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Old 16th August 2009, 13:44   #61
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I am thinking of this... as it has IR LEDs.
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Old 25th November 2009, 00:01   #62
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Hey ST, great post. Eager to see how it works out for you. Any luck with the 2Din ?
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Old 25th November 2009, 00:58   #63
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Hey
Do let us know when it's all done!
Make sure to add in some pictures.
BTW, aware of anybody having installed a carputer in an Octavia?
cheers!
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ST. where are you man ? we are eagerly waiting for this project.
Let us know on updates.
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Old 16th December 2009, 17:48   #65
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Ah, had gone under hibernation, too much work. Am back now.
Will resume work on this project in about two weeks time.

Last weekend took the dashboard apart and realized that the LCD screen fitting will be a major challenge. While the visible screen fits the opening the rest of the case does not fit the available clearance. There is only 13 cm Vertical clearance available, where as the LCD case height is 14.5cms.

So looks like I will need to
1. Open the LCD panel to remove the case apart
2. Cut the lower panel of LCD case where buttons are located and
3. Mount the LCD in inverted position (so that the LCD aligns with the opening)
4. Mount the LCD buttons somewhere else from where it can still be operated
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Old 16th December 2009, 21:15   #66
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Two Pictures...
First one showing screen fitment.

Second one showing the vertical size problem. The block in my hand is AC control (which will be below the screen). The screen is kept upside down.
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Looks like a complicated install but nothing is impossible
Mount your monitor upside down if possible and using your display drivers set the output to 180degrees. That wil ldo he job i believe. I suggest not to openup the entire monitor case and messup with things. Try mounting it upside down and changing setting in the cpu itself. If that doesnt work then we will think of osme other option.
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Old 17th December 2009, 21:01   #68
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Unfortunately, even upside down does not fit. If you see in the second image the case is stuck and not going in... So the case has to be opened and screen chopped.
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Old 25th December 2009, 13:19   #69
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Decided to utilize the long weekend to fix the dash panel.

First taped the double din panel to avoid scratches, as this will be a long process...
Pic 1 & 2
1. The entire border of the double din opening was cut, as this is not required
2. The top side edge of the panel was cut, to place LCD button controls

Pic 3
3. Lcd screen taken apart and the front bezel hacked into relevant pieces

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4. Test fitting the button frame part of the LCD bezel into the dash panel.
Also notice the 4 screwing points in the panel. Parallel holes have been drilled into the LCD bezel (pic 3) to provide additional strength.
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Pic1: LCD front bezel test fitted along with button panel

Pic2: A/C Control from the car which has to be installed in the lower portion. This was intruding with the case and hence the LCD panel had to be chopped

Pic3: Buttons, button panel, and LCD bezel fixed with Araldite.
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Dash Panel fabrication work completed yesterday. The LCD was assembled back and tested. All functions were working fine. After doing so much playing around with it (including cutting the protruding Circuit board) I was really worried if I will be able to get this thing working again. But thank God, it did.

It turned out to be much more time consuming and difficult than what I had anticipated. This is not for faint hearted, one needs lots & lots of patience and need to read a lot, even one mistake and the LCD/touchscreen can become pretty much useless.

Finally, here is the picture of LCD installed in the dash panel and powered up…
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congos mate
That looks like a lot of effort. It's true that you need laods of patience while working on such things. Good work.
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nice man. it was long time from you since we hear about your DIY carputer in civic and now its taking its shape.
keep going good.
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Nice work ST7677 !

Good to see the carputer finally coming into shape.

It looks even more complicated than it sounds !
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Old 1st January 2010, 12:10   #75
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Hey Guys, Thanks KOW, Monty and Aparth.
A carputer is always more complicated than it sounds or what you expect...
My journey has just started. I have to identify and buy a suitable processor next.

Any ideas on what the best place to pick up an Intel C2D Processor from in Bangalore?
I am looking at E7400 / E8400.
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