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Old 11-13-2009, 12:01 PM   #1
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How to fit freeview to factory sat nav/tv

Hi all. I thought id share my experience into fitting dvb-t freeview tuner to your exsisting sat nav/tv. My car is 2003 330ci sport
Basically because of the switch over here in England I was going to lose my tv function, not good as I like watching my t.v. anyway I went to a few audio shops to ask about freeview, and 1 of them said it was impossible to do as I have no av leads and wanted to charge me £800 for a new set up(IDIOT). Another place quoted me £500 just for parts he said I needed a video interface which cost £200(IDIOT), so I got sick of it and decided to tackle it myself.
I bought a cko freeview tuner from ebay £119.99, av leads to convet my tuner £29.99, twin active aerials alpine from audio shop £59.99, s-video lead and some phono leads and connectors (s-video to phono and twin phono to single phono)
I fitted mine on top of the cd changer there was a spare bracket hole,
1. remove the lefthand side boot trim for access
2. first connect the av leads to the tv tuner in the boot its simple plug and play with the white plug. Now you can use the av function on the tv.
3. loosely mount the box on top of the cd changer just to see where you want the wires to run. the remote eye through the left hand side of the car I went through a grommet behind the seat and and tucked the wire under the plastic on the sills then removed the glovebox and back of glovebox, remove the head unit, you have to remove the air vents to do this, just pull upwards from the middle and it will pop out. After you have taken the screws out obviously. I ran the cable behind the head unit and placed it neatly at the side of the tv screen.
5. now run the 2 aerials through the same grommet behind seat then tuck them up the window seal then stick the aerials in place mine are in the top of the window either side, took the rest of the wire in the roof lining. Thatís it there done. EASY.
6. plug the s-video lead into the video in on the av lead using the s-video-phono connector, then take the left/right audio leads from box connect them to the 2-1 connector and put to the audio in on the av leads.
7. ok now for the wiring first I found the remote turn on wire, I used my hk amp for this,mines situated behind the tv tuner, pull the plug out the amp look close and you will see its 2 plugs in 1 socket (black and grey) slide the grey plug out and connect the acc wire(red)from the box to the white wire of the grey plug. Thatís the remote turn on done.
I ran the black earth wire and the yellow live wire straight to the battery on the other side of boot and hid the wires.
THATíS IT YOUR DONE. Plug the harness in the box and connect the 2 aerials and the video lead.
All you need to do now is fix the box into position and put the trim back, I had to cut my trim a little to allow freeiew box to come through, but nothing major.
Picture quality is excellent even on the move, I can receive all the free to view channels around 45 to be exact. Hope this thread helps everyone else who is thinking of converting. ENJOY
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