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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaxs View Post
    This is actually exactly what I plan to do. I have a Samsung Captivate and will be installing a 7" lcd on my dash. See this thread: http://www.f150forum.com/f7/has-anyo...upgrade-67384/

    My truck has Microsoft Sync and so I can stream audio wireless through bluetooth. I will use that for the audio and the video out functions of the Captivate to display the screen on a 7" on my dash.
    I have a captivate as well, but it would be better if you could control the phone with the lcd. I was thinking of getting the dock for it and that in the car for tethering and sharing files.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    while i haven't used any of the android stuff, what about the sound quality is negative?


    on a unrelated note, did anyone else notice that "simple" and "car pc" were in in the same sentance...
    I was thinking about the aux plug with a phone's soundcard vs computer feeding directly into amps, but maybe the driod x is better then my phone and plus it has HDMI apparently someone said which mine does not.

    Would be neat to see an external touchscreen controlled by a phone though.

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    Actually Samsung has a cable that is microUSB to HDMI, but its not for sale yet ;(. The TV out via the stereo port works well though.
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    I bought the video cable for the 3mm port on top and hooked it up to my 50" plasma. Looked pretty good.

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    Yeah i need to get that cable, i thought i had one but can't find it. I was able to try it at someone else's house and it worked except had to reverse the yellow and red since the cable was from a DVD player, also worked for a IPod classic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cla1067 View Post
    I was thinking about the aux plug with a phone's soundcard vs computer feeding directly into amps, but maybe the driod x is better then my phone and plus it has HDMI apparently someone said which mine does not.

    um, hdmi transmits digital audio only-- not a easy thing in car audio.. most companies are still playing catch-up to getting ipod controls..

    if the phones headphone jack is good enough for a pair of headphones, it is good enough for car audio.. don't ever let the source mess you up--as long as it puts out enough juice for a headphone, it will work in car audio..

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    the best app i've found for music in the car is musicmod. it's just the stock music player but it adds gesture support and some other stuff. swipe left or right to change tracks, draw a < to pause, and there's tons more that i don't use. you still have to pretty much wait for a red light if you want to change albums or playlists but at least the major functions are covered without having to look at the screen.

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    Well I bit the bullet and upgraded to the Droid X (I needed a new phone anyway). I'm a smartphone newbie (car pc too for that matter) but it seems like it should do about 75% of what I was looking for out of a carpc.

    turn by turn GPS (I think I need to dowload a real GPS front end with offline maps though)
    mp3 player
    internet access for weather conditions
    car accelerometer

    I could care less about texting and email so that's not an issue.

    The only thing I can't run is the Megasquirt engine management system that runs on windows, but I can live with that.

    Now in a perfect world I could leave the phone in my pocket and access everthing through a permanent touch screen in my car. Sounds like from the post above were getting close but not quite there. Need to have a battery charging anyway so a dock would be acceptable too.

    I don't know what the capabilitys of bluetooth are, but maybe that's something to look at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arrowhead45x View Post
    Well I bit the bullet and upgraded to the Droid X (I needed a new phone anyway). I'm a smartphone newbie (car pc too for that matter) but it seems like it should do about 75% of what I was looking for out of a carpc.

    turn by turn GPS (I think I need to dowload a real GPS front end with offline maps though)
    mp3 player
    internet access for weather conditions
    car accelerometer

    I could care less about texting and email so that's not an issue.

    The only thing I can't run is the Megasquirt engine management system that runs on windows, but I can live with that.

    Now in a perfect world I could leave the phone in my pocket and access everthing through a permanent touch screen in my car. Sounds like from the post above were getting close but not quite there. Need to have a battery charging anyway so a dock would be acceptable too.

    I don't know what the capabilitys of bluetooth are, but maybe that's something to look at?
    Here's a brief video of remote control of my Droid X using VNC and embedded in Centrafuse.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDWoRa2l7EQ

    To do this, you need:

    1. A rooted Droid
    2. droid VNCserver - in the app store
    3. dotnet VNCviewer - get it here
    4. A wifi connection to your carPC...using your Droid X as a wifi hotspot will work too.
    5. Run the vncviewer and do the necessary setup to connect to the address displayed in droid vncserver. Set your screen orientation, color depth and refresh rate and save your settings.
    6. Embed in your preferred frontend and have the settings opened on run. Easy as pie!

    Don't bother trying to watch videos...the refresh rate is much too slow. But that's really about the only drawback. I haven't found the key combos to duplicate the hardware buttons, but I'll bet they are in there somewhere.

    I've used this for several days now, and it's pretty sweet. Not 100% stable (vncviewer will hang now and then), but I'd give it an 85 or 90.

    Cheers!

    VegasGuy

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    i am pretty sure there is a bluetooth obd2 adapter, and i thought i saw some mention of some sort of android-based obd2 software(though it might not have tuning capabilities of pc)

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