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May 4, 2007
HOWTO: Car2PC Install in 2000 E46 BMW 323i
Posted on Monday, November 07 @ 10:39:54 PST by lincomatic I recently found out about the Car2PC line of USB to head unit (HU) adapters from indashpc.org. They allow you to interface your Car PC or other USB-compatible device to your head unit. The Car2PC emulates a CD changer. It supplies an aux in for your analog audio input, and a USB interface to allow you to read the HU btns from your computer. While it's kind of pricey, it's not much more expensive than other CD changer emulators, and gives you the USB interface as well. I decided to use this device to interface my Omnifi DMP1 MP3 player to my head unit and steering wheel buttons. The idea is to be able switch tracks with the steering wheel buttons of my Bimmer, and maybe add some shortcuts to playlists, etc via the HU's buttons. Since Openfi,a replacement firmware for the DMP1 is open source, it was possible to add the functionality to the DMP1.
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My E46 2000 BMW 323i has the stock BMW Business cassette player head unit installed, which uses IBUS. Therefore, I obtained the Car2PC-USB adapter. There is also a model available for MBUS-compatible HU's, and Toyota/Lexus/Honda/Acura support is in beta testing. Here is what the unit looks like:
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Login Nickname Password The 4 thin wires go to the head unit for power/ground, and IBUS connection. The black 10-pin connector is for CD changer emulation. Audio input is via a 1/8" stereo miniplug, and USB connector goes to your PC or other USB-compatible device. On the host side, the device looks like a USB->Serial adapter. There are two ways to program it: VCP (virtual comm port) mode, and FT (FTDI mode). I will be getting into more specifics in a future programming article. At this point, I've already crimped on the connectors. The wire with the red wrap is twisted together with the unmarked wire before crimping. The first step in removing the radio is to pry off the dash trim on the right: Login Don't have an account yet? You can create one. As a registered user you have some advantages like theme manager, comments configuration and post comments with your name. Related Links
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HOWTO: Car2PC Install in 2000 E46 BMW 323i http://www.05. Note the 3 large securing pegs: 2 of 13 04.com/modules. Here is what the dash looks like with it removed: Note that there are 3 pink plastic receivers for the 3 pegs which protrude from the back of the trim (in my photo.Geekmatica . Here is a backside view of the right side trim. the rightmost one is missing).2007 08:40 .geekmatica. then pull it straight out. I just wrapped my flat-bladed screwdriver with electrical tape.php?name=News&file=article&sid=23 n j k l m j k l m n j k l m n Cast my Vote! Options Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Use a suitable flat plastic blade to pry it loose.
Geekmatica . pry up the center trim from the right side: This is the backside of the center trim: 3 of 13 04.HOWTO: Car2PC Install in 2000 E46 BMW 323i http://www.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=23 Next.05.2007 08:40 .geekmatica.
Mine were just Philips head. Remove the screws.HOWTO: Car2PC Install in 2000 E46 BMW 323i http://www.2007 08:40 . but I've heard that some cars have Allen or Torx screws.05.php?name=News&file=article&sid=23 With the center trim removed.Geekmatica .com/modules. one on each side of the head unit. there are 2 screws exposed.geekmatica. and pull out your head unit: 4 of 13 04.
2007 08:40 . Here is what the back of the head unit looks like: Pry up on the black harness connector to pop it off: 5 of 13 04.php?name=News&file=article&sid=23 What's nice is these newer head units don't need to have the code entered when you reconnect the power.Geekmatica .HOWTO: Car2PC Install in 2000 E46 BMW 323i http://www.com/modules.geekmatica. so that's one less nuisance to deal with.05.
Geekmatica .php?name=News&file=article&sid=23 Here is the connector: and the plug: 6 of 13 04.com/modules.geekmatica.HOWTO: Car2PC Install in 2000 E46 BMW 323i http://www.05.2007 08:40 .
Geekmatica .geekmatica. because the audio input connector connects in its place.HOWTO: Car2PC Install in 2000 E46 BMW 323i http://www. Pull out the blue clip to release it: T-Taps are supplied with the Car2PC to connect into the harness: 7 of 13 04.php?name=News&file=article&sid=23 If you have a CD changer harness attached to the plug.2007 08:40 .com/modules.05. you will need to remove it.
