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  • BMW E46 Android install (INCLUDES BUILD LOG / DIY)

    Hi guys,

    This is my attempt at installing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 into a BMW E46

    Key goals and achievements:

    - OEM look (thanks to Rich for an awesome bezel (http://www.mybimmer.net/CarPCLCD.htm))
    - Kept original BMW stereo system in place
    - Ease of use
    - Ability to control volume level using steering wheel controls.
    - Never needing to use tablet's hardware buttons (app replacements and booting the tab automatically if it is OFF).
    - DLNA WiFi router + portable HDD
    - Torque

    .. Still working on IBUS integration.

    Enjoy the photos and video below

    An article on how i built this can be found here: www.bmdroid.co.nz

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    Since the photos were taken, the tablet has been upgraded to CM10 with JellyBean
    Video:

    Last edited by bmdroid; 09-18-2012, 03:39 PM.

  • #2
    Nice, what live wallpaper are you using?
    And how did you get Torque gauges on the launchscreen? I have the latest Torque but can't see how to add Torque widgets?
    Android Tablet In-Car Sliding Dock using hacked DVD drive

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    • #3
      This is "magic smoke" live wallpaper. Not sure if it is available on the android market but it came with CM10.
      To put torque widgets on homescreen you need to get Widgets For Torque app from the market.

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      • #4
        so portable hdd goes to the dlna router to then serve the media to the tablet? super clean install btw.


        edit: just watched the video and that dlna setup is very slick. what i was even more impressed with was the deep tasker customization you have. would you mind posting/sharing your tasker configs for the rest of us?
        Last edited by daclothe; 07-29-2012, 12:01 PM.

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        • #5
          Great job, really like it
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          • #6
            Hello, what was your method for powering the Tablet so that it turns on and off with the car? Where did aquire the parts & do you have any images or WALKTHROUGH's for that?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ohjamus View Post
              Hello, what was your method for powering the Tablet so that it turns on and off with the car? Where did aquire the parts & do you have any images or WALKTHROUGH's for that?
              I keep mine on 100% of the time. No need to power on or off. I just time out and wake up the display by sending a text and using the tasker app

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              • #8
                Where did you place the radio? Is it behind the Droid tablet? Does the new bezel allow you just put the tablet if front of the stock radio?

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                • #9
                  Thanks Hexx, I just got my Grom Audio adapter in Yesterday & installed it. I'll probably get the Nexus 7 this weekend and use that as my 7" screen. I'm just trying to figure a good way to wire the aux/USB/audio-in cables so I can play off my phone, use bluetooth but still keep the factory setup in case I sell it in the future.

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                  • #10
                    BTW nice clean OEM look.
                    "Live Free!!!...It's all about Open Source"
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ohjamus View Post
                      Where did you place the radio? Is it behind the Droid tablet? Does the new bezel allow you just put the tablet if front of the stock radio?

                      Stereo needs to be modified a little bit in order to go deeper into the dash.

                      Watch this space for a link to a DIY - should be available in the next couple of weeks.


                      Cheers.

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                      • #12
                        Hello,
                        I was wondering if there are any DNLA router tips you could give me? More specifically, I'm wondering how long it takes for something like that to boot up? Is there is any way to find out which models boot up the fastest? I would be using it mainly for multi media hard drive streaming. Also, is there anything I need to watch out for to make sure I can still tether the phone to the tablet while using the WIFI for the hard drive storage for multimedia? (Is pass through an issue with some DLNA routers?)

                        I still have a power supply I purchased here a few years ago and I'm thinking of just buying a JVC head unit for the phone BT, amp, Speaker control, and CD's etc..
                        I really like your set up and it is almost exactly what I am trying to do, only with the galaxy 10.1 first generation tablet. It would simply slide into a dock integrated into my dashboard from the top so I could take it on the go or put it in a lock box under the seat.

                        I built a car pc using Road Runner into a super charged intercooled E36 M3 a few years ago, but I had to let it go after buying a house. My M3 Car pc blew peoples minds. They would get into the car and be at a complete loss for words. Now, I have a 2004 Scion XB econobox *30MPG*... It's awesome how this community has grown!

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                        • #13
                          BMDroid,

                          Just saw this and very interested in doing something similar... Looks like a brilliant setup! Just curious about your power supply and aux audio in?! I have a BMW Nav so don't know if it would be possible to keep the OEM radio?!?

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                          • #14
                            Stereo location and Step by Step install

                            Originally posted by bmdroid View Post
                            - Kept original BMW stereo system in place
                            Can you please tell us where you hid the stereo system?

                            I would also like to know if you have a Step by Step guide, or else a more detailed list of components you used and where you got them would be greatly appreciated. I just don't want to re-invent the wheel if it already has been well thought out and done, thanks!

                            If you already have a Step by Step guide, can you please post it for everyone else here who might also be interested?


                            One last question, how do you change from AM to FM or back to AM when the main stereo controls are not insight? Did you have to preset all your favorite channels so that you can run through the presets on your steering wheel?

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                            • #15
                              Wow, that's very clean.

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