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  1. Thread: MS Surface Pro 2

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    Thought I'd post a view of the centre console...

    Thought I'd post a view of the centre console cavity of the Honda. Now I know the metal work may not look pretty but I'm limited to the tools I have - a drill, a bench vice and a few hammers, and the...
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    If you look at the last few pictures I posted you...

    If you look at the last few pictures I posted you can see the "Bright sunny day" outside reflection through the rear window, also notice on the GPS screen how much this is reduced as its mainly very...
  3. Thread: MS Surface Pro 2

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    Thanks SNO.

    Thanks SNO.
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    Couple of quick shots of the fixed outer Dash...

    Couple of quick shots of the fixed outer Dash cover plate filled and painted black - soon to be vinyl wrapped. Before that, I'm going to attempt to make the removable Trim insert plate in fibreglass...
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    FYI a few pictures to give an idea of how the SP2...

    FYI a few pictures to give an idea of how the SP2 mounts and the removal process.

    First a picture of the Tablet sitting on the Docking Cradle plate without the Dash Cover plate. The Dash cover...
  6. Thread: MS Surface Pro 2

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    Added a Surface Battery % meter to my FE with 3...

    Added a Surface Battery % meter to my FE with 3 state power status indication:

    1. Running on internal battery
    2. Running on Vehicle DC - not charging
    3. Running on Vehicle DC - charging
    ...
  7. Thread: MS Surface Pro 2

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    Just had a chance to try the SP2 turn-on circuit...

    Just had a chance to try the SP2 turn-on circuit above under different start conditions. As soon as the key is turned to accessory you can hear the click of the solenoid, as that is happening I...
  8. Thread: MS Surface Pro 2

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    Simple circuit to control the Surface Pro power...

    Simple circuit to control the Surface Pro power button via a solenoid:

    Ground, 12v Accessory from the Vehicle and +5v from the USB connection of the SP2.

    Turn on the Vehicle and this circuit...
  9. Thread: MS Surface Pro 2

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    FYI here is the prototype car cradle and SP2...

    FYI here is the prototype car cradle and SP2 tablet power button on/off control using a solenoid.

    I eventually came up with a way to control the tiny SP2 On/Off button. There are enough problems...
  10. Thread: MS Surface Pro 2

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    camo.b, that_kid Thanks for the comments -...

    camo.b, that_kid Thanks for the comments - making this face plate and making it removable is a real task, however I think I have it worked out. Video walkthrough is still about a week away.

    Just...
  11. Thread: MS Surface Pro 2

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    1. Basically finished the backing plate and...

    1. Basically finished the backing plate and almost set on the position.

    2. Made a vehicle Charger/PSU for the Tablet.

    It's night time and I just fired the system up after installing the...
  12. Thread: MS Surface Pro 2

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    Did a test drive yesterday - everything worked,...

    Did a test drive yesterday - everything worked, however it will take a few trial and error fitments to get the best angle for viewing the reflective screen of these Tablets.

    Technical info on...
  13. Thread: MS Surface Pro 2

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    15 on ONE Port - Lot of people run into problems...

    15 on ONE Port - Lot of people run into problems with this on different Computers and going back a few years now.

    There are no power supply's needed except for USB power. Tablet will run from...
  14. Thread: MS Surface Pro 2

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    I just powered the system up for the for the time...

    I just powered the system up for the for the time in the vehicle - always an anxious moment - waiting for smoke, or worse :Cry:

    A few weeks ago I managed to get an old Radio board, the only...
  15. Thread: MS Surface Pro 2

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    This was posted before the Trunk install above...

    This was posted before the Trunk install above but for some reason went missing:

    More delays - very hot weather - too hot to work on the Vehicle. However the delay was a blessing as it gave me...
  16. Thread: MS Surface Pro 2

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    Finally - Trunk Control unit installed: Wires...

    Finally - Trunk Control unit installed:

    Wires lying around are for Amplifier speakers, power, remote on/off (mute) and 1 of the 5 audio leads - 4 short leads from the bottom of the control board...
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    FYI this is the circuit of the Controls Micro and...

    FYI this is the circuit of the Controls Micro and iDrive panel. Combined with it is the Rear Trunk control panel. Tends to make it look more complex that it really is.

    Of interest is the Digital...
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    One thing I found helpful is if you have a laptop...

    One thing I found helpful is if you have a laptop or tablet and can get hold of a small USB GPS, looking at sat signal levels as cables are moved and rerouted, PSU run by itself and PC running from a...
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    Partly, although in my case I mounted the tiny...

    Partly, although in my case I mounted the tiny magnetic aerial on the back edge of the bonnet (no wiring visible and hardly notice it), basically about 8" in front centre of the windscreen, that made...
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    Adding to what camo.b said, some PSUs are a big...

    Adding to what camo.b said, some PSUs are a big problem (M4) others may or may not be a problem depends on layout, position etc. However the PC and local wiring around the PC can also drop GPS...
  21. Thread: Surface Pro 3

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    I believe that purchasing the Dock is the only...

    I believe that purchasing the Dock is the only way to get the Power and IO adaptor plug, and yes if I was going with an SP3 I would be temped to get the dock, pull it apart and use the hardware. The...
  22. Thread: Surface Pro 3

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    Actually had a chance to look up the SP3 power...

    Actually had a chance to look up the SP3 power port and bones5133 is correct - the Power port is more of a docking port, the side mounted USB and video-out sockets are not used as everything comes...
  23. Thread: MS Surface Pro 2

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    Finished the following recoding my FE 1. Auto...

    Finished the following recoding my FE

    1. Auto Reverse camera detection, capture and display.

    2. Auto selection and control of DAB or FM aerial relay.

    3. Auto Hibernate - Sleep or Shutdown...
  24. Thread: Surface Pro 3

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    This is taking far longer that I expected because...

    This is taking far longer that I expected because of the crappy capture devices available - namely crap drivers - They work ok if your plugging them in and out of a desktop but randomly fail to...
  25. Thread: Surface Pro 3

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    It looks the exactly the same as the SP2 docking...

    It looks the exactly the same as the SP2 docking station, hopefully they put a faster USB to LAN device in this one.

    Connects power and USB, then has a charger and various USB devices built into...
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