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    cd changer hack

    ive read a few threads about hacking a cd changer input to control a pc. but that seems to be an almost impossible task. why not pick up an older changer off ebay or something and hack the changer itself. there has to be signal wires that go to motors to chage disks and tracks so couldn't you just use those wire and a few relays and then wire it to a keyboard controller curcuit or something? it might be easier than trying to hack the input. just an idea. let me know what you think.

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    No.

    It would be MUCH easier to get a CD Changer unit that was intended for mounting to an existing OEM car stereo. These come with a small wired remote unit that has the simple push switches, and these could be wired to the parallel port say for control.

    Hacking the protocol has been done, but you would need a serious bodge to work a changer with just switches. IMHO it couldnt be done with some sort of embedded controller.

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    i think you night have misunderstood me. i'm talking about people that have an aftermarket head unit with cd changer control. some people including myself would like to use thier head unit's control capabilities to control thier car pc. there have been several attempts to hack the cd changer inputs on some head units, but i am unaware of anyone who has hacked the interface. i know that there has been some progress on pioneer head units though. i have a jvc head unit and a cd changer that i dont really use, however it does work. i was just thinking that instead of trying to hack the input directly it might be easier to use the changer itself as sort of a translator for the input to the pc. i hope that i have made myself more clear in my thoughts. again any input is greatly appreciated.

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    http://gnunilink.sourceforge.net
    http://www.cus.org.uk/cleggy/

    There are some link's on the cleggy site (currently down, but that happens) to another site that has info on the JVC bus, but the link escapes me at the moment.

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    thanks! that helps out a lot. i really appreciate it. how did you find those sites? i've tried doing searches but have found nothing untill now.

    anybody else have any info?

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    does anyone know if its possile to send track names to my head unit as cd text? that would be awesome.

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    If anyone has a sony, I'm going to be making a unilink adaptor thing shown on gnunilink.sourceforge.net and I could make extras if you tell me soon enough so I can order your parts as well..

    Jason

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    Originally posted by meyer64
    does anyone know if its possile to send track names to my head unit as cd text? that would be awesome.
    If you have a sony headunit you can do that already with the gnunilink device. Best go back and re-read it
    If you really want integration, the easist way would be to sell up and go the Sony route. But if you already have a lot of JVC gear this might not be what you want to do.

    I came across the gnunilink thing from being involved with a project to decode the Pioneer (IP-BUS) interface, but it didnt get anywhere fast. I gave up when I bought my empeg.
    Now, I want to be able to connect a Sony (since the info is pretty much there) CD changer to the PC.
    ie. the PC controls the changer. Info is there, it's finding the time to look at it, learn how to program the PIC and do a linux frontend. So not much then

    Dave

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    Info is there, it's finding the time to look at it, learn how to program the PIC and do a linux frontend. So not much then
    I can make the PIC + cable if anyone needs it like I said above.. just holla

    Jason

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    Anyone currently using one of these devices? I am thinking I will go with a Sony unit since the protocol is all documented. Have the GNUnilink devices proved reliable over a longer period of time?
    -SiliconIce

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