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Old 01-24-2012, 11:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cool 2010 Toyota Corolla S - Custom CarPC


This is my CarPC project - I will be installing it in my 2010 Toyota Corolla S. I have quite a few pictures of the build and I finally received the last of the parts that I needed to complete it. I will be installing it this weekend hopefully. I have just about 2 weeks into this project, I lost count of the hours and $$$ that it took to design and build it. Lots of custom fabrication work on my end. Have a look at my progress so far

The barebones of the build consists of a ASUS F1A75-1 Deluxe Motherboard, AMD A8 3870 APU, and 8GB of DDR3 1600 RAM.


Bundled with the motherboard was this rather convenient wireless remote/keyboard that seems to be perfect for the CarPC


This is the back of it


The in-dash monitor is a modified Lilliput 669GL-70NP/C/T with the Resistive touch replaced with a Multi-Touch Capacitive panel - it's VERY nice!


Monitor assembled in the Double-DIN mounting bracket


I have a 4-ch JBL amp and a Monoblock Kenwood amp to power my speakers - I will be using this Clarion EQ/Line Driver to up the sound cards output to 7Vrms to reduce any noise and lower the gain on the amps


I didn't want to use any pre-made cases, and most mini-itx cases wouldn't work with what I wanted anyhow. I decided to install everything in my Glovebox (the car has 2 compartments so I didn't mind sacrificing the lower one). I needed to level out the base of it and make a durable platform to start with. I used 22ga steel as the mounting plate for the components - contoured to the inside of the Glovebox.


I needed to make my own motherboard tray, so I used 22ga aluminum for that.


Pattern is stenciled out, stand-offs are in place, and it's ready to be cut out.


This was just a test fit to make sure everything was in check


I will be using a 250W (300W Peak) Intelligent Automotive ATX PSU, a Sony Blu-Ray Slim Slot-Load Optical drive, and a Samsung 128GB SATA3 SSD (over 500MB/s R/W)


Standard Metra mounting bracket I modified to fit the Blu-ray drive under the monitor - just a test fit


I will be using 2 60mm High RPM fans (1-in/1-out) to keep everything happy and cool - stencils I used for the cutouts


The APU is an AMD 3870 3GHz Quad-Core (I OC'd it to 3.3GHz)


Random install picture


I cleaned off the factory Thermal Paste and used Arctic Silver Thermal Paste


It's a light coating even though it doesn't look like it


8GB of DDR3 1600 Corsair RAM


Motherboard assembled


The ASUS F1A75-I Deluxe motherboard is VERY feature rich - SATA3, USB 3.0, UEFI BIOS, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI, list goes on. *On a side note, even though the onboard bluetooth supports everything for a mobile phone it is not recognized by Centrafuse unfortunately


This is the Metra kit before my Carbon Fiber overlay


This is it after, but pre-clearcoat


Another test fit before I cleared it to make sure the added thickness didn't affect anything


Clear coated and fully assembled!


This was the first power-up - Installing UEFI Windows 7 x64


Overview picture of the system


Windows WEI Scores - The Samsung SSD is maxed out at 7.9 - From cold boot to fully ready in less than 10sec - no joke!


Final Product - WiFi antennas down


Final Product - WiFi antennas up. I know it's not the most pleasing eye-candy to look at, but it's fast, it works, and hardly anyone is going to see it in the Glovebox anyhow.


Rest of the parts came today. Sirf III GPS antenna with modified Baud Rate, Directed AM/FM/HD tuner with USB interface kit, Joycon EXR Steering Wheel Interface, Phoenix Audio MT107A Echo-Canceling Microphone, and Centrafuse 4.0 with Navigation.


I will add more pictures of the actual installation this weekend!

UPDATE! - Install Pictures

Ok, after about 7-8hrs of installation time it's finally installed. I ran into quite a few issues with fitment (mainly the Glovebox due to the external fans) - but it wasn't terrible. I ran 8ga wire to the Power Supply since it can draw upwards of 25A at peak power (I know 8ga is tad overkill for 25A but I had it laying around). It's fast, runs great, and one of a kind

8ga power wire (this is on top of the 4ga I have running to my amps - tight fit)


Glovebox installed


I noticed this space here was easily accessible and I was able to fit the mics perfectly.


The monitor and blu-ray bracket installed


Re-installing Windows after I accidently crashed the damn thing


Everything buttoned up and me checking my e-mail

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Old 01-24-2012, 11:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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holy shit. holy shit. words can not express how i feel about this. its just dammmmmmm. how are you powering it?
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm using a special Intelligent Automotive grade Power Supply. It takes standard 12V input and delivers 250W continuous (300W Peak). It turns the computer On/Off with the car, it turns Amps On/Off with the system (Anti-Thump too), and it is programmable to do a few different things. In all these photos I'm using a spare car battery - Current draw is 15-20Amps depending on what you are doing with the system. It will also have Internet Access via my Verizon 4G MiFi Hotspot.
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wow, neat, what's your purpose with this modification to the car?
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The possibilities are kinda endless... I will be using Front End Software called Centrafuse 4.0 with Navigation that gives the computer a user interface that is exactly like all the high end head units - check it out here --> http://www.centrafuse.com/ Nice thing about it is unlike the traditional head unit I can upgrade the software, or change and use a different program if I don't like it. Passengers can enjoy watching Blu-ray movies (that 7" LED screen supports 1080p too). Other features you can do is in car OBD-II Diagnostics with software and USB kits you can buy...

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dude.............................................. .......im sorta a computer fanatic and this clocks as well as my laptop(according to the windowsexperience)....gg................this is still blowing my mind.
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lol.. Ya, I've been planning on doing this since 2003-ish. Problem was back then that it didn't seem too realistic because the computing power/HDD speed just wasn't there to be able to boot fast enough. Didn't want to wait 5min to listen to music :P The downside though is cost. I'm over $1k into this project and most people will justify just buying a nice high end head unit for that price and not deal with the headache. For me though I just wanted something different
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:41 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Video Preview of Centrafuse

Here is a short clip I made showing some of the things that Centrafuse can do.

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ah, i have the same SSD in my desktop, same size even.
its Samsung's in-house proprietary controller and has damn high reliability

wait till windows 8 consumer beta releases, and that touchscreen will be put to great use :p

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I heard great things about that Samsung SSD, it blows my Corsair F120 SSD out of the water (and I thought that thing was fast lol).

So, I got the last remaining parts today. I wasn't originally going to put in a backup camera but I got a decent deal on the Kenwood CMOS-200 and it was really the only thing missing. The monitor has a backup camera input with detection. I managed to get off work tomorrow so I will be installing this whole system probably most of the day tomorrow! Will update with pics when I finish it

Kenwood Backup Camera, Bluetooth Dongle for Centrafuse, and 3.5mm to RCA cable for PC to EQ/Line Driver
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Good job on the project. I don't really understand the benefit of it over a GPS/DVD/CD/iPod HU though. It seems like it does the same thing that my Rosen does. Does it use your entire lower glove box? I got so feed up with Windows & PC's that I finally switched to iMac's, could you do the same with a Mac? Not that I would but I'm just curious.
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You sure could. The hard part about it is finding drivers or a program that will allow designated touch input


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^ Have an iPad as the headunit. Andy, props for the share and for tackling such a job. Well done man
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I want a kindle fire in a double din adapter but it's to big

iPad is way to big haha. But would be awesome


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I want a kindle fire in a double din adapter but it's too big

iPad is way too big haha. But would be awesome
Fixed.

I guess we just need to wait for a 7" iPad.
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