Alpine / PC Challenges all around...
I've just not been able to get the Alpine CVA-1005 to reliably sync with the video signal from my computer. Sometimes I get a signal and sometimes I don't... like I can boot the computer... and see on the Alpine the DOS screen, but then when it gets to Windows the screen goes black. Or I get NOTHING. Or I get no DOS boot screen, but I get the Windows screen when it comes up. Sometimes switching signals on the Alpine (like to Radio then back to AUX2) will get it to come up.
It's set to 640/480/256.
I've tried different cables, tried outputting the computer to a TV (works fine), tried running the cable differently, and the video input into the Alpine with the in-dash DVD works fine so it is unique to the Alpine-to-PC communication. I tried a super-duper-Monster-GOld cable, same problem.
Tried a different video card (Diamond Viper2), then I just get NO signal ever.
Hmm.. people on usenet are not much help.. and I haven't gotten responses to my posts here.. so I am starting to wonder if I'll ever get this to work. Also, Alpine and ATI are lost and have been NO help.
I dug up a guy who was having the EXACT same problem and he said Alpine US was useless, but Alpine Australia told him that the CVA-1005 does an "auto-sync" and has a very hard time switching signals (so.. for example from the DOS boot screen to Windows desktop)
Any thoughts welcome.
Another issue -- when I plug my UPS into my inverter, it says "wiring fault" and it basically stays on battery.. totally hates the power. When I just plug the computer directly into the inverter, it works fine but boy is the video signal noisy. Also, I can HEAR my cd-rom spin up and my hard disk working through my SPEAKERS in the car... (no doubt the interference runs from the computer through the audio cable from the sound blaster and into the Alpine audio and out the speakers)... can we blame the inverter for some/all of this?
Any suggestions welcome.