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  • TV & AM/FM Radio Hardware Suggestions?

    what would be the best AM/FM receiver that is radiator compatible? (ie. frodoplayer & centrafuse) Also, if i wanted to get TV in my car, what hardware would i need, and anyone have some good suggestions on what to get? thanks guys
    '05 Acura TL w/ Navi & Bluetooth, JL Audio Cleansweep, JL Audio XR650 CSI, JL Audio XR650 CXI, JL Audio 300/4 Speaker Amp, Eclipse SW6123.4 12" Sub, JL Audio 250/1 Sub Amp, Optima D35 YellowTop Battery http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2184473/1

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    Well, for the AM/FM receiver part, take a close look at this long thread:
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=32490

    It's interesting, and they're getting to the point of prototype hardware.


    As for the TV, you'd need a PCI or USB TV Tuner card.

    Ones with hardware MPEG2 or MPEG4 on board are generally better, but a software-based card will do sometimes.

    I have an ATI TV Wonder PCI TV tuner card for my desktop, and the card itself is OK, but the software and drivers kind of blow.

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    • #3
      how would you get the TV reception from the TV wonder? how are you running the cables? thanks again
      '05 Acura TL w/ Navi & Bluetooth, JL Audio Cleansweep, JL Audio XR650 CSI, JL Audio XR650 CXI, JL Audio 300/4 Speaker Amp, Eclipse SW6123.4 12" Sub, JL Audio 250/1 Sub Amp, Optima D35 YellowTop Battery http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2184473/1

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Chita79
        how would you get the TV reception from the TV wonder? how are you running the cables? thanks again
        Well, the card has a standard cable-TV antenna style connector on it, so you'd need to connect it to a suitable antenna.

        They make TV antennas for cars, though I can't think of any off the top of my head.


        And I wouldn't say I'd necessarily use this card in my Car PC, I just have it in my desktop machine.

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        • #5
          hauppage is something that I have seen that is tv/fm via usb. Not sure how well it works. I may be trying it out soon on my setup. I only have usb capabilities so video card will not work for me.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by pirate_king00
            hauppage is something that I have seen that is tv/fm via usb. Not sure how well it works. I may be trying it out soon on my setup. I only have usb capabilities so video card will not work for me.
            No PCI slot in your motherboard?

            Most Mini-ITX have at least one, and the TV tuners are usually low-profile PCI.

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            • #7
              mine is already used up for my 802.11g card (cant wait for carpc centrino based motherboards to become mainstream... that seems like the way to go!)
              '05 Acura TL w/ Navi & Bluetooth, JL Audio Cleansweep, JL Audio XR650 CSI, JL Audio XR650 CXI, JL Audio 300/4 Speaker Amp, Eclipse SW6123.4 12" Sub, JL Audio 250/1 Sub Amp, Optima D35 YellowTop Battery http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2184473/1

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              • #8
                Guilano,

                No PCI in my computer. Its 5.75x10x2.75 inches its very small. P4 2.4ghz 800fsb 512 mb running intel 865g chipset. Only USB and firewire. This system is for my Dodge truck. I am also starting to build a system for my 1996 Baja Outlaw (boat for those that dont know what it is) That system will be based on microatx board. Boats have more room for this stuff than a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500

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                • #9
                  You can get a PCI riser card. It will expand you to two PCI slots. If you have an EPIA i know they have them avail because I purchased one.
                  2011 Nissan Frontier SL
                  AMD X3 2.2 | M4-ATX | 16Gb SSD | 2GB DDR3-1333 | MSI GF615M-P33 MB
                  OBDPROS USB | BU-303 GPS l LILLIPUT TS | Car2PC adapter | XM Direct | USB Dual band N with custom mag-mount antenna.

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                  • #10
                    my box has no pci slot capabilities. It was a p4 designed to be small. Claimes to be worlds smallest p4 compputer. It's been running on my desk at 2.8ghz for the last week with no problems. Just unfortunately no 800x480 resolution. However I dont think thats gonna be a big deal 800x600 looks good, and honestly I dont plan on watching DVD in my truck.

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                    • #11
                      The hauppage 250 I think thats the number, works with Radiator perfectly. I just installed Radiator on it. If you need the radiator file and the plugin for the hauppage, send me an message, and I will email it to you.
                      Kenny
                      Round VIII - [IIIIIIIIII] 30% Have some parts for 300zx Sema car I don't own yet. Will have 10.4" & 7" screen, and more then you can believe. Will add updates to cleancustoms.com, will be sweet. My car is still same, but might change.

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                      • #12
                        what about the antenna? I was talking to a guy this morning who works at mercedes showroom and he showed me how good the quality of the Tv reception was. I was amazed, as I couldn't even see any antennas from outside the car. He then explained to me that mercedes have antennas wired neatly out of sight, around the windows and doors! I want to create my own antenna and install it just like that, i just need to find a starting point.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by clean customs
                          The hauppage 250 I think thats the number, works with Radiator perfectly. I just installed Radiator on it. If you need the radiator file and the plugin for the hauppage, send me an message, and I will email it to you.
                          Kenny
                          what the PVR -250? im surprised... i didnt realise it was BT878 based as such or does it use a diffrent radiator plugin

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