.php?name=News&file=article&sid=23 Crimp them on to the following wires: Function Car2PC Harness GND +12V IBUS Black Red Blue Brown 15 Red/Green stripe 9 White/Red stripe 7 Be extra careful with the IBUS wire .com/modules.05. 8 of 13 04.HOWTO: Car2PC Install in 2000 E46 BMW 323i http://www. it's rather thin gauge.. and I had to crimp T-Tap may not get a good tight connection unless you first tighten it up before crimping it on.2007 08:40 .Geekmatica .geekmatica.
geekmatica.HOWTO: Car2PC Install in 2000 E46 BMW 323i http://www.php?name=News&file=article&sid=23 Make sure you have good solid connections by testing them with a continuity tester: Snap the black harness connector back on to the back of the HU. Here is a closeup of the 10-pin audio connector: 9 of 13 04.Geekmatica .2007 08:40 .com/modules.05.
HOWTO: Car2PC Install in 2000 E46 BMW 323i http://www.Geekmatica .2007 08:40 . Make sure the silver stripe part is on top. and insert it firmly: At this point.php?name=News&file=article&sid=23 It connects to where the CD changer's 10-pin harness used to be. If all the connections are good. you should see it switch to CD changer mode: 10 of 13 04. Press the CD button. you should turn on the HU.geekmatica.com/modules.05.
as well.com/modules. I crammed it behind the bracket that receives the big center pin in the rear of the HU..05. on the top: Twist the tabs a quarter turn. you served me well.2007 08:40 .php?name=News&file=article&sid=23 Notice that at this point..HOWTO: Car2PC Install in 2000 E46 BMW 323i http://www. Next. but the constant grinding of your gears was too noisy at traffic lights). my cassette audio adapter is gone (goodbye. Connect an audio source to the mini phone plug jack and see if you are getting audio. You might want to run the supplied Winamp plugin with your PC.Geekmatica . and the fuse box door will swing down. Feed in the nabbergrabber from the top left of the fuse box compartment: 11 of 13 04. I used a pair of nabbergrabbers purchased from a 99 Cent store to pull the wires through. you need to get the USB and audio input wires into your glove box. Coby cassette adapter. but the most difficult part of the install is getting it to fit in. Open your glove box.geekmatica. The Car2PC unit fits inside the dash. one on each side. There are two tabs. to make sure everything is working as expected before you start putting everything back together.
HOWTO: Car2PC Install in 2000 E46 BMW 323i http://www.php?name=News&file=article&sid=23 and then pull each wire through to the glove box: There is enough space on the left side of the fuse box door to allow you to close it when the wires are coming through: 12 of 13 04.geekmatica.05.Geekmatica .2007 08:40 .com/modules.
You labeled a few of the pins (http://www.HOWTO: Car2PC Install in 2000 E46 BMW 323i http://www.com/car2pc/scheme_ibus.php?name=News&file=article&sid=23 Push your radio back in. This is free software. but i need to know all of them.geekmatica. January 10 @ 17:28:34 PST (User Info | Send a Message) Hey. all the rest ? 2005 by lincomatic.Geekmatica . PHP-Nuke comes with absolutely no warranty. and you may redistribute it under the GPL. for details. think you can help me out? Re: HOWTO: Car2PC Install in 2000 E46 BMW 323i by lincomatic on Tuesday. i was just wondering if you hadthe full pin diagram of the headunit plug.php PHP-Nuke Copyright © 2004 by Francisco Burzi. The comments are property of their posters. Your install is done! I will be posting the code for installing my Openfi to Car2PC interface in the next few days.com/modules.geekmatica.2007 08:40 . replace the two securing screws. and reattach the two dash trim pieces.05.gif). February 28 @ 21:57:24 PST All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. see the license. You can syndicate our news using backend. It allows your HU and steering wheel buttons to control your Omnfifi DMP1! Associated Topics Re: HOWTO: Car2PC Install in 2000 E46 BMW 323i (Score: 1) by Scott_H on Tuesday. 13 of 13 04.
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