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Finnaly got round to finishing off my car pc installation.

Dashboard apart for install:

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All wiring ran through the sill wiring channels:

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USB Hub underneath the glove box:

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Screen mounted on custom Aluminum mounts covered in fake leather fabric, and bolted and epoxied into the top vent housing:

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Also running the centrafuse front end.

Front and rear usb cameras that record with GPS information overlay:

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(mounted on the rear view mirror with screws)

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and the videos (the hanging is when the files are being saved). They save in 20 minute videos, up to 10 videos and then record over each other.

[YOUTUBE]e2Drzu0OlXI[/YOUTUBE]
[YOUTUBE]-2-nfsNPNJc[/YOUTUBE]

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Stereo Diverse microphone for voice control (play artist Led Zeppelin, for example)

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The computer in the boot, reusing the old cd changer mount:

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USB socket and phone charging cable hidden in center console:

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What was the purpose of the installation ?

Media player, DVR camera recording, GPS logging, Speed camera notification, local road traffic information (from google maps via bluetooth internet connect), and many more, all on one screen.
 

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Nice. I used to have a mini itx car pc with touchscreen in a previous car. Why dont you just replace the headunit for a motorized flip out touchscreen, would look neater and wont partially block your view.
 
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I agree with the flip out suggestion...though I don't think it will obstruct Alex view, just the pic is taken from a low angle.
 

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Nice. I used to have a mini itx car pc with touchscreen in a previous car. Why dont you just replace the headunit for a motorized flip out touchscreen, would look neater and wont partially block your view.

Because the last one I had flapped around when open and it always ends up blocking buttons etc.

Plus I think I'm the only person who actually likes the original comand system. :)

It is because the image is from a low angle, to show that you can still see the parkatronic screen. In reality it doesn't obstruct the view at all, but I thank you for your concern :)

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That's excellent Alex, couldn't use it myself..... but it's a great little install :D
 
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That's excellent Alex, couldn't use it myself..... but it's a great little install :D

Thanks!

Not many peiple would go to such lengths to use a computer in their car I think.
 
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Very nice installation - well done.
Makes my rear view camera & monitor install look a bit feeble.
 
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How do you find time (or the effort ) to do these mods ;)

I did consider a car puter once, and looked at all the options. So Im slightly envious when I see yours working like that.

Aside from the cost (1 k some of them) and the hassle, the desire of me using a car pc left when I realised how much hassle pc's can be anyway.
Constant freeze ups, reboots, driver issues and more.
I just couldnt without it flying out the window at some point!
 
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How do you find time (or the effort ) to do these mods ;)

I did consider a car puter once, and looked at all the options. So Im slightly envious when I see yours working like that.

Aside from the cost (1 k some of them) and the hassle, the desire of me using a car pc left when I realised how much hassle pc's can be anyway.
Constant freeze ups, reboots, driver issues and more.
I just couldnt without it flying out the window at some point!

No idea to be fair heh!

It's only because my trade is IT so I had that section covered.

I had most of the hardware already and it's just followed cars with me. The only one I bought for this was the pc itself which is an optiplex 755 usff. Maybe £80 all in (plus screen etc, Web cams etc)

True, regarding the crashing bit, however once the bugs are ironed out, I can go 6 months plus without having a crash or anything.

It can be frustrating getting to that point though!

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Funny I meant to mention if it runs 'in a shell' or dos etc.
I guess you could run a linux derivative if the front end will run on it.
I thought I read which you were using but now cant see it.
Ahh centrafuse. So it can ;)
 
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