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Thread: 2008 Mercedes ML550: Integrating an ASUS Transformer Infinity into the Stock System

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6 View Post
    I too, like you, did not want to cut anything and keep it 100% un butchered.
    I, unfortunately, had to tolerate a little butchering. But it was minimal. It was necessary to hit the climate control. If I didn't allow this, then it had to be fitted in the cup holders which would was not an option for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6 View Post
    I have since taken my switch assy apart to explore the possibilities there. impossible is a very harsh term and rarely is anything impossible if you really want it bad enough. this switch assy is no different, while it is "impractical" to try to separate the switch assy into separate switches as I now see, (it's all a one piece multi layered printed circuit board populated with a ton of smd components), it is not impossible to keep the whole circuit board intact but buried, and then remote mount separate switches elseware.
    You're right, nothing is really impossible. To clarify, it was not possible to make the stock assembly fit.

    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6 View Post
    also extending switches from this switch board is actually very easy, but the indicator leds not so much. they are tiny smd leds and there are a lot of them, the seat heater switches have 4 each, the suspension switch has 2 and of course all the others there, including the emergency flasher illumination while activated...
    That's an interesting idea. I never thought about that during my planning. I guess in my mind, everything had to appear stock and messing with the actual assembly or extending wires would lead to a non-stock lock. But now that I think about it, it's a good idea that can work.

    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6 View Post
    I don't know how anyone lives with just the stock navi in these cars, I had to have a tablet installed from day one, the stock system just doesn't even begin to compare
    The stock Mercedes Navigation system is complete garbage (as are other OEM systems from other car makers). The only thing it achieves is functionality. It's sad that such a beautiful car has a system like that. Even the new system, mbrace2, is not much better (in my opinion), but certainly an improvement.
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    Quick update for everyone, I'm configuring the software side of my install which is proving a lot more difficult than expected. The real limitation is time since I've been very busy with work. Once I make some real progress, Post #2 will be updated to document how the software is configured and the problems I faced.

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    Post #2 is updated with information on Tasker and Tablet Talk.

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    I see you've winded up finding a solution but in case you ever changed around your usb setup and needed an alternative, if you are rooted then in developer options there is a setting to keep the screen awake while plugged in, this combined with setting the screen to sleep in 15 seconds in the display setting is usually all you need to reliably have the screen go on and off with the key.

    another good method that works even if not rooted is to use an app called caffeine. it too can be set to activate it's always on mode when powered externally and will also turn the screen off 15 seconds after the external power goes away

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6 View Post
    I see you've winded up finding a solution but in case you ever changed around your usb setup and needed an alternative, if you are rooted then in developer options there is a setting to keep the screen awake while plugged in, this combined with setting the screen to sleep in 15 seconds in the display setting is usually all you need to reliably have the screen go on and off with the key.

    another good method that works even if not rooted is to use an app called caffeine. it too can be set to activate it's always on mode when powered externally and will also turn the screen off 15 seconds after the external power goes away
    Yep I tried developer options too. That was actually the first thing I tried before Tasker. The strange thing is the tablet always turns on with ignition. This tells me it senses power input. But afterwards, the screen will turn off 15 seconds later (or whatever the timeout is set to) despite the ignition being. It still confuses the hell out of me. It might be related to how ASUS implements the dock connection. I'm not completely sure. Other people with the Infinity do not have this problem, but they do not have the Connect Dock.

    It may be related to the custom ROM I'm using, but it's based on stock ASUS with minimal changes so I doubt it's that. Also, the problem persisted after I did a complete re-install.

    During my set up of Tasker, I could never find an error message in the log. I also made simple tasks as a way to troubleshoot. For example, I made the trigger "power any" and the task was a pop-up message saying "Power On." This task was never triggered except upon first boot. I did the same for an exit task when ignition was off and this was never triggered either when ignition was off. I interpret this as Tasker is not sensing a change in power state.

    I think ASUS' implantation of power monitoring/handling with the ASUS Connect Dock is the reason, but I can't prove it. I really wish I knew in case something happens in the future like you stated.

    I've never tried Caffeine, but I'll keep that in mind if something happens.

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    wow sweet

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    Posted an update to the second post. I added more details regarding Tablet Talk and have finalized my home screen. I've added pictures of my home screen and describe the apps I use.

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    At first with the illustration I was thinking "Oh, that's a pretty neat idea, it would be pretty hard to do though.. Then I saw the body filler and my jaw dropped that you're actually doing it. That is simply fearless right there, nice work, it looks really good. I'm pretty damn jealous.

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    Post #3 is updated.

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