Someone told me i couldn't possibly do this so i had to do it. I built a complete computer system (yes 60Gb harddrive for those mp3s) into a single din slot. DVD, GPS, Touchscreen, Harddrive, and wireless (good at rest stations on trips). Took quite awhile and isn't as good as i wanted to look due to lack of the right tools, but wanted to see what you guys thought. Pic link: http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b48/slovenian/Picture102.jpg
Yes it is running XP. I forgot to mention i had also integrated bluetooth in it. You can set it to use your cell phone and when you get calls, it would turn down the volume and put the call through the car speakers.
Measured what i could put in there and drew the whole thing up in Autocad just to make sure it would fit. The motherboard is a Mini ITX board. You can get alot of the parts from logicsupply.com and mp3car.com Those are the only US based companies i know that sell small enough boards. The rest of the stuff is mostly laptop parts. Also this was built almost 2 years ago so i'm sure the prices have gone down and i know they have released an even smaller board. The case was designed from sheetmetal and acrylic.
Incredibly nice, and for $900, that's a great deal!! Think of the name-brand equivalent(if existent) that setup would cost...not cheap, that's for sure. Most of these types of installs I see don't fit into the DIN, but are scattered behind it and in the glovebox etc. That's extremely impressive. Looks great aesthetically as well.
Ya i searched for one installed like that but only found one (and it didn't have half the stuff i crammed in there). Most people don't try to fit it in the DIN because it's cheaper to scatter it. Thanks for all the comments!
I love it when people say it can't be one and hen some dude with brains and creativity does it. Excellent work, man. To think it could be updated with a cellular wireless card and have internet access while on the road. Someone asks "Do you have this song?" "Nope. But you can download it if you like." Sweet.
thast pretty sweet, is like a home computer? where you can chat and play games, and down load music? i was a computer good enough in my van so i can go on msn, and download my music, and maybe search the net... that wont be for a long time tho.... looks good man.
It's pretty close to a home computer. Due to space and heat, i chose a low voltage processor. I think the whole unit w/screen only uses around 50 watts. So this means you can do the normal stuff a home computer can although intense 3D games would not run well on this system. As for chat, download, music, movies, internet, all that stuff it can do. I connect my cell phone through bluetooth and use it as a dialup modem for basic internet stuff. If you feel like going highspeed, the computer can handle that also. A friend of mine found it quite fun to look up pron in a mcdonalds drivethru (mcd's has free wireless).
hahaahh thats incredble. its just amazing you me you did that yourself. thats somethin i would love to do i just dont no anything haha. did you go to school to learn that much about computers and electronics or what?
I watched the cnet vid indirectly linked at the mp3car.com site and it brought up the very thing that's keeping them from being OEM equipment-the hard drives. Right now they aren't reliable enough for cars. I would have no problem with replacing the hard drive every 1 or 2 years though (I'm sure I'm being liberal with those guesses), provided it was backed up well.
I still think the original poster's computer is the best I've seen to date.
I wouldn't be so worried about HDs in cars. Not much different that portable mp3 players. Laptop harddrives can take up to around 250 Gs. So unless you get in wrecks often you should be alright. As some precautions, i did mount the harddrive with rubber around the screws just to out some vibrations. Heat's not really a problem here either. The fan on the front isn't necessary but i put it there just in case.
Ironically, i chose a Seagate hard drive just for the fact that they come with a 5 yr warranty.
As for the 1-2 years, i'm going on 2 yrs without a problem with mine.
Ive had this idea for a few years now ....as wreak havock will tell you but I had your ideas and a little bit more....nothin like inspiration for me not to give up on the idea hehe....did you use a line driver with that setup?
as far as keyboard I saw pimp my ride show a infrared kind of keyboar from fome company it just lights up on an open surface area...nice if you dont wanna take up space also you could use a wireless mouse or the buit in mouse on your laptop if thats what you where using as your pc
I've seen those infrared keyboards. I've heard they're very glitchy though with false keystrokes and when your hands are over the keyboard area, you can't see the keys under your hands. Very attention grabbing though. I chose one of those roll up rubber style keyboards. Can't say it was the best choice but it works. I think a good idea would have been to not go with the touchscreen and a get a small usb touchpad to mount to the steering wheel. Hmm, figures i just thought of that now.