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    GPS install

    I got my GPS running!

    First I installed my BU-353 and got the latest prolific drivers from here.

    Then I installed xport to split the signal from com 4 to com 6 and 7. I set the port in rrconfig to 7. I confirmed things worked by the gauges screen in digitalfx 4.0 that shows speed, compass, and number satellites.

    Then I installed Garmin Mobile PC (make sure you get the software version only, not the one that comes with a receiver). The latest software updates are at garmin.com. I then configured it to recognize xport com 6 and it worked like charm!

    I downloaded monkeyracer's skin with an onscreenkeyboard and installed it following LordNikon's DFX 4.0 related post in the thread. Worked first time without a hitch!

    The large screen is a pleasure to use compared to my old Nuvi 660 that was $500 when I got it a while ago. The volume is unfortunately very quiet compared to where I usually have my music playing at. My car's aux-in is weak so I usually have my music set on overdrive since I prefer to use my car's volume knob for the whole range.

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    man i wish more members were like you and did not neet to be spoon fed, anyways back on topic

    if you're not very good at electronics you can use a 528T timer module
    http://cgi.ebay.com/DEI-528T-DEI-528...3A1|240%3A1318

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    Quote Originally Posted by Injector View Post
    man i wish more members were like you and did not neet to be spoon fed, anyways back on topic

    if you're not very good at electronics you can use a 528T timer module
    http://cgi.ebay.com/DEI-528T-DEI-528...3A1|240%3A1318
    thanks, i try my best. even though i'm a complete newbie with this kind of stuff, i'm decent at finding, reading, and following instructions. in regards to the 528T, i already ordered it (post #9).

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    I want to install a headrest monitor in the back for my kid. The mini cooper's headrest is tiny and can only probably fit a 5" screen so that limits my affordable options to composite input screens. I'm thinking of using the 75$ Avermedia Quickplay usb-video adapter.

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    Power switch relay

    Well, it's taking a long time for my 528T pulse timed relay to arrive, so I got to thinking that for now I can just use a regular Bosch auto relay after I realized that if I press and continuously hold down my power button my my eee pc it has no problems starting up and staying on. I know others have just jammed their buttons mechanically in their battery-less old laptops so that it turns on when it receives AC power.

    I connected the leads from my headphone cord to pins 30 and 87 of the relay. Then I connected 86 to an ignition-switched fuse line and 85 to ground. I then plugged it into my power-switch soldered jack.

    It's not as elegant a solution, but it works! No more reaching into my glovebox to turn on my carpc.

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    Well I got the 528t pulse timer relay. Not eactly what I though it was. Should have read up. I'm really a complete electronic newb. Anyway, I can easily set the relay to activate for about a second, but it requires a "pulse" signal to activate. Unfortuantely it seems to need to be powered before receiving the pulse. I don't want to connect it to constant-on power and the separately the trigger line to an ignition-switched fuse. Seems clumsy and inefficient especially compared to W3bMa5t3r's module. Any pointers?

    Oh well. My ghetto $5 relay will do the trick for now. If it starts to fail, I'll need to get W3bMa5t3r's slick module. As I mentioned earlier, I tried to contact him to get one but didn't get any answer so I explored other options short of soldering my own.

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    does the eepc have a serial port?

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    I played around more with the 528T timer relay and I think it will work with the trigger line connected to ground.

    I actually now have my Bosch regular relay hooked up to a fuse that turns on when I unlock my doors so when I get in and start the car it's already resumed from hibernation. Problem with the fuse is that it doen't shut off for 30 minutes after I turn of the ignition, so the Bosch or the 528T relay, I wouldn't be able to activate the power switch again if I get back in the car before 30 minutes. So now I just have Shutcontrol do it's restart/reload/hibernate procedure after 30 minutes of battery power (my car adapter and monitor is still connected to a regular ignition on/off fuse).

    Oh well, the compromise with the unlock door activated fuse is worth it for the instant gratification of seeing my carpc immediately ready to go.

    I'm loving my carpc right now. I cleaned up my console fabricaion a bit and angled the monitor better. I ended up running my Treo Centro's hotsync cable to the handbrake console.

    Next step is to get my XMPCR installed as well as a headrest monitor. I got a $50 ebay 5.6" Boss thin mount headrest monitor (can't fit much bigger in my mini cooper) and $70 Avermedia Quickplay to mirror the vga to composite rca output.

    I will get around to taking new pictures soon. I should have a good chunk of time next Saturday to get things done. This hobby is not very compatible with raising small children and street parking my car. I can't wait to move to the burbs and get a real garage or driveway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lacning74 View Post
    I played around more with the 528T timer relay and I think it will work with both the trigger line connected to ground.

    I actually now have my Bosch regular relay hooked up to a fuse that turns on when I unlock my doors so when I get in and start the car it's already resumed from hibernation. Problem with the fuse is that it doen't shut off for 30 minutes after I turn of the ignition, so the Bosch or the 528T relay, I wouldn't be able to activate the power switch again if I get back in the car before 30 minutes. So now I just have Shutcontrol do it's restart/reload/hibernate procedure after 30 minutes of battery power (my car adapter and monitor is still connected to a regular ignition on/off fuse).

    Oh well, the compromise with the unlock door activated fuse is worth it for the instant gratification of seeing my carpc immediately ready to go.

    I'm loving my carpc right now. I cleaned up my console fabricaion a bit and angled the monitor better. I ended up running my Treo Centro's hotsync cable to the handbrake console.

    Next step is to get my XMPCR installed as well as a headrest monitor. I got a $50 ebay 5.6" Boss thin mount headrest monitor (can't fit much bigger in my mini cooper) and $70 Avermedia Quickplay to mirror the vga to composite rca output.

    I will get around to taking new pictures soon. I should have a good chunk of time next Saturday to get things done. This hobby is not very compatible with raising small children and street parking my car. I can't wait to move to the burbs and get a real garage or driveway.
    i don't understand the part about the fuse not turning on after 30 minutes, fuses are constant they don't have timers

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