put on using the Proclip mounts on the front and I've installed the computer behind the rear seat. There's still a ton of things I have left to do but I figure I'll do them slowly over the next couple of months. I definitely want the OBD2 connector so I can get all the car's info on the comp. And I've been trying to figure out if I need an external sound card or is the music fine how it is...

I also installed the Sirius Starmate 4 in the sunglass tray. I was gonna get the kind that'll connect to the computer but this one was activated with a lifetime subscription and the guy only wanted $150 for it so I couldn't say no.

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      06-15-2008, 07:14 PM   #2
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fantastic job!

so does music play in the car speakers?
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      06-15-2008, 07:28 PM   #3
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thats hella sick mad props to you bro
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That looks great. I love the pic of the computer mounted on the seat, where the whole dash is still ripped up....

What touchscreen is that? What connections plug into it (I see USB, but is it VGA also)?
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      06-16-2008, 12:56 PM   #5
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Yup, the music comes outta the car's speakers. The screen's a 7" Lilliput. It's got VGA inputs and standard AV inputs, the USB is for the touchscreen. I'm planning on hooking up a NES to the AV inputs sometime this week...
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      06-16-2008, 01:01 PM   #6
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nice... how do u like centrafuse? I'm considering switching away from StreetDeck. Also, how did you get the proclips mount to angle in your direction ?
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Centrafuse is decent. I mostly use Road Runner though. I haven't tried StreetDeck yet but heard it's pretty good.

For the mount, I just bought the angled mount, didn't have to do anything to it.
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      06-16-2008, 01:26 PM   #8
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oh god now that car pc's feature is just like a cop car's pc! how did you get internet on there? wireless by GSM network?
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      06-17-2008, 04:30 PM   #9
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Yea, it's through GSM. I have a bluetooth adapter on the comp that connects to the internet through my cell phone...not the best solution but a good temporary one...
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Wow... kudos for this project... I have so many questions:

1) Will the OBD-II connecter eventually allow you to buy additional software to monitor other car functions? What about boost, a/f ration, oil temps, etc? What is the OBD-II running $$-wise from the dealership?

2) Are you running the computer audio to the aux port in the arm rest? if so, any issue with static?

3) What service is supplying the weather and traffic updates? Real-time?

4) Where is the Sirius sat receiver plugging into the stereo system? Into the computer or the aux plug?

5) looks like the screen can pivot towards the driver?

I bought my e92 used and the iDrive hump is not there -- so I'm very interested in doing something like this, so keep us updated on the project.
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      06-18-2008, 01:28 PM   #11
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1) Will the OBD-II connecter eventually allow you to buy additional software to monitor other car functions? What about boost, a/f ration, oil temps, etc? What is the OBD-II running $$-wise from the dealership?

The OBD-USB connector generally comes with software that allows you to monitor your car. I doubt you can buy the connector at the dealership but online they generally run $50-$100 including the cable.

2) Are you running the computer audio to the aux port in the arm rest? if so, any issue with static?

Yup, right into the aux port, no static what-so-ever.

3) What service is supplying the weather and traffic updates? Real-time?

I'm running the Road Runner front end that has various plugins including weather & traffic. The plugins go online at set intervals and update the information depending on the zip code i'm in which is updated by the nav.

4) Where is the Sirius sat receiver plugging into the stereo system? Into the computer or the aux plug?

Right now the Sirius is going through the built-in FM transmitter. It has a line-out plug but I broke it. Still trying to find someone who can solder to fix it.

5) looks like the screen can pivot towards the driver?

Yea, the screen is attached to a pivoting Proclip mount.
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      06-26-2008, 03:11 AM   #12
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That's Tokyo at night!!!!
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Bad-ass e92er... thanks for the info dude.
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looks great man, I'm trying to decide whether I should go with the new iDrive or do something similar to what you or tek818 did
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Very nice looking software

Is it something you wrote?
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Is it something you wrote?
Nope, it's just a skin for the RoadRunner software....
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looks very nice.. I'm thinking about doing that with a mac mini.. what are you using for power?
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Where are you from in Youngstown?

I grew up on the west side.
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wow now that's awesome, very sleek the silver monitor would go well wit the aluminum trim eh?
is you removable for storage at night and such? or is it fixed on the dash?

man you should have some diy's to how u hooked up ur brain wit ur monitor and everything inbetween
im guessin alotta ppl probably wanna see this happen for their own cars as well
ahem including me haha
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how integrated is the system? i see radio, music and dvd up on the screen are you able to use those or do you have to revert back to the stock radio?
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looks very nice.. I'm thinking about doing that with a mac mini.. what are you using for power?
The computer's directly wired to the car's battery with a 1/2 farad cap and a fuse in between....

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wow now that's awesome, very sleek the silver monitor would go well wit the aluminum trim eh?
is you removable for storage at night and such? or is it fixed on the dash?

man you should have some diy's to how u hooked up ur brain wit ur monitor and everything inbetween
im guessin alotta ppl probably wanna see this happen for their own cars as well
ahem including me haha
I'd write a DIY but there's way too much and I haven't got the time just yet, if you had any specific questions I'd be glad to answer them if I can. I actually painted the trim for the screen to black so it matches the interior better and everything disconnects so I don't have to leave it in at night....Check out this site which is what I used to learn everything I could for putting everything into my car...

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how integrated is the system? i see radio, music and dvd up on the screen are you able to use those or do you have to revert back to the stock radio?
music and dvd are integrated into the car's system through the aux port. I have a USB FM radio receiver but I just use the car's radio instead since it sounds better....
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do you always leave it mounted? how hard is it to take off the monitor and put away when the car's parked out in town..
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