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Old 04-04-2010, 08:49 PM   #1
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Finally finished...almost finished CarPC project :)

After months of preparing everything and buying all the parts to put this thing together. I finally finished my CarPC, still have to clean up a lot of the wiring but for the most part it's all done. Best part is no cut wires so everything is reversible.

Mini ITX Carputer Car PC
ATOM 330 1.6GHz Dual Core
M2-ATX Power supply
250 gb 2.5" SATA HD
2Gb RAM
Windows 7
Centrafuse 3.0
Bluetooth
Ambicom GPS receiver
slot load dvd
Lilliput Monitor w/ 2DIN mount
e46 bezel

More stuff to come...
Backup Camera
OBDII integration


The actual install did not take too much time and i have never really attempted any audio/video installs before this.

So I moved the AC unit down to the bottom of the center console and moved the headunit to the trunk. This cleared the space for the double din bezel and monitor. I got the computer wired up thru the battery in the trunk and connected the audio out to the aux in of the headunit.

Got the computer all set up the way i wanted now just going to mount the computer and headunit to the back of the rear seats and I'll be good to go.

I LOVE this set up, it's actually very easy to do and the advantages that come w/ this are awesome for the price. GPS, loads of music/video/movies, dvd player, In-car bluetooth w/ voice dialing, and more.

Only got a few pics but here they are.
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:15 PM   #2
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nice work.

seems like you made it a clean install--i'm looking forward to seeing some more pics of it when you get it all mounted.
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:43 PM   #3
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Great work! Nice to see more carpc installs!
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:55 PM   #4
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+1 to that...there aren't all that many of us.
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Old 04-06-2010, 02:27 AM   #5
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Here are the pics of everything mounted.

After all is said and done i spent around 800 bucks. Not bad for all the functionality, much better than spending over 1k on a headunit that doesn't even look stock.
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Old 04-06-2010, 07:04 PM   #6
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What happened to your radio trim? It doesn't look like it's installed correctly
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:40 PM   #7
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^^ definitely recessed by at least .25"
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:43 PM   #8
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Yeah i rushed into it just wanting to get everything in there. I took an extra 15 minutes today before work to get it nice and flush with the trim. Looks perfect now!
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:32 AM   #9
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Here is what I got it to look like finally up front running Centrafuse.

With all this Dynavin fever going around I just wanted to say that this thing has so much flexibility. I keep on thinking of things to put in software/hardware that will make this system ridiculous. Having something that you have complete control over is awesome. A lot of the qualms people have with nav/interface/functionality is much more upgradeable and fixable with a PC. Can't wait to start adding to my "barebone" system. Any ideas?
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newbie question but how does the wifi work? does the signal keep bouncing around as u drive? i cant imagine carrying a signal long enough to stream music or keep a gps signal? educate me please
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:38 AM   #11
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:03 AM   #12
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newbie question but how does the wifi work? does the signal keep bouncing around as u drive? i cant imagine carrying a signal long enough to stream music or keep a gps signal? educate me please
Im not a Carputer expert or anything but the first thing that comes to mind is --> If you already have a Cellular Phone with a data plan then you could tether your CarPC to your phone Via USB. Another idea would be to purchase a data card and plan from one of your cellular providers and install the data card to your CarPC.

GPS works a little different and doesnt need internet access to function. It is a separate system with its own antenna that recieves signal from the sattelites.

As others have said thats the beauty of a carputer. You have complete control over how it works, looks, features, etc. You are only limited by your skill, expertise, and willingness to learn.

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Old 04-08-2010, 10:54 AM   #13
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I have a verizon blackberry w/ unlimited data, so i just tether up via bluetooth or USB. I use a small usb wifi to transfer music when i'm home so all my files sync up when i get home

Yes the GPS is a complete standalone system and doesn't need an internet connection. I mounted the receiver under the rear window, works great!

If anyone is seriously thinking about upgrading their business cd to nav or something double din, i would seriously think about getting a carputer. I'm in no way an installer and this was easy, just gotta get the right parts.
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Old 08-28-2010, 05:56 PM   #14
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im looking to find someone that has alot of carputer knowledge, and can assist me in deciding what would work for me. i was thinking about the Dynavin, my name is on the waiting list. but if i can get a setup that runs windows and has everything the Dynavin has also then i want to go that route. ideally i would like my setup to be as oem looking as possible.

at the end of the day, im still clueless and have a willingness to learn before i make any stupid decisions.

anyone know of an electronics person in CT that knows what they are doing?
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Old 08-28-2010, 06:19 PM   #15
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Dpiper you going to bimmerstock? Im setting up a cruise from CT to LI for it. Biggest bmw show on the east coast. My friend rolling down with us has a carputer who would be more than willing to answer any questions you have. He installed it himself and im sure for the right price (or a case of beer) he would be more then happy to help you out with this.
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