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Thread: Keeping factory steering wheel controls.. Don't want just volume control..

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    Keeping factory steering wheel controls.. Don't want just volume control..

    Just got an 08 Nissan Altima. I have the factory steering wheel controls that do volume, source, channel up/down.. I know they make a PAC interface but I *think* that will only give me volume control when I hook it up to my CarPC.. Anyone know how I could use the channel up/down to skip songs? Or is that not possible?

    Thanks!!

    http://pac-audio.com/productDetails.aspx?ProductId=1088
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    I know for my VW the steering wheel buttons are all run on the Can Bus network so I ended up using an arduino with can bus interface to get the button msgs, then used the arduino (in this case a teensyduino) to send keyboard commands to my carpc.

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    take a look @ the joycon EXR : http://goo.gl/y6mpH
    is is also sold in the mp3car store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trinybwoy View Post
    take a look @ the joycon EXR : http://goo.gl/y6mpH
    is is also sold in the mp3car store.
    HOLY ****E that is awesome!! How the hell do you connect it all? Is it difficult?
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    if you are keeping the factory radio, you simply locate where the data wires form the steering wheel controls are.
    they usually are two wires, a ground and data wire; which connect to the back of the radio at some point. you "splice/tap' into them. I would not recommend cutting them off from the radio. if you do, you wont be able to control the radio at all, only the joycon.

    once you have made a successful connection to the joycon, u set it up via the software u download.its pretty straightforward.
    the website documents all the required steps very well.

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    If I'm reading this correctly you can also do custom commands for your steering wheel, like vol up and vol down at same time could mute or whatever you want the buttons to do.

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    RcJoyconn in 2008 Nissan Altima

    First you need the Joycon EXR Steering Wheel Control PC Interface, http://store.mp3car.com/Joycon_EXR_S..._p/com-159.htm
    Then you need a Metra Oeswc 07-Up Norton Internet Security Harness for RF/ST Manufacturer Part# OESWC-7552H
    http://www.provantage.com/metra-oesw...h~7MTRC0H6.htm
    You can see how it connects here http://forums.nicoclub.com/how-to-ad...l-t389024.html

    You can connect channel A to switch A wire on the connector, connect channel B to switch B wire on the connector and connect the ground on channel A&B to ground.
    You download RcJoyCon explorer from here http://rcjoycon.com/default/menu_2.p...m_board_page=&
    The RcJoyCon user guide is here http://rcjoycon.com/default/menu_2.p...m_board_page=&

    If you use Centrafuse as a front end on your computer, there are presets in the RcJoyConn explorer for the front end and applications.
    You can edit presets, create new presets for new applications, or create presets from scratch if not using Centrafuse (I don't know about Ride Runner).
    You select Auto detect in explorer and push your buttons, when you press the button short or long, it sends a hotkey to the application that is active, allows a key to select previous song in Music player,and the same key select previous station in the radio application.
    The presets that come with explorer don't match the hotkeys in Centrafuse 4.1, you will have to change the presets to the correct hotkey

    It is best to set your computer BIOS to wake on USB, use a direct connection from the RcJoyConn to the usb port on the computer, use a A female to A male USB cable with no built in Powered hub if needed, (Powered hubs do not work untill OS boot,this will allow you to set the mode key to start/mute/Hibernate the computer when pressed).
    Last edited by TheMadTinker; 05-16-2012 at 09:33 AM. Reason: correction

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    WTF is the "Oeswc 07-Up Norton Internet Security Harness for RF/ST" for?
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    i assume that would be if u a changing the factory radio....?

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    I'm not keeping the factory radio or changing the factory radio. It's being ditched all together.. So if I'm not adding or keeping the radio I don't need that part, just the joycon?
    Current Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Nitro

    Second Vehicle: Sold it :( 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

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