update

I got more work on carpc done, GPS is working (supposedly, the system is still inside so the gps couldnt get a lock. The software said “NO GPS LOCK” so it is connecting) im still playing with the settings on the GUI but as soon as i get the mount for the screen made and the networking set up, its ready to install.

Happy 4th of July!

Work in progress

It took a few days but i finally got the tv out working on the temporary graphics card (in Xubuntu) , now i just need to make the custom screen and i’ll me good. Now if i can get into the BIOS i’ll be happy, i press the keys and it says “now entering setup” but it skips to loading the OS. Oh well, the fun must go on.

I found out why my VM server keeps locking up, its an issue with the RAM. Now i just need to bring it in so i can take it apart and work on it.

“Work it harder, Do it better, Make it faster, Makes us stronger”

Carpc update

I just ordered the bluetooth OBD adapter that will let the carpc communicate with the cars system. the original computer i was planning to use on this project uses a proprietary PSU so the psu i bought doesnt work on it, im still working on the new system.

SC1 stress test: PASSED

To put it bluntly, I have not had a good day. I actually predicted the bonneville not starting. The good news is that the SC1 is in running condition. The bad day continues as I approach Interstate highway. I am wondering why traffic is slowing down as I am driving on the ramp, then I see the truck with its load tipping. The load finally falls off and all traffic on the ramp halts. Im already almost late and did not have time to waste so I ran off the road and punched it. Apparently the SC1 is a good offroad vehicle. As I get back on the road the stress test continues. I ended up passing (more then) a few vehicles on interstate. It comes in handy to know that in the event of meeting an officer, the SC1 can slow down enough to not be noticed, luckily the officer was busy pulling someone else over. I approach one of the final turns and because of the vehicles ahead I did not see that the lane was under construction. I had to quickly swerve around some cones. That’s just the part of my day that involves my SC1, i wont rant about the rest.

Side note: the new PSU for the CarPC is in the mail, it should arrive in a few days.

Dumbing Down

Normally I would just ignore stupid things done in public but this is just sad. I was at Walmart waiting in line to buy new tools and there were 3 people ahead of me getting a prepaid calling card. The worker told them it was an international card and they asked what “international” means. I almost feel ashamed to be in the same age group as those people. It didn’t surprise me to hear them say “i don’t know” twice.

CarPC stage1 nearly complete

The controllers are installed and hidden to look good. The pc is in the trunk. Now i just need to get powering it out of the way, and do the finnishing touches. wrapping some wires, making sure it has a good ground, etc.

The scripts for starting and stopping the car are done and i was working on it a bit tonight. All i have to do is type “start” and the car starts right up. Now to work on the web interface…

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ToDo List

splice wires for starting (done)
route wires for power (done)
get inverter to power pc while starting car (in progress)
Install carpc and route control wires (done)
Interface accessories such as defrosters and lights

–eventually–
upgrade to smaller system with custom case
install touchscreen
setup more advanced systems such as autostarter to maintain battery

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Progress on CarPC

My Mom has a new car so she has given her Saturn SC1 to me. The CarPC project has been switched over to my SC1 instead of the bonneville. I already have the wires spliced for the starter and the relay board adapted, im just waiting for a few chips I ordered and stage 1 of CarPC will be complete.
Yes, the test rig was made of a wire case that i cut holes in and inserted switches in. The top 3 images are the test rig and the bottom image is the wires nicely tied, routed, and waiting for the controller. None of those wires will be visible once the controller is installed and the wires routed.

Starter test rig


one hundred or two?

Normally I dont like putting personal stories on blogs but this was stupid and funny enough i decided to post this. I prefer to be a nice person, if I am in a bad mood i will become almost mute instead of telling people off. That said, I can be a smartalic when i want to be.

I told my mom that i was tired of waiting for her or my dad to take care of my car insurance so i went out and got it myself. My dad told me earlier it was (ammount) dollars to put me on his insurance so I will probably have to help pay it, I looked into it and the price i found for my own insurance was cheaper then what my dad told me it would be to add on to his again. I decided that if im going to have to pay i’ll go the cheaper route and make my move. When i told my mom about my insurance she told me that if I want to throw away one hundred dollars i should give it to her instead. Since i had just cashed my pay check i had plenty of money in my wallet. After she said that I pulled out a hundred dollar bill and said “here is the hundred you asked for” then i pulled out two more hundred dollar bills and said “this is for this month rent, do you need any more?” and held all three bills out. This obviously made her angery and she was actually speechless. she didnt take the bills so i just put them back in my wallet.

I prefer to respect everyone and i am only a smart alic around friends that dont mind. Considering that neither were doing anything about insurance I decided to take action on it myself and actually be a responsable person. If you get angery and give me attitude because i decide to be responsible for myself, dont be supprised if i say something back.

side note … I wonder when she is going to ask for this month rent. XD