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  • carputer + normal HU???

    I haven't been able to figure out why some people have both, a carputer, and also a stock/alpine/jvc etc. headunits...
    is it so that u can use either/fm radio and such?

    It's not possible to control the frontend's previous/next/stop/play type of functions thru the HU right? u'd still have to use teh lcd rite...

    thanks for any answers.. (i did search..but.. )

  • #2
    CarPC's are not perfect. Most people use the HU for thier FM reception as a backup to the computer. Also as way of input to get the sound to thier speakers.


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    • #3


      Still use HU for FM radio and the occasional CD. Also don't have an amp for front/rear speakers so I use the HU to drive those....
      Nick
      '99 Ford Escort ZX2 CarPC <-- RIP Feb '07

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      • #4
        Originally posted by viruscauser
        I haven't been able to figure out why some people have both, a carputer, and also a stock/alpine/jvc etc. headunits...
        is it so that u can use either/fm radio and such?

        It's not possible to control the frontend's previous/next/stop/play type of functions thru the HU right? u'd still have to use teh lcd rite...

        thanks for any answers.. (i did search..but.. )
        You can use your HU to control PC just fine. Not all HU support that, but most of them.
        Car pc integration with ease
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        • #5
          well for me.. i went cd player--->speakers--->sub--->carputer why spend more money that we dont have for an amp and fm modulator?

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          • #6
            thanks for the replies people! got it now!
            had to ask this as my current system is totally busted! fried or sometthing..who knows.. i'd rather deal with troubleshooting a pc! lol..

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            • #7
              cause i dont want my wife to screw up my pc

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              • #8
                I use a HU + carputer for multiple reasons with my setup.

                1. PC radio tuners stink compaired to a good headunit's.

                2. no Sirius satilite interface with carputer (at least not when I made mine, haven't kept up with if you can now or not)

                3. computer CD drives are anoying and spin up to really high RPM's often and are noisy, HU doesn't do that.

                4. cost, it's cheaper to get a nice headunit than to get a seperate equalizer, crossover network with high/low pass filters and amp.

                5. if computer screws up I still can use the HU to listen to music.
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                • #9
                  AM radio my friend, AM radio. Never get good sports talk or Art Bell/George Norry on the CarPC.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jurassic262
                    cause i dont want my wife to screw up my pc

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jbors
                      You can use your HU to control PC just fine. Not all HU support that, but most of them.
                      Which HUs can control a PC? I want one of those....
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by peecee
                        Which HUs can control a PC? I want one of those....
                        http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=37906

                        I've made my own M-Bus to PC interface for my 2000 Accord (its HU utilizes the M-Bus protocol with a different connector) with an AVR microcontroller and this info. Right now I'm working on writing the plugin to control foobar2000 with my headunit!
                        jevinskie.com

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                        • #13
                          What about the other way around?
                          Anybody figured out a way to get the PC to control the HU?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by piabu
                            What about the other way around?
                            Anybody figured out a way to get the PC to control the HU?
                            As in play different music? Sure, just have whatever media player you're using change the track. As in send CD text and stuff to the radio, some protocols can do that but not M-Bus.
                            jevinskie.com

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jbors
                              You can use your HU to control PC just fine. Not all HU support that, but most of them.
                              Something that occurred to me the other day... any plans for a steering wheel control to PC (with no factory or aftermarket HU) interface?

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