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    man, thats sick...
    I love it.
    Thats a true intregration right there.
    I will follow this most def.

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    kelmk, quick question for you.... how did you hardwire your lcd? Did you connect the pos to acc and neg to ground or did you tap into the cig lighter wires and use a relay?

    and also props for professionallism

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    I'm not sure anymore, I think I'm just wired into the remote wire for power.

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    This weekend I repainted my entire center console to match the space navigator cup holder. I used SEM texture paint which is awesome. Everything matches great now.

    I have three outstanding issues with my setup that are driving me nuts.
    I'm using Capture! for my webcam but I can't get it to work with standby. It will stop recording on standby but errors when I resume. Maybe I'll script it with girder.

    Google Earth. The no internet connection warnings are very annoying and with the new version there are even more! yay! I'll looking into getting mobile internet soon. I'll probably go with Sprint since they seem to have the only unlimited plan for $60. Only if they give me a free modem though. The new GE is really cool and has street views now.

    My OBDII device is driving me nuts. Half the time I can't even connect to it. It will not work through any hubs whatsoever. Even if it's the only device on it. If it's on a dedicated usb port then it works. Also it uses the same driver as my usb since it uses a virtual com port so sometime windows gets them mixed up and randomly changes port numbers on me. Not cool.
    The biggest problem is I haven't found any software that will deal with either entering standby/resume or turning the ignition off. I purchased Dashcommand but it deals with neither. Even when it was working the data rate was stuttering. It would go fast for a bit and then stop then go fast again. I'm thinking something may be wrong with my OBDII reader. So my digital dash is on hold until I can figure these issues out.

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    my guess is none of the OBDII programmers are expecting people to go into standby or hibernation so therefore have not programmed for it.

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    You might want to take a look at this:

    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/lcd-...one-these.html

    It's a 3.5" VGA LCD, maybe it's a better fit to your dash, no? Of course, you already have another one, and this one would be another $280. But it looks good for gauge applications/2nd LCD.

    In any case, thought you might be interested.

    Cheers.

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    I got me some mobile internet! Picked up one of these http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/05/s...-do-usb-modem/ and signed up with Sprint. $50/mo
    I'm still trying to figure out how to get it to auto connect to the net without having to use the crappy sprint software. It's also not working after resume so hopefully I can figure that out.
    last.fm in the car is awesome though.

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    Nice install! Sound question

    Really nice work on the fabrication stuff. I recently completed installing in my 2000 323 Coupe. I'm using the same sound card (Turtle Beach Advantage SRM) w/stock amp (non-HK though). I used a SVEN4 to convert to balanced input, and an Audiogate AVM4 to boost volume, but sound is terrible. I'm wondering if PHOENIX GOLD SLD44 SIGNAL LINE DRIVER PROCESSOR is a better product? They cost about the same. I haev a slight noise problem I'm trying to work out too, but I'm a lot more concerned about the sound quality which is really pretty poor. I am getting way too much distortion when I turn up the gains on the audiogate, but not enough volume when I turn them down. Did you do any special tuning?

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    I have no problem with sound quality. I don't think there is any need for a sven 4. All I needed was a line driver to increase the voltage going into the amps. I also have zero line noise.
    The way I set it up was turn the pc volume to 75% and then turn up the gains on the line drivers until I head distortion and then back a bit. The only problem I have now is the volume is still quite loud and very small window volume like 2-3%. I can turn down the wave volume but then my high end is quieter which is ok since I don't listen to it that loud anyways. Either the output from the Audio advantage or the output from the line drivers is not linear. It gets loud early and then sort of levels out around 50%. Anything louder than that is a smaller change. The bass is also disproportionate to the rest of the sound. It is good at low volumes but higher up I need to adjust the gain knob for more bass.
    So I'm still trying to find the perfect balance but it's pretty decent in the mean time.

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