XboxInCarProject was inspired by the need to cure passenger bordem, and to see how well linux runs on it.
Project Plan: Purchase the following:
Step One: LCD Monitor Install:
LCD monitor is now installed, after translating KATAKANA of "BA-TSU-RI" (Battery) and "A-KU-SE-TSU-RI" (Accessory) and hooking them up appropriately to the battery abd accessory connections.
I had MASSIVE problems trying to find something to stick the hoop side of velcro to the dash without ruining the upholstery. I discovered this shyte from Spotlight works perfect (it better for $3.60 a strip) and it has a sticky backing. The LCD is mounted with velcro so I can remove it anytime I park up or leave it out for the night.
Another thing that can be used is an in-dash lcd that can fold away when not in use. You can get these for around $200
Step Two: Xbox Modification:
Flashing LED : http://photos.broadley.org.nz/albums/xboxincar/aaa.avi (QMPEG)
After a two week wait for my Xecutor Lite 2.3b chip, I finally got the bugger soldered on and installed (no pictures sorry, I had a PXT somewhere) This went without hic-up, and was smooth all until I discovered it had a 512k bios not a 256k. This caused problems with the bios being malformed and the xbox would not boot. Solved with creating a 512k bios and booting, wa laa.
Now since the LCD was NTSC, I had to use my tricky dicky Slayers Intaller 2.5 Cd which had a PAL<->NTSC output switch (because of the LCD being NTSC I got it for $85 and everything is perfect) Now switched into NTSC mode, this is no problem as my Sony TV at home can adapt.
Step Three: Xbox Installation into Car:
Well currently it is placed perfectly in the unused backseat and sits snuggly into the butt concave sections and doesnt budge. I purchased an invertor from DSE, low watt (150) as the xbox doesn't actually pull THAT much current from teh car (and discovered the invertor doesnt even get hot after a long trip) I placed the invertor under the passengers seat, and there it sits hidden until I need it for the xbox.
Step Four: Testing it out!:
Turnt on the invertor, turnt on the LCD screen and finally turnt on the xbox. IT WORKS! The only problem I have, is the video plug is a little different to the socket, and I need to find some plugs /washers to space it out so it doesn tcut out.
More text/media coming soon...
Things I have learnt
Just some notes -
Now modchips are available with lcd module output with the most common being 20 x 4 characters. I was thinking of mounting one of these in the dash so that I can see what song is playing and also have an lcd monitor such as the one above (7" or whatever)