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  • BMW 325ci Cabrio (E46) install

    I finally finished my carputer in my E46 325 Ci cambrio.
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    All items were bought from mp3car store:


    -Xenarc 700TSV - VGA Monitor with touchscreen and video inputs
    -E46 Double-DIN Stereo/LCD Bezel
    -Carnetix CNX-P1900 Ver. 2.2 Dual Output 140 Watt 12V DC-DC Regulator with third output for usb hubs CNX-P5V +5v/15 watt regulator.
    -Aopen Pandora MiniPC MP945-VX Multi
    -Aopen MiniPC plug-and play Power Button Cable Kit for P1900
    -3 mini usb hubs
    -Holux GPSlim 236 for GPS
    -Benq keyboard and mouse set
    -Ibus interface
    -OBDII interface

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    After removing the plastics and the bmw original player the car look like this:
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    Behind the head unit we can place the ibus interface which is connected to a powered hub underneath
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    325 Ci Cabrio
    email: gkapog@hotmail.com

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    I added a usb hub in the ashtray:
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    I got the power for the Carnetix CNX-P1900 from the front right side (ovet the right weel):
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    Dimitris Balomenos the owner of the place (Sound Perfection Keiriadon 101, Petralona, Athens) where I did the installation (with my instructions of course). He is trying to put the power supply...
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    The power supply under the hood...
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    Trying to connect the wires of Carnetix CNX-P1900. What a mess This is under the glove where we finally put the CNX-P1900.
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    email: gkapog@hotmail.com

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    • #3
      We got all the cables inside the glove where the aopen will be put:
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      In the rear we have another usb hub connecting to GPS. We used a special 5 meter usb cable with repeater:
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      The usb will be connected with the original BMW Navi aerial (cable on top):
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      Finally The Aopen inside the glove. Remember to conect the plug-and play Power Button Cable Kit for P1900 to JP3 of Carnetix CNX-P1900 Ver. 2.
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      Xenarc in the right place. Well it did not fit well needed to push a little...
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      email: gkapog@hotmail.com

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      • #4
        a professional install shop wires like that? no soldering and no heatshrink? is it just me, or does that wiring job look terrible?? Nice car tho..

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        • #5
          The first boot. Everything was working perfect...
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          I use fodoplayer...
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          The guy who did all the wiring for me under my instructions...Dimitris Balomenos the owner of the place (Sound Perfection Keiriadon 101, Petralona, Athens).
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          Finally me George Kapogiannopoulos, another happy BMW owner ready to ride...
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          Thank you guys for all the posts in www.mp3car.com forum. I also like to thank the guys in the mp3car shop, and finally Dimitri Balomeno for his fine job.
          325 Ci Cabrio
          email: gkapog@hotmail.com

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          • #6
            Originally posted by CJ8501 View Post
            a professional install shop wires like that? no soldering and no heatshrink? is it just me, or does that wiring job look terrible?? Nice car tho..
            the pictures showing the wires are not in the final stage. Soldering was done only to a connector to ibus and a connector to control the power button of Aopen. Heatshrink was not used at all. I do not know if it is needed anywhere or i am wrong???
            325 Ci Cabrio
            email: gkapog@hotmail.com

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            • #7
              From what I have read good wiring is extremely important. If not done right can cause fires and other problems. Just using electrical tape isn't suggested.

              That's information I have gathered from Red's posts

              http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=80023
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              • #8
                You need to put that plastic double din cage that goes behind the screen (the one that the head unit was sitting in when you took it out). Without it, the bezel (as you can see from the pics) sits back to far and is not flush with the dash. That recess that you see is because the bezel was designed to sit on top of that plastic case.

                When i installed my carputer, i first had it like yours, but then i realized that the pics on SrCsTc's website looked more flush...well, that's why. You will have to mod that plastic piece though in order to allow the screen to fit in the dash. Just cut out the middle shelf and make it so that it's just a square opening....it's just the ears that the bezel attaches to along with the bottom support piece that will help it sit flush.

                Other than that, i would reinsert the ashtray and mod it to make the usb hub fit in it....by the looks of it, it should fit snuggly with some drilling to accomodate the wire comming out of it.
                PostCount++


                - SrCsTc's Bezel
                - Alpine W200/H701
                - ED Nine.2X
                - OZ Matrix Elites
                - ED Nine.1
                - Idmax 12's

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                • #9
                  Yes you are right... At first i thought that bezzel just fits in but I rememebered seen it in the forums that needs original 2din too.
                  Anyway I must paint the bezzel because had small dropouts on it...
                  Thanks
                  325 Ci Cabrio
                  email: gkapog@hotmail.com

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                  • #10
                    For those who like to connect the GPS antenna of the BMW Navi with gps receivers like holux can find the cable in the following links:


                    CABLE RG74 MT 0.20 SMB-M / MMCX-M (german shop)

                    GPS antenna connector adaptor cable (canadian shop)
                    325 Ci Cabrio
                    email: gkapog@hotmail.com

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                    • #11
                      nice malaka

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                      • #12
                        The cable to connect gps holux236 must be SMB female/ MMCX Male.
                        I added the avertv analog digital +fm usb tuner with a small usb cable in th asstray hub. I connected the internal antenna with the avertv through the asstray with a fakra to iso cable connected to the original avertv cable.
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                        I painted again the bezel and i mod it to the plastic peace the original radio was on.
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                        The frodoplayer is great!!!!
                        Unfortunately the RR which support avertv does not run correct to my aopen...
                        325 Ci Cabrio
                        email: gkapog@hotmail.com

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                        • #13
                          Nice install. Nice car also

                          The remarks about the wiring are not really true. In my opinion (I'm an electrician) the power of heatshrink is terrebly overrated. It looks nicer and more proffessional but if it's safer then electrical tape thats been applied correctly I doubt. And the soldering I would only do when wires are connected to important OEM wires (as you did with the Ibus) for others I would use appropiate connectors (the red, blue and yellow ones you can shrink with pliers). And yes, bad wiring can cause fires but wires that are messy under the glove box can't when they are connected and fused properly. So,..

                          I like your install and don't bother about the bad responce about the wiring.
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