Bradley's Carputer

Ok, here it is. This computer isn't staying in this case, it's going to be built directly into the armrest / console of my car. So I'm getting pretty bored with it. I just did this to prove that I could.

The Donor Case, a Clarion 6540 Car CD Player The back of the Donor Case, gutted The back of the Donor Case with the top removed The Epia M10000 Motherboard fits great
The Donor Case, a Clarion 6540 Car CD Player. The back of the Donor Case, gutted. The back of the Donor Case with the top removed. The Epia M10000 Motherboard fits great.
Plenty of clearance on the sides, but.... Oops.  Not enough clearance for the slim CDRW / DVD drive Only about the thickness of a CD clearance This just won't do
Plenty of clearance on the sides, but.... Oops. Not enough clearance for the slim CDRW / DVD drive. Only about the thickness of a CD clearance. This just won't do.
WARNING: Doing any of the following will void your warranty! Having said that, let's get out the Dremel with the heavy-duty cutting wheel Make the guide cuts very carefully Looks pretty bad, so...
WARNING: Doing any of the following will void your warranty! Having said that, let's get out the Dremel with the heavy-duty cutting wheel. Make the guide cuts very carefully. Looks pretty bad, so...
Put the sanding drum on the dremel Ahh, much better.  The finished CPU Heatsink Now on to the chipset heatsink Looks like those shortest tines are just the right height, so...
Put the sanding drum on the dremel. Ahh, much better. The finished CPU Heatsink. Now on to the chipset heatsink. Looks like those shortest tines are just the right height, so...
Make the guide cuts (I stuck a piece that was cut off of the CPU heatsing in the guidemarks so you could see them) After a few minutes of cutting and sanding, the CPU HSF, the chipset heatsink, and the low-profile memory are all the same height Much better clearance Almost a half inch
Make the guide cuts (I stuck a piece that was cut off of the CPU heatsing in the guidemarks so you could see them). After a few minutes of cutting and sanding, the CPU HSF, the chipset heatsink, and the low-profile memory are all the same height. Much better clearance. Almost a half inch.
The top needed just a little work in order to mount the notebook hard drive A little cutting, and drilling 3 holes The lip almost completely conceals the HD Like it was made to go there
The top needed just a little work in order to mount the notebook hard drive. A little cutting, and drilling 3 holes. The lip almost completely conceals the HD. Like it was made to go there.
I think I can make the original power button functional Front chassis wiring harness from a busted old AT case The hole in the bottom of the power button is square, and so is the post on the switch Just a little filing was all it took to make a snug fit
I think I can make the original power button functional. Front chassis wiring harness from a busted old AT case. The hole in the bottom of the power button is square, and so is the post on the switch. Just a little filing was all it took to make a snug fit.
The switch fits perfectly Hot glue is a wonderful invention.  By the way, that is the original screen from the CD player, with the electronics cut off of it You can't even tell the difference.  The LED's are recessed just a bit in the holes where buttons were originally I used chrome metal duct tape to hold the ATX backplate on.  You can barely see it on the sides
The switch fits perfectly. Hot glue is a wonderful invention. By the way, that is the original screen from the CD player, with the electronics cut off of it. You can't even tell the difference. The LED's are recessed just a bit in the holes where buttons were originally. I used chrome metal duct tape to hold the ATX backplate on. You can barely see it on the sides.
Be carefull not to touch any electronic parts with the tape, it is conductive It is VERY strong... And really doesn't look all that bad This project looks like it's really coming together
Be carefull not to touch any electronic parts with the tape, it is conductive. It is VERY strong... And really doesn't look all that bad. This project looks like it's really coming together.
The power supply I chose, the PW70A from mini-box.com It is made to plug directly onto the M10000 It has one HD type molex and one floppy type plug, as well as an auxialliary 5V outlet.  It puts out plenty of power, so you don't have to worry about peripherals And it's small, too
The power supply I chose, the PW70A from mini-box.com. It is made to plug directly onto the M10000. It has one HD type molex and one floppy type plug, as well as an auxialliary 5V outlet. It puts out plenty of power, so you don't have to worry about peripherals. And it's small, too.
The top is just a mm or two higher that the chopped-down HSF I used little rubber peel-and-stick feet that I sliced to the right height to hold the CDRD / DVD the right distance from the top, and secured it temporarily with wire ties I drilled 2 new holes at the very back of the top and moved the HD back to there (it was just too thick to fit above the CDRW / DVD Here it all is, ready to be closed up
