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Thread: Integrating carPC with BMW E38 wide OEM nav LCD+TV module

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    One thing i forgot to mention about how i control DVD player, i extended its remote center to the front of the Car, and placed it next to TyreControl Button, next to Key. And control it via rmeote control. Looks cool, but still remote makes no sense. Its a BMW 7 Series, want everything to be stock.
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    No Updates. . .
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    All - just wanted to subscribe to the thread. I did some research on a carPC project a few months ago but want to get things going again.

    I have an e39 m5 so many of the issues will be similar. I am stuck with the 4:3 system though so I'm pretty sure I'm just going to replace the whole thing with a 7" touchscreen.

    I have Rolf's iBus interface already and that seems to work fine with my laptop and I have the DICE iPOD interface which will allow me to use the Aux input for audio. I'm not fixated on audio quality for now - it all sounds fine to me.

    I really like the looks of the 4th Gen Centrafuse system as a one-stop system:
    http://store.mo-co-so.com/4th-genera...arpc-p-92.html

    BUT nVidia is a must for me. Long story short, I sell 3D visualization software for military applications and I want to use it in my car for a realtime 3D display. 1 - it would be cool and 2 - maybe I can make this whole project a work expense write-off.

    I don't have a lot to contribute yet but I do have a degree in computer engineering with extensive software development background so I may be able to help out down the road.

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    Welcome aboard Buddy, Sure togather we make the diffrence,

    My Update, I have IPod, Dice, but for me i checked this weekend, CD Changer Emulation is also working, that means Laptop Emulates CD Changer, Thats good in way, that i dont have to worry about sound anymore, comming weekend hopefully i will work out the cables mystry, and i am on the way, i already ordered a MiniITX MotherBoard, M10000 with TV Out, and 1GHz, Pro, on board, with 1 GB Ram, I already customized windows xp for my car pc, its only 330 MB Source, and Running windows Takes only 50 MB RAM, so fast, you woulnt beleive, and CarX also working.

    For me touchscreen i am avoiding bcaz of the look, i dont want to trade off my Orignal BMW Look. You too if you want you can upgrade to wide screen monitor its just plug and play upgrade wont take much of your time.

    Any how, any update, any question, do share with us here in this forum, may be its help full for someone else.

    Good LUCK.
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    A quick update from me.

    My touchscreens arrived from Taiwan (expensive DHL collection!) and I have managed to fit one into the MINI NAV display on top of the LCD.

    Hopefully this will be installed in my car later this week.

    I now have 1 touchsvreen spare, anyone interested in buying it?
    Its exactly the right size to fit to a BMW widescreen LCD see the pdf file I attached earlier in this post and comes with a USB interface & cable and drivers on CD.

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    Can we have a Pictorial Overview of what you are doing, i spent sometime on the website shared by you, but to be frank didnt understand what exactly he is saying, what i understood we can use this on top of our LCD, and it becomes a touch screen. If so, it makes me intereted in this mod to be done.

    By the way how much does it cost ?

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    AsifSaif,

    have a look at the graphic here :-

    http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...67&hg=65&fg=50

    What I have done is stick the touchpanel to the front of LCD on Item 2. The LCD here is the same as used in BMW cars SHARP LQ065T series.

    The I have assembled Item 2 into Item 1 and run the USB cable between them giving me a touchpanel Navigation display!

    In your car :-

    http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...92&hg=65&fg=45

    you would need to fit the touchscreen into item 1 fitting it to the front off the LCD.

    WARNING nothing must touch the front of the touchscreen else it will detect a touch and not your finger, I had to space out my assembly to acheive this.

    Hope this helps!

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    Well, for the E38 this thing is almost a no-go. You will have to crack open the LCD case and cut the front bezel in order to make way for the touch screen overlay. An supposed you have done that and it looks ok, you must also find a way for the USB connection to pass through, at the same time being out of sight and not disturbing the folding of the screen. Now that a really tough job.

    For me the solution is simple: a small wireless trackball, hidden in a storage compartment when not needed... When needed, place it wherever you want (say in the right of the gear shift stick) and enjoy. Being a trackball, it doesn't have to be moved.

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    Hai guys, I also have a E38 from 1998. I have the same issues as you. I now have a CIS-IBUS component. This is a box which uses the original BMW connectors to put on you nav module (I think) and you can connect to the box with VGA. Then with the remote it is possible to get the the display right.

    I have a 4:3 monitor wit TV-module and Nav.

    For the audio I have digged up the audio cable of the tape player and made them long enough to get to the carpc. With the CarX frontend you will have to put it into tape mode to make it work, the audio then also comes online.

    I don't know how this is all going to work out precisly but coming week I'am going to test it out, if I find enough time.

    Thought I let you all know, maybe this is the solution.

    This is the CIS-IBUS I bought:

    http://mountainscompuserve.nl/produc...roducts_id/581
    www.carputershop.nl for all your carputerstuff!!

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    Well I've build in my car and it's working pretty good, some small bugs to overcome but nothing serious. Good visual on the screen, CarX control with the controls of the dash ie the I-drive knob and the steering wheel knobs.

    I'am very happy with it and basicly it is a plug and play install, quit simple actually.
    The fine tuning takes some more time. The audio taken from the tape wiring also sounds good.

    I will have to make the install a lot better, the wiring and carputer are laying around in my back trunk but it works. those are just details.

    I can recommend the CIS-IBUS!!
    www.carputershop.nl for all your carputerstuff!!

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