A few details on the Carputer installed in my Cadillac STS
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (TinyXP Version)
Front End: Road Runner (forum
Hard-Drive(s): 40GB (IDE) and 80GB (USB), both 2.5″
Mother Board: VIA EPIA M 10000
GPS: Holux USB GPS ‘puck’.
GPS Software: iGuidance 3.0 NA
Monitor: Lilliput 809GL-80NP/C/T
Custom Mods: The TinyXP installation of Windows is a highly stripped version of XP. On top of this strippted down version of XP the system is also using Minlogin which is a replacement for the winlogin.exe file that speeds the boot process.
Everything started with wiring a GPS to a PDA using a null modem:
Here you can see the GPS unit wired down into an extra cradle for the Casio PDA
This is the car, it is a Cadillac STS
Interior shot as the car was when I purchased it
EPIA Mini-ITX mother board/processor was the next step
Fabricated a case out of MDF
Since I already had a small daylight visible LCD screen I put that in the Double DIN space. This was a non-touch screen setup.
In order to free up the double DIN I relocated the Pioneer deck into the arm rest and put a remote at the front of teh arm rest (you can see the 8 button remote in the front of the armrest)
Armrest up, showing the deck contained within.
At this point I have purchased a Lilliput 8″ touch screen and am using epoxy to mold the case of the screen (with the screen removed) to the shape of the opening in the dash. This resulted in a very nicely fitting 8″ touch screen, that I don’t have a photo of.
Here is the new screen mounted in the dash.
This photo shows the 2003 Cadillac leather wheel that I custom fit to the car, and the modified the buttons to connect to a wireless game controller that was connected to the Carputer.