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    Well I finally did it! I bought my double din dash piece about a year ago planning on putting a tablet in the dash but then found myself worrying more about which tablet to get and what will fit the best. Then one day I got tired of looking at this double din dash piece on my desk and went out and bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 inch wifi tablet for 250 at walmart and just made it work lol...I did a tad bit of research on it and saw a lot of other people on here were using the same one so I figured it shouldn't be too hard.



    Link to album for bigger pictures

    Parts list:
    JDM double din dash piece with A/C controls
    Samung Galaxy Tab 2 7inch (added 32gb SD card)
    USB car charger
    Female cigarette lighter connector
    PAC ROEM-NIS2
    1/8" x 3/4" Aluminum
    Appliance rubber/foam feet (grippers)
    Various nuts a bolts around the garage

    Double din dash piece after I dremmeld the hell out of it to make the tablet come as flush as possible to the edge.



    Little hole I drilled planning on using a little button which would slide over the power button but that didn't work out so well...so I just keep a little pin in my car for now to hit the button but honestly I don't even need to hit the power button since I have the tablet setup to turn on and off with the car. I'll keep looking for a suitable button for this to fill the hole.


    Had to trim A LOT of the trim piece around the dash mainly for the headphone and charger connectors....this is the downside in trying to make the tablet as flush as possible.



    Some brackets I made with some 1/8" x 3/4" aluminum and bent/drilled holes as needed...could use some smaller bolts but this is just what I had lying around the house at the time.


    Bought these "grippers" at lowes which are made out of some type of foam material but they didn't grip as well as I thought so I put a couple strips of double sided tape on the back of the tablet to make sure nothing would move around....Please excuse my poor craftsmanship





    View of the sides and the connector locations



    Tablet mounted!!



    View of how I had to hack up the charging cable and headphone cable in order for the trim piece to just barely fit lol I ran the usb cable to the glove box where I also added the female cigarette lighter connector this way I can plus the tablet into my computer if I ever need to without taking my whole dash apart.



    DONE!

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    Audio

    Currently I am using PAC ROEM-NIS2 with the headphone cable spliced in from the tablet to rear and front. This feeds a balanced signal to the factory Bose amp and slightly bumps the voltage but...it just isn't enough when all I have is the audio controls within the tablet itself. I would say the loudness when maxed out equals about a 14 on the stock system and at which point the audio begins to clip.

    The plan!
    I just recently purchased a Clarion EQS746 which bumps the pre-amp voltage to 7v, allows aux input, sub woofer out with separate pre-amp adjustment and of course EQ control. I just have no idea where I will mount it lol

    There is a big problem for me at least with android where that it cannot act as a bluetooth headset...in other words I cannot stream audio from my phone to the tablet and out the stereo. So this is where the aux input on the EQ comes into play. I also purchased bluetooth headset which has a 3.5mm out for use with headphones. I will use that for the aux input and plan on mounting it up top where the factory bluetooth mic is.

    There is an app for android called Tablet Talk which allows you to connect your phone to your tablet and perform operations like SMS and initiate phone calls with out ever having to even look at your phone. But like I said earlier you cannot talk through the tablet if that makes any sense so you would then have to pull your phone out and put it up to your ear. So I will have my phone paired to the bluethooth headset and when a call comes in I can just press the aux button on the EQ and it will switch the sound from the tablet over to the headset where the call is coming in This could also allow anyone who rides in my car to connect to the bluetooth headset and play audio off their own device if they like.

    O yeah and not really related but I'm also finally hooking up my sub! A alpine type R 500 watt mounted in a 4080 driver side enclosure. Just bought the amp and wires and will hook it up when I get the EQ installed.


    User Interface / Apps

    Tablet is far from where I would like it at a UI standpoint since I spent all my time focusing on just mounting the thing but I will work on that and update when I get a chance.

    I read that a lot of people always jump to the conclusion that android is not a good interface for the car as far as lauching certain apps and icons being too small...android is almost completly customizable, its not a freakin iphone :P so I found this app called "Desktop Visualizer" Play store link that lets you make custom shortcuts on your homescreen to launch any application with a custom icon and can actually make the size of the icon much much bigger! check it out


    Update 7/5/2012

    Welp after trying out the EQ with the stock Blose amp I came to realize the bose amp is just a POS when trying to work with anything other than the stock head unit. So I completely trashed the Bose system and just upgraded the door speakers with some Polk MM6501 component speakers and a 2 channel Cerwin-Vega stealth amp. Was a little worried about not having any speakers in the rear but actually it sounds pretty awesome lol. I ran the extra RCA cables to the rear anyways in case I plan on upgrading at some point but for now I'm more than happy with the sound quality of this setup.

    So as of now everything is functional and yes even the bluetooth, all I need to do now is figure out how to mount the EQ and bluetooth dongle and will close the book on this project for now. Still working on the tablet interface but I'll probably make a video at some point to showcase everything

    Update 7/20/2012
    I ended up switching to a Hifonics HFEQ for a couple of reasons...way better knobs on it with a bigger volume knob, higher pre-amp voltage, more flexibility with the LPF and HPF, and I can opt for red LED lights instead of that bright ass blue...after install it actually sounded a lot better than the Clarion so I'm glad I switched. Here are a few pics of all the hacking I had to do in order for it to fit in the cubby above the tablet:





    As of now I cannot completely close the top of the cubby since the knobs stick out. I plan to cut out a hole in the cubby lid so when it's shut the knobs will still be accessible but flush with the lid and rest of dash.








