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About The Project 

V5 ( the VXR Edition ) was completed and had been built round the Vectra C Facelift. This version used a TMR double din screen and was heavy on Internet connectivity and vocational based features pushing the CarPC concept further than even before.
 
 
Still with MP3 music, GPS, Live Traffic Information Via The Web, Movies, Wireless Connections, DAB, TMC & T-PEG Traffic Information via HSPDA / HSPUA all though a custom touch screen display that integrated in to  the dash of my car.
  

Latest Project News 

v5 was completed as planned how ever because of major problems with my car ( see the blog ) I ended up coming to the end of the road - at least for the moment. With new software and features version was the closest to an OEM install possible how ever keeping the key value of simplicity and the ability to remove with out a trace which in the end was more useful than I planned. I'm currently waiting for the right time and more advanced solid state hardware to come out. The Vectra XP system had every thing you could want, GSM, GPS, MP3 DVD, DTT, RDS and more - have a look inside...
 
 

 

   

Latest Carpc / Carputer News 

Welcome to Dashboard Monkey the first stop for all things Car Computer related. We have recently launched a number of new sections on the site and we hope that you enjoy using them. We are now awarding points to all contributors, this means that everytime you post a comment, story, blog entry etc you will be awarded a certain number of points which you will be able to spend in our soon to be launched car pc shop. Points are only awarded to registered users so create your account and make sure you are logged in before posting any content.
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    " class="slickTip" target="_blank" >Speed Up Your OS Boot Times

    One of the draw backs of having a Car PC is your boot times. Unlike having a system in your home that you can put into sleep or stand by mode, you have to completely shut down a CarPC. If you don't, then you could be facing a dead battery when trying to start er' up.

    So, you generally always have to deal with cold boots when starting up a CarPC. Here are some tips to shorten those times:

    - Remove unnecessary features at startup which should free up space with the boot image and load faster.

    - Make your boots for different drivers parallel so that they load all at once.

    - Utilize a microcontroller so that you can run the current of your CarPC off a separate battery.

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    " class="slickTip" target="_blank" >Soak Tests For Car PC Monitors

    Would you like to know how companies test their products before sending them out for production. Well have a look at this video, as it goes behind the scenes of Car PC testing. They call it the 'Soak Test'.


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  • Xenarc 805TSV Touchscreen Monitor.

    Here are some specs for the device, which sells for $329

    - Screen Size: Diagonal 8"

    - Physical Resolution: 800 (H) x 600 (V) SVGA
    Supported Resolution: 640 x 480 ~ 1024 x 768

    - Contrast Ratio: 400:1

    - Power Supply: DC 12V

    - 18 Month Warranty

    " class="slickTip" target="_blank" >Bang For Your Buck Touchscreen Monitor

    If you have a good amount of money lying about and are looking for a high quality monitor then check out the Xenarc 805TSV Touchscreen Monitor.

    Here are some specs for the device, which sells for $329

    - Screen Size: Diagonal 8"

    - Physical Resolution: 800 (H) x 600 (V) SVGA
    Supported Resolution: 640 x 480 ~ 1024 x 768

    - Contrast Ratio: 400:1

    - Power Supply: DC 12V

    - 18 Month Warranty

  • AFKfest 2009 - Greg Planthaber Car Computer Installation from Robert Wray on Vimeo.

    " class="slickTip" target="_blank" >Ingenius Car Computer Installation Video

    This is a video of a car computer installation, and it provides insight into the installation field. Notice the tight fit as it's built into the interior.

    Skip to 1:34 to view installation:


    AFKfest 2009 - Greg Planthaber Car Computer Installation from Robert Wray on Vimeo.

  • Intel PRO/Wireless Network Card 3945ABG

    If you're looking to get your CarPC online, then MP3Car has a new wifi card you should take a look at.

    They're selling it at an affordable price of $29.99. Here are some of the specs, and below a link to the purchase page.

    Interface: Mini-PCI Express

    Dimensions: 0.2 in x 1.2 in x 2 in

    Data Link Protocol: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g

    Data Transfer Rate: 54 Mbps

    System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

The Performance Vauxhall Magazine

  • " class="slickTip" target="_blank" >NEW CONTACT DETAILS
    Please note that Total Vauxhall is now owned by Kelsey Publishing – As a result the contact email for the magazine is now totalvauxhall.ed@kelseymedia.co.uk. The old email address is no longer redirected, so please use this address as your point of contact from now on.Not Just an Idea But a Reality

  • " class="slickTip" target="_blank" >Great Gadget Giveaway
    We’re giving away a massive stash of tech goodies (plus a tent and driving experience!) worth £10,000 in our biggest ever prize draw — The £10,000 Gadget Giveaway! The prize pool includes a £2000 Sigma camera, mountain bike, Sony home theatre system, and loads more gadgets, gizmos and toys. To be in with a chance [...]Not Just an Idea But a Reality

  • " class="slickTip" target="_blank" >Total Vauxhall April issue out NOW!
    Have a look at what’s inside issue 147 of Total Vauxhall – in the shops now! Or download our FREE app so you can buy the digital version online now!Not Just an Idea But a Reality

  • " class="slickTip" target="_blank" >December issue out now!
    Have a look at what’s inside issue 143 of Total Vauxhall – in the shops now! Or download our FREE app so you can buy the digital version online now! In this months issue There’s a right mix in this month’s issue, with AS Autocare’s stunning VXR powered Astra van leading the charge. If that’s [...]Not Just an Idea But a Reality

  • " class="slickTip" target="_blank" >New 170 mph Vauxhall Insignia VXR SuperSport!
    Called the Insignia VXR SuperSport, the new car produces more power and achieves a higher top speed than any other UK production car costing less than £30,000, including market newcomers like the BMW 135i M Sport. With no speed-limiter, the SuperSport realises the Insignia VXR’s true performance potential, while visual identifiers like blue ‘Brembo’ lettering [...]Not Just an Idea But a Reality