Sunday, February 10, 2008


Once again a huge thanks to my bro J.Z. I know nothing about car electronics, and he helped my wire everything. We spliced all the required connections inline. We used a soldering gun and electrical tape to make all the connections. We tucked all the cable in through the center console and through to the glove box. We wired up my new XM antenna (XM Direct + XM -> USB from Mp3Car), a USB Audio controller (with RCA output for my sub and speakers). In the final processes of cleaning up the install, hiding wires, and configuring all the options to my preferences. The install took about 3 hours.

I turn on the computer and its starting up in my car. Sweet! Too bad I can't see any of this because my screen is completely black. An email to tech support the next days recommends re-seating the ribbon cable, and using the power button to turn the monitor on (duh!). The power button is on a little strip of Motherboard and hardly looks like a button. Be careful a lot of the monitor has exposed electrical spots which will burn your flesh and tingle your entire arm (2x).

Getting the monitor to turn on automatically can be tricky. I'm going to try a post found at the MP3 car forums...
Auto Power On New Lilliput - Programming Guide

You could try the following reset:

1.In VGA mode with your PC turned on (Recommended) , SLOWLY Input "588998" to come into the "factory setup" with the remote control unit.

Note: If you have trouble pulling up the "factory setup" menu try this solution View Thread

2.When the screen shows "--- - - - -", input "1270*10". The * means there are three modes you can choose: 0,1 and 2. If you choose 0, the monitor will go into standby mode when we switch on the power (default). Choose 1, the monitor will go into Power-On mode (This is what you want), and choose 2, it will go into the mode when you switch off the power.

In a nut shell you would enter "1270110" to activate the auto power on.
We'll see how it goes. Also a note, the Subaru speakers are wired to be run off the deck. I'm getting a new amp to rewire all the speakers.