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    alright I am sure this has been asked before, but I dont know what search for as to key word. But my question would be, is there any chance I can hack a double din pre made unit that has everything, such as

    http://cgi.ebay.com/7-in-dash-2-din-...QQcmdZViewItem

    to run linux or xp?

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    alternative to HQCT, its for the American market (tunning steps)
    HD Radio Cables READY!

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    So if i am understanding your previous reply correctly

    The head is out of the car, radio = HQCT, cpc is directly connected to 2 amps
    one for the 4 speakers and one for the sub. Take an externaal soundcard, the onboard doesn't sound good (mine was 7.1)
    The Volvo amp is not inside the HU headunit right? I can just take audio cable out of a computer and hook it up directly to the wires when I disconnect from the headunit?

    I looked at the alternative you had posted as to HQCT, I dont really understand how the HD radio cables work? Do I take the antenna and connect it to that and then connect to the serial port on a laptop?

    Btw I decided to go with an eeepc, its small enough to fit everything inside a double din with some hacking and its fairly cheap.

    Heres a list I compiled as to cost of this project

    EEE PC $299
    Touch Screen $40
    HQCT $200
    PCI Soundcard $20
    SlimDVD Drive $30
    GPS Dongle $40
    Power Supply $80
    XM Radio ???
    Bluetooth Dongle $10
    USB Hub $5
    Backup Camera $30
    Radar Detector ???
    OBD-II ???
    SlimLine Drive Adapter $10

    Total: $764

    ??? - Dont know if I am gonna put in yet.

    Good site that I found for EEE mods.

    http://beta.ivancover.com/wiki/index...ernal_Upgrades


    Maybe I should start a work log. Where do I post one?

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    the cable is made for the alternative radio, the Hd-Radio Visteon
    [media]http://ak.buy.com/db_assets/prod_lrg_images/835/204222835.jpg[/media]

    more info:
    Quote Originally Posted by krnpimpsta View Post
    I have the Visteon HD Radio unit with Mitch's cable. It works great and there is nothing "unfinished" about it. I have it plugged into my line-in on my soundcard, but mitch's cable is a serial cable that is used to control the visteon unit from my computer. Integrating it into road runner was as easy as copying one directory and adding a line into my RR config file.

    I only have one touchscreen LCD that I use for everything.. you don't need or use the separate LCD/controller that comes with the Visteon. In fact, you can't use it because mitch's cable takes up the port that it's supposed to plug into.

    Hope that helps.. I really recommend mitch's cable & the visteon.. it works great and I have perfect reception, equal to or better than what I had with my stock radio.

    Nice stang.
    Quote Originally Posted by blk02si View Post
    My radio reception is also much better than my stock headunit. When it's in HD mode its as clear a CD no doubt.

    The HD tuner is by far the best AM/FM solution, and this is coming from someone who has tried them all including the expensive/rare HQCT module. In fact I own 2 HD tuners and am in the process of adding the second to my home theater PC.

    Also, just a FYI, the Visteon unit is actually a standalone tuner that has been reverse engineered (by mitch) to allow PC interfacing.
    http://www.visteon.com/products/auto.../hdradio.shtml

    http://www.acroname.com/robotics/par...-INT-CONN.html

    I don't have a volvo amp, i have pioneer. Most heads have an internal amp. But if tour car has an optional volvo amp the most likely place to find it is under the front passengerseat.

    Worklogs: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/worklogs

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    Any idea where I can find out what kind of power the OEM 2002 volvo s80 radio head unit is cranking out? So I can find a comprable amp. I dont need anything crazy, so I dont want to over do it, but I also want to take full advantage of the pretty nice speakers that comes with the car.

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    the dealer wil know, but most heads don,t do more than 50 watt max rms wil be about 25 watts
    do you have the manual of the volvo, i know that in the manual of the s40 the head's of volvo were included in the manual of the car.

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    Wink Double din 2000 s80 volvo

    I just wanted to show that it could be done with a little bit of skill.

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    Double din 2000 s80 volvo

    Somehow the pictures was not sent. Well lets try that again.

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    what you could do to tackle most of your problems is:

    1st: use a usaspec or imiv adaptor to add ipod connection to your original head unit. these will also add an 'aux in' for the pc.

    2nd: in order to best keep the possibilty to return back to original, you could easily remove and cut the two vents above the centre console and put a 7" motorised flip out monitor in there (as i have in my s60).

    hsvolvo, nice install

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    Double din 2000 s80 volvo

    Thanks, I really wanted it look factory installed.

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