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Thread: 2009 Cobalt - basic straight forward install - simplest route

  1. #31
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    Speaking of the adapter.

    I recently took out the HU in my 2007 HHR. I did lose all the chimes, signal etc.

    My reasoing for purchasing the adapter was many. One to get those chimes back, but to also get the RAP power that was originally delivered to the radio. Also the adapter has rca connectors to all the speakers right there. I would not have to run any speaker wire. I already had the upgraded stereo with the amp, so I could still use the factory speakers.

    I have all the chimes back including the turn signal. I was hoping to have the Mute, and volume up / down still intact, thinking maybe the adapter would do this, but that was not the case. These don't work.

    Just some food for thought to those thinking about the adapter... It was the GMOS-LAN-04.

    Anyone have any ideas on making at least the MUTE work on the stearing wheel? Or even the volume buttons?

    Thanks,

    Rog

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    to get mute and the volume buttons working you'll need to use a fusion brain and train it to the specific readings per button from the steering wheel to do those actions on the carpc. relatively straight forward install.

    btw, welcome to the cobalt computer club haha

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    I finally got the project started.
    I got the VM70 touchscreen, the Globalsat GPS unit ( I think you have the same, cmotors), and a license plate mount camera.
    I also got a bluetooth ODB2 scanner and a small bluetooth adapter. Still waiting for the white parking sensors to get here.
    For now, costs are very low, just a bit over $300. I am trying a non-intrusive install, I want to keep the head unit for now. The bad thing though it is that there are no places to install the damn screen, this car is so small. Solutions being considered so far: remove the front cupholder and install there, cup holder mount (I think it goes for about $35 at canadiantire) or a goosneck on the passanger side console wall.
    The cupholder mount is tricky, the screen is fairly heavy. I am also thinking about mounting it right below (in front) of the cenrtal vents.
    The screen looks sharp and bright. I like that it can be used with the backup camera without having the PC on.
    As for the PC, I was looking into Via 1ghz, what are the thoughts about that?( I can get a pico mobo with 2gb ram, 80gb hdd, 1ghz via and the smart power supply and case for about $320). For trials, I am using an old Centrino laptop for now with an 300watts inverter.
    I never thought I would say this, but my car is now out of USB ports I actually need to buy an USB hub...

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    damn stupid POS 800x480 resolution~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tooltits View Post
    I finally got the project started.
    I got the VM70 touchscreen, the Globalsat GPS unit ( I think you have the same, cmotors), and a license plate mount camera.
    I also got a bluetooth ODB2 scanner and a small bluetooth adapter. Still waiting for the white parking sensors to get here.
    For now, costs are very low, just a bit over $300. I am trying a non-intrusive install, I want to keep the head unit for now. The bad thing though it is that there are no places to install the damn screen, this car is so small. Solutions being considered so far: remove the front cupholder and install there, cup holder mount (I think it goes for about $35 at canadiantire) or a goosneck on the passanger side console wall.
    The cupholder mount is tricky, the screen is fairly heavy. I am also thinking about mounting it right below (in front) of the cenrtal vents.
    The screen looks sharp and bright. I like that it can be used with the backup camera without having the PC on.
    As for the PC, I was looking into Via 1ghz, what are the thoughts about that?( I can get a pico mobo with 2gb ram, 80gb hdd, 1ghz via and the smart power supply and case for about $320). For trials, I am using an old Centrino laptop for now with an 300watts inverter.
    I never thought I would say this, but my car is now out of USB ports I actually need to buy an USB hub...
    Now that the weather is better, now's a good time for getting that started. Having the screen located somewhere else will definitely make things interesting. I'm wondering if there is such a thing as a plate that you could insert into the CD slot of the head unit that could act as the mount for the LCD. I doubt it, and it would probably wreck the cd player lol.

    At some point I should probably hook up a rear camera too, since that auto switch feature does work really well.

    I've not used or dealt with any Via cpus, so I don't really know how well they'll work out. I do know that at that performance level, an Intel Atom 330 would be a better choice, having looked at the benchmarks compared to the Via chips. But hey, if it works and saves some money.

    Ya, the one thing I'm glad I didn't have to deal with not having gone the laptop route, is the lack of USB ports. Typically 2 or 3 ports on a laptop. Now I'm always trying to come up with something else to add in order to use up some of my usb ports. Hmmm, I wonder if they make usb powered butt warmers...

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    So you menitoned the Fusion Brain and straight forward install. Ok for people that work on Radio installs and such that would be true.

    I have the Lan - 04 Adapter to allow me easy access to power for the screen and RCA jacks for the stereo. How many wires will need to be spliced for this to work? Which wire(s) has the pulses (ohlms) for the pushing of the buttons on the stearing wheel?

    Thanks in advance.

    Rog

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmotors View Post
    I'm wondering if there is such a thing as a plate that you could insert into the CD slot of the head unit that could act as the mount for the LCD. I doubt it, and it would probably wreck the cd player lol.
    I thought about that too too complicated.
    The laptop is for trials only, to see how I like it. The problem is the screen resolution, this is becoming quite a pain. The HP laptop with intel 915GM does not support 800x480 no matter what I tried. I started to work on it at around 6PM yesterday, gave up around 3:00AM. Now i am trying the Asus EEE pc 1101HA, this one does not support 800x480 either. WTF. The native is 1366x768, the next logical from 800x480...nopes. no luck here either. I am getting ready to try the powerstrip on this one too.

    How do you run yours? 800x480 or 800x600?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tooltits View Post
    I thought about that too too complicated.
    The laptop is for trials only, to see how I like it. The problem is the screen resolution, this is becoming quite a pain. The HP laptop with intel 915GM does not support 800x480 no matter what I tried. I started to work on it at around 6PM yesterday, gave up around 3:00AM. Now i am trying the Asus EEE pc 1101HA, this one does not support 800x480 either. WTF. The native is 1366x768, the next logical from 800x480...nopes. no luck here either. I am getting ready to try the powerstrip on this one too.

    How do you run yours? 800x480 or 800x600?

    Thanks.
    Yeah, the resolution thing is quite common. XP won't let you go lower than 800x600, so that's why the drivers you install, or systems you try won't make a difference. Powerstrip is the way to go, as it will allow you to set custom resolutions and timings. I'm running 800x600, and in the next month or so will attempt to change it down to the LCD's native resolution of 800x480. It hasn't really bothered me up to now, so I've not really looked into it. Heck, I'm still running an unshielded VGA cable (it definitely shows), but will be replacing that in the next month as well.

    Good idea to try out a laptop first.

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    So i tried the Intel 916GM, the Intel GMA500, The ATI 9800Pro and Nvidia 8600GT
    None can display 800x480, even with Powerstrip. WTF?
    So I am going to give up the laptop BS and get a dedicated box. Which one of the does support this resolution out of the box, any ideas?

    I started the Centrafuse config. Looks very cool and promising so far.
    Also, are there any Linux based solutions that come close to Centrafuse? I looked over the navigation soft, kinda slow so far. Viking looks good, Navit looks too cumbersome....

    I just noticed RideRunner. Gotta read on that

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    And I can not get the bluetooth to see my iPhone at all.
    Yes, i did run the installation from scratch, blah blah blah....
    I can see the phone no problem connecting to the normal widdcomm drivers.
    This centrafuse is great, but for the money, meh, they are a long way back.

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