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Thread: Lilli ghosting. Searched and still need help

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    Lilli ghosting. Searched and still need help

    Here's the whole story:

    My USB hub was always just running power through the bus. I had run into power issues once or twice so I decided to power it. So I found the molex plug that had been tapped for the lilli and I took the remaining 2 wires (+5v and GND) and ran them up along the path the lilli wires take through the back seat, but then diverged and ran straight up under the carpet in the middle, so the lilli wires and the hub wires only run next to each other for a max of 4 feet. Once I got to the trunk, by the way, I realized that the molex I was cutting off the OPUS was one of the little ones for an A: drive, I believe. {POSSIBLE PROBLEM #1}

    Once I plugged in the hub, it all worked. Hooray. Until I took the car in for service, 2 days later. Brought it in in the morning, went to class, and came back to find it chilling in teh parking lot, in the sun. It is easily the hottest day since the install, it hit mid-80s (Miami) and it was in the direct sun. {POSSIBLE PROBLEM #2} It couldn't have been there too long, I was only away from the dealer for 2.5 hours. In that time, they did a tire rotation and an oil change. When I brought it in, I killed the power by the OPUS and the switch in the dash. I am almost positive they didn't turn it on or go near it. Nonetheless, on the way back from the dealer, the lilli started ghosting.

    This is the first time it has ghosted since the install. It used to ghost on a regular basis indoors, but it would always come back after a power cycling or two. Now I can cycle the power all I want and nothing comes of it. It always ghosts.

    So this morning, when I turned on the car, it ghosted right away. So I killed the power to the lilli, and then flipped the switch on the USB hub back to drawing power from the bus, rather than the power lines I had run last week. And the lilli worked fine, for about 30 seconds. Then ghosted. I turned off the lilli, and turned it back on, and it worked fine, for again about 30 seconds. That's all I get. 30 seconds of life, or less.

    One final observation. Back even before I changed the USB wiring, I noticed that sometimes my lilli would kinda get some horizontal lines across it, like interference. You know how you can dim the lights on the dash, usually by twisting a knob on a wand on teh steering wheel? The interference would only happen if my headlights are on, AND the dash was at either of the 2 brightest dimming settings. (Actually, now that I think of it, I dont remember for sure whether it was the 2 brightest or 2 dimmest) So that's {POSSIBLE PROBLEM #3}

    Anyone have any thoughts on what could be going on? I dont really have time to do any serious trouble-shooting this week because I have a paper due on monday. So I have a few days of going without a monitor, and time to research.

    For those that have had ghosting with their lilli, does it seem like the problem is with the power draw, interference, or VGA signal problems?

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    Hmm. After taking the whole dash apart, it's fixed. Thanks for all your help, guys.

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