XMobile

Thursday 08 June 2006

XMobile was my attempt at fitting an xbox into a car.

Stage 1: Mounting the LCD

The car which i was to fit the xbox in was a Citroen Saxo. The LCD monitor was a 7" model taken from a Goodmans portable DVD player. Not the best quality but it does the job.

The first job was to find somewhere suitable for the LCD to sit. The dashboard in Saxos is made up of lots of curves so finding an area big enough for the LCD wasn't easy. In the end it was decided that the best place would be above the radio in the centre console, this would mean relocating all of the buttons such as hazards and rear heater and building a framework up for the screen to sit in. You can see the progress below. [more]

The frame for the lcd is mounted to the console using fibreglass. A PDA cradle is also fitted behind.

Filler is applied over the fibreglass then smoothed with sandpaper.

The finished console, sprayed and mounted with the lcd installed.

Stage 2: Modifying the xbox

An xbox uses mains voltage to run, 240V in the UK, so some changes would need to be made for it to run off the 12V car battery.

The original mains power supply was removed and replaced with a 12V Car PC Power Unit, an adaptor circuit was used to map the wires from the ATX connector to the xbox connector and a remote power-on lead was added to run to the front of the car together with a remote usb lead for the infra red controller.

External USB/Power switching socket on back panel

Power adaptor lead

Installed 12V PSU in place of the mains PSU

Once the 12V power unit was fitted, we added a relay to switch the power on and off via the car head unit from the remote out. This turns on the xbox when the auxiliary input is selected on the radio.