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Old 01-15-2013, 01:36 PM   #261
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Anyone heard from nmcclana or gadgetgangster? No Kracker/No refund still.. It's been 3 months.

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Old 02-20-2013, 11:07 AM   #262
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Still no Cracker

I emailed Jeff who says his only connection with Gadgetgangster is shipping, and he hasn't had any Car Krackers to ship since last year. For refunds, try Paypal. Good luck!
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:35 AM   #263
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So... This sort of went to hell didn't it...
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:24 PM   #264
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Yep.. Bought the original for $48.. Couldn't get it to work. Ordered the Kracker 3 for another $107.. Never received a unit or any refund or ever heard back from nmcclana.
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:06 PM   #265
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I'm working on building one.
I built gerbers from the diptrace file posted on
http://www.gadgetgangster.com/find-a...projectnum=412

The layout posted there does not exactly match the schematic. Also, there is only a pdf of the schematic, no diptrace file.
Also, there is no partlist.

I'm in the process of reverse engineering the partlist.
I'll keep my progress posted here, then will probably fork the project and post everything required to build it (gerbers, BOM, etc).


So far the partlist: (sorry about the formatting)

Code:
Name on Schematic,Name on Layout,value,manufacturer,part#,digi-key#
R6,-,10k x5,Bourns,4606X-101-103LF,4606X-1-103LF-ND
U2,-,SD-micro,HIROSE,DM3D-SF,HR19,HR1941CT-ND 
D1,-,1N4148,FAIRCHILD,1N4148,1N4148FS-ND
Q1,-,NPN,FAIRCHILD,2N3904,2N3904FS-ND
D2,D1,1N5817,FAIRCHILD,1N5817,1N5817FSCT-ND
D3,D2,1N5817,FAIRCHILD,1N5817,1N5817FSCT-ND
U1,-,5V reg,TI,LM2574N-5.0/NOPB,LM2574N-5.0/NOPB-ND
L1,L1,330uH,?,?,?
C2,-,47uF,?,?,?
C2,-,47uF,?,?,?
C4,-,47uF,?,?,?
C5,-,220uF,?,?,?
J4,"Digital Out",Coax Jack?,?,?,?
J6,"Aux In",1/8" Stereo Jack,?,?,?
U4,-,ADC,?,?,?
"Aux 5V Output","5V Out",2pos terminal,ON SHORE TECH,EDZ500/2DS,ED1975-ND
-,-,Propeller Dev Board,Propeller,40000,40000-ND
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:00 AM   #266
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Very strange... Very unprofessional. I was lucky enough to bust his balls for a refund. It's fair enough that he's an individual, however saying that the CK works on ALL models of E46 w/ nav unit was a big fkoff. I still have my original car kracker + the refund he gave me, but I haven't plugged it into my car. I ended up buying a CD stacker because the amount of times I pulled apart my trunk to experiment made it not worth the bother.

I hope you guys paid with paypal, not sure if you're too late now but I feel for you.
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:50 PM   #267
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test

test test.
not sure why last post didn't show up?
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:51 PM   #268
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I'm working on building one.
I built gerbers from the diptrace file posted on
http://www.gadgetgangster.com/find-a...projectnum=412

The layout posted there does not exactly match the schematic. Also, there is only a pdf of the schematic, no diptrace file.
Also, there is no partlist.

I'm in the process of reverse engineering the partlist.
I'll keep my progress posted here, then will probably fork the project and post everything required to build it (gerbers, BOM, etc).


So far the partlist: (sorry about the formatting)

Code:
Name on Schematic,Name on Layout,value,manufacturer,part#,digi-key#
R6,-,10k x5,Bourns,4606X-101-103LF,4606X-1-103LF-ND
U2,-,SD-micro,HIROSE,DM3D-SF,HR19,HR1941CT-ND 
D1,-,1N4148,FAIRCHILD,1N4148,1N4148FS-ND
Q1,-,NPN,FAIRCHILD,2N3904,2N3904FS-ND
D2,D1,1N5817,FAIRCHILD,1N5817,1N5817FSCT-ND
D3,D2,1N5817,FAIRCHILD,1N5817,1N5817FSCT-ND
U1,-,5V reg,TI,LM2574N-5.0/NOPB,LM2574N-5.0/NOPB-ND
L1,L1,330uH,?,?,?
C2,-,47uF,?,?,?
C2,-,47uF,?,?,?
C4,-,47uF,?,?,?
C5,-,220uF,?,?,?
J4,"Digital Out",Coax Jack?,?,?,?
J6,"Aux In",1/8" Stereo Jack,?,?,?
U4,-,ADC,?,?,?
"Aux 5V Output","5V Out",2pos terminal,ON SHORE TECH,EDZ500/2DS,ED1975-ND
-,-,Propeller Dev Board,Propeller,40000,40000-ND
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:07 AM   #269
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Whenever I think of selling a product I've developed I think of situations like this thread. So I tend to just post my designs and let DIY's rule. (The author has provided his source code, or at least did, for those that one to make things themselves.)

Bad deal though for those that couldn't make it work and didn't get refunds.

Depending on what you guys want to do you can build your own devices. I'm not going to put much in this thread about it as this thread is about the Kracker. But interfacing with the Ibus (or Kbus) is not new.

I've been playing with my own IPOD interface (not just aux interface but could do that easily) using an Arduino. It's on like it's fourth MAJOR revision. It has been a great learning experience. I prefer the Arduino over the Propeller due to the Arduino programming in C instead of a proprietary "Spin" language. But can see the apeal of the multi core structure of the propeller.

Also will throw this out from my experience. I expect most problems are due to variations in the bus voltage and or resistance varying from car to car depending on options installed and corrosion and.... I expect these could be solved with a simple resister change to match it to the car. Or slightly different Ibus to microcontroller circuit.

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Old 12-20-2013, 08:06 AM   #270
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PayPal was no help

Even though I bought the Kracker3 through Paypal, their email response was "Sorry, if you didn't buy it through ebay, you're out of luck". Written off as lost cause long ago.
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