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    2007 Vw Golf mkV carputer

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    Display & radio
    Headunit JVC avx800

    power supply
    M2-ATX

    PC
    p4 2.4 GHZ cpu (old pc)
    2x512MB ddr (266MHZ) (old pc)
    usb touch screen controller (ebay)
    perspex case (cut-to-size)
    scanconverter (ebay, brand name is grand hand view)
    case fansx2 (old pc)
    laptop harddrive 120G+adapter (75 computer shop)
    4pdt relay

    I have this JVC unit for more than a year(warranty expired), so I decided to pull it apart and went ahead to connect it to a car PC. To be honest, if I didn't have the avx800 I would have got myself a true VGA screen like Linitx.
    The screen resolution is bearable, but not true vga quality. This project is pretty much completed, but theres room for improvement -- to change the screen of the jvc unit to a true vga screen. The hardest part of the project
    was building the case for the carpc, the space under the passenger seat in a golf is just enough to fit a atx motherboard, but its the metal part under the motorised seat thatz made it hard to get the right case(as can be seen in one of the pics, I have to cut it to a L-shape).

    The original carpc was a miniITX 1 Ghz, it was too slow in my opinion.

    some of the pics were taken in an underground parking lot, so quality isn't great.
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    Nice setup.I have a avx810 and am curious how you control the pc?The unit is a touchscreen but not while the pc is on??

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    Quote Originally Posted by slickdeville View Post
    Nice setup.I have a avx810 and am curious how you control the pc?The unit is a touchscreen but not while the pc is on??
    I control the pc using the jvc screen as well, a 4pdt relay let me switch between pc operation and headunit functions.

    I disassembled the lcd case(8 small screws, detach the main flex cable, then u have access to the controller board). There's a 4 pin flex cable for the touchscreen , I detached it from the socket and connect to a relay then to an external usb controller, and the controller connects to the pc.

    Another reason why i pulled the headunit apart --- the jvc AVX800 unit i have does not have a remote input jack(researched on the internet and found that the not all versions of the jvc unit come with the a/v i/o wire with the remote input jack), so i wasn't able to use the steering wheel buttons to control the unit. New cable costs around 80USD and may/may not need a firmware upgrade as well.

    If the screen dies, I will replace it with a true vga lcd and turn it into a jvc vga headunit. Thats my next project.

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    Cheers for the info.I only have my unit for a week so not too sure if I'am willing to void the warranty yet.I had this unit http://www.cartft.com/catalog/il/729 but it only lasted 3 weeks before it started to act funny.Should have it back from the manufacturer next week but dont know if I'll install it again.

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    guess we just have to wait for the big brands to come up with good vga headunits, or wait for the smaller brands to comeup with quality ones. Lets hope your CID650 replacement works up to expectation. The CID650 looks pretty good

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    Nice setup! I have the exact same headunit and i would like to hook my laptop to it and be able to control everything from the touch screen like you have done. I have no idea where to start. My laptop has vga and hdmi output. Could you go into more detail on how to do the whole thing? Will i be able to make it work with the vga? Im good with electronics and im not afraid to open the headunit. Thanks for the help in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarheel_600 View Post
    Nice setup! I have the exact same headunit and i would like to hook my laptop to it and be able to control everything from the touch screen like you have done. I have no idea where to start. My laptop has vga and hdmi output. Could you go into more detail on how to do the whole thing? Will i be able to make it work with the vga? Im good with electronics and im not afraid to open the headunit. Thanks for the help in advance!
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/faq-...l-your-pc.html
    2006 Acura TL OEM Navi Touchscreen Integration

    u'll need : a usb touchscreen controller(4-wire!! coz JVC uses 4-wire), a relay(4pdt), a scan converter, flex connectors/, flex extension connector,some small awg wires, soldering iron, some non conductive glue and a pair of steady hands.

    The above links are the ones that i have used as references, once you pressed open on the JVC headunit(or if you don't have 12v power, theres a wheel/dial down the bottom of the unit which you can turn to open/close), then you have access to the screws holding the plastics, which secures the main flex ribbon cable. THen carefully unplug one end of the flex cable, thats one screw holding the hinges together, unscrew that and you should be able to gain access to the pcb behind the lcd. Be super cautious with the little flex cables and connectors down the bottom of the pcb, be gentle and don't twist the flex cables.

    The blue 4 pin flex is the one that connects to the touchscreen controller on the PCB. Don't put all the screws back until you have tested everything. The hardest part is finding the right flex connectors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geegala View Post
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/faq-...l-your-pc.html
    2006 Acura TL OEM Navi Touchscreen Integration

    u'll need : a usb touchscreen controller(4-wire!! coz JVC uses 4-wire), a relay(4pdt), a scan converter, flex connectors/, flex extension connector,some small awg wires, soldering iron, some non conductive glue and a pair of steady hands.

    The above links are the ones that i have used as references, once you pressed open on the JVC headunit(or if you don't have 12v power, theres a wheel/dial down the bottom of the unit which you can turn to open/close), then you have access to the screws holding the plastics, which secures the main flex ribbon cable. THen carefully unplug one end of the flex cable, thats one screw holding the hinges together, unscrew that and you should be able to gain access to the pcb behind the lcd. Be super cautious with the little flex cables and connectors down the bottom of the pcb, be gentle and don't twist the flex cables.

    The blue 4 pin flex is the one that connects to the touchscreen controller on the PCB. Don't put all the screws back until you have tested everything. The hardest part is finding the right flex connectors.
    so all im doing is taking the four wires in the flex cable going to the touch screen now and putting them through the NC contacts on the relay. then i hook up the scan converter to the vga on the computer. then from there it goes out to the usb touchscreen controller then out of that and through the NO contacts of the relay then to the touchscreen? i've never dealt with either the scan converter or the usb controller. would those two just hook together easily? or do i need to do some splicing there? everything seems pretty straight forward, not terribly complicated. and just by doing these steps my touchscreen will work my laptop?? im good with electronics but my experience with computer hardware is lacking so i apologize for the ignorance. also how is the quality of the picture? is it worth doing? from what i can tell in the pics its look decent. thanks!!! if you had the links to the items you bought that would be awesome also.

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    ok. after some research it looks like the usb touchscreen controller hooks up to the touch screen and the other side goes into the usb port on the computer. and for the scan converter one side goes to the vga on my computer and the other side plugs into the red, yellow, white cables going to the headunit. am i correct with all of this?? so to get it to work i would have to go to AV input on the headunit then turn on the relay to switch over the touch screen to control the computer?

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