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Well now that i finally had all the parts required, i thought i would make a start on the install..

I Planned to install the motherboard and hard disk in the boot, i settled on sticking it all in the tool tray area in that deep pocket that sits in the spare wheel area..

First i made a base to give me a flat surface to mount the components too.....Here

Then i made a top to enclose the PC in, this sits flush with the top of the tool tray.....Here

I then fitted 3 legs to add some extra support and to align the top and bottom bases....Here

Then i went about fitting the motherboard, hard disk and a fan.......Here

Mow that is left to do is run some cables for power and the 7" touchscreen, also have to mount the the PSU module, which again will be in the boot and cover the wood with something..

more pics to come..

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Thats a damn good idea!

What you gonna use it for..... Just sitting I can think of.. Games, satnav, dvd, mp3.... and loads more!!

..But wheres the wheel? on the roof? :whistling:

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Sounds great :)

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Are you planning on having a DVD rom drive up front?

if so you have to be very careful with cable lengths.

Looking very neet tho :)

mine all fit in the glove box, but there's no room for anything else in there hehe :)

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Do I see a wireless LAN card there?? Maybee you will be downloading MP3's from your driveway :)

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thanks for the comments..

brett, yes i got a slimline CDRW/DVD drive to go up front and yes ive already thought of the cable length issue..

Solved by getting getting an IDE to USB adaptor then it means i can run easy 3-4 metres with no data loss problems..

Im looking at mounting the drive under the arm rest.. with the screen under the stereo,, this will cover the seat heat buttons and TRC but the screen will be velcro mounted for easy removal at night so i can still get to the buttons if needed.

Im also gona be doing a little trick install,, something using perspex and leds etc..

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Im also gona be doing a little trick install,, something using perspex and leds etc..

Oh no....not under car neons!!!!!

Only joking :winky:

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Great idea, just a couple of questions:

1. What are you going to use to make the PSU compatable with the car's DC Battery?

2. How are you going to connect the screen to the computer? A normal D sub video cable? Or does the video card have RGB outs?

3. Is it going to be hooked into your sound system at all? If so, will you be sticking with the stock system or upgrading the HU, amp, spearkers, etc?

Thanks, and good work! :D

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Great idea, just a couple of questions:

1. What are you going to use to make the PSU compatable with the car's DC battery?

2. How are you going to connect the screen to the computer? A normal D sub video cable? Or does the video card have RGB outs?

3. Is it going to be hooked into your sound system at all? If so, will you be sticking with the stock system or upgrading the HU, amp, spearkers, etc?

Thanks, and good work! :D

1. What are you going to use to make the PSU compatable with the car's DC Battery?

I have used an Opus 90W supply with integrated contolled PC shutdown.here

2. How are you going to connect the screen to the computer? A normal D sub video cable? Or does the video card have RGB outs?

screen from here it can take both inputs.

3. Is it going to be hooked into your sound system at all? If so, will you be sticking with the stock system or upgrading the HU, amp, spearkers, etc?

i plan to hook it up intothe sound system, NOT by an fm modulator, i have modded the stock amp with an RCA output onthe full range rear speaker outputs, this will plug into my aftermarket amps and run the system.. as for input ive also added some RCA's to the input side of the stock amp, dont know if this wil work, if not then i will add RCA to the back of the stereo loom and switch it via a err well switch..

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How much do you think its gonna cost? Only asking as I'm interested in doing this.

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depends, as with most things computer related, you can take it as far as you want..

have a look here

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Added the 4 port USB hub,, tuckaed away behind the glove box, but still accesable if i really needed....Here

and a picture of the PSU that is now mounted on a plate to aid further moutning where i want it....Here

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That really is tucked away Paul :)

the 90W Psu is superb, I've left my pc in standby for 4 days running without using the car and had no problems at all :)

PC starts up again in 2 seconds.

Only problem i've had is that the Touchscreen drivers prevent the PC going into standby mode if its all connected and powered, solution was new Beta drivers for the touchscreen. all working sweet now, powering the TFT from the Opus.

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Where are you going to mount the screen Paul?

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bret.. thanks for the info man,, i remember that when i do the wiring..

junior.. yep that where i got a lot of info from..

carlos.. i got my screen from cartft.

kavey.. its going in the space below the radio (in front of the TRC button etc) and angles down and out so the screen is at a 45ish degree angle. it will be held via velcro for quick removal.

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Yeah, I know....thats where I got the link from :)

Just pointing out that they do complete systems. What was the reason you didn't go for one of these? Cost alone?

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ah right sorry carlos, i just liked the stuff that mini-itx did..

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Now made a start on the L logo on the lid...here

been running more cables ao had to strip the car a bit......here

CDRW/DVD drive tucked away......here

and touchscreen sits......here

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