Anybody fitted a car PC?

Discussion in 'Electronics' started by smile, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. smile

    smile Member

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    Hi Guys,

    Has anybody on this forum installed, or ever dabbled with a car PC?

    I've got most of the gear ready to go in, just missing the screen and a few cables.

    The only bit that's got me stuck is working out how I can keep the Volume control functionality on my steering wheel. I imagine this is the case, but can anybody confirm that the wiring going into the original COMAND unit on my W208 CLK is CAN-Bus?

    If this is the case, I think I'll have to get a 'stalk adaptor' for an Alpine/Sony/Whatever which could convert the signal to resistive. Then I can buy a gizmo from these guys which will convert it into a USB input device.
     
  2. sinewave

    sinewave Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Don't know why you'd want to??

    Buy an iPad or small Laptop, far more useful IMHO and the iPad makes a far better 'in-car-DVD-TV' player with a suitable headrest mount.
     
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    smile

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    It has many more uses than just as a DVD player or TV. It will replace the outdated COMAND sat nav system, have bluetooth connectivity as a handsfree system, and be able to store all of my music on the hard drive.

    A tablet or small laptop can do all of these things as well, but the issue is how to mount it (though a lot of people are now mounting small 7" tablets into their dashboards as carPCs).
    I want something that's more embedded within the car, that looks OEM.
     
  4. npuk

    npuk Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Yes I have in a previous car. In your CLK the controls will be CAN-BUS. AFAIK only Incar Tec do an interface for the CLK and it is over £100.
     
  5. CdRsKuLL

    CdRsKuLL New Member

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    I've been using a carpc for the last 10 years or so.. Just ordered my B180 but it's going to take a few months to come. Unsure if I'm going to add it to the B180 or just end up getting a tomtom.. will have to see what happens.

    Did you get any further ?

    Thanks,

    Steve
     
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2012

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