Hacking a Car Stereo and a Computer





Introduction: Hacking a Car Stereo and a Computer

This is in response to my posting of case mod
carig14 ask me to do this so blame him .
I take no responsibly for you using power tools on a computer!
The same with eye protection , hearing and such.
If not familiar with a complete computer build then this is way over your head.
Try something like this on a junk tower first .
I will not go into the details of the MoBo install or any of the computer building.

Step 1: Strip Out the Computer Tower

I will not make this on how to build a computer loads of instructions on the web for that .That said eather start with a new tower or strip everything out of an old one .
This tower is a lenov ADM that was used in my lighter mod .
The tower must be complety striped as chips from the sawing /grinding will flat mess up electronics .
I located on the plastic faceplate where I wanted the stereo mounted marked it with a sharpie the stereo has a thin sleeve for mounting it into the dash I slid this off and used it to trace the outline of the stereo mounting hole.
Drill a 3/8" hole into the 4 corners of faceplate then connect the holes with a saw ( jig or sawsaw) light work with a file made the sleeve fit the faceplate nicely.
I then mounted the faceplate to the tower,dropped in the sleeve and traced the cut I needed on the face of the tower.The side the MoBo mounts to was in the way of the stereo so it was rough cut to make room.

Step 2: More Chopping/drilling

The car ant takes a 3/4"mounting hole this takes some good layout work might need to dry fit most of the computers parts ,also the cable for ant was 6' long so I had to shorten it .
Just cut it off to length and Radio shack has new end for it.
PCI slot cover was drilled with 1/4" holes x4 for the RCA jacks also from Radio Shack
PCI slot cover drilled 5/16" then tin snips to open the hole to the top so the molex connector will drop in.
Drill a 3/16" hole in bottom of the tower to strap back of stereo down ,as this stereo has a cd player in it ,with out strapping it down bad things happen

Step 3: Wireing

Left front.left rear right front right rear the harness fron the car stereo is wired to the RCA jacks soldered and heat shrink tubed
Molex soldered to the 12VDC ,Clock,and the night light onto the yellow (orange) wire. Ground wite was tagged to the strap mount and to the 12 DC- wire.

Step 4: Mounting

MoBo ,power supply hard drives,CD/DVD player put all of that stuff into the tower.
Mount the stereo and strap it down.
Install all the PCI cards.
Put the PCI cover plate for the RCA plugs in open slot.
PCI cover with slot feed molex through it and put in all the screws.
Mount ant in its hole .
Plug up everything ,
Put on the side cover ( s )

Step 5: Extras

I side mounted my pair of USB ports as it was much easyer than making a front mount for this computer.
The Lighter stayed .
The hole in the faceplate is for another mod" how to light up your case badge "
I put a fan in each side of this tower , and it has an exaust fan as well.
Painted the face and top blood gulch red .
the stereo is powered from a seperat power supply.
the front speakers go to a kicker box under my table the tower lives on.
back speakers are jacked to the input of my sound card .
the stereos remote has front rear fade so do not need the computer on to listen.
I did not hook up the in side of stereo to the output of the sound card maybe later .



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    It looks like the centre console from a modded ricer (no, not racer, ricer!!!) car... :P I've often thought of fitting a car stereo into a PC case, but I just couldn't be bothered to... :D Nice work... :)

    The next step will be to mount a car stereo that has a motorized dvd screen that comes out and hard wire it as a second monitor.

    Holy cow that would be awesome... Bit more expensive than the old ps1 screen hack though.

    As the stereo can be jacked to the sound input on the sound card and my MP3 player has a built in Fm transmitter .I have dark thoughts late at night of another way to stream data to my system .Maybe an old hayes modem conversion? got one in the parts bin.

     Dude if you keep this up your com's gonna go all sentinel on you XD

    getting closer i just got a server rack for a new home computer 2 xeon dual cores 3.0 gig 8 gig of ram,sounds like a huey on takeoff

    not as long as i keep windows on it .

     lol, your punishment to it would to BLUESCREENOFFDEATH him. Hehehe,


    Actually, that would be more like mac.

    That head unit was GREAT in my honda!

    (I'm serious, btw, haha!)

    i did mine the other day and it works great but i got a brand new case and put the stereo at the top and put a shield in it so i could have speakers built in and the pc is all still working fine at the same time so yeah but it was a lot harder to do my case for some reason it had more metal to cut out then my first one