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  • AM/FM Radio thru CarPC and AUX input questions

    Okay, so I'm 16, and am really into computers and such.

    I've been looking at this since I was around 14, and I just now registered here..

    I'm pretty much a complete n00b to carPC's because no one around my area has one, but I'm good with computers.

    I have a few questions though, is there anyway to get AM/FM radio through your carPC, or will it just run mp3, wma, ogg, mwv, mpeg, etc.

    If there isn't a way to do that, is ther a way to rig it to run from your carPC to your radio, then to your amp, then speakers? I'm sure there must be a way, but I want to keep things simple...

    Seeing as I have a limited budget, I'm having to use an old desktop pc, not a tower, but an old Pentium III (800Mhz) HP Vectra designed for 2000, I have had it for a while, and actually used it for a server running XP for a while. I'm pretty sure this will do for what I need it for.

    Next, I don't actually have my car yet, well I do, but the tittle is still in my grandfather's name, it's a 2004 (I think) Lincoln Continental CE (Classic Edition) I would like for your all opinions on how to make it fit the interior and such.

    Also if you all have any graphics requests, hit me up, I'm alright with them... This is my first post, so please don't bash me too much.


    ~Bryant

  • #2
    The easiest, and cheapest way to have the radio function is to keep you head unit. Are you planning to use a stock or after market stereo? If stock, does it have any type of aux input? If you plan on buying an after market stereo, make sure it has aux input. If you use a head unit, you don't need an amp.

    Does the car have a place for the screen? Does it have a double din opening in the dash? Your monitor selection depends on your dash and/or your willingness to mod your car. The pc can go anywhere you like. Something that size should go in the trunk so it is out of the way and your friends wont mess with it.

    A little word of caution. Even though you already have the pc, carputing is an expensive hobby. The monitor alone will run about $300 for a touchscreen. Just something to consider.
    I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous - everyone hasn't met me yet .

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    • #3
      For the speakers I plan to use (which I already have) I will need at least a 350 Watt amp (2 Pioneer 12's)

      I'm not sure if it has an auxiliary input or not, I haven't had a chance to get the dash off, seeing as the tittle is still not in my name, but I will check, and if it doesn't then I want to get one that resembles the look and feel of the car.

      As for the screen, if it does not have a place for one, I'll make a mount like I have seen on a few cars, but what I'd really like is to have it implemented into the dash itself, something that can cover the radio, but when you, let's say, push it in on the side, it unlatches to reveal the radio.

      As for the pc, I had already planned on putting it into the trunk, and I'm actually going to get it completely customized to the way I want before I get it into the car. And I plan to get a touchscreen, but it's not a priority, seeing as I don't have the tittle yet, I should have it within the next year or so. Depending on how stubborn my grandfather is.

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      • #4
        The easiest and cheapest way to get AM/FM is to run rca cables from the back of a head unit to the line in or mic port on a pc. Most after market head units have RCA outputs but I dont think many stock OEM stereos do. Here is a picture of what I am talking about.
        http://img114.imageshack.us/img114/1713/dsc00002gt9.jpg

        If its a stock and doesnt have rca output you will probably have to do find a head unit that does.

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        • #5
          maybe showing 'my' noobishness here.....but if you plan to use your current HU for radio and plug the carputer into the aux/line in port....where are you going to put your touchscreen if you still have your old HU in place? and if you put your headunit in the boot there is no easy way of switching between radio and aux/line in......


          or am I totally wrong?

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          • #6
            I put mine below the touch screen. And programs like centrafuse or roadrunner have a "radio" button which can be programmed to take the line in/mic and play it over your speakers through the pc.

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            • #7
              Some of us use the Silab USB radio and solder on a tail that accepts the car antenna socket. There are some good skins for it.

              I am not particularly happy with it as reception now is poor but it was great when I did my testing. I am considering adding a head unit back in my car (which will go in a roof console). If I do this, I would like to set it up so that switching the head unit on will select the car headunit input. The switch might be achieved with electronics like this:
              http://www.doctronics.co.uk/4016.htm

              The input select switch would be activated either by the amplifier turn on wire on the head unit or by an audio activated switch on the line out from the head unit like this:
              http://www.discovercircuits.com/DJ-C...diodetect1.htm
              RodW
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              • #8
                Originally posted by BigBCC View Post
                For the speakers I plan to use (which I already have) I will need at least a 350 Watt amp (2 Pioneer 12's)

                I'm not sure if it has an auxiliary input or not, I haven't had a chance to get the dash off, seeing as the tittle is still not in my name, but I will check, and if it doesn't then I want to get one that resembles the look and feel of the car.

                As for the screen, if it does not have a place for one, I'll make a mount like I have seen on a few cars, but what I'd really like is to have it implemented into the dash itself, something that can cover the radio, but when you, let's say, push it in on the side, it unlatches to reveal the radio.

                As for the pc, I had already planned on putting it into the trunk, and I'm actually going to get it completely customized to the way I want before I get it into the car. And I plan to get a touchscreen, but it's not a priority, seeing as I don't have the tittle yet, I should have it within the next year or so. Depending on how stubborn my grandfather is.
                Those pioneer 12 inchers are subwoofers, not normal speakers. All they will do is make bass. Are you sticking with the normal stock speakers then?

                If you are sticking with the stock speakers and planning to add subwoofers, you're going to need a line output converter to convert the speaker level signal into a line level signal that the amp can take as an input.
                http://www.crutchfield.com/p_142SLC4/Scosche-SLC4.html?search=line+output+converter&tp=2001


                You also need to find a way to get the computer's audio into the stock speakers...
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                • #9
                  I actually plan to keep the stock speakers, seeing as they are high quality Alpine speakers, and correct the 12's are subwoofers. And another thing, I plan to make a mount off of the dash for the carpc monitor, because I don't really want to take out the headd unit, it would be nice, but there would be a lot of rewiring, seeing as the 6 disk cd changer for it is located within the center console.

                  But I have actually thought about removing the head unit from it's current location, and putting it in the glovebox (if it fits) or if not getting another one that will, because the more I look at the dash, the more I realize that it's the perfect spot for the monitor.

                  Here is a quick picture I took today.

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                  • #10
                    The 6 disc cd changer may actually be a great place to tap into to get sound from the PC.

                    If your comfortable with hacking up wires, you might be able to take a look at the wires going to the CD changer and cut the right ones and connect them to RCA cables.
                    Since you have a cd changer though, there may actually be a hookup using the cd changer's wiring harness that is pre-made. I'd look around on google for one...
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                    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...ed-car-pc.html

                    Micro Control Center... Control Your Car Across the Internet
                    http://www.mp3car.com/fusion-brain/1...-internet.html

                    Website: (It's a work in progress, really. All my projects have taken me from ever really developing it.)
                    http://paulfurtado.com/

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