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jbors
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 8:09 pm    Post subject: MBus USB adapter for car PC Reply with quote

What is it ?
MBus USB adapter allows PC to "understand" commands sent by device which supports MBus protocol such as Alpine headunit, PIE adapters, iCruze Linx and many others.
Why ?
In many cases PC can replace CD Changer with many more functions. Like playing MP3, OGG, video or even voice guided GPS on a long road. Why bother with very limited CD Changer if you can afford PC for almost the same price ? Get more for less !
It will not require changing your car's dashboard, expensive molding or even touchscreen. You can place PC anywhere you want and "talk" to it from the very ergonomic headunit keybord.
Can I see the demo ?
Here is the short movie clip with MBus adapter in action: MBus in action ( 3Mb / 85 secs )
Can WinAmp or any other frontend use it ?
Here is the source for the WinAmp plugin used in the demo movie above.
Make sure you have placed text file with all your playlists into "c:\program files\winamp\plugins\hump3.cfg". The example config file is here.
Each playlist in the list become a virtual disk when you change disks on HU.
Which car makes it supports ?
So far preliminary we know it supports:
- Mercedes Benz 1994...98
- Jaguar ( ?? years )
- Chryslers/Jeeps 96-02
- Volvo HU models SCxxxx
- all others with OEM car stereo via PIE or iCruze Linx adapters...
Which HU it supports ?
All MBus Alpine headunits such as: TDM-xxx, CDM-xxx
How ?
3 steps only:
1. Place laptop PC or car PC enywhere in a car. Secure and power it.
2. Attach the MBus adapter to your headunit directly or via adapters (PIE, iCruze Link ) and PC.
3. Run the PC and get the sound from it on your speakers instantly !
What else ?
There are unlimited capabilities with your pc and MBus USB adapter. Just name a few:
1. Set your disk buttons on HU to represent playlists. Get unlimited number of playlists and songs !
2. Set button for disk 6 to switch to a video mode. Get your car video !
3. Set button for disk 5 to switch over to a voice guidance if your PC has a microphone and appropriate navigation software. Get guided right now !
4. Set button for disk 4 to switch to XM radio and navigate through it by selecting tracks. Get radio digitalized !
How it is look like ?
Here is the pic of adapter:

Here is the pic of adapter in action:


How to get it ?
This version is outdated and available in bare PCB version only.
Commercial version is available here:
http://indashpc.org/new/adapters/car2pc-mbus.html

My best regards.


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hvbfster



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:01 pm    Post subject: Re: MBus USB adapter for car PC Reply with quote

Nice work, but Im a bit confused. I have a SC 805 Head Unit - do I need a certain cable or good to go?

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jbors
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You will need a cable VOLALP or similar. It is a MiniDin8->DIN8 assembly.
I do have a pinout for that cable though Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK!

...and I need to feed power to the mini din, right?

Looking at your webshop and wondering, should I buy the Car2Pc unit even though its says to not support my modell year? Volvo V40 year 2000 SC805...

Or just tell me which one to buy, please ; )

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still have development version of the board which shown on a picture. It is $30 but it has to be powered from the PC (+5V). Or you can get one from the web site.
Both of them are compatible with your car stereo.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
i am interested in buying such a device for my volvo s80, year 2003. i have an original volvo stereo in, the HU 601 model.
Looking forward for an answer.
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jbors
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have nothing for this Volvo yet. Looking into it...
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Overlord



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,

Sorry to bump an old thread, but Im really interested in this adapter. I have an Alpine CDA-9847 headunit with Mbus, and I would like to connect it to a PC via USB. I could not find this adapter anywhere, so are they still available?

If you could, please e-mail me at fragtheweak@gmail.com if they are still available anywhere.

Thanks,
Matt
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Bizarro



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Add me to the list of interested Alpine owners.
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psergei



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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2007 2:40 am    Post subject: Re: MBus USB adapter for car PC Reply with quote

Hello,

I'm interested in a bit different thing - I want to install CarPC into my Audi and replace the Audi Concert headunit with motorized touch-screen monitor. But I still want to leave Alpine S634 CD changer in trunk, so I want to be able to control the CD-changer from PC. This would allow me to listen the CD on main speakers, while passenger will listen the movie on headphone connected to PC.
Is this possible, are there any hints how to develop USB to MBus adapter to control the Alpine changer?
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RAMALOJI
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 5:23 am    Post subject: volvo mbus hu 805 new links Reply with quote

Previous links were lost

I return to my post solution for hu 805 radio volvo


the m does not work to mbus adapter in volvo radio ,and studying the problem, I create to find solution, I wait for opinions

not as to load photos here. for that reason this connection


http://www.panoramio.com/photos/original/17037217.jpg

other photos sc 805 volvo radio

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/17037227
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 9:09 am    Post subject: Re: volvo mbus hu 805 new links Reply with quote

RAMALOJI wrote:
Previous links were lost

I return to my post solution for hu 805 radio volvo


the m does not work to mbus adapter in volvo radio ,and studying the problem, I create to find solution, I wait for opinions


Here's my solution for the same problem: http://www.indashpc.org/vbullettin/viewtopic.php?p=4615#4615
It's more expensive but cleaner I think.

My new "project" is to make my car2pc adapter work with my Pocket PC PDA. I mean the USB controls, not the audio, that works obviously. Smile
I've already successfully read raw data from the car2pc unit via USB on my PDA. It'd be nice to use the PDA instead of a big, complicated PC...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How do you charge an iPod Touch using a usb cable and your computer? When you plug your iPod Touch into a computer using the usb cable that comes with it, how are you supposed to charge it? Can you still use your computer while it's charging?

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