quinta-feira, 2 de outubro de 2008

Another step back...

I had to take another step back, because I don't have enough money for all my ideias, so I have several projects running at the same time, and one is Wi Fi modding so I bought this:


for some tests (soon i will reveal here the results that are very promissing) here's one example of the utility of this material:


Also today in Lidl supermarket there was this extraordinary buy to do, and I did it:

This NDAS disc is perfect to put at home to share everything a also with the hability to send from where ever I am to the disc at home without the need of the computer being turned on

so here it his i've spent 14,90 € in the Wireless USB stick and 99 € in the disc so now i'm bankrupt or not it depends on the credit card balance.

carputer on hold...

quarta-feira, 17 de setembro de 2008

Taking a step back to go three steps forward

I need to have more processing hability, because I made some changes (I now have 14 USB ports, and i'll have more!!!YEEEES MUCH MORE!)

The motherboard doesn't have the hability to do cloning of image, wath I want is to be able to see in the front monitor and the same in the back in the two 7" Headrest with TFT screen from the DVD player that I bought in Carrefour last year for my kid to watch cartoons (cost 120€):
In the future i'll buy this one: for only 220 € (the two) with all this:
  • Material: Faux Leather
  • Discs/ Formats Played:
    -Video Color System: NTSC/PAL
  • Screen Information:
    -Screen: 7 Inch TFT LCD
    -Aspect Ratio: 16:9
    -Video Output Level: 1Vp-p 75Ohm
    -Horizontal Resolution: 500 TV Lines
  • Input/ Output:
    -RCA Video IN
    -RCA R/L Channel Audio IN
    -RCA Video OUT
    -RCA R/L Channel Audio OUT
    -Video OUT
    -Audio OUT

Other Features:

  • FM Transmitter
  • USB Port
  • SD/MMC/MS Memory Card Reader
  • NES Game Emulator
  • Included Game CD with 100s of Games
  • x2 D-Pad Controller Ports + 2 Included D-Pad Controllers -per headrest
So i'm thinking on buying this:

It has much more capacity to handle with all that I need and the motherboard allows overclocking YEEEESSS!

just need to get the money €€€€€

sexta-feira, 12 de setembro de 2008

TV Tuner and antenna

I've got this in my garage for a while, now it will be useful to put in the carPC (80 €):

and the antena to past in the car's back window (33,70 € with shipping cost included):

quinta-feira, 11 de setembro de 2008

The USB controler board

Today I bought, this:

It was a bargain, for only 9,40 €

Another recomendation these guys - www.lidertronica.com

Next probably will be the box for the carPC.

Tonight I'll search in the garage, for parts that I have of several computers that I fixed over the years, I have some new ideias,

II've got to stop going daily to www.mp3car.com!!!

quarta-feira, 10 de setembro de 2008


Time passes and a lot happens, since the last post, I didn't have time to publish here (things will change because now i'm beginning to have more time)

Last update, I was still missing:

OBD cable

Rearview camara (for parking assistance) I decided to go with this now
Parking sensors
Light sensor (for full automated turn on lights)

...added some more:

USB controler board

Tyre pressure sensors - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pj6fauTpDE&feature=related

Box for carPC

Valentine ONE (the best!!!) radar detector - http://www.valentineone.eu/valentineonept.html?gclid=CLeM-JiQ0ZUCFQVKtAodKCQx5A

Front camera with infrared sensor (Nightvision) -

Windscreen wipers
sensor (for rain) - http://car-fx.com/loja/product_info.php?products_id=67&osCsid=5e39b6cd56f618057ec83bc79996b429

and I probably will find some more things to add...


back to the camera I found this one:

