CarPC

Car-PC

Car-PC is a term that describes a computer built into a car. It consists of:

  • hardware component
  • software component
  • control component

Most of the time hardware component is a mini-itx (mini/nano/pico) based computer in a very compact case with laptop-like, small, robust parts. Software is an application that runs on top of an operating system (Linux,Windows,...). Control component is either touchscreen, some kind of joystick, voice. However all of the available solutions on the market require computer know-how in order to put all the software together.

 

ArCom-IVI introduces complete homogenous solution for use on the top of Car-PC

It is operable via touchscreen or ArCom-IVI USB Controller (eg. BMW iDrive like) (or with keyboard if necessary).

It is based on MeeGo IVI 

It might be installed as a complete OS or as an application (eg. on Tablet used in the car)

ArCom-IVI introduces a complete solution that does not require computer skills in order to install the software.

 

Free version is available for end users (non-commercial).

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Requirements

Requirements are the same as for MeeGo-IVI system:

- CPU: Intel Atom* or Intel Core * 2 CPU (support for SSSE3)

 

For furhter readings visit MeeGo-IVI:

MeeGo-IVI Download Page

 

Download ArCom-IVI ver. 0.9.5:

Download the latest ArCom-IVI image (~680MB)

 

Download Updates:

Using repository:

 - add repository first

# zypper ar http://www.arcom-ivi.de/arcomivi/repo/arcomivi.repo

or from local file

# zypper ar arcomivi.repo 

 

- check / list repository with the following command and you will see 'arcomivi' in the repository list

# zypper lr

 

-  install arcomivi RPM

# zypper in arcomivi


Manually using usb drive:

- download http://www.arcom-ivi.de/arcomivi/repo/i386/arcomivi-0.9.3-0.8.i386.rpm

- install arcomivi RPM

# rpm -i --force arcomivi-0.9.3-0.8.i386.rpm



Installation Instructions:

Before you install the system on your system and overwrite the existing one (if you already have one) you have the chance

to try the live version of the system. However regardless of the method you choose, the next 3 steps are the same:

 

Step1. Download the image above.

Step2. Byte-copy the downloaded image (from Step1) to USB drive.

 

Linux Instructions using mic-image-writer

umount USB drive ...

# umount <your-usb-drive>

go to the directory with downloaded ArCom-IVI image ...

# cd <to-directory-where-you-downloaded-ArCom-IVI-image-to>

write image to USB disk with mic-image-writer ...

# sudo mic-image-writer arcomivi-0.9.3.usbimg

you will be asked for password and afterwards GUI of mic-image-writer will appear

 

choose appropriate USB Disk and 'Write' image to the device

'estimated time' and 'elapsed time' will not match afterwards, but do not worry, nothing is wrong. Cool


Once finished you will see 'Done successfully!' message, Press 'Exit'

Remove USB drive and proceed with Step 3.


Linux Instructions using image-writer

umount USB drive...

download Image Writer, save it in the local directory on your computer and enter this directory ...

# cd <to-directory-where-you-downloaded-image-writer-to>

make Image Writer executable...

# chmod a+x ./image-writer

burn image with Image Writer using administrator rights ...

# sudo ./image-writer <path-to-ArCom-IVI-image-downloaded>

Image Write will start working, burning image to your USB drive. It will show the progress in percent.

Once it comes up to 99% it will stay a while like this before finishing, so do not worry, nothing is wrong.

Once it is finished you will see the following message: 

The image was successfully written to the USB drive

You can may now boot your mobile device with this USB drive

Remove USB drive and proceed with Step 3.


Windows Instructions

Download Win32DiskImager and extract it to local directory.

Execute Win32DiskImager.exe

Open/select the <ArCom-IVI-image-that-you-downloaded>

Choose the drive that corresponds to your USB drive, the image has to be burned onto.

Press "Write" to write the image to USB disk.

 

 

Step3. Change your computer boot sequence, so it boots first from USB device.

You do it in BIOS of your machine.

Now you can you plug in the USB drive and boot choosing: try Live Image or Install System

 

Try Live Image

First of all you have to make your computer boot from USB Device. You set this up in BIOS.

 

Install ArCom-IVI as a single application (eg. on MeeGo-IVI)

- prepare 'arcomivi' repository (download from http://arcom-ivi.de/arcomivi/repo/arcomivi.repo)

zypper ar arcomivi.repo

 

- list packages provided by 'arcomivi' repository

zypper pa -r arcomivi


- install arcomivi

zypper in arcomivi


arcomivi requires the following packages:

- aci-css

- aci-repo

- tracker

- tracker-utils

Other repository packages are need only when running ArCom-IVI as full OS, or when using USB rotary controller.


Packages available in repository:

aci-config - startup configuration files for ArCom-IVI, such as: .xinitrc

 

aci-css - PNG/CSS files for ArCom-IVI

 

aci-repo - arcomivi repository files

 

aci-navit - Navit appropriate trunk version tested with arcomivi. It is important for D-Bus interface.

Other navit versions may crash the application due to missing D-Bus methods.

 

aci-ctrl-driver - USB rotary knob driver for particular kernel version,

         - at the moment only: 2.6.37.6-13.2-adaptation-intel-automotive


aci-usb-ctrl - Contains: 

        - USB knob event generator; reads USB rotary knob signals and sends them via D-Bus,

        - Sender of disconnect signal via D-Bus when USB rotary controller disconnects

aci-calib-conf - Creates .conf file after calibration (done with xinput_calibrator) when OS is starting. 

 

 

After installation start the application from menu:  Home -> Navigation 



Install ArCom-IVI as a complete operating system

First of all, you have to make you computer boot from USB device. You set this up in BIOS.

Next put the USB device, you previously burned the image on, into USB slot.

Boot your machine. Boot menu will appear ( boot: ) Press TAB to see boot options and type liveinst0 and press ENTER

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Press TAB to see boot options and type liveinst0 and press ENTER. Installation begins: 

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Press Next (>) button. Language selection appears:

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Choose English(US) and press Next (>) button. Partitioning appears:

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Leave defaults and press Next (>) button. Confirmation Dialog appears:

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Choose "Write changes to disk". Partitioning starts:

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...and directly afterwards installation/copying image starts:

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...wait until you see this post installation scripts running ....

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...and finally your installation is DONE! ...STRIKE! Cool  Read the note and do what it says...

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FIRST press Close(x) button and THAN remove USB. Your machine will reboot and start the system.

In the first run, you will have to do the calibration, so make sure your Touchscreen USB cable is properly attached to USB slot.

Just tap 4x where the red pointer appears...

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...and than the system will start:


Have FUN!


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Screenshots/Movies:

Installation

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Main View

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Music View

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Navigation View

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Navigation Search View

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