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  • Xenarc Button Color

    Just curious if anyone has had any success modifying the lighted color in the Xenarc buttons - or even Lilliput for that matter.

    I know that some have looked at using EL wire for the Xenarc, but had hoped that there might be another way to change the color. I'm wanting to make the screen install look as OEM as possible.

    My searches produced a few threads discussing this but nothing terribly recent. I did find some discussion about Lilliputs and how the lights appear to be surface mounted - which would appear to make changing them very difficult. Similar problem with a Xenarc?

    Thanks!

  • #2
    @shadowpuck

    I was the one who was trying to change the color of the lilliput buttons with EL wire. I know you asked if I was able to do this. Iíve been really busy this month, it was the end of the semester and I had a lot of things to do so I didn't have time for the mod. Today was the last day of finals, so I'll definitely have time tomorrow to complete EL wire mod. I will post some pic tomorrow.
    Installed
    Asus A7N8X-VM - AMD Mobile Athlon 2400
    512 Ram - 60GB HD - Opus 150w
    Lilliput 7" - Rikaline 6010
    [00000000000001100010-] 98% Completed

    Check Out My Install!!!

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    • #3
      Quattro, but in the old A4 didn't you make them red? Or at least I think I remember a picture of the Lilli with red buttons...
      Renault Megane...the OEM look

      The Lost in Europe Ford Escort

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      • #4
        Acutally I haven't finished my install yet, the cold weather has put my project at a hault now.
        I never got a chace to change the color. I've bought all the parts but never completed the mod. I thought of changing the actual leds but that would have been too much work, so I just bought some EL wire.
        Installed
        Asus A7N8X-VM - AMD Mobile Athlon 2400
        512 Ram - 60GB HD - Opus 150w
        Lilliput 7" - Rikaline 6010
        [00000000000001100010-] 98% Completed

        Check Out My Install!!!

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        • #5
          @ shadowpuck,

          I tried out the EL wire today and the mods not that bad. Check out my post for the pics.

          http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=32547
          Installed
          Asus A7N8X-VM - AMD Mobile Athlon 2400
          512 Ram - 60GB HD - Opus 150w
          Lilliput 7" - Rikaline 6010
          [00000000000001100010-] 98% Completed

          Check Out My Install!!!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Quattro-A4
            @ shadowpuck,

            I tried out the EL wire today and the mods not that bad. Check out my post for the pics.

            http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=32547
            Quattro:

            Thanks for the info - I appreciate you taking the time to post your results. I know the end of semester train wreck man, no worries!

            I also looked at the shots of the PCB and my gosh those are some tiny LED's...I wonder if the Xenarc are the same way?

            Much like yourself, I would have to defer to those with greater soldering skills to attempt something like that....Looks like my new search is for someone with mad solder skills....lol....

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            • #7
              Solder the samll surface mount stuff doesn't require mad solder skills just a good pointy tip. I get the tip of a #11 X-Acto under one side, then just touch the tip of the soldering iron to the side of the surface mount LED and flip it up a hair with the pen knife. Then grab it with hemostats or tweezers and heat the other side to remove. To install the new one just hold it in place with hemostats, apply heat to one side until it melts in place then do the other side. Always retouch the first side when done because you weaken that solder joint when you push down the second side.

              The board needs to be secured while you do this and a magnifying desk lamp is a huge help too.

              I don't think Xenarc buttons illuminate either.
              Fabricator

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              • #8
                @ Altimat

                Thanks for the information, very helpful. Now are these insctructions for the lilliput or the Xenarc or are the steps the same for both screen.
                Also do know what size led are used for the screens.
                Installed
                Asus A7N8X-VM - AMD Mobile Athlon 2400
                512 Ram - 60GB HD - Opus 150w
                Lilliput 7" - Rikaline 6010
                [00000000000001100010-] 98% Completed

                Check Out My Install!!!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Altimat
                  Solder the samll surface mount stuff doesn't require mad solder skills just a good pointy tip. I get the tip of a #11 X-Acto under one side, then just touch the tip of the soldering iron to the side of the surface mount LED and flip it up a hair with the pen knife. Then grab it with hemostats or tweezers and heat the other side to remove. To install the new one just hold it in place with hemostats, apply heat to one side until it melts in place then do the other side. Always retouch the first side when done because you weaken that solder joint when you push down the second side.

                  The board needs to be secured while you do this and a magnifying desk lamp is a huge help too.

                  I don't think Xenarc buttons illuminate either.
                  Altimat: you are exactly right - in a picture of the Xenarc I saw I thought that the buttons had little lights in them, just like the Lilliput. I just looked at some photos again and yup, there's only one light on the Xenarc. That's no fair, you can't solve the problem by exposing flaws in the original idea!!

                  So, at least for me I can swap out the power light and go from there....

                  Now, I'll need to figure out some way to change the color of the buttons themselves but that's much more manageable than the backlighting....

                  I'm still curious to see how changing the LED's work out since I have a feeling that will become vital to my plans down the road - also I think those types of little touches really set an install apart from others....

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                  • #10
                    I agree with on that the small details will set one install out from the other, plus it matches my interior better.
                    I will keep you posted on my success or failure in changing the leds.
                    Installed
                    Asus A7N8X-VM - AMD Mobile Athlon 2400
                    512 Ram - 60GB HD - Opus 150w
                    Lilliput 7" - Rikaline 6010
                    [00000000000001100010-] 98% Completed

                    Check Out My Install!!!

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                    • #11
                      any updates on this project???

                      Final Touches

                      Car: 2002 Mitsubishi Magna EI
                      CarPC: SP13000, M2-ATX, 512 MB RAM, 120 GB 2.5" HD, X-Fi Sound Card, Xenarc 700TSV, Garmin 18 USB.
                      Audio: 2X15" Rockford Punch Z, 1 Rockford Punch 2-ch Amp, 1 Soundstream Lil Wonder II 4-ch Amp

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