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    Quote Originally Posted by yanky View Post
    So I may need some input from you SDB. I took my entire dash apart tonight to take measurements and see what space was behind it, and its not good news. I had originally planned to push the factory headunit back and continue to use it as my amp for the tablet, but the headunit takes up all the space behind the dash. I also wanted to do this so that I could mount the tablet in front of the headunit and have the tab be removable, both for security and so I can use the factory stereo in those moments of need. Without heavy modification to both the dash and the headunit, none of this is possible. Also, my tab is literally like 1/16" too tall top to bottom, when in lansdcape, to fit in the dash hole. I basically didnt catch a single break.

    I really wanted to be as close to stock as possible or be able to get back to stock pretty easily, and Im not thrilled about possibly losing the radio function of my car. I personally hardly use it but when driving friends or ladies around, its nice to let them pick the music from the radio and just let it go. Also, once I lose the headunit, I lose my steering wheel controls without installing a fairly costly adapter. Then theres the matter of modifying the dash to allow the tab to be removable. I know how I want to do this, but trimming away the factory dash plastic seems like it could easily turn bad and have that crappy unfinished look. Arg.

    So my question is, do you have any input on a decent amp for powering factory speakers in a vehicle? Small enough to fit inside my dash headunit hole would be awesome but somehow I doubt thats possible. My other option would be to mount it under the passenger seat which has plenty of room, and run the cabling either along the door jam and under the glove box, or under the center console. Optimally Im trying not to blow a ton of money here as this install has already gotten way out of hand.

    Lastly, Im on an unlocked iphone through Tmobile so Im running the slowest cell connection ever since it wasnt really made for that, pretty much useless for streaming web music. I might have to upgrade to a phone that is meant for the Tmobile network so that I can get 3g speeds and then have radio through tune-in radio and the like. Theres another few hundred. Lol.
    I was in a similar predicament and decided upon extending the wiring harness and moving the head unit total the glove box. This means I can maintain use of the steering wheel controls, can listen to radio if necessary and can easily revert back to stock

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    I looked into the Nexus7 but the lack of external storage was a killer for me. No matter how much I want to use the cloud, I will always want a good stockpile of songs on my actual device and I cant really achieve that with the Nexus. I also didnt like that the homescreen is locked to portrait mode instead of landscape, unless you root it (unless Im wrong on that). I have already procured another dash/radio trim piece to modify so that my original stays pristine so I am prepared to move forward on that part. I have some good ideas to make it all work and will start a worklog as soon as the damn need to have every comment approved by a moderator goes away.

    I will take a look at that amp that you linked. I briefly looked at it and it looks pretty cool. My other idea was to look into single din aftermarket head units and see if I can hide one in the dash but I think they are all still the same depth as my current head unit. I was hoping that maybe they had grown smaller depthwise over the years since the last time that I had to shop for one, but I might be out of luck there. Still need to investigate that. Regarding the steering wheel controls, I was referencing my oem built in controls. In my research for this project, I found that if I remove the factory head unit, I will lose my warning chimes and ability to control the volume/preset with my built in steering controls, and would need an adapter that is about $150 in order to get them back. I found this when looking at replacement head units on crutchfield I think. Ill have to look into that some more. Im not thrilled about losing that even though the tab has its own volume control.

    Unfortunately the iphone on tmobile is not natively 3g as it uses a different frequency than the one that tmobile uses for 3g. Recently tmobile added the frequency to their network that the iphone needs for 3g specifically for those of us that use an unlocked iphone but dont want at&t's ****ty prices, but its spotty at best and it will take quite some time to roll out to towers everywhere. Currently I get 3g in downtown cleveland pretty well, and in a few other select cities but in small areas. Its basically not useful for me at all yet. I am looking into a different phone as an upgrade so that I can have usable internet speeds while out and about, and I can always go back to my iphone if I want to in the future. I agree with you on the usefulness of the tablet being limited without that connection to the web though and thats an integral part of my build. In the meantime, I can use my mifi from work as long as I dont run up the data usage too high lol.