    The current home screen setup complete with shag carpet icons Currently running Cyanogenmod 9 which runs great! way faster than the stock rom...plus I installed an orange theme to match my interior lights.
    Last edited by viceversa; 07-20-2012, 02:18 PM.

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    • #3
      looks like you're well on your way...the install is looking awesome and thanks for the heads up about the tablet talk app!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by viceversa View Post
        Well I finally did it! I bought my double din dash piece about a year ago planning on putting a tablet in the dash but then found myself worrying more about which tablet to get and what will fit the best. Then one day I got tired of looking at this double din dash piece on my desk and went out and bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 inch wifi tablet for 250 at walmart and just made it work lol...I did a tad bit of research on it and saw a lot of other people on here were using the same one so I figured it shouldn't be too hard.
        Nice work!
        I'm also thinking about replacing my Atom-based car-PC with an Android tablet.

        Originally posted by viceversa View Post
        Little hole I drilled planning on using a little button which would slide over the power button but that didn't work out so well...so I just keep a little pin in my car for now to hit the button but honestly I don't even need to hit the power button since I have the tablet setup to turn on and off with the car.
        Could you please provide more details on how exactly you did that? I don't remember such settings in Android. Did you use some application for that?

        Power configuration is actually one of the questions I wasn't sure about. I'd like to make the tablet's screen to turn on/off with the ignition, but when the power is off, do not shutdown Android right away, but rather keep it running with the screen off for at least a couple hours (or until the battery is down to some level). If I don't need a car for longer period (leaving for a night), after a while the tablet would shut itself down to save battery. Next morning when I'll turn the car on, the tablet will get the power and just boot up again.

        So the idea is: if I'll use the car again within that couple hours period, the tablet will come to life right away, so I don't need to wait those 20-30 seconds while Android is booting up. I'm fine with that boot up delay though if it will be booting only after a longer period of standby.

        Any thoughts on how to make it work like this? Do you have any posts bookmarked, which could help clarify this? I've just started researching the question - still going through those hundreds of search results.
        D945GCLF2, Atom 330, M2-ATX, EBY-701, Pharos GPS-500... - Assembled & Installed!

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        • #5
          ^thanks! I'm using an app called Llama ( Google play store link ) which allows your android to perform specified actions when certain conditions are met. A similar app is called "Tasker" which isnt free but Llama is free and I find it to be much easier to use.

          So basically I have a condition setup that when the tablet is charging to change the screen timeout to never then a separate condition setup that when the tablet looses power to change the screen timeout to 5 seconds. I have tapped into the cigerette lighter for power which is ignition switched so it only charges when the key is in. This will simply turn the screen off but the tablet is still on... Android was designed to never really be turned all the way off anyways so there really is no need to fully turn the thing off unless some apps start acting up and you want a fresh boot. The tablet will last days on battery power just sitting there not being used

          but that is just the start of this app...under the same condition of when the tablet looses power I have set actions to: disable bluetooth, disable wifi, and Pause the current playing track. When the tablet regains power I have set conditions to enable bluetooth, enable wifi, and open up the music app... The possibilites are endless here. LMK if you have any more questions I'm more than happy to help out

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          • #6
            Is it a forum standard that every single post be approved first or is that just b/c my post count is so low? I understand the purpose but wow it's very annoying lol

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            • #7
              Originally posted by alpax View Post
              Nice work!
              I'm also thinking about replacing my Atom-based car-PC with an Android tablet.


              Could you please provide more details on how exactly you did that? I don't remember such settings in Android. Did you use some application for that?

              Power configuration is actually one of the questions I wasn't sure about. I'd like to make the tablet's screen to turn on/off with the ignition, but when the power is off, do not shutdown Android right away, but rather keep it running with the screen off for at least a couple hours (or until the battery is down to some level). If I don't need a car for longer period (leaving for a night), after a while the tablet would shut itself down to save battery. Next morning when I'll turn the car on, the tablet will get the power and just boot up again.

              So the idea is: if I'll use the car again within that couple hours period, the tablet will come to life right away, so I don't need to wait those 20-30 seconds while Android is booting up. I'm fine with that boot up delay though if it will be booting only after a longer period of standby.

              Any thoughts on how to make it work like this? Do you have any posts bookmarked, which could help clarify this? I've just started researching the question - still going through those hundreds of search results.
              youre lookin for an app called tasker look it up

              PS very nice install, looks oem! love it.
              STiPC, my 2006 Subaru STi worklog

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BERTMAN View Post
                youre lookin for an app called tasker look it up
                Yes, saw it, there are other similar apps as well, and if needed I could write one myself. But what about switching the device on from the powered off state - when not only the screen is off, but the whole system is shut down? I've got an impression the OP did that, or was it just about turning the screen on/off?
                D945GCLF2, Atom 330, M2-ATX, EBY-701, Pharos GPS-500... - Assembled & Installed!

