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Thread: 2003 E46 BMW 3 Series Ci Coupe UK Install Complete - custom dash/RR skin - many pics!

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    Nice job fella.. yeah I''m going to be installing a usb socket up front very soon as well.. I'm fed up of having to open my boot and put it in there. What gps software are you running there ?

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    Nice work lloydy! Congratulations! More photos and details would be great!Can you tell us more info about the i-bus? Which one did you buy? Where did you get it from and how did you connect it to the PC? My car also has steering wheel controls and I want my CarPC to use them.

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    Beautiful job! Definitely loving the skin, very clean, simple, yet looks intuitive.

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    What kind of E46 is this? 325? 330? //m3? I see an //m badge on the back, but not the //m fenders up front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtremak
    Amazing work... Love the skin any chance or releasing the XP and Road Runner skins. Also, if you figure out a way to eliminate the speaker whine let me know. I have a similar problem with my install in my '01 E46 325i. Once again great work man...
    When I have the skin ready for release I will let you now how to change the Windows XP style. It is simply changing the colours of the Windows interface to the colours of the skin using the "Appearance" tab in Display Properties.


    Quote Originally Posted by CdRsKuLL
    Nice job fella.. yeah I''m going to be installing a usb socket up front very soon as well.. I'm fed up of having to open my boot and put it in there. What gps software are you running there ?
    This is simply iNAv's iGuidance. I'm not even using SKINbedder. I have the buttons of my skin mapped to the commands of iGuidance.


    Quote Originally Posted by 0l33l
    What kind of E46 is this? 325? 330? //m3? I see an //m badge on the back, but not the //m fenders up front.
    Ha ha. This is a 2.0Litre 2003 318Ci!! It is an M-Sport so came with that M badge at the back. I bought it like that - I reckon it looks much better than "318Ci". I know I only have a small engine but I'm a poor 21 yr old PhD student trying to pay for petrol and insurance in the UK! I get 38MPG on the motorways though which is lovely - got the looks and the economy without having a deisel!


    I've completed my total expenditure excel sheet now. Turns out I paid a grand total of £2015.00 on the head. This includes my audio set-up (amplifiers and subwoofers etc.) and even the tools I bought - everything. Just thinking of a way to put the info in a post now as its a huge excel sheet!
    I will be hopefully taking more pictures of the boot space etc soon (it's now daylight) so will get them up ASAP.

    LLOYDY

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    Quote Originally Posted by lloydy
    Ha ha. This is a 2.0Litre 2003 318Ci!! It is an M-Sport so came with that M badge at the back. I bought it like that - I reckon it looks much better than "318Ci". I know I only have a small engine but I'm a poor 21 yr old PhD student trying to pay for petrol and insurance in the UK! I get 38MPG on the motorways though which is lovely - got the looks and the economy without having a deisel
    Nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by dskias
    Nice work lloydy! Congratulations! More photos and details would be great!Can you tell us more info about the i-bus? Which one did you buy? Where did you get it from and how did you connect it to the PC? My car also has steering wheel controls and I want my CarPC to use them.
    I simply used Rolf Resler's IBUS connector. This simply fits into a serial port, then the BMW IBUS connector fits onto it. I use the IBUSComM software to read in the commands which then get send to RoadRunner to change my volume, track etc.

    USEFULL THREADS
    Rolf Reslers IBUS chip discussed: BMW I-Bus How to connect..
    IBUSComM software for RoadRunner: I-BUS sterring buttons now working for RR
    Where to buy: http://www.reslers.de/IBUS/

    After I bought the IBUS chip and installed the software, the steering wheel buttons worked perfectly straight away - probably one of the few things that worked first time!

    You will also more than likely want to get a serial cable extension lead to connected between the chip and your PC to give you more freedom.

    In case you don't know: The IBUS is the system BMW uses to communicate with all its peripheral devices such as the CD changer, Steering wheel, OBC etc. It is like a mini computer network. You just need to find a plug to access it and your PC can have access to this "network". These plugs are all over the car (behind the head unit, in the boot etc.). I'm using the plug that used to go into my CD changer. If you don't have a CD changer it should still be there anyway. The plug is a small flat black connector that has four holes (as it has four wires connected to it). These four wires are 12V, GND, IBUS and NTSC. Rolf's IBUS chip only needs the first three of these so the plug only plugs onto three of the pins coming out from the board (NTSC line is not used - this is a reverse camera line or something).

    Hope this helps!

    LLOYDY

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    Your installation is great.
    I have installed a carpc in my beemer and I had the same ground loop issues. I had tried everything and finally I had got to get rid of them using a ground loop isolator,. Everything worked fine after connected the isolator. Do not waste your time testing ground voltages. It is a tricky task and you´ve got no improve in sound.
    I still have some open issues:
    1.- Radio: I have connected the radio antenna of my hauppauge TV/radio card to bmw diversity antenna but I still have some noise.
    2.- DVD: I want to install DVD inside the car
    3.- Phoco integration: I have tried everything and I did not get a reliable function of mobile phone. I still use the parrot CK3000 I bought before installing carpc for phone integration. I have parrot phone interface to integrate with steering wheel buttons. I have configured call and hang up buttons to interface with roadrunner as pause and play buttons in order to make/answer phone call and keep listening music.
    4.- TV reception: It is imposible to have a good TV signal from the antenna that I have in the trunk.
    5.- Internet: GPRS/ wifi (access point senao)
    6.- Voice recognition: Not implemented

    So, thats my installation. I would like to test your roadrunner skin as soon as you have finished it. Please let us know when you complete all the screens.

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    I have a ground loop isolator but it doesn't seem to do anything.

    The strange thing is my whine only occurs when the rear left channel is plugged into the amplifier and then the whine occurs on both rear speakers! For some reason the left rear channel has a ground loop issue.

    What make ground loop isolator did you use? I'm using a Renegade one from eBay.

    LLOYDY

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    More Pics...

    Here are the extra pics I promised...

    Here's a close-up of the M badge discussed earlier:





    More pics of the dreaded wires behind the seats. I will sort this at some point:





    With the back seats folded up:



    Pics of the boot space. This shows my amplifiers, car PC and subwoofer. I disguise the sub with a boot space caddy as you can see. Also shows some of the remaining wires and the IBUS chip exposed. This also needs tidying up:











    Boot with the junk...



    USB GPS mouse location is on the back parcel shelf so it has a clear view of the sky. This is hidden behind the back seat head rest:







    Pic of the shutdown screen:


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