# Sunday, 01 February 2009

As I mentioned countless times before whenever I talk about my Intel D945GCLF2 based machine. I have been unable to buy an S-Video to composite converter plug that works. After consulting the Internet and obtaining a schematic for a converter I ventured out to Jalan Pasar (which is starting to look like a baazar street with all the stalls selling shirts, knives and other misc non electric related products) yesterday to grab the components I needed for the converter.


So I needed an S-Video plug, a composite jack, wires, and a 470pf capacitor of 10V or more. The capacitor that I bought was a 471pf 50V capacitor. When I asked the guy who was getting the items for me wheter it was similar in specs to what I needed, he just nodded yes with his face that looked like he was suffering from a hangover or something. So.. 30 minutes later I had completed the connections to the S-Video plug.


It was a pain because the connection points on the plugs are mere PINS, no flats no broad contact points to solder the wires to. Not really something that I have any training to do. The only thing I know about soldering is join the wire to the component, make sure it sticks, and doesn't touch anything else to cause a short. And here's the finished product.


This is a perfect example on how just because someone knows how to use something, doesn't mean he knows how to use it properly. The biggest problem here is that I forgot to put the plug covers on the wire BEFORE soldering them to the plug. The S-Video plug shell has 3 layers, 2 of which close around the plug like a sandwitch and thus I could still close off the plug and then hold it together with duct tape. The composite jack.... well I'm gonna have to get some heat shrink tubing to seal the connection points.

So... did it work? YES! YES it bloody hell worked! after wasting money on countless adapters, the converter I made with my sloppy soldering skills from parts costing less than RM5 worked! Thank goodness!

So what's next in order to fulfill my dream of a carputer? First I'm gonna figure out where's a good place to put the system, if it's going to be a long term placement it'll have to be more or less hidden from view. If it's short term which means I only take it out when I need to then it'll be easier to find a spot for it. I also have to decide how I want to power it. While it's possible for me to just power it from my inverter, the system's AC-DC power adapter tells me something interesting.


Normally an AC-DC plug has a FIXED output voltage, this has got to be the first one I've seen which shows it's output voltage as a variable range. Interestingly enough I once measured the output of my cigarette lighter socket in my car and it's output voltage hovered between 12V ~ 14V so I might be able to just directly tap into the socket for power instead of running through any sort of voltage converter.

Once I've sorted out the placement and power problems, then the last thing left for me to do is to get a in dash screen for the car. I want one that has a motorized screen, and on my last trip to the car accessories shop I've saw that those don't cost an arm and leg anymore thankfully.

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