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    With SVEN4. Laptop audio out (miniplug rca) -> SVEN4 -> BMW-specific scoche wiring harness -> BMW amp. I think I bought the SVEN4 from cardomain.com.

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    Which Targus power adapter did you end up using? and where did you buy it?? BTW thank you for the great write up, I am defenetely going to follow some of your steps although I have a different car...

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    I think it was this one - bought it at Best Buy because I had a gift card.

    I'm glad my write up helped someone. Good luck with your install.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hark
    I think it was this one - bought it at Best Buy because I had a gift card.

    I'm glad my write up helped someone. Good luck with your install.
    Nice!!! Thank you!!

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    How do you get the laptop to power up?

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    I use a "shutdown controller" that's wired to the laptop's docking station switch. The car's ignition is sensed by the controller, and sends a pulse to the docking station switch, which turns on the laptop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hark
    With SVEN4. Laptop audio out (miniplug rca) -> SVEN4 -> BMW-specific scoche wiring harness -> BMW amp. I think I bought the SVEN4 from cardomain.com.

    What is the scoche wiring harness?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevo759
    What is the scoche wiring harness?

    http://www.cardomain.com/item/SCOBW01B

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    Update - added XM direct, with cable bought from WebDog. I gave up on the headunit, since I would only do it if I could remote-mount the faceplate in the ashtray area and have the rest of the headunit in the glovebox/trunk. I tried doing this with an Alpine CDA-9855 with no luck. Decided I didn't want FM radio that badly and just got XM .

    Next on the list is to add an AudioControl Overdrive line driver, new speakers, new amp, new sub, and figure out a way to put in a Parrot CK3100 bluetooth kit for my Treo650 (won't work with PhoneControl unfortunately). I'm thinking about having BavarianSoundWerks here in Atlanta do the speakers/amps, they seem to know their stuff when it comes to E46s. I sold my stock Nav/GPS equipment on eBay, and will do the same for the stock HK speakers when they come out, to pay for the new speakers/amps.

    The problem I'm working on now is getting the XM radio to work from a USB port rather than serial (IBus adapter uses the serial port). Searching for a serial to USB adapter, hopefully it will allow XM to work on resume from standby/hibernate - my other USB components do, so I'm optimistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hark
    I use a "shutdown controller" that's wired to the laptop's docking station switch. The car's ignition is sensed by the controller, and sends a pulse to the docking station switch, which turns on the laptop.
    What shutdown controller are you using? It is for sale and how much? Thanks.

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