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Old 07-01-2009, 12:26 AM   #121
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Might be an ignorant question, but is there any way to get fm/am without having a separate tuner? Would be cool to just have the touchscreen up front...and be able to access the tuner via the touchscreen.

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Yup. Centrafuse provides a radio interface as well, you just need a compatible FM tuner in either PCI (or mini PCI) or USB. In their website they have a list of compatible FM tuner brands.

If you do skip the separate tuner and consequently built-in amplifier, you will have to use an aftermarket amp. The PSU I am using has a jumper just to power on external amplifiers
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:35 AM   #122
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Yup. Centrafuse provides a radio interface as well, you just need a compatible FM tuner in either PCI (or mini PCI) or USB. In their website they have a list of compatible FM tuner brands.

If you do skip the separate tuner and consequently built-in amplifier, you will have to use an aftermarket amp. The PSU I am using has a jumper just to power on external amplifiers
And that seals the deal: out with the OEM Nav and in with some aftermarket fun!

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Old 07-01-2009, 05:04 PM   #123
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Might be an ignorant question, but is there any way to get fm/am without having a separate tuner? Would be cool to just have the touchscreen up front...and be able to access the tuner via the touchscreen.

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IMHO forget about fm radio take HD unit is easy to hook up with carpc and sound is much better like cd quality.
I'm using visteon you can get it even on eBay for less than $50
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:32 PM   #124
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Ha, maybe cheaper since they just went into bankruptcy.
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:58 PM   #125
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Just looking at the centrafuse website, they have a 50% off sale going on...
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:09 PM   #126
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Ha, maybe cheaper since they just went into bankruptcy.
You mean visteon or HD radio ?
joking... maybe but is still good unit and many people using it with carputer projects.

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Old 07-01-2009, 11:14 PM   #127
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I mean visteon, did a search and see they went into bankruptcy in May, seems like they were a major auto supplier. Radios do like nice though and great price.
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:16 PM   #128
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Any reason why you went with Centrafuse over some of the free open source stuff like RiderRunner. Seems like this would have been a great choice for you with your background.
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O my freggin' God. Very professional. Speechless...
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Old 08-01-2009, 03:23 PM   #131
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that is amazing! well done my friend! how much did all that cost u tho??
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Old 08-02-2009, 04:58 AM   #133
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Thanks for the positive comments! The carputer is planned to undergo certain upgrades since hardware parts are dirt cheap these days

1. Replacing 4+ year old 80GB IDE hard drive with 250GB SATA
2. Memory upgrade from 512MB to 1GB DDR2. After testing, it doesn't affect hibernation resume times.
3. DIY 12v to 5v with a voltage regulator to provide constant voltage to GPS receiver, will make it lock faster
4. Software update to v2.1
5. Replacing supplied GPS Software [Destinator] with the newest iGO 8.3 with 3D buildings and a cute female voice
6. 100% voice command integration to control all audio/video through wired mic or bluetooth (whatever works)
7. Replacing old n tired 7" TFT with a new Transflective type TFT touchscreen (btw, you CAN fit an 8" widescreen too as long as bezel is modified, so might consider that)
8. New car battery (irrelevant but the PSU thinks it's too weak and refuses to power on the pc when ignition on, maybe water-to-air intercooler pump draws too much)
9. Bezel going for repaint to body shop to refresh! (I suck at painting)
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Old 08-04-2009, 05:32 PM   #134
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Paraklas: how much maintenance does your Carputer require? Can you set it up and forget about it, or do you constantly have to tinker with it? Also, are you happy with Centrafuse?
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:39 AM   #135
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It's maintenance free (unless you are a computer freak ). The place where it's installed doesn't get any dust and I have defragmented the disk once I think. Fans still spin quietly too. With the initial windows customization I did, I haven't managed to crash it yet despite the fact that it has been hibernating/resuming every day since install. The hard disk is partitioned to 2 parts, 2GB for applications and 78gb for media. Windows is stripped (not raid) from any useless features, drivers, services, themes, updates, antivirus etc. Cold boots are at 15 seconds and hibernation resume is at 8 seconds. I have a small cat5e cable which connects the motherboard ethernet port with a female ethernet port right at the satnav cover and from there I can connect the carpc with my switch to upload new stuff. Unfortunately the motherboard ethernet supports up to 100mbps and it takes some time to upload stuff.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:58 AM   #137
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1. Replacing 4+ year old 80GB IDE hard drive with 250GB SATA
Wouldn't it be better to use a SSD/solid state drive now they've come down a bit in price? You won't need to worry about shock absorbtion then, will have much faster data access and it'll use a touch less power.

I'm getting more and more tempted to replace my MK4 DVD sat nav system with a carputer or some type, I'd probably base it on a low powered Mac mini and then hang off the BT, radio, TV, GPS dongles from a powered hub. I'll probably use a Linux OS too, although maybe Windows will save me a massive ball-ache with drivers!? I'm a bit of an IT geek, so it'll be a nice project - although ripping my old widescreen out will get me nervous!

Would be great to see your OBDII screens with your cable connected - uber cool.

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Old 09-07-2009, 12:27 AM   #139
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Wouldn't it be better to use a SSD/solid state drive now they've come down a bit in price? You won't need to worry about shock absorbtion then, will have much faster data access and it'll use a touch less power.

I'm getting more and more tempted to replace my MK4 DVD sat nav system with a carputer or some type, I'd probably base it on a low powered Mac mini and then hang off the BT, radio, TV, GPS dongles from a powered hub. I'll probably use a Linux OS too, although maybe Windows will save me a massive ball-ache with drivers!? I'm a bit of an IT geek, so it'll be a nice project - although ripping my old widescreen out will get me nervous!

Would be great to see your OBDII screens with your cable connected - uber cool.

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You don't really need super fast data access, I mean more than an ATA133 or SATAII for a carpc. Given the fact that the original hard disk is still there after 4 years despite our pothole filled roads here doesn't make me happy to spend any extra money for a SSD. At 250GB they are pricey at least here if you can find one.

Linux is nice but I haven't found a front-end application like centrafuse that works with Linux. Of course you can install an emulator but that could complicate things a bit as the GPS drivers specifically are very sensitive.
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Old 10-14-2009, 11:21 PM   #140
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Wouldn't it be better to use a SSD/solid state drive now they've come down a bit in price? You won't need to worry about shock absorbtion then, will have much faster data access and it'll use a touch less power.

I'm getting more and more tempted to replace my MK4 DVD sat nav system with a carputer or some type, I'd probably base it on a low powered Mac mini and then hang off the BT, radio, TV, GPS dongles from a powered hub. I'll probably use a Linux OS too, although maybe Windows will save me a massive ball-ache with drivers!? I'm a bit of an IT geek, so it'll be a nice project - although ripping my old widescreen out will get me nervous!

Would be great to see your OBDII screens with your cable connected - uber cool.

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Have you thought about selling your MK4 dvd nav? I might be interested in a few months.

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What have you done for steering wheel controls?
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