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Thread: 2003 Saab 9-3: The SS Box (I know, name under construction)

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    Viscouse!

    Glad to hear you have wrapped up the first phase (you know you'll upgrade in a couple months, or at least add new stuff) of your carpc -- well at least the purchasing part. I'm also happy to hear about the success of that BU-355 for you. If you don't mind my asking, where did you purchase it? I sold my BU-303 and need a replacement and that was the one I had my eye on.

    I can't wait to see install pics, and they better be coming soon!

    Thanks again for the good read from your worklog.

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    Thanks! Pics will be forthcoming once it's all in. Say...2 weeks.

    Another excellent source to buy cheap cables is PCH Cables.

    I got my BR-355 from BuyGPSNow for $86 including the cable I needed.
    You know you want to...Worklog
    Enjoying v1.0 since it's operational. Aaaawww yeah.
    Specs: Opus120; Epia M10k; 700IDT; GlobalSat BR-355; iGuidance 2.1 & IGMod; XM; Custom case.
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    I had a couple of problems (fit and tilt), details here. My old serial number was in the 20's, and my new on is in the 80's.

    I have better luck. It FITS!!! It's a tight fit, but it does. Before, it physically wouldn't go it since it was 1 sheetmetal thickness away from fitting. The new one I got fits in the cage. It needed some convincing, and it don't need to secure it since the fit is so tight, but it fits. So I don't know if it's possible, but you might want to ask if the serial number is high or low. I just bought mine from logicsupply.com, and it was a pretty low #. Got a new one direct from Xenarc, and it was high.

    Here's how it boils down in terms of fitting in a 9-3. I can't get it to where I want it. The goal was for it to be completely hidden, and when I press a blank DIN panel (where the CD player used to be), it would pop out. But the construction of the monitor prohibits this. If I push it in far enough to be hidden, it cannot extend out far enough to flip completely upright (not feasible). If I pull it out far enough to flip upright (and tilt from side to side), it wills tick out about 15mm.

    So at this point I have several options.
    1. Just leave it's ugly *** sticking out. It's really not that ugly, but it grates on my nerves I can't complete it the way I wanted. The ugly part is the car showing around the edges since it's not a true DIN slot dash opening.
    2. Pull it out so it works properly and live with it sticking out 15mm, and make a couple custom dash peices to trim out the sides so it's not that ugly.
    3. Take the whole thing apart, determine how the extension mechanism orks, and make it extend an extra 15mm. That way I can complete my goal the way I want. The only potential roadblock to this is how far I can push it back, but I'm pretty sure I'm okay.

    Other aspects I was scared of are fine. When extending, it doesn't hit the (automatic) gear lever. It is in an awesomely viewable location not blocked by my hand or arm.

    My thought is, I really wanted this to be easy & get away from dash work. Also, this is the ONLY part of the ENTIRE computer that will be seen, so it make sense not to make it look ghetto. So, I think I'm gonna have to break out the screwdrivers.

    I started a new thread to chronicle my misadventures...Making the 700IDT recessed.
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    Enjoying v1.0 since it's operational. Aaaawww yeah.
    Specs: Opus120; Epia M10k; 700IDT; GlobalSat BR-355; iGuidance 2.1 & IGMod; XM; Custom case.
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    I haven't been keeping up as much as have wanted, but that's mostly cause it's so FREAKIN COLD.

    Sorry.

    I have to say, it was a pretty good feeling when I stood there and said, "wow, I think I can have this running...in the car...tomorrow for my drive to work."

    And I did. And it worked. Again!

    I'll post more details, but 90% of my goal is completed. Nav works, XM works, XP is stable, it powers on & off appropriately. The monitor is in, and I had to compromise to get it in, but is a usable agreement. I have to make a faceplate for it. Basically, the rig works, but needs lots of software tweaking.

    So hardware is done. Now comes the software tweaking.
    -Iguidance behaving properly & looking swank
    -&^%!@ skin working

    That's really about it.

    One odd problem...my monitor has a TS, so I do have mouse control. But, the PS2 mouse & keyboard won't work at the same time. I can swap them & they work, but only one at a time. That's just some process of elimination testing though...
    You know you want to...Worklog
    Enjoying v1.0 since it's operational. Aaaawww yeah.
    Specs: Opus120; Epia M10k; 700IDT; GlobalSat BR-355; iGuidance 2.1 & IGMod; XM; Custom case.
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    Congratulations! You've reached the holy land, as far as I'm concerned. I'm hoping to get there in time for Howard's debut on Sirius.
    GA-K8VM800M, Sempron 64 2800+, 512mb DDR400, D-Link USB BT, Linksys .11g NIC, 250gb IDE, BU-353, SIR-ALP1 w/ MJS, DSATX 220w, DWW-700H

    Worklog: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/worklogs/65059-03-jetta-if-i-can-any-idiot-can.html
    Now with pictures!

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    Thanks random!

    Wow. A couple of days in and I am loving this rig.

    The hardware works perfectly, everytime. I'm really happy with the Opus, as it does what it's supposed to, nicely. Yeah, you CAN wire the rig directly to the battery, but I'd cringe in fear everytime it started up, and all my gear would probably last 1/3 as long.

    Now it's all about software. There was a lot I couldn't do on the desktop, so now I'm all about making all the proggies behave desirably. Basically, everytime I get in the car I make 1 tweak, and so far they've all been steps forward.

    Big Projects include: finishing my Saab MFD skin, using IGMod (a waaay excellent program that take IG to the next level) & learning it's secrets, and general WinXP tweaks.
    The best Idea I had was using the second USB port (first is for TS) as an extension into the cabin. So I get in my car, plug in my USB key (or USB wireless network device) and transfer some files & overwrite the old files.

    Completion by piecemeal patching.

    But, as of today, I'm running XM & IG in my own RR skin. That's a far cry from a week ago when I didn't have XM at all, and IG was a standalone program with an annoying nag screen & tiny streets.

    I've decided that when my skin is complete & troublefree, I may call this a done deal.
    You know you want to...Worklog
    Enjoying v1.0 since it's operational. Aaaawww yeah.
    Specs: Opus120; Epia M10k; 700IDT; GlobalSat BR-355; iGuidance 2.1 & IGMod; XM; Custom case.
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    Projects in case I get bored:

    -Finger guided crosshairs in real-time camera view
    -Get XM traffic?
    -DVD slot load in monitor.

    Will wifi transmit in trunk?
    You know you want to...Worklog
    Enjoying v1.0 since it's operational. Aaaawww yeah.
    Specs: Opus120; Epia M10k; 700IDT; GlobalSat BR-355; iGuidance 2.1 & IGMod; XM; Custom case.
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    Saab 9-3

    i have read all about your project, very nice. i just finished my carputer in a 2003 saab 9-3 and was wondering if you got the can diagnostics hooked up and working. what did you use. my picture will be up tommorrow.

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    Congrats & welcome. Nope, no one I know has been able to get CAN interfaced.
    You know you want to...Worklog
    Enjoying v1.0 since it's operational. Aaaawww yeah.
    Specs: Opus120; Epia M10k; 700IDT; GlobalSat BR-355; iGuidance 2.1 & IGMod; XM; Custom case.
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    interference

    i just got back from the saab dealer to activate my aux. i noticed alot of interference. can't tell whats causing it. you have any problems like that?

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