What a GREAT community! I started out trying to figure out how to get my gen-1 shuffle to feed into my factory radio. Guess where THAT got me! I'm in planning and purchase mode, but part of the fun for me is to re-use stuff I already have. I actually had an unused VIA Mini-ITX with 512 just sitting around. Throw in a Bose AM-5 speaker system (built in sub/cross), 600 watt amp, 40 gb laptop and 250 gb storage drive and I've got enough to be dangerous. I just purchased a Lilliput 7.5 and can't wait for it to arrive.
I've read (AND SEARCHED!!!!) for some answers to the following questions without much luck:
1. Anybody had their display freeze? Most comments just say it needs to warm up. It got to -46 this winter.
2. Does ONSTAR use cell towers or Sats for GPS? I've got one of the older units that will no longer work in 2008 because analog cell towers are going away. If the stupid thing uses Sats instead of a cheesy cell tower to triangulate then maybe there will be a new source of cheap GPS hardware.
3. I haven't had time to look yet, but anyone out there use a marine/ham radio in their ride? I'm trying to figure out how to tie it into the system.
Thanks for the great site and information!
Project install no where near started!
Cellular is provided through AT&T/Cingular, Sprint Nextel, and Verizon via their AMPS (Analog 1G) or CDMA mobile networks to communicate with the OnStar call center.
Newer systems utilize a combined Vehicle Comm & Interface Module, while older had separate modules for cellular and GPS.
The current OnStar cellular system is analog/digital-ready. Newer GM vehicles are equipped with dual mode, which allows the capability to use both in analog & digital systems, but by 2008, GM will switch over to an all-digital network.
Word is that they have no plans to make upgrade packages for older, analog-only models. Looks like you might have to get a new car to go along with your new CarPC! There might be a component hack out later that might help if you have a two-module system as mentioned above?