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    Pre-Purchase Q&A

    OK, here goes... I plan on slapping this puppy in a 2005 Ford Taurus SE as a replacement for the factory radio if I can get it to work out. Pretty sure an aftermarket dash kit will work but itsa bit odd as my climate controls and radio are all built in on huge chunk o' plastic.

    1. I have seen several this and thats dont function.. I realize this is beta but at this point I have to ask exactly what does/does not work and what kind of development is actually going into it? I mean 1600 for what this is claiming it will do is not that bad at all but if the dev is slower than... well lets just say if the dev is slow then 1 yr of update wont do squat as it will still be bug ridden.

    2. All the "optional" hardware (OBD-II, etc. etc.) can it be purchased in addition to the package.

    3. Does anybody have a diagram or some form of install dorection I can view beforehand... I would like it if I could get it working with the factory audio harness but if not I'd like to be able to determine how much chop shop I will have to do to my car.

    4. Thanks for your understanding and any assist you can give me to answer the above inquiry.

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    1. it will fully work if you make it work

    2. Might be able to but would all be on what you wanted

    3. You should be able to conect to the factory wiers but again it would all be on what you wanted to fully do

    hope that kind of helps, any more questions
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    I could be wrong about any of this as I'm not affiliated with StreetDeck in any capacity other than running a pre-beta of the software on unsupported hardware:

    Quote Originally Posted by HarshReality
    1. I have seen several this and thats dont function.. I realize this is beta but at this point I have to ask exactly what does/does not work and what kind of development is actually going into it? I mean 1600 for what this is claiming it will do is not that bad at all but if the dev is slower than... well lets just say if the dev is slow then 1 yr of update wont do squat as it will still be bug ridden.
    As of right now, OBD-II, external relays and bluetooth are all *officially* non-functional. XM Radio has a lot of work to be done on it too, but it does work. That isn't to say you can't get hardware to work for these areas of functionality, but the OFFICIAL hardware and OFFICIAL solution are not done.

    2. All the "optional" hardware (OBD-II, etc. etc.) can it be purchased in addition to the package.
    If we knew what the officially supported "optional" hardware was (if it even exists yet), then yes.

    3. Does anybody have a diagram or some form of install dorection I can view beforehand... I would like it if I could get it working with the factory audio harness but if not I'd like to be able to determine how much chop shop I will have to do to my car.
    No. You'll need to dig around and do some research for your car. Three basic things you'll need to determine:

    1. Can you alter your dash to accept one/two/any standard-sized radio device(s) (DIN, whatever)?

    2. How do you get a power wire from your battery to your trunk (just as if you were installing an aftermarket amp)? Similarly, how do you get wires from your dash area to your trunk?

    3. If you are planning on keeping your factory radio, if there a way of "adding" an AUXILLARY input to it (so your carPC plays through the car's sound system).

    If you can answer these questions, you can pretty much determine a plan of attack for installing any carPC successfully.

    To answer #1, I'd look around these forums for anyone who has the same model of your car and see what they've done. Or give Crutchfield a call, see if they have a dash conversion kit (just did this with my buddy's 2003 Accord).

    #2 will probably be the hardest to find out. My only recommendations here is either start crawling around in your car and see if you can find pathways yourself, or give your local audio shop a call.

    #3 should be fairly simple as well. Check out pac-audio.com or give crutchfield a call about this too.

    Unfortunately, you probably won't be able to keep your stock HU, add an auxillary input to it AND adapt the dash to accept a standard DIN-sized device.

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    OBD II is fully working and functional. I don't think we put the tested hardware up on the store yet, but there is a plugin that will work with anything with an ELM chip, i.e. the ELMScan 5. Relay control is working and functional, however, there is no plugin available for any hardware, eventually we will probably have a plugin for phidgets hardware, you can also write your own plugin if you can program a dll.

    Bluetooth is based on our own hardware that is in production now and there is no way to make it work at this point.

    The only problems I've heard about XM Radio at this point weren't software related. Unless there are more problems posted about it, very little will change between now and the final release. AM/FM radio is poorly supported at this point and it will be hard to get it to work until we release our own radio hardware.

    The primary development that is going on now with StreetDeck is we are exposing the StreetDeck object model for the SDK, ensuring stability of the program, optimizing the current functionality, and adding support for some more hardware. Functionally, with the exception of multimonitor support, nothing is going to be added to the BETA before the final release. There are multiple developers on StreetDeck and the resources devoted to it are doubling every few months. Like any other company doing R&D though, we can't talk too much about products in development, but I can tell you StreetDeck is a very active project, more so then what can be gathered from the public forums. We are currently overdue for an update, but the goal is to release patches on a monthly basis until no more bugs are reported.

    The difference between buying StreetDeck BETA now and StreetDeck once the final version is released, is we will have hardware that will make the install much easier and plug and play hardware for all features of StreetDeck and a garuntee that all things will work as advertised. If you want an easy install, you are much better off waiting.
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    Thanks for your responses. I found them to be very helpful. I think I'll hold off on purchase until things are a bit more user friendly and stabilized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by god_of_cpu
    The difference between buying StreetDeck BETA now and StreetDeck once the final version is released, is we will have hardware that will make the install much easier and plug and play hardware for all features of StreetDeck and a garuntee that all things will work as advertised. If you want an easy install, you are much better off waiting.
    I plan on waiting, too. But for how long?

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    We should have some new StreetDeck platforms out within the next 6 months.
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    I can confirm OBDII works just fine. I used hardware from www.myscantool.com.

    I know the StreetDeck folks don't want to be inundated with support issues with the Beta release and various hardware that aren't officially supported and I can understand non-techie people not wanting to have to deal with glitches here and there...

    BUT....

    This whole package is a very cool, unique piece of software that I can't see myself doing without. I look forward to every drive to work in the morning and back home! Once you do finally get it in your car, you're gonna kick yourself for having waited. But that's just my opinion as a voluntary beta tester.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcdash
    I can confirm OBDII works just fine. I used hardware from www.myscantool.com.

    I know the StreetDeck folks don't want to be inundated with support issues with the Beta release and various hardware that aren't officially supported and I can understand non-techie people not wanting to have to deal with glitches here and there...

    BUT....

    This whole package is a very cool, unique piece of software that I can't see myself doing without. I look forward to every drive to work in the morning and back home! Once you do finally get it in your car, you're gonna kick yourself for having waited. But that's just my opinion as a voluntary beta tester.

    I agree with you 110%. I love it and thank you for posting that link. I'm gonna look into the hardware right now!


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    I actually have mine that I'm not using (because I got another vehicle specific tool - called CIPHER for G35 cars).

    If you want one for cheaper - I have the ISO version. I think they now have a universal version.

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