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    HD Radio (Visteon) display controller to control carPC?

    Alright, I should of post this thread in the HW development forum, but there is more traffic here.
    We already have solution to control the HD Radio receiver with carPC via Mitch's cable. So what we have left if the display controller laying around somewhere collecting dust. Why not modify it to use to control the PC?
    I think with some "know how" we can modify the display controller to work with girder via serial connection. Together, we can take the advantage of the display controller and the included remote control.
    Mitch, what do you think?
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    Dito to what he said

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    This seems like more of a desire to prevent waste or "because we can" type of idea. You can find much better looking display controllers with multiple lines of text and none of the HD Radio icons in the LCD. You could also get a multi-line character LCD in a nice looking plastic shell with a nice-looking serial cord, then add a USB IR sensor to use any remote you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newb77 View Post
    This seems like more of a desire to prevent waste or "because we can" type of idea. You can find much better looking display controllers with multiple lines of text and none of the HD Radio icons in the LCD. You could also get a multi-line character LCD in a nice looking plastic shell with a nice-looking serial cord, then add a USB IR sensor to use any remote you like.
    i think he meant to use mainly the buttons as an additional input to the pc, much like a powermate or something along those lines. i would be interested in this as well.

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    You could easily do this by modding the buttons pcb and using something like the ipac from ultimarc. I pretty much did this with a TV remote control! Works excellent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by juve021 View Post
    You could easily do this by modding the buttons pcb and using something like the ipac from ultimarc. I pretty much did this with a TV remote control! Works excellent!
    How?

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    WHAT!!

    i think that controller is one of the uglyiest displays I've ever seen...

    if you're looking for cool control...
    how about my SONY RMX2 / RMX4 thing, there wasnt much interest, but its so cool
    and as a person who has been controlling his car audio system with a joystick since 1992, i couldnt live without one!

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    I guess that (like any good enthusiast) he's trying to make use of everything he already has... and I'm also guessing that buying something else (for as cool is it may be), would not make him feel better about not making use of a perfectly good remote control. :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by djchicago View Post
    How?
    OK, I'm focusing on the buttons part of the HD radio display/control module.
    Using this:
    http://ultimarc.com/ipac1.html
    and the buttons from the display/control module of the hd radio unit, one could soilder wires from the board of the control module and connect them to the ipac which acts as a keyboard controller. Then by mapping keyboard keys from RR to various functions in RR, you can control pretty much anything from RR using the control module.
    Example:
    "Tune Up" button on HD control module is mapped to key "N" (using the ipac software) which can further be mapped to "Next Track" in RoadRunner (using the keytbl.ini file)

    It can be done, cause I've done something similar:
    see this post for an idea:
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