The tale of the meeting of a handsome carputer and a beautiful sunfire....

Wednesday, July 27, 2005


Well, the carputer is installed, not fully functioning yet tho.

I had lots of problems from the get go, despite the massive planning I had done. My inverter was DOA. AFter days of troubleshooting it and getting a replacement, I noticed the power wasnt coming on my amp or DSSC, after troubleshooting that, yesterday I found the prob was the Radio power fuse had blown.

Anywho, this will be working this weekend. Just waiting for a little less smelting day.

Pic of the lcd in the bezel, in case I didnt post it yet, I have tons of pics to load.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Well, the time has almost come (actually, the time has almost come for like a month now....but) I go to pick up the final pieces of the puzzle today, a inline fuse, a extra 40 amp relay for my inverter, and some bondo spot putty. I decided I am going to go ahead and take my screen out and do a bit more finishing on the face of the bezel.

Going to run Centrafuse 1.3 (thanx ebomb and david!)

I will be slowly this week doing the install, and finishing it this weekend when the kids are away.

Wish me luck!

Monday, July 11, 2005

Carputer, v3.0

Thats right, version 3.0, before even having the thing in the car.

Specs now:

Asus Tusl2-C socket 370 motherboard
P3 socket 370 1.266 cpu
C: = Western Digital 20 gig
D: = Western Digital 60 gig
Sound = Creative SB live
Network = Linksys usb wireless and 3com wired NIC
Video = Nvidia Gefore 4 MX440
RAM = 512 pc133

OS = Windows XP sp2
Frontend = Centrafuse 1.2

Monitor = Super brand 7" vga touchscreen

AMP = Same old Pioneer 100 watt 2 channel amp

Startup/Shutdown = DSSC

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--- Got the Super 7" touchscreen in Friday, man, this thing is awesome. Nice brightness, touch works great, need to work on the resolutions a bit.

After playing with it for a night, I broke it open and planned on bonding into my Sunfire bezel. For this I bought some Bondo - Glass, a mixture of bondo and fiberglass strands. I knew I would forget something, and it was the Bondo lightweight filler to smooth it out. Now I am stuck sanding this stuff for hours on hours end trying to get the valleys and indentions out. My first experience with any kind of bondo, it was suprisingly pleasant. I tried to paint it with the valleys and dips in it to see if it would fly just like that, no way. It was ghetto as hell, so back to sanding.

Glued in with Epoxy after hacking the bezel a bit.

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Some bondo glass on the back

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Some bondo glass on the front

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2nd round

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Where I am now, it looks crooked in the pic, but its not.

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Hopefully I can finish sanding tonight.