The top is just a mm or two higher that the chopped-down HSF. I used little rubber peel-and-stick feet that I sliced to the right height to hold the CDRD / DVD the right distance from the top, and secured it temporarily with wire ties. I drilled 2 new holes at the very back of the top and moved the HD back to there (it was just too thick to fit above the CDRW / DVD. Here it all is, ready to be closed up.
Here's what it looks like all closed up, from the fron From the back From this side And from that other side.  The yellow paper on top of the hard drive was cut from a file folder and used to insulate the HD from metal parts that might short it out
Here's what it looks like all closed up, from the front. From the back. From this side. And from that other side. The yellow paper on top of the hard drive was cut from a file folder and used to insulate the HD from metal parts that might short it out.
Here's a remote that I am going to use.  It's from the UK. They have digital TV over there called Freeview.  This remote is made to work with their settop boxes. But why is this remote so special? Yes, that is a full qwerty keyboard inside the remote! A big thank you to The Vauxhall Vectra Car PC site for turning me on to this little gem! This is the receiver for the remote after the modifications found on John Ferguson's download page Unfortunately, the eject button on the Donor Case and the eject button on the CDRW / DVD don't line up.  And frankly, I'm not going to leave this computer in the Donor Case.  So I don't want to deface a $200 CDRW / DVD.  My solution?  Steve Gibson's Wizmo!
Here's a remote that I am going to use. It's from the UK. They have digital TV over there called Freeview. This remote is made to work with their settop boxes. But why is this remote so special? Yes, that is a full qwerty keyboard inside the remote! A big thank you to The Vauxhall Vectra Car PC site for turning me on to this little gem! This is the receiver for the remote after the modifications found on John Ferguson's download page. Unfortunately, the eject button on the Donor Case and the eject button on the CDRW / DVD don't line up. And frankly, I'm not going to leave this computer in the Donor Case. So I don't want to deface a $200 CDRW / DVD. My solution? Steve Gibson's Wizmo!
The Xenarc 700TSV 7-inch touch-screen LCD VGA monitor From the side From the back From the back, with the mount removed
The Xenarc 700TSV 7-inch touch-screen LCD VGA monitor. From the side. From the back. From the back, with the mount removed.
That mount is huge, and is just too short.  I wonder what else I can use... That screw hole on the bottom looks a lot like the tripod hole on the bottom of a camera I just happened to have this $5 mini tripod that I bought at Walmart a couple of years ago It's very small when folded
That mount is huge, and is just too short. I wonder what else I can use... That screw hole on the bottom looks a lot like the tripod hole on the bottom of a camera. I just happened to have this $5 mini tripod that I bought at Walmart a couple of years ago. It's very small when folded.
Whaddya know, it works! Of course, the tripod won't work in my car, so I ordered something else A trip to the hardware store and $5 yielded a hodge-podge of plumbing parts This is actually a brass fitting to go on the end of a pipe to connect a length of copper tubing.  The large washers will go above and below the plastic where I drill the mounting hole to add support
Whaddya know, it works! Of course, the tripod won't work in my car, so I ordered something else. I'll just have to figure out a way to mount it when it arrives. A trip to the hardware store and $5 yielded a hodge-podge of plumbing parts. This is actually a brass fitting to go on the end of a pipe to connect a length of copper tubing. The large washers will go above and below the plastic where I drill the mounting hole to add support.
The pipe cap screwed onto the end of the pipe.  I think that too much of the threads show Drill a hole in the cap and add a 1/4 - 20 bolt and nut View from inside the cap.  There is still plenty of room to screw the pipe in I cut off enough of the threads so that they don't show when screwed into the cap
The pipe cap screwed onto the end of the pipe. I think that too much of the threads show. Drill a hole in the cap and add a 1/4 - 20 bolt and nut. View from inside the cap. There is still plenty of room to screw the pipe in. I cut off enough of the threads so that they don't show when screwed into the cap.
Ok, I painted it to make it look better.  I still haven't made a permanent bracket for the CDRD/ DVD Painted, from the other side
Ok, I painted it to make it look better. I still haven't made a permanent bracket for the CDRW/ DVD. The entire thing is 9.5 inches from front to back. To tell you the truth, I'm through messing with this. I'm tired and ready to put in in my car. Like I said, it isn't staying in this case, so I've decided not to fabricated a piece of metal to cover the back where the hard drive is. I'm gonna take it and show a couple of people, then dissasemble it.

For the unbeliever out there, here is a DivX of the carputer in action.carputer.avi

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