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    Relocate faceplate

    Hi,

    I am halfway through setting up a Thinkpad R52, running Ubuntu, as my car PC. Im working on tweeks to perfect it and im hoping someone can point me in the right direction.


    I would like to have the faceplate to my headunit up above my head (I have a sunglasses holder that will look nice with it) but its not bit enough to hold the whole headunit.

    Does anyone know of 'ready to fit' cabling that will allow me to have the base of the head unit in the centre console and run the faceplace from above my head?

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    i have never seen a plug-n-play kit for remote faceplate mounting, but it has been done in the past using cat5, and a soldering iron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    but it has been done in the past using cat5, and a soldering iron.

    That's the kit

    1 x roll CAT5
    1 x Soldering Iron
    1 x Solder

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    I have pictures of a Viper that put the faceplate where the rearview mirror used to be, it was badass. I'll post it if I remember later tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer View Post
    That's the kit

    1 x roll CAT5
    1 x Soldering Iron
    1 x Solder
    you forgot electrical tape/heat shrink

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    you forgot electrical tape/heat shrink
    That's only available in the professional kit.

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    Looks like an alpine 305 or similar,in which case the display part is not removable,only the left part with the controls is removable.That would mean you would have to extend not only the removable faceplate but god knows what the display is wired to most likely a pc board. good luck with that.

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    Its an Alpine IDA-X200, the face plate does come off.
    I was half way through the Cat5 soldering but its very tricky and the connections are that flexible so will need to take alot of care

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    Ok, got completing the cat5 cabling today and fitted it in a tempoary position.
    It seems that (click all the buttons then reading the manual) the stereo connection only plays tracks (play, pause and skip buttons control it), it wont constantly play whats attached to it.

    The next plan is to rig the stereo connection straight to the speakers. From what iv read each specker is 4 ohms. Basic ohms law says

    V=IR so I =V/R then P=VR

    12/(4*4) = 0.75A
    Power = 12*(4*4) = 192W

    Can a laptop handle >200W? Is Jack Daniels effecting my mathmatics?

    Thanks for the help

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    your talking about connecting the laptop to directly to the speakers right?

    if so, the voltage output is very small, and will barely power a small speaker, lot to mention a car audio speaker.

    you will need a amp of some sort to boost the signal--either a factory amp, small motorcycle amp, or aftermarket car audio amp.

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