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    Does it works better than the Silabs? Can someone compare both?!

    Is it easy to remove the original antenna and get the original car-antenna working? Which adapter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dudeness View Post
    Is it easy to remove the original antenna and get the original car-antenna working? Which adapter?
    No adapter, you'll be soldering... Check the 2nd post on page two for pics.

    Will this USB Radio Work?
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    No media problems here either.

    Note: I did NOT install any software for this thing, plugged it in and just setup centrafuse.

    Oh and the antenna sucks!! But it's really inexpensive and works well enough.

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    So I just got mine today so I plugged it in and didn't install any drivers. I downloaded the silabs radio app and it worked right away.
    I set Centrafuse to the silabs plugin and sarted up the radio. What I got was all sorts of double audio. So I turned off buffering and now it sounds normal. I played with setting some presets and audio stopped working afer a few minutes. Now windows doesn't recognize the device. I just shows it as unknown device.
    Any ideas?

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    Post CF recent road trip review

    NOTE:I like CF as a whole and this review is meant only to help David and his crew with faster more informed development.

    Well I had the pleasure or mis fortunate depending on how you look at it, of traveling 750 miles with CF this week and here is what I have found.

    my setup : CF 1.46, intel celeron 215, 512 mb, 80 gig 7" touch screen. mounted in a car pc chassis.

    The media player performed flawlessly I played a total of about 20 albums strait about 300 songs. it performed great with no problems at all.

    The XM radio continues to a BIG disappointment, I endured continuous looping and fade outs with loss of signals etc. The XM portioned should be rewrote like the music player was written. I personally don't care for the visuals, in that this is XM not a mp3 player. I think some of the problems appear to be centered around cpu cycles!

    The NAV portion gets mixed reviews. It tracked very well. When going from state to state the regional maps did not automatically change, I had to change it manually and i did not always know what file the state was located in. I could not program a route from Maryland to Atlanta because it would not find Atlanta(Ga). When I loaded the maps the fast search buttons(gas, food, hotel) would only pull up the main poi window and not the poi closest to your location. This worked perfect while in Maryland.

    My biggest complaint is with the volume. I had a hard time controlling volume. My Cadillac has a amp built in. The computer is connected to the amp via a wiring harness
    often times the volume doesn't stay in position. it also gets too loud, over driving the factory amp. How to fix this I don't know.

    Other problems faced. when coming from hibernation both XM and media would play.
    DVD's did not play well. This I believe is do to windvd 8. Windvd 8 video quality is superior to any other player I have found(open to suggestion) and the computer plays dvds very well in the application its self.

    This system has come a long way!! with a few fix this can be a very good system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hgreen70 View Post
    NOTE:I like CF as a whole...
    I'm thinking you missed when you picked a thread/forum to post into.

    Maybe a new thread up a level at:

    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/centrafuse/
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    Got mine going. It had a bad usb plug on it so I had to solder a new one on. Works great with centrafuse but the reception sucks.

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    Which wire from the stock antenna should I connect? This middle or outside?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelmk View Post
    Which wire from the stock antenna should I connect? This middle or outside?
    Middle - middle is signal, the outside is ground. You MAY have to connect the ground as well. If so, then the easiest spot to connect it to would be the outside shield of the USB connector. You can test if the radio reception gets better with just a piece of temp wire from the ground (outside) on the antenna to the metal of the USB connector.

    An alternative would be to graft a "Motorola radio socket" connector to the radio. That would be the mate of the stock plug on the antenna, which is this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorola_connector
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    hi, I bought one of these and installed it today. works fine in centrafuse but reception is quite poor. If I touch the aerial with my hand reception improves significantly and the software shows more reception bars. What the hell? tried grounding it aswell but only made it worse lol. any ideas. Im thinking about hooking it up to stock antenna or buying one of those shark fin fm antennas or something any ideas on what to use? and can someone confirm middle wire is signal on the motorolla lead cable and do you have to ground the outside? thanx

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