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Old 10-08-2006, 07:03 AM   #21
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Maclaren F1 styled stereo control spot. i like. haha nice DIY / install!!
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Old 10-08-2006, 07:56 AM   #22
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That's frickin awesome
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Old 10-08-2006, 08:38 AM   #23
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OMG! This is unbelievable! Great DIY
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Old 10-08-2006, 09:07 AM   #24
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Old 10-08-2006, 05:51 PM   #25
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thanks.. I was a bit sceptical at the beginning, taking the interior apart but i finally did it.
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Old 10-08-2006, 05:56 PM   #26
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dude you are the MAN! Craziest DIY ive seen to date.
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Old 10-08-2006, 08:17 PM   #27
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how much u think total cost of the pc unit
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Old 10-09-2006, 01:52 AM   #28
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Amazing, how the hell you figure out all the wiring from all those systems?

congrats.
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Old 10-09-2006, 02:31 AM   #29
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HOLY CRAP, after Mite46 you are the baddest electric diy'er i have ever seen. I would of just put the radio in the glove. That shows how good you really are. Congrats on the install.
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Old 10-09-2006, 07:52 AM   #30
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how much u think total cost of the pc unit
Case $50
Motherboard (CPU on board + vga + sound) $110
RAM: $20
80GB Laptop Hard Disk: $90
M2 12v DC to DC psu: $45

Total around $315 without the TFT. And when compared, the Xenarc TFT is not worth the extra $200.. Low built quality and you can search to get a descent TFT with the same brightness for much less and you won't get a heart attack if the monitor fails.

Prices are just an estimate, I did almost all my shopping from ebay so if you take your time you will probably find these in lower prices.
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Old 10-09-2006, 12:40 PM   #31
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So in total how much do you think the unit would cost in US dollars. I have been wanting one of these soo bad...
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Old 10-09-2006, 05:41 PM   #32
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thats such a cool project. looks great!
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Old 10-09-2006, 06:28 PM   #33
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I had the prices on the first post but for some reason it seems that this site can't display them.. grrr

VIA Mini-ITX motherboard ($120 - Ebay)
512 MB DDR SDRAM ($22 - Ebay)
80GB 2.5" Fujitsu HDD ($80 - My PC shop)
3x 40mm Cooling Fans ($10 - Local electronics shop)
Laptop hard drive to IDE converter ($5 - Ebay)
Full aluminum case ($50 - Ebay)
Xenarc 7000 TSV Touchscreen ($350 - Ebay USA)
M2 160W ATX DC-DC Power Supply ($55 - Shop)
AyAySir USB GPS Receiver $40
Linksts 54mbps Wi-Fi $60

Kenwood KDC-W6531 ($200 - Ebay)
BMW Multistalk Adapter to keep steering wheel control ($48 - Ebay)

CUSTOM Made Bezel $Free
OEM BMW climate control relocation unit $51
BMW ISO plug to Kenwood plug converter $9

Lots of cables: $40
- 60m of cable (to wire Radio from dash to trunk (You need 13 wires total for the BMW ISO Radio connection and 2 for PC On/Off)
- 10m of cat5e or cat6 cable to link radio faceplate with the rest of the radio
- 6m Shielded RG-58 cable for antenna extension + plugs
- 6m Shielded 2-wire cable for multistalk adaptor connection
- 4m XGA Extension cord (NOT VGA)
- 3x5m USB Extension leads
- 100 male/female connectors

$1140 Total Cost
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That is Freaking awesome!!!


But too much for my taste. This is my definition of "Car Puter" It does everything, it even drive the car.
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Old 10-09-2006, 06:32 PM   #35
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I have been using this system for:

Playing movies, dvdrips, MP3 (80Gig hard drive for this)

GPS Navigation (interface through USB GPS Receiver)

Telephone calls/text messages (interface through Bluetooth USB dongle)

Internet (through Linksys Wi-Fi USB Adapter)
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Wow that is really cheap. And i would use the factory radio, which would save 200 dollars. I am just going to put it in the glove. Nothing too fancey. I am pretty sure i am going to use this. Thanks.
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Old 10-09-2006, 06:54 PM   #37
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Yep! I went aftermarket because I wanted the radio function as a "legacy unit". OEM radio will do fine, you just have to get the adaptor to convert the CD port to AUX-In, in order to use it with the PC's Soundcard output
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Yep! I went aftermarket because I wanted the radio function as a "legacy unit". OEM radio will do fine, you just have to get the adaptor to convert the CD port to AUX-In, in order to use it with the PC's Soundcard output
What software are you running for all the interface stuff?
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Old 10-09-2006, 07:36 PM   #39
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Very nice! I can't wait untill I can post pics of my finished CarPC setup.

May I ask what method you used to relocate just the headunit's faceplate? I'm looking at doing a similar setup.
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Old 10-10-2006, 02:01 AM   #40
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BMW Multistalk Adapter to keep steering wheel control ($48 - Ebay)
Can you please post an exact name of this item. I cannot find anything similar on ebay. And you didn't mentioned, have you made your steering controls working with this Kenwood headunit?
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