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    using road runner with xenon 7" screen.

    Hi all, wanting to install a car pc to my Range Rover Sport due to the stock sat nav being utter s#@*t! One problem i have though is that i only have room in the dash for a 7" monitor and, wishing to use a xenon 7" touchscreen, will not have access to the external buttons. Using road runner as a front end, do i have control over contrast, brightness etc in the front end or will i lose all control over these? Any info would be great!

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    RR has built in gamma control but you'd only be able to adjust brightness and such through your Graphics card (if its supports the function)

    As you'll have to take the TS out of its case anyway why not extend the Monitor Front panel connections and place those control within easy reach somewhere? (thats what i'd do).

    It was my understanding that the Range Rover Sport had 20.000 dollar sound system,sorry to hear its not much good.

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    I myself had installed a xenarc into my dash without exposing the controls, it easily turns on/off by itself, and I controlled the gamma through software only. Any other changes I needed, I used the remote control -- the only thing I did make sure was exposed was the IR sensor.
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    $20,000 dollars! not quite, probably about 10 for the premium sat nav crap. I opted for the ice package which gives passive sub, harmann kardon speakers etc. I think the sound is great. The DVD, sat nav combo is crap though, can only input one destination prior to commencing your journey and cannot hack in to enable changing enroute and the dvd cannot be hooked up to play through the front screen and as for tv - forget it! Overall a great car and wouldn't swap it for anything, just got to have a close look at some of the options - bloody expensive and pretty much useless!

    As for the IR sensor, shouldn't that work regardless of being concealed? The one on my Home theatre system works around the corner, behind walls, everywhere?!

    As for the package, want a stock looking finish so opting for factory GPS antenna, Xenarc mini PC stashed under the passenger seat, not recommended i know but it's fully enclosed and i'll run all leads through a single conduit stuck to the carpet with some velcro so shouldn't get hung up and the 7" touch screen from Xenarc also.

    THen run the whole lot through the auxillary input on the LR sound system to allow for steering wheel control of the basics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guino View Post
    I myself had installed a xenarc into my dash without exposing the controls, it easily turns on/off by itself, and I controlled the gamma through software only. Any other changes I needed, I used the remote control -- the only thing I did make sure was exposed was the IR sensor.
    I agree. You defenitley need some type of control for the screen. I left the IR for the remote exposed so that I can still control the screen. Defenitely need it for switching between the 2 AUX inputs.
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    Sorry to sound completely ignorant but we don't have any xenarc distibuters in oz, so can only go on what i've seen in pics and read.... where abouts on the original housing is the IR sensor?

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    Here's a pic, though, if you can't identify it yourself, you should probably have somebody help you with that, cause it only gets worse from here.
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    For sure i'll be getting some help! Firstly not keen on breaking what i've just bought and secondly couldn't bring myself to start tearing apart the dash in my car..... Will be getting it professionally installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by driller View Post
    As for the IR sensor, shouldn't that work regardless of being concealed? The one on my Home theatre system works around the corner, behind walls, everywhere?!
    I assure you, if you put something right in front of the IR sensor, so that it was completely covered, it wouldn't work anywhere in your house.

    IR is more direct in it transmission, unlike say radio waves. However, they are still waves, and they can make it to a sensor in another room in certain conditions. But again, if you completely block the front of the sensor, it won't work. Same with the screen, you want to give it a good view to the car. It doesn't have to be front and center, but it only helps.

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    IR basics

    Wiredwrx is 100% correct. IR remotes work better with a direct line of sight. BUT can bounce off walls ect, depending on the strength of the emitter in the remote itself. My DVD remote has to be pointed almost directly at the receiver for it to work. On the other hand, my Tivo remote will work if I point it even directly away from the Tivo box, as it has a nice strong IR emitter (strong enough t bounce off walls), and a large IR receiver on the front of the Tivo.

    IR is just invisable light to the naked eye, but works on the same principle as a flashlight. Shining the light directly at something is far better, but if you are around the corner, and point it towards the other room, some of the light is reflected off the walls, and you will ge ta little light in the room.

    Try this, take a simple piece of paper, and put it in front of your IR receiver, and I can guarntee it will no longer pick up signals from the remote control.

    On another note, many people do not know that you can EASILY mess with someone trying to use a remote control For instance, take any old remote control, and hold a button that repeats, volume for instance, and point it at say the TV. Now if someone tries to use the TV remote to change the channel, it will not work. What happens is that the remote you are holding, and the one they are trying to use at the same time, combine to create a totally different atinuation/frequency of of IR light
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