I recommend this website http://www.chinavasion.com (good service, very clear and fast on delivary)

after several tests in my garage with the camera and monitor that I have since my son was born, and that I used to monitor him when he was sleeping and me and my wife where not near him, like this one

and after checking that the monitor (K90) had good picture, the monitor as RCA Video input for when we engage reverse gear, so I ordered the camera above (22,86 €), on a friday and monday was here (great!). It just makes me feel sad that in Portugal things are not like this , so quicly. The most complicaded was having the camera delivered to me, when I ordered I've chosen transportation through DHL (I've paid + 21,58 €) and it was quick arriving to Portugal, I was contacted on Monday by DHL informing me that the package had arrived but to deliver it to me I would have to pay 36 € + costums fee, I said no because I work near the airport and the costums service and I would go there to pick it up, they said they would call me again, Tuesday they called me and said that I would have to go to DHL to pick up documentation, so I went, I signed some documents and they gave others, them I run to the airport (Costums building 69, it was 15.40 pm and it closed at 16 pm), when I got there I went to the attendance desk where I delivered the documents and after signing some more, they sent me to the 1st floor, I waited after a few minutes they called me for some king of interrogation, the girl there asked me about were did I had ordered the goods and what was it destinated for, after clarification she said - "You'll have to pay 15 € (great, based on what they charge this?), she sent me again to the same attendance desk where I went in the first place, I delivered the proff of payment and the guy across the glass said - "You have to pay 2 €!" (great again!), I decide not to complain things where going and that was good, those guys don't care and if you start complaining they can mess with you, so I paid, I went in with the officer in charge ofthe warehouse to pick up the goods, I was suprised when he delivered me a small box that could fit in the palm of my hand, suprised because it was so small and also because I had paid more 17 € to get that out of there (but it could have been worse) when I arrived at home at night I tested it and it worked well, it has mirror function, it doesn't have infrared, but if the reverse gear is engaged the car has enough light (I will also change the lights to ultrabright LED's soon)

When possible I will post the link to the video, for now you can watch this video and you will see wich is the porpuse, the project belongs to RobbyBMW - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqjL37QVe2M

There's a new project being developed for two sytems, one in front an d the other at the rear, but form now I will not interested.

quarta-feira, 6 de fevereiro de 2008

GPS receiver and car radio

I was missing a GPS receiver , but not a radio, however mine didn't have auxiliary input jack for connecting the audio output of carputer

It could have chosen to buy only one amplifier but I would lose some functions such as volume control (only in carputer), with a new radio I can have amplification, mute through remote control and other extra functions that a stand alone option gives, as independence of sound by speaker and extra equalization and others.

GPS - € 69.90 - http://www.ideusworld.com/es/Productos/2/1115/producto-antena-gps-bluetooth-procesador-mtk/

Kenwood - KDC-W311A - € 67.80 - http://www.kenwood.es/kdc% 2Dw311a.h

domingo, 3 de fevereiro de 2008

The Keyboard

Today under rain I had to go buy tape tape for wrapping some boxes and store things in the garage, to my surprise when entering a chinese retail shop I find this http://www.pcpop.com/doc/ 0/119/119390.shtml, a fantastic discovery because in future it would be need and it would have to come from abroad plus shipping costs, it was only 10.50 €

A few pictures already taken at home in my garage

segunda-feira, 28 de janeiro de 2008

Summary of expenses...

Power supply - 74 € + 13,50 € (shipping cost) = 87,5 €
Motherboard Via Epia M10000 e har drive 60gb ide 2,5 + adapter - 130 € (shipping cost included)
Connection cables - 5 €
External bo for USB DVD Rom / Slim - 44,90 € + 9,05 € (shipping cost) = 53,95 €
Memória RAM 1024MB DDR400 - 63,30 (shipping cost included)
Monitor 7" TFT VGA Touchscreen in dash System K90 = 297,95 € (shipping cost included)
AVerTV USB 2.0 Plus (External TV Tuner to watch TV and capture video in car PC and listen to radio) - 79,90 €
VGA / VGA cable - 16,90 €
Bluetooth Pen - 10,85

Total (for now): 682,05

Still missing:

GPS receiver
Keyboard + mouse

OBD cable

Rearview camara (for parking assistance)

Parking sensors
Light sensor (for full automated turn on lights)

terça-feira, 15 de janeiro de 2008

The monitor finaly!!!

Today I decided and ordered the display from http://www.carlights.de/ was the best price I found until now (it becomes harder to find both the K90 and the K301). I always wanted one of these because any of these two are fully automized and closed after power off they have two buttons in the front panel which reduces the interest of thieves and also because it only requires little changes to the aspect of my dashboard that is now very smooth with white leds contrary to the orange lights that Opel places in their cars.

Soon I'll put here some photos of the installation of the monitor and following accessories