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    Thumbs up VGA upgrade for TM-701L

    First let me apologize to those that have been waiting for the 700YYV monitors from us. I've decided not to buy them at this time, here is my reasoning - I bought 5 pcs. as samples and they all had problems: Power cable would not fit all the way in and would constantly fall out, VGA cable would not fit properly and every time it moves a little the image distorts, the most annoying problem is the shadows that appear on the screen (Example)
    Does anybody else have these shadows on their xenarc monitors?

    However I still wanted to find a way to have a VGA solution in an in-dash package (TM-701L) so I opened one of the xenarc monitors and... We have a match! The LCD panel used in both monitors is the same Panasonic panel meaning that all the cables and wires connecting the VGA controller, inverter and the LCD panel are the same. There are a few issues with the install: 1. adopting TM-701Ls buttons to work with the new board (Done) - once installed they worked perfectly, 2. Installing the Power ON LED and running the wire to the original location - this is not too hard and I already have a good place for it. 3. Running the VGA cable and a power line through the in-dash housing - this is going to be the hardest part. From doing the touchscreen installs I learned that there isn't enough room for too many cables and everything gets in the way. Here is the pic of the VGA board and buttons installed. That is as far as I got because unfortunately I was working late one night and shorted something out on the board and it is not working anymore When done this new monitor will have all the features of the new xenarc monitors (resolution, auto ON/OFF, touch kit, etc...)

    I talked to the manufacturer about the shadows problem and finally got a positive response:
    we improved the control board of GA-700Y, through our test, the question you inquired are never happen again.
    also I am going to try to work with them to make a custom VGA cable (ribbon cable maybe) that will work better with the in-dash housing.

    Pricing - $600
    $200 - TM-701L (this is without the RCA controller)
    $100 - Touch Kit (USB)
    $250 - VGA Upgrade
    $50 - Installation + Shipping

    This should be the final pricing unless something unexpected comes up. Everything will be available in parts so if you already have TM-701L then you can buy the VGA controller or if you have a xenarc monitor and want to make it an in-dash you can just get the in-dash housing + LCD Panel. The only thing you can't get is empty in-dash housing because I can't get it my self.

    Lastly, I also asked the manufacturer about the new VGA + Touch motorized 7" in-dash monitor (per xenarc.com) and they confirmed. Mass Production will start in May, pictures or pricing is not available yet.

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    Also I am working on geting the TM-701L in all Black

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    Armen, I must say they news you just talt are great!
    I am looking forward to get one of those screens, but there is one thing I have to ask you.:

    in-dash LCD with vga and touch-kit is very great, but what about RCA?

    is it possible to get all in one? (I am just asking)

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    Originally posted by Goose
    Armen, I must say they news you just talt are great!
    I am looking forward to get one of those screens, but there is one thing I have to ask you.:

    in-dash LCD with vga and touch-kit is very great, but what about RCA?

    is it possible to get all in one? (I am just asking)
    I forgot to mention that - The controller is VGA + 2 Video Just like the 700YYV or 700TSV

    Armen

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    Hihiha!

    I want that little in-dash baby!

    Thx,
    Armen

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    Excellent. I now know what I will be getting.
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    dude, if you could get the tm-7002s in black, that would be AWESOME. i used up my din slot on my head unit, and my car's interior is black. so i would rather not paint it... but hey. thanks alot!

    lemme get this straight.. the xenarc and the tm701 lcd panel are the same? so the only diffrence is the interface?
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    so if i allready have a xenarc it would cost me $200 for the in dash housing and LCD panel?

    how hard is it to put the xenarc in the housing? I am really interested in this cause space is tight in my car and in dash would be great.
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    good stuff! -- any expected availability date?
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    Originally posted by Lytheum
    so if i allready have a xenarc it would cost me $200 for the in dash housing and LCD panel?

    how hard is it to put the xenarc in the housing? I am really interested in this cause space is tight in my car and in dash would be great.
    similar question, for those of us who already own a xenarc, is there an in dash upgrade kit we could purchase?

    birrman54

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