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    If the device reading the resistor divider is high enough impedance it should not interfere
    with the factory operation.
    opamp buffer with unity gain if all else fails.
    Be prepared that the resulting voltage you may see will vary with engine running /not

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    how do they normally get the wires through the steering column with prevent them from from becoming tangled or broken when you turn the steering wheel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_Perth
    how do they normally get the wires through the steering column with prevent them from from becoming tangled or broken when you turn the steering wheel?
    Good Question!
    Probably the same way the run the wires for CC and Airbags... Well, I'm off to dismantle my steering wheel!
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    Imagine a toilet paper roll... or wristwatch spring. Its the same. There are no moving contact, cables are simply coiled. You turn the steering wheel to the left, it will tightend the "coil", to the right and the coil becomes loose.

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    I like this controller as well, and yes it is made by Sony. This guy has some more info on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevieg
    Yep it's quite straight forward, though not 100% reliable with IR as you need the receiver in line-of-sight. You can get the reciever from www.irman.com and it comes with software to automate the IR functions.
    Wow! What do I need to do to get this to send keystrokes to windows!? I want this now - I have been wanting a steering wheel controller for so long.

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    Well, I'm a little disappointed. I got the Blaupunkt controller in the beginning of the post, but the IRman doesn't recognize it's signals. I'm thinking it's out of its frequency range. I'm going to do a little more experimentation, any ideas would be appreciated.

    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmurray14
    Well, I'm a little disappointed. I got the Blaupunkt controller in the beginning of the post, but the IRman doesn't recognize it's signals. I'm thinking it's out of its frequency range. I'm going to do a little more experimentation, any ideas would be appreciated.

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    Ya - that's one finiky remote!
    I used one of these: http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...5Fid=276%2D640
    (38kHz) (Sorry - no experience with IRMan, but mine is a serial port device, the same as IRMan...)

    And this LIRC definition (using WinLIRC): http://lirc.sourceforge.net/remotes/blaupunkt/

    I also had to fiddle with the eps to get it to recognize the remote (I think it's based on the speed of your CPU - I set mine at 8)
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    Quote Originally Posted by davesaudio2
    If the device reading the resistor divider is high enough impedance it should not interfere
    with the factory operation.
    opamp buffer with unity gain if all else fails.
    Be prepared that the resulting voltage you may see will vary with engine running /not
    Thats what i'm thinking. My problem is not interfering with the existing circuit but that i am using the stock headunit. I can't have the steeting wheel buttons controlling both the HU and the car PC at the same time. What i really wish i had was some way to make the steering wheel buttons automatically switch to controlling the CarPC when the headunit is set the the AUX input and then back to controlling the HU when its not on the AUX input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davesaudio2
    If the device reading the resistor divider is high enough impedance it should not interfere
    with the factory operation.
    opamp buffer with unity gain if all else fails.
    Be prepared that the resulting voltage you may see will vary with engine running /not
    Thats what i'm thinking. My problem is not interfering with the existing circuit but that i am using the stock headunit. I can't have the steeting wheel buttons controlling both the HU and the car PC at the same time. What i really wish i had was some way to make the steering wheel buttons automatically switch to controlling the CarPC when the headunit is set the the AUX input and then back to controlling the HU when its not on the AUX input.

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