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Old 08-22-2012, 12:09 AM   #81
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DICE has a program that talks to the iBus to keep it on. Be careful buying cheap products that don't have this sort of feature that communicates with the iBus, or it'll become an expensive paperweight
It was 40 dollars. Not much of an expense
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:21 AM   #82
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It was 40 dollars. Not much of an expense
I have actual paperweights that cost more than the Kracker

I'm not sure what he's trying to say. He starts off claiming that:

"(iBus)Shuts off electronics that are not part of the OE system"

In his second reply I think he's talking about devices going into sleep mode. Not real sure. I don't think he has a good grasp on what the Kracker is and what it does.

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Old 08-22-2012, 12:44 AM   #83
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I have actual paperweights that cost more than the Kracker

I'm not sure what he's trying to say. He starts off claiming that:

"(iBus)Shuts off electronics that are not part of the OE system"

In his second reply I think he's talking about devices going into sleep mode. Not real sure. I don't think he has a good grasp on what the Kracker is and what it does.

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I was very confused by his post also... I wouldn't imagine that IBUS could do that=
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:56 AM   #84
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On late model E46's like my 2006 Convertible the head unit plays MP3's so it seems logical that with a little tweaking the Kracker could transfer those files without decoding?
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It's fast enough to pull the data off an SD card, although the iBus isn't fast enough to move the file over. Personally, I just use a bluetooth bridge to play tunes from my cell phone.
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Old 08-22-2012, 03:06 AM   #85
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Can someone plug one of these into a scrap BMW, and smack the air bag sensor when the data logger is enabled!?
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:36 AM   #86
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It would be nice to have remote/push start if possible
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:16 AM   #87
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Update: today I ripped apart my trunk for yet again another attempt at cd changer emulation on my 2006 MKIV. It did not work as of yet.

On the other hand, I updated my firmware and kustomizer and was able to control functions in my vehicle for example fog lights, tail lamps and wheel controls. A huge leap from where I was before. I have noticed some bugs for example, if I test any lighting feature, my speakers will crank up louder. I attempted reading live bus data from kustomizer with a 100% success.

I haven't been able to use pa soft or nav coder with kracker yet (possibly because I've connected through the trunk.

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1. Work on the changer emulation for MKIV navs as soon as possible!!!
2. Have kustomizer tell you what mode you're currently in.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:25 AM   #88
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@CSL - I'm adding more debugging on the next release, so we can see what's keeping the MKIV from picking up the CD changer. LED's will be handled in a separate process to improve notification.

As for navcoder, I use it all the time - just set your Kracker to diagnostic mode. When you open Navcoder, select the Com port the Kracker is on. I've used it from the ibus (trunk) and OBDC.
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:19 PM   #89
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I got mine to work and I love it. I was up until 2 am playing with it in the garage. I can't wait to learn more about this. I would really like a keyless push start using my phone for authentication via bluetooth.
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@CSL - I'm adding more debugging on the next release, so we can see what's keeping the MKIV from picking up the CD changer. LED's will be handled in a separate process to improve notification.

As for navcoder, I use it all the time - just set your Kracker to diagnostic mode. When you open Navcoder, select the Com port the Kracker is on. I've used it from the ibus (trunk) and OBDC.
Would love to have this working by next week if possible! Getting tired of burning so many CDs and tearing apart my trunk everyday so I might wait it out 'till it's confirmed we have a relation between the Kracker and MKIV unit.

As for diagnostic mode, I tried booting up the Kracker with P6 held down, and after a small time of holding it, P6 and P5 (I think) light up blue. I would imagine that this means DIAGNOSTIC MODE but when I do a scan on my MKIV, it returns saying that every unit is unresponsive even with ignition on.

I'm using COM3 at the moment and have set them to that. On NAVCODER I found it strange how it would say sleep until I refreshed in which it'd say idle.

It was really satisfying being able to turn up my radio from the trunk though
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:24 PM   #91
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I'm too black for the kracker.

Even though I'm 100% white
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Would love to have this working by next week if possible!
Yeah, hold up until Status tab is ready. That way if the update doesn't get it working, I should have the info needed.
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Yeah, hold up until Status tab is ready. That way if the update doesn't get it working, I should have the info needed.
Any estimated time on that?
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@CSL323 - I'm glad you got yours mostly working

I'm still playing around trying to get it all figured out. I think my codes are slightly different as I have a convertible. The trunkOpen command doesn't work at all, possibly something to do with the check to make sure the top is fully up or down, And the windowOpen or windowClose will only move the window half way and you have to send the command again to move the rest of the way.

Plus I need to figure out the commands for the top open / close.

Has anyone tried deciphering the live bus data? I can post some if needed.

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@CSL323 - I'm glad you got yours mostly working

I'm still playing around trying to get it all figured out. I think my codes are slightly different as I have a convertible. The trunkOpen command doesn't work at all, possibly something to do with the check to make sure the top is fully up or down, And the windowOpen or windowClose will only move the window half way and you have to send the command again to move the rest of the way.

Plus I need to figure out the commands for the top open / close.

Has anyone tried deciphering the live bus data? I can post some if needed.

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We'll eventually get it, hopefully! The kracker is a good device just, it'll be better when it does what it's designed to! Any way I could help to getting this update pushed out faster?
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Question about MP3 support?

Some of the amps may have an Aux input in them in the trunk, is is possible to output MP3 from the unit to the Aux input in the trunk and control the unit via Bluetooth?

If the amp cannot support it, I assume you could run a wire from the trunk to the Aux input on the head unit?

Just tossing an idea up, not sure if this has been fully covered or considered?
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This module along with the other propeller based modules have a lot of potential
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:18 AM   #98
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So how close are you with remote unlocking? I can see a lot of these being sold pro actively and on the spot for people that have dead keyfobs and are locked out of the car with a broken drivers door lock linkage.

If you could pop the trunk on a lockout and connect to the iBus and use your laptop or phone to unlock the car, you will have a lot of sales!
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:27 AM   #99
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@CSL - I'm plugging away, I actually just figured out a bug in the RX/TX code,it's probably what's keeping the MKV from picking up the Kracker in Music mode.
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@CSL - I'm plugging away, I actually just figured out a bug in the RX/TX code,it's probably what's keeping the MKV from picking up the Kracker in Music mode.
Great to hear! Can't wait to give it a go!
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