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    Hi everyone, I have been browsing on mp3car for a week now and I have a few questions about a few things concerning a carputer.

    Radio:

    I now know that centrafuse can play AM FM radio but what I cant work out is how you get the signal to the carpc. Is there a usb adapter for the car aerial, or do you need a whole new pc aerial and you no longer use the factory one?

    GPS:

    Do I need another program for GPS or will centrafuse run the maps?

    I spose what I am saying is, is centrafuse just a program that acts as a sortcut to the GPS software or is it built in to the software?

    If this is the case can centrafuse take maps from other GPS software or do you need maps created only for centrafuse?

    Digital radio:

    Is there an adapter you can buy for playback of digital radio?

    Cheers

    Josh

  • #2
    Radio:
    There are radio units that connect to the PC and the car's antenna.

    GPS:
    If you PURCHASE Centrafuse with the navigation, it includes map data. Other map data doesn't work in CF's nav module, as far as I know.

    Digital radio:
    Define "digital radio". It's a term that could mean lots of things.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    • #3
      Originally posted by DarquePervert View Post
      Digital radio:
      Define "digital radio". It's a term that could mean lots of things.
      Thanks for your reply mate, you have been most helpful.

      In Australia Digital radio has just been launched. I dont know how specific I can be but all our radio stations where broadcasting in the old analog style, and still are aswell as the digital (high definition) broadcast. What this means is perfect reception without fuzz, and radio can be paused, rewound etc.

      Cheers

      Josh

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      • #4
        The Visteon or Directed HD module has been really popular for the carPC. I don't know if it would be compatible with the HD radio signal you get though and I seriously doubt it would allow you to rewind stop etc. It does HD and analog here in the states. The only issue is finding one as they are no longer made. They used to be super cheap (around $20US) but the prices have gone up. I got mine for around $35 or so. Also to use them with the carPC you need Mitch's cable

        http://www.rush2112.net/mkportal/mod...products_id=39





        Originally posted by XRLane View Post
        Thanks for your reply mate, you have been most helpful.

        In Australia Digital radio has just been launched. I dont know how specific I can be but all our radio stations where broadcasting in the old analog style, and still are aswell as the digital (high definition) broadcast. What this means is perfect reception without fuzz, and radio can be paused, rewound etc.

        Cheers

        Josh
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        • #5
          another place you can look for info is the centrafuse site-- i believe that they have a listing page that shows the approved products that work with their front end.
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          • #6
            Thanks for your replys guys you have been really helpful.

            Cheers

            Josh

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            • #7
              In Australia the digital radio uses DAB+, which is not what Visteon or Directed HD compatible with at the moment.

              Read this for more details
              http://forums.fluxmedia.net/plug-dev...sb-plugin.html

              Centrafuse's Australia map......hmmmm......just received another email from them, they cut the price again. It is 2006 map though. Strongly advise you to read more reviews about Centrafuse's Australia map before buying.

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              • #8
                From what I have heard, for us Aussies, you are better to buy CF without the maps and run your own GPS software. I think out of all the software available, Tom Tom has the most up to date maps.

                As for the HD radio, I have nfi.
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