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    Thanks guys. I def want to cover the gap when the tablet isn't there, looks rubbish when the tablets removed and I really don't want someone smashing a window to take the cheap pos amp that's in there at the moment. I'll probably put a piece of tinted acrylic in there. I wanted easy access to the amp in-case I need to make adjustments, but it's running ok so should be right to cover it now.

    Thanks soundman, I'll consider that inline volume control. I'd prefer to get the steering wheel controls working, I've read of people using bluetooth handsfree kits to control the volume of android devices, so I might try and wire my steering wheel controls to one of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobMajerle View Post
    I'm in a Pontiac GTO that looks unusually similar to your interior, but you're steering wheel is on the wrong side. Actually I'm assuming you're driving a holden.
    I think the part I'm most curious about is the amp that I think I see behind your tablet. Is that an amp? Is that considered just a preamp? What is it, and where can I get one?
    Yep, the Pontiac GTO is our Monaro Coupe, your interior will be the same as mine.
    The OBD adaptor I'm using is http://www.plxkiwi.com/kiwibluetooth/. On the Torque website there's heaps of warnings about buying a cheap OBD adaptor off ebay.

    Yes, the thing behind the tablet is an amp. It's purely in as a replacement for the amp in the stereo that I removed, it's only temporary until I move house, then I will have room to install a proper amp in the boot. This amp is doing the job, but it's not all that powerful, and when the tablet is syncing to the tower, I get those noises through the speakers, I presume it's because the amp is right next to the tablet. I would recommend getting a proper amp, but if you must get one of these, search ebay for "mini amplifier"
    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Mini-Hi-Fi-Au...item27b538a806

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    Man this is exactly what im thinking about doing, this is pretty exciting to see!!! nice work!

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    Mate that is a beautiful job, loving the sleek look in the Monaro. I'm cleaning up the dash in my VY soon and have been very interested in getting into the ODB data, but hadn't quite worked it out as I thought holden did all sorts of funny things with the protocol. Will do some more reading on your ODB device and see where that gets me.

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    i have been thinking about the cover plate a little more--

    for a real temporary solution, that costs less then $1, just print off a black page, cut it out to size, and when you take the tablet out, slide the black paper into the area. sure it wouldn't be perfect, or color matched, but it would probably be enough to make someone walking by think that you had a "radio-delete" option.. and it would at least cover up the flashy, shiny chrome stuff...

    you could also do the same with a piece of acrylic, or ABS sheeting, though that's gonna cost more then a dollar

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    i have been thinking about the cover plate a little more--

    for a real temporary solution, that costs less then $1, just print off a black page, cut it out to size, and when you take the tablet out, slide the black paper into the area. sure it wouldn't be perfect, or color matched, but it would probably be enough to make someone walking by think that you had a "radio-delete" option.. and it would at least cover up the flashy, shiny chrome stuff...

    you could also do the same with a piece of acrylic, or ABS sheeting, though that's gonna cost more then a dollar
    Good idea! You could go to a dollar store/$.99 store and buy a black (or whatever color matches better your dash) tray or something and cut it to your tablet dimensions with a dremel. The edges won't matter much, I think, given the tray.

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    Wow awesome setup! I was thinking of doing something similar in my setup when my car is out of warranty and i can go for an aftermarket stereo setup. I started a website about putting android devices(phones, tablet, etc.) in the car. Would I have permission to write about your setup in an article in my blog/website? I think my visitors would get some good ideas of the things possible using android in the car! My website is http://www.android-car.com or if you prefer feel free to show it off there or on my facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/AndroidCar feel free to visit there reply back here in this post or PM me. Thanks.
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    I wouldn't motorize it, those worm gears aren't meant to work under a load like that, especially tilted upwards. One day it won't open, your tablet will be stuck and you'll have to leave it in the car for a day or so until you can get around to getting it out.
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    Well, I would think one would motorize it with mini actuators, using just the current manual actuated mechanism and attaching the actuator to it somehow. Defninitely I would never recommend using the internal dvd tray motors.

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    Also, what year is your commo/monaro? I've been trying to work out an answer for ages, and I am sure the answer is out there but I keep seeing conflicting information and giving up. I heard everything after 04 has proper ODB2 pinouts, but I have an '03 VY Exec, have a feeling that if I get an ODB2 device it work work.

    Any help would be appreciated

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