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The head unit finally arrived today...

will update will progress as it happens :)

Update #1: Headunit is now installed... will get pics tomorrow

I've set Saturday aside to do the carputer... because I can watch the cricket in my car now :clap::clap::clap: I don't have to miss a ball on Sunday :yahoo: :D

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ok, so I've been busy today.






The install was seamless and is near invisible :) at least it will once the install facia arrives

The headunit has VGA+USB connectivity for the touchscreen, and RCA inputs for the VGA sound inputs too, so what I see from the computer goes through the cars sound system.

The DVD drive is powered from the ciggy lighter and connects to USB also.

I've been having some issues loading songs that are on the hard drive into the centrafuse front end, it recognises CDs and DVDs alright and loads them right up, but I'm wanting to load the ones from my hard drive into it... oh well, I'm sure I'll find the way it's done soon.

I'll update on specifics of the components soon, as it's late and I need sleep but enjoy :)

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Computer Specs


Jetway J7F3E-PB / J7F3E1750

Mini ITX form factor 6 layers PCB size: 17.0cm x 17.0cm

Processor Specs

AMD Geode NX Processor 1.4GHz @ FSB 133MHz

SNX1750 Series and Low Voltage Edition Included


Hard Drive

Seagate Monentus 5402.2 100GB 2.5" IDE 5400RPM


512MB DDR 266


VoomPC car PC enclosure


Power Supply


NEW! Smart Car PC Power Supply

160 watts DC-DC

Ideal car Power supply for operating P4, P4-M, Celeron, AMD systems

ATX, 6-24V wide input range

Intelligent shutdown controller

ON/OFF motherboard control

Survives vehicle engine cranks

Battery deep discharge prevention

High efficiency, 160 watts output

"Anti-Thump" Amplifier remote control

15A automotive fuse (mini-blade)

VIA, P4 and AMD CPU support

ROHS compliant version

bought via EBAY from this trader http://feedback.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.d...serid=xavier085 who I highly recommend, he answered all my questions in great detail and really knows his stuff about carputers :)

Head unit specs

Monitor Features:

This new model from Lilliput provides a 7" 16:9 High quality Touch screen XGA TFT LCD car monitor. It is perfect for viewing DVD movies, playing video games and connecting to computers, laptops and GPS. This monitor is equipped with full functional touch screen and one can control computers by simply touching the screen, the monitor also comes with a pen for the touch screen.

MODEL: GL701-NP/C/T Specifications:

Screen Size: Diagonal 7 "

Dimension: 192 x 178 x50 (mm)

Dot Resolution (RGB): 1,152,000 (dots)

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Contrast: 200:1

LCD Brightness: 400 cd/m2

Viewing Angle: 45/60(U/D), 65/65(L/R)

Operating Voltage: DC 11-13V

Power Consumption: <10W

Adjusting vertical angle

VGA cable input

Touchscreen : USB interface

FM radio: 88-108MHz

Speaker out 45W x 4 audio out

PAL/NTSC /SECAM auto conversion

2 videos incl. one for rearview system display.

purchased from Brash Imports... http://www.brashimports.com.au/

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Carputer on ebay

That the same as yours?

saw this today people, looks the goods! im really considering one, far more worth it then a dvd headunit!

hehe, wifi adaptor + unsecured wireless access points = free downloads!!! (lol just kidding)

Yep, that's the one... though I 'only' got a 100GB hard drive.

Looking good Dylan. Can I ask roughly what sort of money it has cost you, out of curiosity....

The computer was US$550 plus US$69.95 postage (worked out to just over AUS$800) and was delivered in 4 days from the US :blink::blink::blink: I've bought stuff locally that took longer to be delivered...

The head unit I payed $670 delivered from Brash Imports. I could have bought cheaper over e-bay but they only had the black ones available, and I wanted silver which also meant I had to wait a couple of weeks to get it, as they only make a limited run of silvers each time.

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Very nice setup there Dylan. Very impressed.

Im thinking about doing a project like that with my laptop I have lying around, but dont have the time at the moment.

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I think it's Version RC4.2

I D/L it a couple of weeks ago so not sure if there was an update since then.

I'll check it tonight.

it's actually RC4.1 I have

I think the problem is a rushed through the install when I put in on because I didn't have any files installed at the time. When I receive the GPS receiver I'll install RC4.2 and make sure I do everything properly this time.

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updated to 4.2 and it all works sweet :)

554 songs :) and that's only 1/2 of them so far

shame the inbuilt GPS does not have Australian maps though. Is it worth using the earlier versions to be able to use the GPS?

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My fascia arrived for my headunit which has neatened up my dash no end. I'll need to modify the CD rack slot to fit my DVD drive as it's not deep enough, but this shouldn't be too much of an issue, will just need to chop and glue a few things :)

The downside is the Aerpro fascia kit I bought for the '03-'05 corolla doesn't fit the air con vents properly, so I need to dremmil around the top corners of the thing for it to fit properly. I spent 2 hours cutting and shaping to try and fit it last night using hand tools but in the end it was too hard. I'll take the dremmil tool home from uni and give that a bash :)

I'll take some pics and put them up tonight.

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