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                • #9
                  Thanks BERTMAN! I was just checking out your build and love how you made the trim fit just the screen!

                  Also I just realized there is a separate section for "showing off projects" **MODS** can you please move this thread to: General -> Show off your project -> Worklogs

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by daclothe View Post
                    looks like you're well on your way...the install is looking awesome and thanks for the heads up about the tablet talk app!
                    Yes, I agree. Your install looks awesome but how are you getting sound from the tablet to your speakers? I didn't see a headunit anywhere.
                    "Imagination is more important than knowledge." -AE

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by viceversa View Post
                      ^thanks! I'm using an app called Llama ( Google play store link ) which allows your android to perform specified actions when certain conditions are met. A similar app is called "Tasker" which isnt free but Llama is free and I find it to be much easier to use.
                      Yep, heard about this app. Haven't used it yet though, but seems like I will.

                      Originally posted by viceversa View Post
                      So basically I have a condition setup that when the tablet is charging to change the screen timeout to never then a separate condition setup that when the tablet looses power to change the screen timeout to 5 seconds. I have tapped into the cigerette lighter for power which is ignition switched so it only charges when the key is in. This will simply turn the screen off but the tablet is still on... Android was designed to never really be turned all the way off anyways so there really is no need to fully turn the thing off unless some apps start acting up and you want a fresh boot. The tablet will last days on battery power just sitting there not being used

                      but that is just the start of this app...under the same condition of when the tablet looses power I have set actions to: disable bluetooth, disable wifi, and Pause the current playing track. When the tablet regains power I have set conditions to enable bluetooth, enable wifi, and open up the music app...
                      I see. Yes, it makes sense. If you turn everything off (might probably as well kill all the running apps except the launcher), the system itself won't be eating much battery. But I guess I will still need some emergency power button access. Now I understand why you drilled that little hole.
                      Well, I guess this approach could be used until I'll figure out some way to "press" that power button automatically.

                      Originally posted by viceversa View Post
                      The possibilites are endless here. LMK if you have any more questions I'm more than happy to help out
                      Thanks for a very detailed answer!

                      Now you've got me thinking - maybe I shouldn't have wasted my time this week inventing a cooling solution for my car PC, which keeps rebooting because of overheating, but instead replaced that cumbersome many-piece machinery with a nice small tablet?
                      Last edited by alpax; 06-21-2012, 12:57 AM.
                      D945GCLF2, Atom 330, M2-ATX, EBY-701, Pharos GPS-500... - Assembled & Installed!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by viceversa View Post
                        Is it a forum standard that every single post be approved first or is that just b/c my post count is so low? I understand the purpose but wow it's very annoying lol
                        Probably 5 first posts? I guess recent spam attacks on the forum might also cause enforcing some stricter rules.

                        That's funny - I couldn't find your reply at the end of the thread, and only when re-read all the posts from the beginning found that message, which was added earlier today, but posted only now. Took me some time to undertsand why it was this way.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bambam View Post
                          Yes, I agree. Your install looks awesome but how are you getting sound from the tablet to your speakers? I didn't see a headunit anywhere.
                          I'm using a PAC ROEM-NIS2 which is used to hook up aftermarket stereos to the stock Bose amp which is located in the trunk. So the only sound control I have is on the tablet but the pre-amp voltage out of the headphone jack just isnt enough to really power the system....sooo thats why I'm installing that EQ

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by alpax View Post
                            Yep, heard about this app. Haven't used it yet though, but seems like I will.


                            I see. Yes, it makes sense. If you turn everything off (might probably as well kill all the running apps except the launcher), the system itself won't be eating much battery. But I guess I will still need some emergency power button access. Now I understand why you drilled that little hole.
                            Well, I guess this approach could be used until I'll figure out some way to "press" that power button automatically.

                            Thanks for a very detailed answer!

                            Now you've got me thinking - maybe I shouldn't have wasted my time this week inventing a cooling solution for my car PC, which keeps rebooting because of overheating, but instead replaced that cumbersome many-piece machinery with a nice small tablet?
                            Well that past couple days it has been extremely hot in my area and I'm beginning to get worried about the temp of the tablet especially the battery temp...it rose to about 130 degrees F yesterday from my car just sitting in the sun all day. Android is supposed to have a fail safe that turns everything off once a certain temp is met but I didnt see that happen lol currently I'm trying to figure out a way to have the system completely shut off once it reaches a certain temp using Llama. What kind of cooling solution did you come up with for your setup?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by alpax View Post
                              Probably 5 first posts? I guess recent spam attacks on the forum might also cause enforcing some stricter rules.

                              That's funny - I couldn't find your reply at the end of the thread, and only when re-read all the posts from the beginning found that message, which was added earlier today, but posted only now. Took me some time to undertsand why it was this way.
                              haha yeah I was starting to get frustrated b/c I want to answer questions but have to wait over a day for a mod to approve whatever I post lol yeah my post count is low but hey ive been a member here for 4 years! well I'm over 5 post so maybe its 10? iuno but i wish a mod would chime in.

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