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Thread: Bimmerpc BMW 320 -02 touring CAR-PC project

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    10m of usb seems rather long to me, as in more then you would need. In my 4 door sedan im using 15 foot cables and thats plenty. I wouldnt worry too much about the power to the front because the drive will take external power and most other things would not need that much power.
    VGA just meaning over the long run it can pick up interferance, so may have to experiment with the snaking of the cable.
    Sound, so your keeping the stock system, how are you planning on goin from headphone to the system?
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    If You mean the IBM soundcard as "stock, yes I am planning on keeping it at first but I could just put in a sounblaster adigy z usb or whatever they are called if that improves. But my last car amplifier just had regular rca plugs and on the faq here they just reccommend using a y splitter to split my soundcard stereoplug into monoplugs and then into my amp. I havent figured out if my current sound card is line out or headphone. Anyway do You suggest using a spdif?
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    i was reffering to the actual cars system. so ill assume you have an amp of some sort. you know i really dont know, im going to be goin with an extigy minijack>splitter>crossover>amps. but i may end up using the optical stuff somehow.
    what are the details on the dvd setup?
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    Currently it is jus the factory audio system, but there are shops that dont sell anything else than car amps an speakers so It wont be the hardest part to figure out.
    On the dvd setup - havent bought anything yet!
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    As I am not very familiar with english language, i want to read once more your thread to understand it.

    i have some questions about it ?

    What is your car ? E46, I know but what and Year ?

    Do you want to keep your Head Unit ?

    Why 10 m usb cable ? your car is bigger than mine ?



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    Nice install in the mid-console and the silver-button!
    Well maybe 10meters is to long but I need a usb cable from my "super 7" touchscreen" and my pc with gfx card will be in trunk and I must drag the cable under everything around seats and back behind the midconsole and when I tested at home with a 5 meter usb cable from pc to a printer recently, the printer did not print anything on command. It dit with a 3m cable

    It´s a E46 320 year 2002, I dont want to keep my headunit, just want to use the already installed radio antenna which goes back to rear windshield so I will have to find a solution (not pci since I have a laptop) that can recieve fm signals to my pc.
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    Actually no good soluce for radio only one project with RDS but don't use alternative frequencies so
    my car is a 2003 so i have an AUX input

    I don't use touchscreen : too much reflects as you can see on photo.

    Under the armrest i have a powermate (the silver-button) with a touchpad, plugs for Usb and minidin for Keyboard and mouse. Theses uses an USB adapter (so they become plug and play) and a usb Hub under touchpad and powermate. so i can reach rear trunk with only 5m.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bimmerpc
    Yeah that seems to be a fact!
    I got this port replicator, so I guess there isnt any room for a pcmcia card unless I put it in the actual pc. And I would like it to be as dockable as possible without attaching many wires. So if it is possible in some way to upgrade to 2.0 via the port replicator/dock (which does have a 2.0 port now but it is unusable at high speed) I would be very happy!

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    T Seris lappy ( I've got one ).... the full size docking station ( which you can get ) takes one media device ( ie CDrom DVD etc ) and has one full PCI slot how ever its USB 1 all the way through. Now I'm not sure if I am missing the point but do you really need USB 2, I've not needed USB 2 on any of my projects because most of the devices ie GPS etc have not been.... just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grave
    Actually no good soluce for radio only one project with RDS but don't use alternative frequencies so
    my car is a 2003 so i have an AUX input

    I don't use touchscreen : too much reflects as you can see on photo.

    Under the armrest i have a powermate (the silver-button) with a touchpad, plugs for Usb and minidin for Keyboard and mouse. Theses uses an USB adapter (so they become plug and play) and a usb Hub under touchpad and powermate. so i can reach rear trunk with only 5m.
    I think You could reduce reflects by tilting the display up a bit but that might be uncomfortable for usage/viewing. Just a thought.

    I will as said, sell my oem-stereo but I have looked and searched for a device that recieves fm and uses the usb plug since I cant have pci. Maybe there is a external soundcard that has got fm-tuner.. dont know..

    Quote Originally Posted by ccsnet
    T Seris lappy ( I've got one ).... the full size docking station ( which you can get ) takes one media device ( ie CDrom DVD etc ) and has one full PCI slot how ever its USB 1 all the way through. Now I'm not sure if I am missing the point but do you really need USB 2, I've not needed USB 2 on any of my projects because most of the devices ie GPS etc have not been.... just a thought.

    Terran
    Look at post #3, ofcourse many devices dont need usb 2.0 but since the price difference isnt that big... Anyway I just purchased a firewire/usb combo card for my computer, I wont be out of usb connectors that thing is for sure!
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    USB radio with RDS

    Two developpements in France but no results so stand-by

    A french guy tried a PCI radio tv card in is E46 bad results so he buy the module described in this thread :

    HQCT Module (new thread following HU RDS/RDBS)

    It's compatible with Roadrunner but actually module can't change frequency when mooving area.

    He first tried usb HQCT in the rear of his car with bad results then in front area with better reception. Perhaps lengh of antenna cable does matter in E 46 with antenna in rear glass

    PS : I have removed my touchscreen and no more reflects.

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