pictures i’d been meaning to upload for some time

car in dashboardcomputer in glove compartment

lcd closed

lcd opened

finished this version of the carputer awhile ago but i just didn’t get around to post the pics of it.

i realized, using the top of the box i bought at the container store, the motherboard/cpu fit perfectly in the dashboard after ripping out the back of the glove compartment. i opted for inside the dash over the trunk because the extension vga cable i bought sent a bad signal causing double vision on the lcd. the miniplug extension caused alternator whine too.

negatives about the computer being in the dash
– i can hear the fan when the car is quiet
– i can hear the hard drive spinning at times
– not sure if there’s room for a dvd player
– i can’t use the glove compartment

i’ll live with it for now

next version

– add the dvd drive
– move it to trunk
– use an amp for sound
– change OS to something linux based
– add switch to turn on the computer without turning the car on
– add switch to turn off the computer without turning off the car

a couple more notes
– i had a wireless-b usb dongle on the computer but it would drain my car battery. i kept having low battery issues with my car before i removed it. i only used it to transfer files from my home pc to my carpc but the transfer was much too slow. just taking out the hard drive and using my external hard drive enclosure makes transferring much faster.
– i broke the touchscreen a couple weeks ago in fit of rage. i sent in for a replacement and it was a really easy fix.
– i’ve been using talisman as my desktop shell but it makes loading the computer take extra long. i don’t like that. the reason i decided against using linux before was because of the need for the wireless-b usb dongle but now that’s not an issue.


so i finished the car computer.. installation was much easier than i expected. the only snags i really had were more car related, not computer related. i needed to jump my car before church on friday because i left the computer on. and.. i had to rip apart the dash to fit all the cables into the center console. big hassle.. now i think i’m going to move the computer into my glove compartment. i don’t have any pictures of it in my car, but here’s pictures of some individual parts. quality might suck because i used my phone as a camera.

touch screen monitor


power supply

so… i finished how my desktop would look but.. i still don’t know how i’ll change songs yet other than forward and back. i still haven’t figured out how to do the volume either. also.. i realize i can’t go from fullscreen mode to a window in iguidance without a keyboard… i’m going to have to figure out a way around it…

when i woke up this morning, i turned on the tv… it’s on ABC right now… and the view is on.. i’m not paying attention to the show but it literally sounds like people yelling at each other. i think it’s aggravating me. deal or no deal is another show that aggravates me.

but the remote is so far away.


after many many months of planning and dreaming i finally took the first major steps to making my car computer. i figure i’d document it .. though i have no camera except the one on my phone so i won’t be really taking any pictures

sunday night – i picked up my old computer from jay wang’s future sister-in-law’s house. i left my computer at his house for almost a year now and didn’t have a chance to ge tit back until now. it’s an AMD xp-m 2600+. though i encountered my first minor (possibly major setback). the chip doesn’t draw 45 watts like i first thought but 72 watts. i’m not sure if this’ll force me to buy a new one, but hopefully it won’t. we’ll see.

to power the system, i bought a m2-atx power supply. That was about 80 bucks on ebay. speaking of ebay, last week i also bought a touchscreen lcd monitor off of a seller named digitalww. hopefully both will work without problems.

monday – 2 weeks ago i bought a gps receiver (bu-353) off ebay from a seller called usglobalsat. hooked it up and installed iguidance 3.0. it works great. visual is kind of tacky but i’m just happy that it works.

instead of using a frontend, i decided to just use talisman desktop. i love the program. and it’s so easy to use. o.. and to save some time, i decided not to make a separate box but just use my mini-tower. it’s pretty small already.

any questions i have i go to great forum. though you really need to know how to search to get specific imformation. i’m pretty much done for the night. i just have to wait till wednesday to get the lcd screen. i also have to buy some wiring as well.

here’s the specs so far-
– amd xp-m 2600+
– biostar m7vig 400
– 2 sticks of 256 mb ram
– 1 dvd-rom
– trendnet usb wireless-b
– gps (bu-353)
– 7″ lcd (dww-700h)
– m2-atx

i’m also debating what kind of background to use. i realize i don’t have many pictures on this computer so send me some. i don’t even know what type of picture i want. if i use it, i’ll buy you ice cream

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