Hi i am starting a new tread so that i can walk you guys trought the building stages.
the original tread is here http://www.maximumpc.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2976
this two pics are just to show you the size of the VIA EPIA-M mini-ITX mobo
its about 7" .
here my father is helping me take some mesure. The pink foam you see is the xact size of the MOBO, so it's perfect to drill pefect holes on the MOBO tray wich i got from an old PC case
Here i am bulding a tray for the psu and hard drive.
the hard drive the psu are mounted on the tray from the previous picture.
the psu is a 90 opus psu, built specifically for cars.
You can see how the laptop DVD ROM will be positioned right on top of the hard drive. Rember there will be a fan between the hard drive and the DVD ROM (this fan is the ludest component of the entire project). if you look at the previous picture you get a better idea of the set up. The black thing in the background is the armrest that will house the computer.
Here you can see MOBO, HARD DRIVE(under the DVDROM), PSU AND DVD ROM on their mounting trays...these trays will go inside the arm rest..it's a tight fit but in the end they fit just perfect.
Another shot .
Here i took the power button, hard drive led. came from the same case i took the MOBO tray.
See next picture to see how i used this piece of meta.
Here I am using that piece of metal to built the support for the MOBO tray and the PSU and DVDROM tray..the black enclouse is the armrest.
This is a view of the inside of the arm rest. The two metal pieces that you see at the bottom of the arm rest will hold the mobo tray and the psu tray in place.
this is a shot of the front panel with everything inside.
This is a top shot with everything inside.
Another top shot.
Back shot...this space will host a fan.
You can see the back with the black plate..there is a fan behind that..
Bottom shot. Looks messy but it really isn't..
Case with arm rest open.
Pretty much everything is finished just got to hook it up in the car...
MAIN COMPUTER CASE!!!!!
Unit is in place and working shot from the back seat of the car....
Here you can see the unit...you also see a fan to the right that wasn't on the previous pic...I installed this later on because of heat problems...IT works perfectly and its not on the way..You also see the FM modulator to get sound to the speaker...that the only regret i have..i don't know how to hard wire the speaker..Puf the magic is trying to help me...i am working on it man!!!
Case with dvd tray open...
Armrest closed...NOTE the cd you see on the seat is full of small programs that i got from the MAXIMUM PC cd...i made a collection of the most usefull programs so i can have them at the tip of my finger...great magazine guys.
Cool air goes in and comes out from the front...NOTE TO MY SELF i didn't realize this untill i looked at this pic..but it looks like the grille is scratched or something..i have to take a look tomorrow.
Detail of the wiring that goes to the LCD screen..i made a hole underneath the dashboard and the wires for the lcd screen passes trought it.
This is an outside shot...you think i would have opened the door to get a better shot...duhhh.
YOu don't see it here but the yellow wire from the previous picture goes from the psu directly here...if you guys attempt a project like this email me for the detalis about this set up...you need to use a fuse for safety. DO NOT RUN wire straigh to battery from the psu..
this is a brakdown of the parts i used:
VIA EPIA M10000 MOBO MONARCHCOMPUTER.COM $145.00(thanx One4yu2c for letting me know)
512 MB DDR (266) PC-2100 Corsair MONARCHCOMPUTER.COM $79.00</p>
OPUS 90-watt DC-DC Power Supply MP3CAR.COM $166.99
SLIM LINE DVD-ROM EBAY $26.50
Slimline CD to Desktop IDE Adapter EBAY $5.19
7" Lilliput LCD TOUCHSCREEN vga Touch screen monitor EBAY $281.89
SEGATE 80 GB 7200 RPM HARD DRIVE BESTBUY $60.00
MISC. ITEMS $20.00
Add another $30 for that stupid fm modulatro that i bought at radio shack.
I had a lot of fun building this pc and i would it again..it took me about 2 weeks of work.
if you have question please let me know i have a lot of usefull links to helpfull websites that i can share