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    Hey i'm not sure if this is the right section of the forums or not. I'm having a monitor molded into dash where the hvac controls and a storage pocket normally are. My hvac controls are gonna need relocating and i'm not electronically knowledged so i figured i may need a stereo shop to do this. Its a 1998 gmc Sierra does anyone know how involved this process is or what i can expect to pay to have these relocated so that my 8" monitor will fit? thanks for any help

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    Well, depends on your controls. If they are rotative buttons, it will be a little tricky but certanly not impossible. I can't tell how much it's going to cost you to do it proffesioanaly. Why not use Phidgets instead? If you have climate control, then it's only a matter of extending the wires, which could be a little tricky too.
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    • #3
      Its just a couple of knobs mounted i'll show a pic http://memimage.cardomain.net/member...90_16_full.jpg i really dunno how it looks in back or how it connects. Whats a phidget? Like i said i'm more into accessories haha i really dont know electronic stuff at all. http://www.fullsizechevy.com/forums/...id=14071&stc=1 thats what the dash looks like so far that a guy is doin for me.

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      • #4
        Oh, I think that would be fairly easy. This is kind of a long shot, but I think you could use the existing cables without the need to extend them, as the distance is small.

        www.phidgets.com You can use these to automate the HVAC controls though servos and a servo controller, thus controlling it through the PC.
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        • #5
          I'd be more than willing to write an app during the summer that would control these controls. Most manufacturers have controls that are very similar to these
          But I'd need the hardware
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          • #6
            0l33l really wants to write the software for this application, apparently..heh.
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            • #7
              BTW- quick question aobut relocating controls - how hard is it to control a digital pot with a PIC?

              also, do phidgets have controls that can move the wires? solenoids/motors I guess? Might be a nice venture.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Question
                0l33l really wants to write the software for this application, apparently..heh.
                Sure... why not? Free hardware
                Originally posted by KyleYankan
                BTW- quick question aobut relocating controls - how hard is it to control a digital pot with a PIC?

                also, do phidgets have controls that can move the wires? solenoids/motors I guess? Might be a nice venture.
                Well, look at all the things that phidgets offers
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                • #9
                  can you post a pic of your dash? i have a 99 escalade i think we might have the saame dash..i can show you what i did with mine.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 0l33l
                    I'd be more than willing to write an app during the summer that would control these controls. Most manufacturers have controls that are very similar to these
                    But I'd need the hardware


                    That would be sweet Boris!
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                    • #11
                      heres the pics i have right now of my interior http://www.cardomain.com/memberpage/246090/3
                      The cd player is stayin in stock location and i'd like to move hvac controls to center console and for now probably a remote dvd player also in the console and then later on i'll get a carputer built for it but thats in the distant future. I just wanna play dvds for right now. thanks again guys

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                      • #12
                        I used to have a 97 silverado, which had those controls. You can extend the wires, but it is a complete PITA



                        oh, and that's a 10.4" touchscreen in there.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by wizardPC
                          I used to have a 97 silverado, which had those controls. You can extend the wires, but it is a complete PITA



                          oh, and that's a 10.4" touchscreen in there.

                          Don't you have another pic Wizzard?
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                          • #14
                            Did you just have to like cut the wires in the middle and add extension wire or did it require way more work than that to be able to move it?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 0l33l
                              I'd be more than willing to write an app during the summer that would control these controls. Most manufacturers have controls that are very similar to these
                              But I'd need the hardware
                              Oh now you see the potential of my idea!

                              YOu could always use this to control your dials behind the dash but i suspect they would rip the knobs off (oo-er missus!)

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                              I can think of a lot of things I would like to use those things for....

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