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#1 of 409 Why can't we watch DVD Movies in 2000 Acura 3.5 RL?
Sep 25, 2001 (8:10 am)
I would like to know if anyone figured out how can we play a DVD Movie 2000 Acura 3.5 RL?
Think, for navigation map, Acura uses DVD-ROM. Normal movies are also DVD-ROM. So, what is the difference between DVD-ROM movie that we can rent from Blockbuster and the DVD-ROM that has the Navigation map?
So, there must be a way, where we can figure out how to play movie DVD in place of navigation DVD?
Wouldn't this be awesome? I mean we'll have on board entertainment system for free?
NOw, I know some of you think who is in the hell is going to watch movie while driving? Right, no one in right mind should. IT IS A SAFETY HAZARD.
But, think of the advantages, think of taking your girlfriend or wife or domestic partner taking them to a ocean shore, top of the mountain, or somewhere where you can just part your Acura and watch movie?
I hope someone can figure this out and let me know, I am doing my best to try to figure it out.
So far, I looked at the format of NAVI DVD-ROM and it had different FOLDERS then normal Movie DVD-ROM.
I have DVD-writer at home, and if I just know what the writing method is then I can copy movies from regular MOVIE DVD's to BLANK one's so I can watch them on my vacaton trip or fishing trip or hiking trip.
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#2 of 409 youandi69
Sep 27, 2001 (3:15 pm)
You might want to try the acura-tl.com board and see how these people do it.
#3 of 409 DVD TV for the rear passengers...
Oct 01, 2001 (11:58 am)
I am thinking of putting a DVD movie system for the rear passengers. My car is a 2001 Pontiac Aztek GT AWD. Just want to know the best fitting TV setup out there. Has anybody installed a TV system on the Aztek?
Nov 04, 2001 (12:36 pm)
One can watch DVDs while the car is in park in the LS 430. I'm sure that this feature is replicable in the navigational systems on the GS, ES, LX, and SC models.
Dec 28, 2001 (7:52 pm)
It doesn't work for the same reason that the DVD movies are recorded on a vidio format and the Alpine Nav system is a data base format. With the correct hardware/software parts it should be possible to do, just like adding the adapter for the Sony PS2, or the X Box.
#6 of 409 I defeated the safty on mine so.....
Dec 28, 2001 (7:54 pm)
that I can watch movies on the front monitor as well as the rear monitor. I did this because I also have a rear camera, and wanted to be able to switch between the Nav system, rear camera and the DVD movie modes.
#7 of 409 Sounds simple huh?
Dec 31, 2001 (8:32 am)
OK, maybe initially complex but my goal is simplicity and elegance.
I have a 2002 suburban z71. It has an in dash cd player/am/fm "head". In the floor console there is a cassette player. The cassette is controlable via the head unit (just switching to the appropriate source). In the rear there are headphone jacks for rear passenger audio control. The rear passengers can select any source and set their own volume independently.
OK, here is what I want to do. Replace the cassette with a DVD player. Add headrest style displays for rear passenger viewing. I want all the audio to be handled by the existing system. What I figure is that this will give me the simplest system with the most integration into existing controls.
Seems all I would need would be the displays for the rear (No speakers, tuners or any other fancyness) a DIN DVD player (Play, eject, fast forward, rewind, etc) and some wiring / expertise to hook it all up.
One possible problem could be the existing cassette looks smaller than DIN. Any suggestions?
#8 of 409 re:sounds simple huh?
Jan 02, 2002 (12:17 pm)
I just installed exactly what you're looking for. It WAS simple...just open up the checkbook.
In our 2001 Suburban we installed an Alpine TME-M750A monitor in each front headrest, a Panasonic in-dash DVD player (CX-DV700U) in the opening where the cassette player was installed, an Alpine VCR under the captain's chair behind the driver and an Alpine wireless headphone system. Audio from the DVD player is available either through the headphones or through the factory AM/FM head unit via an RF modulator (tune the radio to 88.7 and pick up the DVD audio).
Audio from the VCR is through headphones only since the installer didn't recommend running two audio sources into the RF modulator. The Alpine headphones and monitors can receive signals from two sources so one person can be watching/listening to DVD while the other watches/listens to the VCR. The driver can even listen to a CD or AM/FM through the factory system at the same time.
The Panasonic DVD player was mounted behind the cassette opening, rather than in it since we didn't want to do any cutting of the console. The cassette opening is big enough to allow access to the DVD slot and the eject button. There are no other controls or display on the front of the DVD player.
Total price was around $3,600, including tax and installation, with the Alpine monitors being the most expensive part of the system.
Only modification to the Suburban was cutting into the headrests to mount the monitors. The transmitter for the wireless headphones was mounted on the left side of the cabin near where the OnStar antenna is mounted.
We just returned from a 3,000 mile trip and boy did it make a difference in keeping everyone happy.
Let me know if you have any questions.
#9 of 409 re:re:sounds simple huh?
Jan 11, 2002 (10:17 am)
Thanx Bob - One thing I didn't mention was I wasted to use my existing rear seat head phones and audio controls and NOT use an FM modulator.
I like what you did with the DVD player mounting, seem like it is the way to go.
I was out at CES and I found a company that makes a plug in harness that will replace the proprietary connection from the old cassette to the head unit with one that could then be used to connect the DVD audio. They aren't shipping it yet but I have the contact info and will be following up soon. I still have questions about if it will work or not, I don't want to interfere with the OnStar either.
#10 of 409 Brikp: Audio harness
Jan 14, 2002 (6:41 pm)
If you would, please post the name of the company you mentioned. I'm also interested in a direct connection to the GM head unit. While the FM modulator works OK, I'm sure a direct connection would sound better. Only problem I see is that I'd have to figure out how to switch two external units through the head unit (DVD and VCR).