Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2003 12:00:26 +0100
From: MeatballTurbo <carl.robsonnopsamcing-czechs.com>
Subject: Re: OT - in car MP3 players (UK bias)


In article <bf9udr$cmm65$1nopsam52899.news.uni-berlin.de>, grunffnopsam.com spouted forth into alt.autos.saab... > I thought I'd share this, in case anyone's thinking of an MP3 > player for their Saab (or any other car for that matter). > I've fitted a PC in the boot. So far I have 10 gigs of MP3 (using Audio Soft e-jukebox for databasing the MP3's I'm listening to (it keeps stats of what you've played in a database and when no album or artist is selected will switch to playing the most popular tracks, so you don't need to fiddle arround with stuff whil on the move), and can do Satnav/routing using Mappoint and AGPS. The Mk1 version is using a full sized ATX motherboard, and a cheep composite 7" widescreen, but I've just bought a cheap 12" VGA TFT panel of E-Bay, just waiting for delivery to be arranged. Should make the screen experience much nicer. MK1 uses quite a bit of boot space, and needs an inverter for power. I use the antenna remote line to isolate the inverter after I shutdown to avoid battery drain(and to repower the computer when I switch on the headunit). MK2 will use a Via Epia board, and a dedicated 12v DC input Car PSU, and be small enough to either fit into the glove box, or hide behind the trunk side carpet. I've used a USB2 slim DVD drive that sits between the seats to allow me (passengers really) to view DVD's, and for me to add extra MP3 (got about another 8 gig to add). I get instant access to the MP3's about 30 seconds after switching on the radio (time it takes to come back from hibernation. Sat routing is nice when I have a longish journey to make, and no passenger to navigate. Means I don't have to juggle driving and map reading, and only need to stop for comfort/rest breaks. -- Carl Robson (The poster formerly known as Skodapilot) http://www.bouncing-czechs.com

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