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    Quote Originally Posted by jocke92 View Post
    We don't think it's bad, but it's failing at some points. So we might try out some more, I heard someone talk about Odyssey but it didn't manage to finnish the installation. It said that it miss a component but it did not tell what to install (like .net or something I guess).
    Yeah, Mapfactor doesn't allow you to insert street addresses! This is a major problem if you are trying to punch in the location of somewhere since the only way to do it is with street intersections. Also, I was never able to find an up to date POI package so that function is non-functional. The software that I switched to was iGo8. This fixes those discrepencies that I had with MapFactor and then also adds in features like 'avoiding routes' and 'dynamic zoom' (the map will zoom out for long distances and zoom in for shorter segments).

    In my opinion, MapFactor looks nicer but it is so much less functional. I am gonna bank on getting iGo8 to look nicer by messing with it a bit. By the way, I like your install, its very neat. I look forward to hearing more about how the build goes!
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    I've got these rj45 females laying around without wallmount. So why don't use them?
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    The keyboard controller
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    Soldered together. Testing to se if it will fit, and the rj45-female fits tightly.
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    Finished and fastened with hot-glue.
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    Locked the chest for hopefully the last time.
    Quote Originally Posted by duncanator24 View Post
    Yeah, Mapfactor doesn't allow you to insert street addresses! This is a major problem if you are trying to punch in the location of somewhere since the only way to do it is with street intersections. Also, I was never able to find an up to date POI package so that function is non-functional. The software that I switched to was iGo8. This fixes those discrepencies that I had with MapFactor and then also adds in features like 'avoiding routes' and 'dynamic zoom' (the map will zoom out for long distances and zoom in for shorter segments).

    In my opinion, MapFactor looks nicer but it is so much less functional. I am gonna bank on getting iGo8 to look nicer by messing with it a bit. By the way, I like your install, its very neat. I look forward to hearing more about how the build goes!
    Well the street addresses is not an issue for us, but the poi system is junk. I'll try out IGo 8, thnx.

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    We finaly started with the panel
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    We've got seven buttons

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    I'm testing

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    anddddd it works

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    This will be the final placement of the buttons, USB and led. Due to the mounting method of the panel below the screen, we are not able to put anything centred.

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    The buttons is in place. The button is held in place by a metal dowel.

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    All holes is finished.

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    Gloove compartment and autohotkey

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    The panel is finished. We redid the back of the panel. It looks better and works better too.
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    A USB-port. This time we completely stripped the connector this time. Don't ask me why I didn't do that on previus builds.
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    Now it's put in place. Every button is a letter that autohotkey (ahk) binds to a program. It works like a charm, like switch programs on a physical taskbar.
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    We got a good deal on a second hand glove compartment. Så we cut it up to fit the computer.
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    Since i took the pictures we've flipped it 90 degrees. There where some cables that was messing with us.

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    How exactly do the buttons and autohotkey work? It is definitely an interesting concept and one that I would love to incorporate into my build. What hardware is involved with that task? I would imagine you have the buttons going to a usb controller of some sort and then being sent to the PC and hotkeyed with software to perform functions. What are you using for software side and also for the hardware side of it? I didn't really understand the RJ45 bit, was that used to create an extension? I do have a general understanding of what is going on but just some more detail would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duncanator24 View Post
    How exactly do the buttons and autohotkey work? It is definitely an interesting concept and one that I would love to incorporate into my build. What hardware is involved with that task? I would imagine you have the buttons going to a usb controller of some sort and then being sent to the PC and hotkeyed with software to perform functions. What are you using for software side and also for the hardware side of it? I didn't really understand the RJ45 bit, was that used to create an extension? I do have a general understanding of what is going on but just some more detail would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.
    How exactly do the buttons and autohotkey work? -Autohotkey is a free software which you can program to do stuff on command. Like macros and stuff, the macros will then be bind to a key-command. I used this script. This key reference is your best friend.

    What hardware is involved with that task? -I took a crappy keyboard and used it's controller. So it works like a keyboard. A regular keyboard uses a grid to locate witch key is pressed. So I tested and find out that d,f,j,k and l was easy. Then I also needed a button to turn off the hotkeys and after some testing I found out that f9 or f10 was a good choice. It's then wired up to regular switches.

    I didn't really understand the RJ45 bit, was that used to create an extension? -The rj45 is used to make it easy to take apart. So it doesn't need to be there.

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    Hi there.
    I'm S80 owner too and I'm in progress of a CarPC project too.
    So far so good for your install. May I give you some ideas (errrrr mine ideas to be honest...).
    1. Why don't you get an not working RTI monitor and place inside an LCD panel with VGA board? The old ones (CD version) are 1:1 compatible with 5.6" 4:3 panel, and new ones (DVD version) 6.2-6.4" widescreen panels. Just an idea you know....
    I hope that in a mounth or so I'll start mi own thread and you'll be able to see exactly what i mean - the stock view of the car, annnnnddddddddd up and down motorizing effect.
    Here is a video of my progress with controling the up and down mechanics of the genuine RTI over a signal given by USB from the PC:

    PC is on, so there is power in the USB hub and monitor is up. PC is off, so there is no power in the USB hub and monitor is down.
    2. Taking power from the battery in the trunk. If you remove the battery itself you'll see a box with standart fuses and connectors. There are free slots just to add an fuse and connect it there. Nice, clean and stock.
    3. Finding place of the PC itself. Well the glovebox is small and placing the PC there is equall to let it unusable for regular needs... In the trunk there is place for hmmm 2 CD changers, RTI unit, TV unit and some more goodies. I see your car is not equipped with RTI so the places for one CD changer, RTI unit and TV box are free and enought to place the PC there.

    Don't take my post as critic - your install is great. I just saw your threat i decided to share my ideas for my install, you know.

    The keyboard controller - exellent job. I'm planning to do someting similar.

    One more: in one of the first posts you mentioned you'd like to use the PC as and audio source, right. Latter you say that the aux in box for our HU units are expensive .... ok, i got a friend here in Bulgaria who build them really cheap (but quality). If you find a cheap way to ship one to you, you may have one. Other thought is to desolder the head for the tape player inside the HU and solder the PC out sound plug. When you "play" audio tape in fact you'll got the sound from the PC. Yeah, this won't give a exellent quality but will be way better than the integrated speaker in the monitor (i guess). I belive you don't and will never play audio tape these days so you'll not miss this option...

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