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    Connecting PC to Car ISO

    http://store.mp3car.com/Carnetix_Xen..._p/cbl-053.htm

    Just so I'm totally clear, this connects to the Car ISO thing, right? And it connects to the Audio Out/Headphone port and an AC port?

    More specifically, will it let me easily connect this computer to pretty much any car audio input? (Car ISO is a universal standard, right?)
    I wasn't getting any replies in the mp3car Store thread, so I'm moving my question here.

    I need to connect a CompuLab fit-PC2 to my car's audio. The FitPC will be going into the existing stereo port; is there a way that I can get 12V power from the car's ISO? Is there a 12V / Audio to ISO adapter?


    ...and are there any guides that you know of that explain fairly well how to replace the OEM unit on a pre-2007 BMW Mini Cooper?

    Thanks!

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    what is ISO?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    what is ISO?
    I have no clue what it stands for, but apparently it's the name for the interface that the car stereo connects to the sound system though.

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    the only ISO's i know of is copies of cd's, so if it is a car thing, i can't find much info on it...

    well, that looks like it is only a power adapter for a carnetix power supply, and a zenarc monitor, so i don't think that it will work for what you want to use it for.

    what kind of year/make/model/stereo setup/computer setup are you trying to connect?

    the more details the better

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    Pretty sure I said it's a pre-2007 BMW Mini Cooper, and I posted the (I think) important tech specs of the pc. 12V power supply, standard headphone audio jack.

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    thats what i thought, but wanted to make sure-- my family makes me do all the electronics work on 4 cars, so i get used to talking about more than one vehicle at a time...

    according to my friend google , the fitpc needs regulated 12 volt input, so you will need a 12v dc-dc regulator to power it:
    http://store.mp3car.com/Intelligent_..._p/pwr-034.htm

    and then wire it to a fused wire that you run from the battery.
    (i do not ever recommend splicing into the factory wiring for power-- too many variables, unless you personally designed the electrical system and know that the wire you speced will take the load...)

    the headphone to aux is the easy part monoprice.com has some of the cheapest cables-- just get a male-to-male 3.5mm stereo headphone jack at whatever length you need

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    Thanks! Just one thing...

    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    and then wire it to a fused wire that you run from the battery
    I'm new to car electronics. When I read this, I imagine attaching wires to the leads on the car battery and stringing those back. Please clarify what you mean by this! I'm easily creeped out by this stuff!
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    An ISO connector is just a term for the style of connector....its about as descriptive as the word plug.

    What your looking for is here:
    http://www.metraonline.com/fit.aspx

    enter in your vehicle info and it will find the proper harness for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by justchat_1 View Post
    An ISO connector is just a term for the style of connector....its about as descriptive as the word plug.

    What your looking for is here:
    http://www.metraonline.com/fit.aspx

    enter in your vehicle info and it will find the proper harness for you
    I hate to be a burden, but what exactly do I do with this? It doesn't show the other end, so I'm having a hard time visualizing how it connects.

    http://retailer2.installationexcelle...hicleid=215173

    Thank you so much for your help!
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    That end connects to the car's stereo wiring harness (connector).

    The other end is bare wires. That will have your power wires in it. You will definitely need to regulate that power though.

    Also, does the car have an amplifier built in?
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