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  • 2003 Holden Vectra CDXI

    Hey all,
    So i have a new car.....Woo! its a 2003 holden vectra (badged as a vaxhall in europe) CDXI model with all the bells and whistles. Climate control, sports auto, leather, trip computer, etc etc etc. I have pulled all the computer and sound gear out of my old car (see link in my signature if you havent looked at it yet). However, there are many problems needing to be handled before i can start putting anything in the new car.

    Firstly, the stock headunit for my car (blapunkt 2620) is integrated into the CANBUS, for steering wheel controls etc. I have been pouring over forums, and come up with little info. some people seem to have pulled the stock deck out fine. Others, however, have had problems doing so, leaving me wondering what to do... if anyone has experience with the audio in these vehicles please let me know....

    basically i have two options:
    1. pull out the headunit, chuck the screen there, run speakers of amps from pc in boot, then try and get the steering wheel controls to talk to pc.

    or
    2. leave headunit, get a holden dealer to put an aux in put in, feed computer into that, pull output for sub off speaker outputs. then try and fit a screen somewhere else...

    i know there are tonnes of experienced people on this site, and so for now, i would like as much input as possible to help brainstorm.

    here is car: (more pics to come)

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    Holden FTW!
    Carpc Mk 1
    Carpc Mk 2 (in Progress)

  • #2
    The aux input sounds like your best bet. I am not sure how sophisticated the rest of the sound system is but if all it does is audio, I say leave it. Later on down the road you can do the aftermarket thing when there is more technology available I.E. steering wheel control interface etc. The best build jobs have always been done in stages.
    If you only knew the power of the dark side.....

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    • #3
      aux in

      Yeh i figured as much, car is in at holden stealership now, they are looking at aux in for me. Possibly thinking about a sunvisor monitor or something on the roof... still unsure as to direction of project, all i know is i miss having my massive song library at my fingertips . on the upside, there are storage compartments in the boot which i think will be perfect for car pc, just have to buy a tiny micro itx board or somthing to fit in there... as always, all input is valued!
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      Holden FTW!
      Carpc Mk 1
      Carpc Mk 2 (in Progress)

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      • #4
        gah stealership

        ok so bad news, the stealership said they cant put an aux in on it, that it must have been a factory extra only or something.... does anybody know if you can just buy the aux in adapter. Im in Australia, but even if i had to ship on from europe or something.... any ideas?
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        Holden FTW!
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        Carpc Mk 2 (in Progress)

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        • #5
          Hi kensbey,

          could you get me the model and a pic of the back of the radio as I have a friend that work in a place that fits amps and speaker in to cars. thay have a lot of pinouts for radios in vahall, opel (that what there badge as in Ireland) and of holden.

          If I have the pic of the back of the radio he will be able to tell me if aux pins are there.

          They were on my OEM HD, all I had to do is wire it and then I had an option in the sorce for it.
          Tony

          Just started me carpc here is a tempory link to pic of it http://mcgcs.net/carpc.

          my worklog http://www.digital-car.co.uk/forum/s...027#post249027

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          • #6
            hey tony, thanks for prompt reply, i will take photos when i get home, it is a blapunkt 2620 stereo. The manual that came with the car says that it can have aux in installed, 'see your holden dealer for fitting'. but holden dealer says they cant get the part anymore, i havent pulled the unit out yet, will do that asap.
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            Carpc Mk 2 (in Progress)

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            • #7
              Hi Kensbey,

              I was talking to my friend today and he sent me this http://www.siocommunications.co.uk/F...hp?topic=435.0 link in a e-mail it mite be what you need to do. If you do not have the pins for the aux I have a connector that I can post you so you can make a aux in lead or I could put a 3.5mm jack socket on it before posting, but I can not be sure it will work for you.

              If you want me to post you the lead PM me and I will send it to you. Also let me know if you want me to do the end as well. I have all the parts spair from doing my carpc install.
              Tony

              Just started me carpc here is a tempory link to pic of it http://mcgcs.net/carpc.

              my worklog http://www.digital-car.co.uk/forum/s...027#post249027

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              • #8
                woooo!

                thank you so much! i have been traweling the internet for weeks trying to find something like this.... will pull out my stereo tonight and have a look. if its just a case of moving the pins then i will be laughing! will let you know if i need more pins, thanks tonnes!
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                Holden FTW!
                Carpc Mk 1
                Carpc Mk 2 (in Progress)

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                • #9
                  ok so its been ages, but i have been busy working with uni and work.. so heres where im at. i worked out and installed the Aux in, thats working fine. the stock headunit now runs to amp in the boot, then to new fusion 250w 6.5" splits. all sounding brilliant running off ipod. so now thats all set, onto the computer. right now im considerign three different paths.

                  A) touch screen tablet netbook (there are several 7" models around). this is a simple solution, but doesnt look refined.

                  B) touch screen in roof. there is spot jsut above the rear view mirror where my 7" touch screen will fit nicely.

                  C) go for a smaller screen, possibly not touch interface, and mount in ash tray spot. screen could only be maximum 4" for this.

                  again, all input valued.
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                  Holden FTW!
                  Carpc Mk 1
                  Carpc Mk 2 (in Progress)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by kensbey View Post
                    C) go for a smaller screen, possibly not touch interface, and mount in ash tray spot. screen could only be maximum 4" for this.
                    Before going for a small screen, try one out. I have an 8-inch screen at the top of my dash, and I wish it was bigger. I can't imagine trying to live with a 4-inch model, especially one further away from me.
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                    • #11
                      new plan

                      ok, so the plan has changed
                      (i havent really done much on it in months, so ive had lots of time to think)

                      as a true carputian im not happy with the aux in solution. so the headunit's gotta go. i think i will be able to connect to the steering wheel controls before they go to the CANBUS, and use a resistive interface thing like the ones in the mp3car store.

                      i have bought a replacement stereo plate from ebay, and the plan is to cut it and mould in my old screen. as i have little experience in this area, could use some advice haha. whats the easiest way to do this? fibreglass? bondo? any help would be wonderful.
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                      Holden FTW!
                      Carpc Mk 1
                      Carpc Mk 2 (in Progress)

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                      • #12
                        fiberglass has always been a good solution for me, with a little practice and alot of sanding, it can be done with perfection, just remember bondo is only good as a filler and to fix imperfections do not try to mold your whole screen bezel out of bondo alone, if you do make sure you cover it with fiberglass or another harder compound or you will end up with a cracked, broken piece of garbage.

                        another way to do it would be to "weld" or melt the plastic pieces together then sand to a smooth surface adding plastic where it is needed to accomplish the smooth surface...
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