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    Exclamation Need a little help....

    i'm pretty new to the whole mp3car thing, though i've been reading and researching for months, but i've finally gotten the stuff together to build one. One problem.... My crappy JVC Kameleon head unit has no Inputs on it, so i can't hook the computer up through there. I have a laptop, so it'll fit pretty much anywhere. Anyways, i hooked my computer straight up to the amp with a normal splitter (coming out of the comp), and it works fine. Just a few problems... I can't use my radio or cd player (which is still important), i can't adjust anything with my head unit, and i only hooked up to the amp running the speakers, not my subs. What i'd like to do is to be able to switch from my head unit to my computer without having to go back into my trunk and changing stuff around. Radio Shack and Circuit city had no idea what i was talking about (of course), but i was wondering if i'm screwed and am stuck having to buy a new receiver, or i can actually make this work. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    basically running both the computer and radio into the amp and being able to switch between the two. And then how can i hook my sub up too???....

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    what you can do is make a volume control using poteniometers (covered in a previous post) and use the volume control to lower and raise the volume of the computer level and act like a switch between inputs so u will have both w/o having to pop the trunk (i will come back later and give u a nice long explaination of everything g2g).

    [ 07-22-2001: Message edited by: Kain101 ]

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    Or better yet you can use a FM modulator to transmit the audio to the head unit. It hooks up between the antenna and the head unit so it comes in through a FM station. That way you could leave your setup the way it was, and when you wanted to listen to the computer, you hit a preset on your radio. There are some people that say it degrades the audio, but I have had one for 6 months and can't tell the difference. Most post factory CD changers use them. I hear the JVC digital ones are the best, you can find alot on eBay.

    Antenna --- Modulator --- Head Unit --- Amp --- Sub
    http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/Maveric/ M.A.V.I.C. System
    Asus MB, PII 266, 192 MB Ram, 6.8" LCD, 6 Disk CD-ROM, 21 Gig HD, All-in-Wonder Video w/ TV Tuner, Irman, Windows ME, Winamp, Cobra III -- All in a custom acrylic case.

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    I found a connector that hooks up to the cd changer out on the head unit; only thing is it costs $50 and all the places i've looked say it is out of stock... How much does an fm modulator usually run?

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    I found a connector that hooks up to the cd changer out on the head unit; only thing is it costs $50 and all the places i've looked say it is out of stock... How much does an fm modulator usually run?

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    I got my FM modulator for about $35. Search for it on eBay, there tends to be alot of them. If you are unsure about one of them just post the link and I will tell you what I think.
    http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/Maveric/ M.A.V.I.C. System
    Asus MB, PII 266, 192 MB Ram, 6.8" LCD, 6 Disk CD-ROM, 21 Gig HD, All-in-Wonder Video w/ TV Tuner, Irman, Windows ME, Winamp, Cobra III -- All in a custom acrylic case.

    http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/listings/ MP3car Listings - Please add to it! :)

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