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    The HDMI woes of... Summer!!

    Work and wedding planning have been my world for the last several months (as many of you would imagine). This car and the road are my release.
    So thankful I started this hobby/journey years ago.

    What's new, you ask?
    • The MACry setup, save a few things, is still up and running! It is not afraid of any weather!
    • After a year and change of HDMI, I may have to return to VGA. I'll explain in a bit.
    • I still have not replaced the rear-view camera! But when I do, I will change the turn signal lights too.
    • With the outstanding sound my Alpine front speakers are generating, I am heavily considering redoing the back speakers to Alpine as well!
    • After some reluctance, I now have Sirius. To have it all flow through the Mac, I bought an app called Radium, which not only allows me to run 1010WINS and other internet radio, but links to my Sirius XM internet radio so I can play those channels as well!
    • I may be in the market for a new GPS dongle. Details later.

    HDMI vs. VGA
    Over the last year or so, I've set up and used the 10.1" screen through an HDMI connection to my MACry. The clarity of the images and video are fantastic. Connection is plug and play, as opposed to plug, twist, twist, and play. But during that year, I've noticed one growing drawback.
    The fuzzy screen that indicates I'm losing signal kept coming and going as time went on. It occurs frequently in the summer, and when driving around NYC (and more specifically, the west side midtown area). Fall through spring, you rarely see it. And I cannot provide the link between areas with lots of technology and my MACry's fuzzy screen issues. But it has left me but one option to consider: switching back to VGA connection.
    I was going to do a poll, asking the mp3car community what connects their PCs to their screens. But my sixth sense tells me the answers may all (or at least 90%) say VGA. Therefore, I'll swap them out sometime this weekend, and see what happens.

    The state of the Global Positioning System
    Another tidbit of note started some time after I updated the GPS maps to 2014 Garmin N/A. On occasion, GMPC, and most times, when giving turn-by-turn directions, crashes on me. Sometimes I will get this weird small message, complete with failure codes. Other times, it will go smooth off, and just say the Garmin had to shut down. The tricky thing about it is, the software gets no updates, and prior to the maps being updated, the software ran fine.
    Over the last week, I started paying more attention to it. And I realised that everytime I had to restart the system, it initially looked like GMPC couldn't locate the receiver. As a matter of fact, it would take a while before I could click back on the map to resume turn-by-turn. I therefore have begun to consider the possibility that after several years of service, it's about time to retire the Globalsat BU353 USB GPS Receiver. No, not the newer S4 model either, the original.
    There have been rave responses to this receiver, so I will take another Chinese leap of faith with this unit.

    Niagra Falls
    Did talks stall? Did winter end up there?
    Now that I'm this close to the finish line, I can't wait for the trip!

    Until next time...
    Where there will be pics and new cameras and lights and what not...
    Last edited by Project07MACry; 07-24-2014 at 02:00 PM. Reason: Updating link for new GPS!
    All systems are a go...
    Currently in "tweaking" mode.

    The Worklog

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    I guess if I couldnt go up north...

    ...up north would come to me, eh?

    Well, I hope everyone has thawed out from all this cold weather these last few weeks.
    I have reached the age of Patrick Ewings jersey, and thought Id post an update, seeing as it has been several months.

    The HDMI/VGA swap was completed back in August, and has produced great results. Even through the snow storms, there has been no sign of trouble on the screen.

    The splash guard/underbelly plastic has started coming off the car, to the degree it is hanging off the few screws holding it. Under normal circumstances, one could live with it until the replacement comes. But the winter snow and ice likes to pull on the plastic, and tries to take my front bumper with it. Nothing related to the computer per se, but these are the issues of my car that I deal with.

    The GMPC ordeal keeps taking interesting turns. I got fed up of the app crashing every ten to fifteen minutes, so I updated the OS from XP straight to 8.1. Yes, I now wish my screen was touchscreen, but I still appreciate the screen without it. Unfortunately, upgrading the OS lost my GMPC serial information. I cannot reenter the code I had before; I cannot purchase another one, so I went to the black market and got GMPC working again. Same problem.
    Back in July, I ordered the Sure GPS board, in the hopes that problem would be resolved. While it did in fact resolve the crashing problem, the apps I was requested to download have made the mouse behave erratically when on the OS 8.1 desktop. It almost felt like malware was infecting my VM; and so I was forced to remove it.
    Within that time span, I started falling in love with this iPhone app called Waze, and up to recently, was trying to figure out a way to port the software on to the mac so it can appear on my screen. The closest I ever got was installing something called Andy, an android emulator (yes, you read right, droid emulator) that works off of VirtualBox creating an Android virtual machine to run apps off of. I did everything it said, and it works as cool as any VM would. But, when I start Waze, it essentially puts me in the middle of nowhere. Really, nowhere.
    Im not sure how it incorporates the internet to calculating where you are, but I must say I hit a dead end there. While Im going through that mess, I uninstalled and reinstalled GMPC. I booted that up, and there was signal from the receiver (yay!), but that too said I was in the middle of nowhere; and I was in New Jersey when that happened. So I sped home, and updated the Maps, and now I have no GPS signal. And this is where I stand right now with this.
    I took a look at the GPS board from Sure, and noticed that it is unprotected in the midst of all my audio wiring. So I will probably have to put that in a box to see if it helps.

    The stereo performs like a champ. As long as I have internet, I can get Sirius and Pandora.

    I wonder if there is a special module I have to connect the rear view camera to so that it comes on every time you put the car on reverse. Because I swapped out the camera, connected the wireless transmitter properly, and properly covered all the wiring. The thing just comes on when it wants to, and it wont stay on during the entire time the car is in Reverse. Hmm

    Ill probably scrap that idea altogether and acquire a BlackVue. Anyone have experiences with those? Please, do share!

    Still searching for the right USB OBD-II Scanner. Would be weird if I put that (and a steering wheel cover) on my wedding shower list?

    In all seriousness, its about time I got my car off the worklogs and into the finished product. Im working it out. Soon.
    All systems are a go...
    Currently in "tweaking" mode.

    The Worklog

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