    Thanks for the replies! Your knowledge is definitely a massive help in planning and completing a project like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yanky View Post
    I looked into the Nexus7 but the lack of external storage was a killer for me. No matter how much I want to use the cloud, I will always want a good stockpile of songs on my actual device and I cant really achieve that with the Nexus. I also didnt like that the homescreen is locked to portrait mode instead of landscape, unless you root it (unless Im wrong on that). I have already procured another dash/radio trim piece to modify so that my original stays pristine so I am prepared to move forward on that part. I have some good ideas to make it all work and will start a worklog as soon as the damn need to have every comment approved by a moderator goes away.

    I will take a look at that amp that you linked. I briefly looked at it and it looks pretty cool. My other idea was to look into single din aftermarket head units and see if I can hide one in the dash but I think they are all still the same depth as my current head unit. I was hoping that maybe they had grown smaller depthwise over the years since the last time that I had to shop for one, but I might be out of luck there. Still need to investigate that. Regarding the steering wheel controls, I was referencing my oem built in controls. In my research for this project, I found that if I remove the factory head unit, I will lose my warning chimes and ability to control the volume/preset with my built in steering controls, and would need an adapter that is about $150 in order to get them back. I found this when looking at replacement head units on crutchfield I think. Ill have to look into that some more. Im not thrilled about losing that even though the tab has its own volume control.

    Unfortunately the iphone on tmobile is not natively 3g as it uses a different frequency than the one that tmobile uses for 3g. Recently tmobile added the frequency to their network that the iphone needs for 3g specifically for those of us that use an unlocked iphone but dont want at&t's ****ty prices, but its spotty at best and it will take quite some time to roll out to towers everywhere. Currently I get 3g in downtown cleveland pretty well, and in a few other select cities but in small areas. Its basically not useful for me at all yet. I am looking into a different phone as an upgrade so that I can have usable internet speeds while out and about, and I can always go back to my iphone if I want to in the future. I agree with you on the usefulness of the tablet being limited without that connection to the web though and thats an integral part of my build. In the meantime, I can use my mifi from work as long as I dont run up the data usage too high lol.

    Thanks for the replies! Your knowledge is definitely a massive help in planning and completing a project like this.
    Yep, take it from me, you'll want to retain steering wheel controls if you can, even if that means buying an expensive wiring harness/adapter. I don't have steering wheel controls right now, and it's not a deal breaker, but is annoying sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDB_FTW View Post
    Yep, take it from me, you'll want to retain steering wheel controls if you can, even if that means buying an expensive wiring harness/adapter.
    Do you leave your tablet inside the car all the time? How is it holding up after exposure to the hostile environment inside the cockpit of a car, especially one that has been sitting in the sun for a few hours over a workday?
    Last edited by swarga; 01-14-2013 at 10:20 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swarga View Post
    Do you leave your tablet inside the car all the time? How is it holding up after exposure to the hostile environment inside the cockpit of a car, especially one that has been sitting in the sun for a few hours over a workday?
    Yes, the tablet is permanently mounted in the vehicle. I have had no issues thus far, but it wasn't installed until october, so it hasn't been exposed to the most extreme heat as of yet. It's a scary thought, hopefully it will work out.

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    Thanks for your reply. I have a Nexus 7 which I want to put into my 2005, but the temperature specs leave me a little leery (rated for up to 40C, IIRC - and it can get much hotter inside a car in the summertime).

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    Quote Originally Posted by swarga View Post
    Thanks for your reply. I have a Nexus 7 which I want to put into my 2005, but the temperature specs leave me a little leery (rated for up to 40C, IIRC - and it can get much hotter inside a car in the summertime).
    Maybe the lower temperature tolerance is because the Nexus7 has a hotter running processor, but my Tab2 is rated to 45*C. It can still get hotter than that in a car, but hopefully by using a sunshade on the windshield and keeping the windows cracked on hot days, i'll be ok. When the car is off, all tablet radios are disabled (gps, wifi, bluetooth, etc.) so it shouldn't be running hot internally. Also, cyanogenmod10 has a feature to automatically lower the cpu clock speed when not needed. When the tablet is idle, the processor only runs at 300MHz, which doesn't produce much heat at all. We'll have to see, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed.

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    Those of us who were sticking with ICS until they pushed an upgrade out just got jelly bean a couple days ago

    Its certainly a change from ICS.

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    FINALLY created a video that demonstrates the automated startup and shutdown processes!!


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    Nice Video! :-)

    What is the equalizer wallpaper called?

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