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    Smile Typical Newbie Questions!

    I have been reading the past posts for quite sometime now and I have noticed that 90% people here hate FM Modulators/Transmitters as a need to hear their radio. Here is my situation:

    2004 Dodge Dakota w/ Lifetime Sirius Satellite Radio. I have heard that the satellite is lifetime with the headunit and thus I am not willing to replace my HU (That would cost me $350 for the Satellite radio, and $250 for HU -- Not feasible). No one mention that I get a new HU unless you are 100% positive that I can still get Sirius w/ the new HU.

    I am not even sure if the standard Cassette (yes I know...I was cheap when I bought the truck) will support a Modulator. I am not an audiofile and if the quality is the same as the quality that I hear on the radio, that is fine with me. What do you think of the FM Transmitter found on this device: RadioSphere

    I want things to be clean looking and hidden. Here are the products I was looking to use. Any feedback and guidance are up in the air.

    ME-6000 mini-itx (already purchased)
    Deluo GPS mouse (anyone had any problems with this?)
    Other typical computer stuff (hard drive, ram, DVD player, etc).
    7 inch flat LCD touch screen (any recommendations on these?) (also if I have a touch screen would I need a mouse and keyboard?)
    OPUS 90Watt power supply (what kind of equipment do you need to connect the PSU to the battery -- I would assume you can't use the 12 volt in the car).

    In summary:
    1) Best way to get sound to Stock HU?
    2) Thoughts/recommendations on listed items
    3) Any guides connecting power to CPU

    Thanks!

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    Answers:

    1) if stock HU does not have AUX-in...hard wire FM Modulator is your answer.

    This thing will be hardwire behind your HU so everything is consealed.
    It plugs between your antenna and your HU and draws 12v supply from a 12v source inside your cabin..

    2) I feel..(my opinion) 600mhz is too slow for my taste. But depending on what you're planning to do with it. It might just fit the job.

    3) there is a .pdf diagram on how to wire the Opus. You'll have to do a search on it. I'm too lazy to do it for u.

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    I recommend using an auxilliary line input converter, if your stock head unit has a jack for a changer to plug into. See if it has CD changer controls, then you could probably do it. I have my PC audio running into the car's head unit this way and it sounds great. Just like having a line input.

    try this: http://www.logjamelectronics.com/auxchry.html

    hope this helps.

    Brian

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    Well, I was thinking of running linux and only the necessary apps for the programs I'd need - DVD player, GPS, MP3 player, CD player. That is why I figured 600mhz to be good (also it was fanless).

    With the FM Modulator the power would come from a 12v so I would have to run a wire to that? I wanted to keep this installation as neat and hidden as possible and having wire constantly in my 12v doesnt' appeal to me. Is there another way to power it?

    I am pretty sure my HU won't have a CD changer controls because it is the base unit from chrysler. I will search for the OPUS guide, thanks.

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    The audiovox wired FM modulator that I have can be mostly hidden in it's original form. A small switch is used to control 12v to the box. and the RCA cables would need to run to your sound device (Card/USB) Everything else should be in the dash.

    I have good things to say about mine, it solved the 'I want to keep stock HU features' issue we had in the Suburban.
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    With no Aux input (or CD changer connection) an FM modulator is going to be your best bet. Tape adapters which for years were used with portable CD players offer less than cassette tape quality due to the fact that there are actually 2 tape heads in the mix. I think the biggest downfall for FM modulators is the fact that a cheap one is almost guaranteed to induce noise. Another problem with modulators is that they can adversely affect FM reception, I know mine does but it's not really a concern for me since the whole reason I put the PC in the truck was so I could get away from the radio. A good Modulator will run you around $30-$50 depending on where you get it. Look around on line.

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    Well, I guess here is the beginning of the project. Since my 1.2 athlon's mobo broke I decided I could save some money and use some of those compotents (Well, only the HD I guess). Here is me installing and setting up Windows XP.



    I still need to buy RAM. would ya'll recommend 256 or 512. I plan to use DVD player, mp3 player, and GPS. Right now I am testing with 512 and it takes about 50 seconds to start up (i'm 1/2 through my tweaks).

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    go with 512 you can never have to much ram

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    u dont need 512, plus if u hibernate it will take longer, and longer to boot. ur only playing mp3s....
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    you can connect the 12v from your cabin's fusebox. That's what I used to do for mines. It made the installation quick and clean since tapping into the fusebox is easier than looking for the correct wire.

    One thing you might want to concern. FM modulators w/ power usually distort your FM reception. I used to install a switch in between the 12v line so I can turn on and off the modulator whenever I need it.

    Don't go cheap with the modulator since you don't have much options. Getting a crappy modulator would only cost you more later when you're ****ed and unsatisfied with the sound quaility.

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