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      10-18-2012, 04:35 AM   #1
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Cheapest way to get RCA or HDMI video input on CCC Idrive?

I'm planning to install a Raspberry pi as a carputer in my e90 for music and showing OBD info.
I have the ccc navi pro without ipod integration, tv or bluetooth. I need a video interface with either RCA or HDMI input to show the image from the computer. No need for multiple inputs and other fancy options.
What is the cheapest interface to cover my needs? There are so many expensive options to choose from, but all of them seems overkill for my use.
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What is your budget? I am working with a reseller on a new option that will do what other expensive options will but for less.. mainly adding RVC, Video In (RCA), Video Out (RCA).
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      10-18-2012, 08:57 AM   #3
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My budget are as low as possible. I think around $100 would be reasonable for a single video input.
Total costs for the carputer is $80, so the video input will be the most expensive part of the setup.
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I'm planning to install a Raspberry pi as a carputer in my e90 for music and showing OBD info.
I have the ccc navi pro without ipod integration, tv or bluetooth. I need a video interface with either RCA or HDMI input to show the image from the computer. No need for multiple inputs and other fancy options.
What is the cheapest interface to cover my needs? There are so many expensive options to choose from, but all of them seems overkill for my use.
OMG!! you took the words right out of my mouth! lol

I've been planning a carputer install for many years, long before I got my E91 (even did some bench testing with a carputer build and the E91 and a touchscreen) but never really found enough on the forum regarding the MOST network and relocating the HU to the boot.

I have a PI too! currently set up as a media server connected to my TV (in the house), was thinking that it would be a brilliant CP!
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      10-18-2012, 04:49 PM   #5
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i was thinking along the lines of using a pi with xbmc on the ccc nav, but the cost of the addons to enable av input on the ccc itself was just to expensive.im not that good of a techie...but could you imagine using a pi with xbmc and using the idrive controller to control the pi via the gpio or along them lines......would be a super addition to older cars with ccc nav.

so alpine328i would love to see what you have to offer....
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i was thinking along the lines of using a pi with xbmc on the ccc nav, but the cost of the addons to enable av input on the ccc itself was just to expensive.im not that good of a techie...but could you imagine using a pi with xbmc and using the idrive controller to control the pi via the gpio or along them lines......would be a super addition to older cars with ccc nav.

so alpine328i would love to see what you have to offer....
true say! xbmc on the pi is a real treat. I was actually considering upgrading my CCC to the CID thus keeping the stock look and being able to improve on the amount of music given that the CID has a built in HDD.

my CP project has been on hold way too long. Currently considering the Alpine upgrade and the SWS-8's for under seat base too.

So much to do! and such little time!
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@onetwentie, off topic slightly, but if you dont have tweeters already in the car , the alpine upgrade for me was great.....goes from more or less no treble to very nice treble.....i even added a 12" kenwood sub in the boot which is nice........everything sounds a lot better now.....
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@onetwentie, off topic slightly, but if you dont have tweeters already in the car , the alpine upgrade for me was great.....goes from more or less no treble to very nice treble.....i even added a 12" kenwood sub in the boot which is nice........everything sounds a lot better now.....
thanks for the info mate. I have tweeters, front and rear (E91). I still however for the life of me can't figure out if I have HiFi or TopHiFi/L7? I've read the tis off the Audio Sticky but can't tell - am I missing something?

I was also considering a sub in the boot, possibly in the compartment which you open to get to the cd changer - saw a thread on here a while back where some guy did this on his E91 and it looked the part! apparently sounded good too!
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Well the seller has approached me with a unit but its running around $150 for pre-order/testing price. Although they are also working on getting a MOST box that will allow for an RCA aux input directly into the optics.. Ill try and get some more information...
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thanks for the info mate. I have tweeters, front and rear (E91). I still however for the life of me can't figure out if I have HiFi or TopHiFi/L7? I've read the tis off the Audio Sticky but can't tell - am I missing something?

I was also considering a sub in the boot, possibly in the compartment which you open to get to the cd changer - saw a thread on here a while back where some guy did this on his E91 and it looked the part! apparently sounded good too!
If you have a speaker in the center of your dash (between your air vents up there), then you have L7 and the optical system. If not, then you have the HiFi most likely which is not optically based.
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Well the seller has approached me with a unit but its running around $150 for pre-order/testing price. Although they are also working on getting a MOST box that will allow for an RCA aux input directly into the optics.. Ill try and get some more information...
$150 isn't too bad. Is it ready for sale?
More info and price for the most box?
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I will double check on availability and pricing this week. I know that $150 price was with zero mark up, but if you get in with me during the testing phase i dont see why it would be any more expensive... yet. For the MOST adapter, the seller is checking to see if he can get his hands on a 4channel one, or just a 2 channel one.

Will keep you guys posted.
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If you have a speaker in the center of your dash (between your air vents up there), then you have L7 and the optical system. If not, then you have the HiFi most likely which is not optically based.
Strangely enough, only yesterday I pried that grill open to see if there was a speaker under there - and there is not. There is a MOST network in the car, though i'm guessing you were referring to a full MOST network for the audio? so given the above does it mean I have the HiFi? isn't this the one that is said to be the easiest to upgrade?
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Strangely enough, only yesterday I pried that grill open to see if there was a speaker under there - and there is not. There is a MOST network in the car, though i'm guessing you were referring to a full MOST network for the audio? so given the above does it mean I have the HiFi? isn't this the one that is said to be the easiest to upgrade?
Correct, as long as there is no speaker in the center (which is visible if you have it, no need to pry up the panel), then you do not have L7. L7 is optical, so it is referred to as a MOST system.

You can upgrade your HiFi with any aftermarket kit, the only thing you will lose is the BMW Connect (or whatever it is called) and get an SOS error. You could always relocate your stock radio to the trunk just for this purpose if you wanted to as well.


No L7 (center where speaker would be is just plastic):


L7 (center where speaker is located is mesh for sound):
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aha! brilliant. I hadn't realised that there was a speaker grill in the middle for those that did have it.

you touched on the relocation of the stock HU to the trunk, and i've looked at the options (read the thread on the METRA). what gets me though is how do you extend the wires? do you just get regular cable and extend them?

what about the FAKRA connectors? how do you extend them?
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Hello,

Just chasing this thread to see if there is indeed a way to play HDMI (or RCA) video through the E91 Sat Nav display please?
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