Categories: "the hardware" or "cables & wiring" or "chassis" or "input devices" or "power"

Building a kill-switch for the Acura ITX

Published by Andrew Hreschak in the hardware, cables & wiring, power
Published on 05/01/06 @ 07:56:00 pm using 535 words, and has 6915 views
The Acura ITX car computer project is being designed so that the mini-itx computer system will operate in as hands-free a manner as possible. Since the mini-itx system will be mounted in the trunk, we don't want to have to open the trunk and press the… more »

Fabricating The Dashboard Chassis, Pt 1

Published by Andrew Hreschak in the hardware, the headunit, chassis
Published on 04/26/06 @ 10:29:00 pm using 342 words, and has 11895 views
Since I don't yet have any welding ability, I drew a to-scale design schematic and brought it to a local fabricator shop. I supplied them with the outer shell of an old and rather heavy-duty computer case (thanks Alan) from which to cut the necessary… more »

Voodoo FBVC14DGU Digital Fused Distribution Block

Published by Andrew Hreschak in the hardware, cables & wiring, power
Published on 04/26/06 @ 09:04:00 am using 355 words, and has 9195 views
I found a local car electronics shop which I never knew existed, and picked up a fused digital distribution block made by Voodoo. It cost only $19 which was a pretty good deal, considering it's an alarmed digital distribution block with onboard… more »

Open Testbed Setup

Published by Andrew Hreschak in installation overview, research and planning, the hardware
Published on 04/04/06 @ 09:59:00 pm using 601 words, and has 9775 views
Testing the wiring and ignition activation. Now that all the parts for the Acura-ITX computer have arrived, I set up the complete system in an open testbed environment, and ran full-lengths of wiring to simulate the situation in the car, testing for… more »

M2-ATX Undocumented Shutdown Timings

Published by Andrew Hreschak in research and planning, the hardware, power
Published on 02/16/06 @ 01:55:00 pm using 153 words, and has 5561 views
The M2-ATX (and apparently the M1-ATX, since it uses the same firmware) has a set of undocumented jumper settings for customizing the shutdown timing. These custom timings add a degree of flexibility for the everyday use of the M1-ATX and M2-ATX power… more »

USB Extension Cables

Published by Andrew Hreschak in research and planning, the hardware, cables & wiring
Published on 01/13/06 @ 05:48:00 pm using 63 words, and has 1359 views
The project will require 2-3 10' lengths of USB cable, which will be run from the trunk to the dashboard along the centerline of the car. 10' USB-A Male to USB-A Female extension cable $4.99 Contemporaneous Auditory Narcotics: or, What my speakers… more »

Small Scale Keyboards

Published by Andrew Hreschak in research and planning, the hardware, input devices
Published on 01/13/06 @ 05:35:00 pm using 192 words, and has 2222 views
Electrone 9007 6.5" x 3", PS/2, raw/kit form, $105 I just found this mini-sized keyboard on the web, by a company called Electrone (http://keyboardspecials.com/mini.htm). It's the 9007 model at the bottom of the page. The keyboard is raw, in kit form… more »