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  • Looking for input device - Volume, Pause Play

    Hi.

    I'm looking for something I can mount on my dash with the basic necessities for controling a media computer. I basically want to have things like pause, play, stop, as well as volume and channel controls. Basically the stuff you'd have on a remote control, only I would like it in a mountable format. (I already loose the remote control at home, I'd rather not be searching for one while driving)


    If anyone could offer any ideas, that would be greatly appreciated.

    -Steve
    Why would anybody want to be stuck driving with a roof over their head?

    Ragtops all the way!

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    To be completely unhelpful, I'm constructing one for the 'headunit' I'm building by taking a USB game pad apart and mounting the circuit board with it's buttons sticking out the front. You can then program the buttons to do what you want. My volume control will be a Griffin Powermate.
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    • #3
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      • #4
        The first "off-the-shelf" solution I can think of is a Griffen Powermate.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by iKenndac
          To be completely unhelpful, I'm constructing one for the 'headunit' I'm building by taking a USB game pad apart and mounting the circuit board with it's buttons sticking out the front. You can then program the buttons to do what you want. My volume control will be a Griffin Powermate.

          Yeah. I may end up having to construct mine myself. Or I may go with a autocan autopc instead. Either way....somebody should make a computer control headunit
          Why would anybody want to be stuck driving with a roof over their head?

          Ragtops all the way!

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          • #6
            NaviVoice. Nuff said.
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            • #7
              Get a mountible car audio remote like this one: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pi...d-r600_big.jpg

              It snaps on to the mount at a verticle angle (as shown) and horizontally, plus you can pull it off the mount to hold it or give to a passenger. I have mine mounted to my center console next to my shifter so I can press it with my thumb while holding the shift knob.

              Then just get an IR-Man and use Girder to make it work with the PC.

              I have a Pioneer HU too, so my remote works for volume/mute/radio, and most of the buttons don't do anything to the HU when it is on AUX mode, so those are all linked to the PC via IR-Man/Girder.

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              • #8
                http://thebassbin.co.uk/shop/product...ts_id/981.html

                Kenwood Sterring Wheel remote + IRMAN

                or THIS pioneer one..
                http://thebassbin.co.uk/shop/product...ts_id/169.html

                OR

                Wire the standard factory one into a keyboard controller, that's what I am doing..

                EDIT: wow that's weird... just did a search on google for those to give some URLs.. the link I gave is a little shop I go past on the way from work...
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                • #9
                  Here's the one I actually use (more buttons). It only comes with the P1R.

                  http://i17.ebayimg.com/02/i/03/7b/93/c7_1_b.JPG

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by stevieg
                    Wire the standard factory one into a keyboard controller, that's what I am doing..

                    EDIT: wow that's weird... just did a search on google for those to give some URLs.. the link I gave is a little shop I go past on the way from work...

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                    • #11
                      http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=43523 im making mine :-D

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                      • #12
                        if possible, you could always use the stock knobs =)

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                        • #13
                          Hehehe
                          To be completely unhelpful, I'm constructing one for the 'headunit' I'm building by taking a USB game pad apart and mounting the circuit board with it's buttons sticking out the front. You can then program the buttons to do what you want. My volume control will be a Griffin Powermate.
                          I'm doing almost the same, except more of a permanent non-software related thing. You know those logitech keyboards with play/pause/volume and stuff? Well thats what I'm using in conjunction with a gamepad. I've modded a sidewinder gamepad to use the buttons on there to directly hit the buttons on the keyboard (by bridging the connection). That way I dont have to use any wierd software or plugins for my media, just the keyboard software, and I get onscreen effects aswell.

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                          • #14
                            Hello All,

                            Question is : Any updates on a simple non ir media control. ie vol/ff/rew. Thats all.

                            As you may notice, its my first post today and I have already built and installed my car PC in 1 month. This site is so useful when search through and I found most of the answers I needed already from start to finish without posting!!!. I have got my PC running off M1- ATX power supply fine, remotely switching on two apline amps, XP Pro MCE 2005 , 80 Gb HD 1 Gb memory, 4 USB 2.0, Wifi, CDRW, Lilliput touchscreen moulded into the Focus dash exactly the same as Stevie G's etc.

                            The main reason is installed the pc is for mp3's for now, running off media center 2005 and its great but the control buttons on-screen are too small and now I need help with conrolling volume, forward track, backtrack and thats it. In one 'jog wheel with buttons' control , usb. I have seen the griffin powermate volume control and thats nearly what I want.

                            I dont want any ir control including mce control. Just a fixable panel with basic functions so I don't rely on the touchscreen. Any help greatly received.

                            Thanks

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                            • #15
                              i have schematics for a serial input. either 14, or 15 buttons. im currently building the one for 14. im going to make a "head unit" to control all my stuff.

                              when i find the plans, i will post em up, they are barried in my file structure.
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