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GTI Car PC

This is the future location of the massive build of my car pc that was in my GTI

I might split the build into different phases, being that it went though about 3.

This is the homepage for explaining the process or installing a car pc that i went though.










This is my car,









Mods that I have done to the car. In the order that I did them.




- GIAC x+ - nav antenna - r32 SS - KVW100 - lighted jetta vents -


- BFSMIC - euro light switch - NS 28mm RSB - LED city lights - r32 shift nob -


- APR DV - SS Brake Lines - Hawk HPS pads - 42 DD Turbo Back -






I made a short film showing the movement of the screen






the movie










the NEW movie (on youtube for faster vewing)







Below is a rough list of parts that are in the computer, or some parts I used.





Essentials


Touch screen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Xenarc TSV700



Motherboard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Albatron KI51PV-754



Processor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - AMD Athlon 64 3200



Hard Drive - - - WD scorpio 60g(replced by Hard drive 2)



Hard Drive 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - WD 80g



CD drive - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Pionere dvd rw



Ram - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - OCZ dual channel 512 MB



Power supply - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - M2-ATX



Radio - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Visteon HDZ300



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Parts accociated with the car computer.


- USB wifi adaptor

- USB GPS reciever

- USB bluetooth adaptor

- HD radio cable

- USB to serial connection for the had radio

- USB enclosure for a dvd drive

- 15' VGA cable

- 15' USB cables

- 15' audio cables

- cat6 shielded ( can be used to run usb )
- power wires for the computer ( I used a heavy duty extention cord )



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- zip ties

- eletrical tape

- 100% silicone adhesive

- soldering iron and solder

- dremmel

- T-20 screwdrive to take apart the car














Everything below are the steps that I took in the order that I did them to get where I am today.


Most pictures have a small caption explaining what it
is.










mounting the bezel for fitment, and to prepare to epoxy it to the radio cage






The bezel is mounted. Some bondo was used to fill in some of the gaps and sanded to prep for paint.







This is the back of the screen






shortly after paint






put the aluminum trim back into place to make sure it all fits correctly






after the screen was finished I made sure the computer still boots







installing windows







parts needed for monsoon integration box, and car






remounted the LCD the controller to a place that can still be accessed, but
allowed room for the rest of the computer to fit inside the radio cage






test boot in case





the small hard drive I later got rid of ( this one went bad very quickly )







installed DVDRW in glove box







computer is installed in radio cage, very tight fitment






this location was very tight and was a pain in the ass more than anything







room for everything, but no more room for anything else







the monsoon integration box I made has 6 inputs, right now 4 are being used, as
there is no center channel in a car







car taken apart for installation







this is the old location for the wifi (the current location is near the antenna
of the car under the roof I get enough connectivity to connect to my wireless
hub that is about 150 feet away)







computer installed and finishing wiring







computer done, but with complications







nighttime shot







the monsoon amp, and integration box with ground loop isolator ( later put
inside the box )







nice and hidden







daytime







desktop







roadrunner music







roadrunner home











All the pictures above show the computer behind the screen. This is the new location
for the computer. This new location promised better access if something needs
to be fixed, and better cooling.


Any time something would go wrong i would have to take the car apart just to
access the computer. The old location was cramped, and because of that I had a
small heatsink. this new one is 2x as big, and works 4x better









everything installed in trunk







100% hidden














PART 2




at this point the car pc has been running for months and i finally got the
aluminum bezel.


this was custom made with a custom finish. about 20 of these were made, and I
have only seen mine.


no one else has shown pictures, except for the one that this bezel is modeled
after.




- after almost 1.5 years i have seen pictures of
other installs, i still like mine the best = )




a new radio cage with my first attempt at a actuator for the screen movement







the bezel has been painted with a clear enamel and the screen is glued on with
100% silicone clear adhesive.







the back of the screen before any mounting hardware is installed.







the screen in place being prepared for engineering of a hinge and actuator.







engineering is complete showing all the pieces.







the tray of a cd-rom mounted as a base.







back of the screen with a lot of Legos glued on.







the screen is at full tilt.







underside of the screen.







the screen at its flush position.







installed in the car at full tilt.







flush and on centrafuse home page







at full tilt







This is a drawing that I made to show how I made it tilt the way I
wanted it to with the least amount of money to spend.







The famous pic that everyone has seen. this is how it looks in my car right now
at the home page.


All the buttons work and there are other pages that i do not
use, i.e. phone, tv, sat radio, and other tools needed for setup.







home at full tilt







how it used to look in my trunk







this is how it looks now







most current home screen


















Shotly after this picture was taken I replaced the computer that was in there with a new Intel boad that used a intel atom cpu.
The processor that was in my old computer would overheat quickly in the summer being that the car is black.
The new intel atom cpu has a much higher tolerance for heat and has worked flawlessly in all weather.




there is a 80mm fan suspended above the board for extra cooling.
this board is great it has been crazy hot in my car this summer and it has not even blinked.


For the second change I altered the way you activate the screen movement. I mainly did this for the wow factor.

screen movement video

- before this alteration you would reach under the console and hit a two way switch.
-now you lightly press ether side of the top plate to change the screen position.


On Nov, 19th 2009 my car was totaled. 90% of the computer was lost. The new build with a new car starts on the R32 page.
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