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Thread: Dvd Disable :uk Law Help Please!!!

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    Red face Dvd Disable :uk Law Help Please!!!

    Hi Folks.... Im a real newbie so please be kind!!!
    I've looked but I wouldn't really know what to look for...
    In the UK I have been told that the regs do not allow you to have a device capable of playing video that the driver can see.
    Of course the easiest way is to mount the screen so the driver cant see it... this would be a shame as I wana try GPS...
    Does anyone know of a way of disabling DVD playback by means of a microswitch or something attached to the handbrake giving feedback to the PC (Parallel Port???) this would inhibit playback of video while on the move?
    If anyones has the faintest idea what im trying to get at please reply as I dont want to invalidate my insurance by fitting something illegal!.
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    Gavin
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    kinda, ehm.. complex, dont you think ?..


    the best way, would purhaps, to have a Hardware DVD player (a non PC related dvd player) ... and have its power switched off when car is moving...

    dunno...

    Norway doesnt have those kinda a laws, we just have alot of other stupid laws :P


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    Why not just aviod installing DVD software? I have an Epia M 9K and am running Win XP Pro. It doesn't have DVD playback built into it. I didn't know this until last night when I tried to play a DVD.

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    you could maybe install a micro switch on the handbrake connected to the power cable of the drive... so that the drive is disabled when the handbrake is off... would be a lot of work for it though -

    Its something that has been bugging me a bit also - its probably why In car pc's are such a rare thing in the uk.

    The insurance company will probably have a fit when you tell them anyway......I know mine will...
    Kenny

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    Yes the Uk is really f**ked... but as long as you dont have the dvd software installed it's ok.

    If you really must be pedantic, wire your DVD power cable using a microswitch to a dash mounted red ejector seat button... so that when the coppers knock on your window you will be thrown 50 feet into the air, preciseley 3 seconds before your parachute bursts open...

    To add icing to the cake, and REALLY **** the coppers off, for a nominal fee I can modify Jeff's shutdown controller to make the DVD begin playing MC Hammer's 80s Dance hit "U Can't Touch This" on your 60-inch dash-mounted plasma screen.

    Any takers?

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    Thanks folks....... I'm overwhelmed with the amount of great people willing to help!
    I like the MC hammer idea although possibly outside the scope of my project!
    It seems like the best idea to wire the DVD power thru the switch... I can cope with that.
    And no one *needs to know*.....ahem..... about the rest of the DIVX on the hard disk!
    Thanks for the advice it was MUCH appreciated..... Someones found a simple solution to my problem.
    Gavin
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    anytime .... lol

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    Glad to help! now I'll have to work out how I'm gonna get round it with my laptop.... just carry a copy of powerdvd to install and uninstall for shows and general showing off....
    Kenny

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    really dude.. just say you are building a pc for navigation purposes.. unless they go over your car with a fine tooth comb, then you are fine... and if you are ever pulled over just say it is a GPS thing like those new BMWs and Lexuses
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    posted something about this on the five o boards... which some coppers post on to give advice

    this is the replys I got
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    one from a cop

    Con and Use - Reg 109 - "No person shall drive, or cause or permit to be driven a motor vehicle on a road if the driver is in such a position to be able to see whether directly or by reflection a television receiving apparatus or other cinematographic apparatus used to display anything other than information concering the vehicle or its journey"
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    and a uk ice fitter


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    No idea, but fitters guidelines for this were always:

    Any static image display is permissable as long as it is not distrating to you (or other) road users. So Sat Nav GPS or a car stereo control system is allowable. Hence the iPaq windscreen mounting GPS kit being allowed.

    Any continuous image (video) within the drivers field of vision should be hidden as long as the handbrake is off, as it can distract the driver.

    This creates a grey area around head-units with animations etc etc.
    These are the rules I have always been told to adhere to in a capacity as an installer.

    Dunno what the law is.
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