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    That's amazing! Are you going to be able to use GPS in this configuration?

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    You might want to look into something like this Equalizer/Control. That way you can have your tablet plugged in and have a solid sound source to feed to the amp and any future amps "subwoofer" that you may want. It will also give you lots more control over sound quality and an extra audio input for a phone or a friends ipod etc. Just my 2 cents, was going to do an android build myself but went with carputer instead.

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    I love how that turned out!! I've been thinking about selling my netbook setup to give an android tablet a try, this has definitely given me some more ideas on going about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samg2011 View Post
    Bit of a change of plan, the galaxy tab seems to be a bit hard to get hold of, so I bought a viewpad from maplins uk, 170 quid, so rebuild!
    You will probably fight on powering the Viewpad, because an standard car charger is too slow to hold the tablet use.

    I have a similar project "Viewpad 7 based" on Android tablets sub-forum, with some solutions.

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    Just get a charger with higher amp output. It's like aftermarket chargers for HTC phones, the original charger is 1a but the aftermarket ones are 500ma which means you can't charge and use the phone for GPS lol.

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    In my case it was not enough, and i had to use a modified 10 pin usb. Anyway, if you have tested and it works, it's ok.

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    And it's finished! Almost

    Right, it's almost finished! Just the cigarette lighter to go back in.



    After about 3 re-builds and lots of tinkering I finally managed to make the tablet fit. The amp under the seat takes care of the audio and I have built a little volume control in to centre console to take care of things on that side.

    Just get a charger with higher amp output. It's like aftermarket chargers for HTC phones, the original charger is 1a but the aftermarket ones are 500ma which means you can't charge and use the phone for GPS lol.
    I've been using a tomtom charger that has a higher output than the original, it seems to be doing the job, and is hardwired in to the stereo loom now.

    You might want to look into something like this Equalizer/Control. That way you can have your tablet plugged in and have a solid sound source to feed to the amp and any future amps "subwoofer" that you may want. It will also give you lots more control over sound quality and an extra audio input for a phone or a friends ipod etc. Just my 2 cents, was going to do an android build myself but went with carputer instead.
    I was actually looking to do something like this, I still have a bit of alternator whine in the system, its probably just a bad earth but I need to investigate.

    As for the GPS that works perfectly in this configuration, overall im pretty thrilled with how it turned out. Possibly in the near future I want to look at a motorized over/shutter or someway of removing the tab. Currently it's pretty hardwired in to the dash.

    The tab is fixed in using a bit of plastic that came as a case with the tab. I ripped it apart and fixed it in using that:



    The next job is to pull the centre console out and fix an alternative line in - for using ipods and other kit. I also need to think about some sort of source switch between the tab and the line in.

    Thoughts and comments always appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samg2011 View Post
    Right, it's almost finished! Just the cigarette lighter to go back in.



    After about 3 re-builds and lots of tinkering I finally managed to make the tablet fit. The amp under the seat takes care of the audio and I have built a little volume control in to centre console to take care of things on that side.



    I've been using a tomtom charger that has a higher output than the original, it seems to be doing the job, and is hardwired in to the stereo loom now.



    I was actually looking to do something like this, I still have a bit of alternator whine in the system, its probably just a bad earth but I need to investigate.

    As for the GPS that works perfectly in this configuration, overall im pretty thrilled with how it turned out. Possibly in the near future I want to look at a motorized over/shutter or someway of removing the tab. Currently it's pretty hardwired in to the dash.

    The tab is fixed in using a bit of plastic that came as a case with the tab. I ripped it apart and fixed it in using that:



    The next job is to pull the centre console out and fix an alternative line in - for using ipods and other kit. I also need to think about some sort of source switch between the tab and the line in.

    Thoughts and comments always appreciated.
    Looks real nice and clean. Great Job! I'm still toying with mine.
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    Great job! Dash came out a treat.

    I have a 7" Galaxy Tab and I'm considering using it as my next car PC. I have the Car Home app which seems to work well.

    So you want to put in a switch to select between the tab and a line input? Something like this might do the trick: http://gadget.brando.com/hopewell-3-...326c048d1.html

    If not, you can make one yourself like this: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-...mm-Switch-diy/


    It would be great if you could make yours removable. The way to do this is to mount a ViewPad dock in your dash and hack together some sort of hinge which holds the tablet in place when it's docked. I'm planning on doing this ... it needs more thought.
    Last edited by MeeM; 11-29-2011 at 11:25 PM.

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    Alls I got to say is super and dooper all at the same time. I finally finished my mount for now but still not 100% complete or satisfied yet.

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