My carputer install

pgarner

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remove the interior of the glove box, the bit that moves apart for the door, and fit everything inside there should get away with it as i think the primera has quite a big glovebox
 

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remove the interior of the glove box, the bit that moves apart for the door, and fit everything inside there should get away with it as i think the primera has quite a big glovebox
Thats what I was thinking stripping the hatch of the glovebox and mounting it on there so I could open the glove box to reveal the motherboard. And the hard drive will fit just about anywhere. The more I think about this idea the more I want to do it....
 

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just watch the pennies
think i might have to fork out for a new HD. got it working refitted it and it stopped again this ime saying files were missing, cloned over the disc image i had stored on the laptop (contained everything other than media) and tried again still got the same message. tried it out with a 20gb hd that ive had lying around for a while same image worked fine. Currently doing a full format on it and at 360gb its taken an Hour so far and its only looking at around 10%
 

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just watch the pennies
think i might have to fork out for a new HD. got it working refitted it and it stopped again this ime saying files were missing, cloned over the disc image i had stored on the laptop (contained everything other than media) and tried again still got the same message. tried it out with a 20gb hd that ive had lying around for a while same image worked fine. Currently doing a full format on it and at 360gb its taken an Hour so far and its only looking at around 10%
Oh dear could be there all night then. Hope you got plenty of coffee...:bigsmile:
I wonder if I could strip a tower for the hard drive bracket and use that to mount a hard drive somewhere?
 

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yeah that was my basic idea as was going to build a custom case outa perspex but decided against it. most cases, including the one i gave yyou a link for , have the mouting points for a hard disc. just watch out and check what size they are set for alot of automotive cases use a 2.5" drive rather than the 3.5" desktop size
 

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I was think of mounting everything without a case. I'd make a tray for the motherboard to sit on inside the glovebox and a cage round the hard drive mounted under the dash somewhere. I couldn't put it under the seat cause i'm clumsy and tend to spill the odd bit of pop. How big are power inverters? As this would have to find home behind the dash too.
 

pgarner

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Power inverter - imusing the common m2atx gives 160w over the 3 rails and its huge, maybe 150 X 50 mm and most cases will accept this. if my board hadnt been so heavy on the 5v rail i was looking towards the m3atx which just plugs into the power socket on the motherboard.
motherboard has no real moving parts other than the fans so there fine with knocks. Hard disc hoever theres lots of theroys floating about
use a 2.5" drive as these have better tolarnces
mount the drive vertically so the heads dont hit the platters instead they move along with it.
rubber mount kits are avalible (small o rings that you can pick up for a few pence rather than the prices one place wanted) which help dampen the bounce.

me im sticking with the HD hard mounted to the case which wll be mounted to a sheet of wood on the back seat ( hide the wiring underneath it for a neater install)
 

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Ok well after a total of 17 hours doing a full format and running a disc checker program to check for damaged sectors i have a working har disc again.
now just need to copy al the media back across again and itll be ready to whack in the car
 

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Ok well after a total of 17 hours doing a full format and running a disc checker program to check for damaged sectors i have a working har disc again.
now just need to copy al the media back across again and itll be ready to whack in the car
Thats good then mate least you don't need a new Hd....:D:D
 

pgarner

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yeah there is that, just a shame that i changd alot of settings after i took the copy of the mge so trying to ge these all set back up then going to take another image.
just in case.

cant get mappoint to embed properly it works when you class it as iguidence but the buttons dont work. when you mark it up as mappoint it loads up then disappers.
problem being that it was written for the american version rather than the euope one.
think i might have to email the guy and find out how to change the settings

should say autoroute became mappoint
 

pgarner

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well i used map point to get down to essex the day.
much better than the old autoroute that it replased, now does out recaucuate if you go off route but even thou its the 2009 edition its still out of date, alot of the roundaouts on the A1(m) are gone and its still looking for them but at least it works out a new route as soon as it sees you back on track.

womans voice is pretty bad but thats easily changed


yeah just need to sort out the wiring,
trip to maplin for the battery and finish fabbing the screen, hope to make more progress next week on this as off until friday however dont get back home until early hours of tuesday.
and get 2 short 4mm bolts (approx 15mm) but will get these from work as not paying £2 odd for 4 outo homebase as my local ironmonger doesnt go that small
 

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yeah am hoping ill have it ready to go in during jan at some point. im lucky as need black paint for the cadets to paint ammo boxes so ill be borrowing whats left
 

pgarner

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Well got 1st coat of filler on the top, not looking too bad me thinks.
will require another possible 2 coats and sanding down to make it nice and perfectly smooth.

just need to wait until i get my torx keys back so i can check the climtronic will still fit before painting
 

pgarner

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the along the right hand edge darker areas are where ive sanded down through the filler and into the fiberglass stuff itself some areas like this on the top and LHS as well.
the darker area on the bottom around the buttons is where ive sanded though both the filler and fiberglas to get it nice and level
 

pgarner

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Ok since the last pic has been taken it has been sanded down and another 3 layers of filler to build it up smoothly. Climate control was taken out of the car and fitted along with the trim for it to make sure it had as smaller gaps as possible around the edge. sanded down for filler for the final time tonight. 80 grit for the top ( it had been built up alot so i could sand down level and shape ) 260 grit for the rest until nearly smooth then 600 grit to finish off. total time taken around 1.5 hours worth of careful sanding. 2nd coat of primer is drying just now, a quick sand down in the morning before the final coat of primer then go get the satin paint on monday to finish it off.
will get new pics up in the morning as phone currently dead
 

turbonutter69

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Ok since the last pic has been taken it has been sanded down and another 3 layers of filler to build it up smoothly. Climate control was taken out of the car and fitted along with the trim for it to make sure it had as smaller gaps as possible around the edge. sanded down for filler for the final time tonight. 80 grit for the top ( it had been built up alot so i could sand down level and shape ) 260 grit for the rest until nearly smooth then 600 grit to finish off. total time taken around 1.5 hours worth of careful sanding. 2nd coat of primer is drying just now, a quick sand down in the morning before the final coat of primer then go get the satin paint on monday to finish it off.
will get new pics up in the morning as phone currently dead

Thats gonna look sweeeeeeeet. I can't wait to see it in your car...:D:D
 

pgarner

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ok photos as promised

this was taken this morning, christ i must have been tired last nit i thought it looked smooth when i put the primer on.

so another 1 hour of sanding down this morning an its looking better.



well i say it looks better you need to look past the filler thats showing through it. waiting on it to dry so i can put another coat of primer on
 
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