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How to Install an Auto Overhead DVD Player

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You want to make travel time more enjoyable for you and your little ones, so you decided on an entertainment system. Deciding to install an overhead DVD system can be rewarding in the long run, but complex in the beginning. A novice can complete this type of project, but some experience in this subject will make the process go more quickly. Either way you will save installation cost. You may also be able to seek installation support through the company you purchased the system from. Take your time and it will pay off on those long family travel trips.

Decide where you want to place the overhead DVD system. Determine the best position for everyone in the rear to easily see the DVD screen. You may need to remove your dome light.

Outline the bracket that came with the 2 Din Android Car DVD GPS on the headliner of your vehicle where you decided to place the overhead DVD player. Makes sure the outline is centered from both sides of the vehicle.

Partially drop the headliner of the vehicle. Only one side of the headliner needs to be dropped just enough to bring the wires through. Unscrew the driver’s side or the passenger side sun visor that the fuse box is located on. Disconnect the vanity light by gently pulling the connectors. Pry off the upper and lower pillar trim panel on the same side from which you removed the sun visor with the flathead screwdriver. You may need to remove the seat belt if it is attached to the upper pillar. The seat belt is usually secured with a head or Torx bolt. Remove any screws and retaining clips. Unscrew the kick panel over the fuse box and place the panel to the side.

Cut out the outline on the headliner. Ensure that a support beam runs across the area where you intend to mount the overhead DVD player. If there is no beam, you will need to glue the wood rail to the roof of the vehicle.

Use the bracket to mark at least four drill holes on the wood or support beam. Make sure to drill the holes centered on the beam.

Run the wires that came with the overhead DVD player through the headliner. Leave enough slack to connect to the DVD player. Follow the instructions and use the hardware that came with the overhead DVD player. Some units will requires you to connect all wiring to the DVD player before mounting. You will hide the wires behind the panels you removed.

Mount the bracket carefully using the short screws that came with the overhead DVD player. Connect the dome wires to the appropriate wires as described in the instructions that came with the overhead DVD player.

Connect the power and audio wires as detailed in the manufacturer’s instructions. All wires must be connected to a 12-volt source except the black one. It must be grounded. You can use any screw to ground the black wire. Use the wire crimper to cut the wires and use the electrical tape to secure wire connections. Place the FM modulator under the seat nearest to where you took off the panels.

Run the audio cable to the FM modulator. Set the modulator at one of the radio signals stated on the modulator. Securely place the wires loosely where the panels will be replaced. Secure all panels, seat belt and headliner back into place.

Tips & Warnings

Do not over tighten the car android dvd player. It could cause the screen to warp.
Installation can take up to four hours or more.

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Car navigation devices purchase notes

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In the current automotive electronics, car DVD navigation usage group is growing, nearly 40% of the new car owners have installed car DVD navigation for their baby cars. Therefore, the production, OEM and many kind of various DVD navigation products come out in large numbers, and the quality of the product differences are beyond your imagination. In the market you will find that there are many different brands.

Many DVD products had just been installed in a car, a throttle sound speaker will be issued screams, sounds and images are very poor, so AutoPumpkin reminds consumers to buy car DVD navigation products to focus on the following three details and points:
Firstly, sound quality
DVD is used to play music, so the sound quality is very important. Therefore, before buying DVD must be clear that the front of the DVD player output is a few “V”, or this machine and other DVD players for sound quality comparison. If the sound quality of the DVD player and CD player sound quality than the price, of course, will not be cheap where to go.
Secondly, the amount of image pixels
DVD screen with analog screen and digital high-definition screen 2 kinds. The Analog screen pixels are generally 240 * 240 or 480 * 240 pixels, and high-definition screen are generally 800 * 480 pixels or higher. In addition, the good DVD is the use of dual-drive volume, that is, DVD, and CD two optical drive.

Thirdly, the navigation accuracy and ease of use
Good DVD manufacturers will apply a better navigation software, poor DVD navigation easy to crash in the process of navigation, or navigation speed is slow, the accuracy of navigation is also relatively poor. Because a good DVD navigation is used in the “dual-core” mode, that is, using two independent CPU processing system, so that the two systems do not interfere with each other, and leading to the navigation speed faster, higher accuracy, easier to use.

Distinguish car map of the true and false:
First, consumers should carefully check the navigation electronic map of the manufacturer whether the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping had approved production qualification. These manufacturers can learn from the National Bureau of Surveying and Mapping website.

Second, consumers must check whether the navigation electronic map marked with the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping issued by the map number. The version number of the genuine navigation electronic map appears in the form of GS (200 ×) ×× in the product copyright information. Third, navigation Genuine electronic map can be upgraded in the respective manufacturers of the site, while the pirated navigation electronic map can not. The activation code required for the upgrade is marked in the genuine navigation electronic map. Fourth, consumers can determine the price from the initial navigation electronic map of the true and false, genuine navigation electronic map price of $200-$450.

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Tips to Choose Car Stereo Steering Wheel Control Adpater

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Although there are lots of aftermarket Android head units that are wired to accept remote inputs, they don’t know how to interpret the commands from all of the different OEM steering wheel control setups out there. In order to allow a head unit to understand those control inputs, you need an adapter to act as middleman.


There are a couple of companies that make these adapters, and each one takes a slightly different approach. These manufacturers offer pretty good coverage, though, so you should be able to find a compatible adapter for basically any car that has steering wheel controls.
Some steering wheel control adapters are designed to work with a specific subset of head units, which is where SWI-JS, SWI-JACK, and SWI-X come into play. Some car stereo control adapters are specifically designed to work with either SWI-JS or SWI-JACK head units, so you can choose the correct adapter by looking at that information. In some cases, you may also need a separate CAN adapter that sits in between the steering wheel controls and the adapter. On the other hand, some adapters are universal in nature, in which case they can be used with virtually any head unit that accepts remote, regardless of which type of SWI it is.
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How to Connect Android with Car Stereo

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There are a few different ways to approach connecting an Android device to your car stereo. The one you choose to use depends on the features your car stereo has. Let’s approach 5 solutions you can use in order.


  • Auxiliary Jack

Many newer cars come with an auxiliary audio jack. You may be able to spot the audio jack on or near the stereo. Some vehicles like the Honda CR-V has an audio jack in the center console in between the front right and left seats. You can use a simple 3.5 mm cable to connect the Android to the car. From there, change the stereo to the AUX setting and you’ll hear everything.

Older vehicles may have a “secret” audio jack located behind the stereo. Auto manuals often don’t include this information, so Google it to see if your particular car has one. Of course, using such a jack may involve removing the stereo and other handy work.
  • Bluetooth
If your car stereo supports a Bluetooth connection, you can simply enable Bluetooth on your Android under “Settings” > “Network Connections”. Then make your Android “discoverable” or “visible”. Set your car stereo to find the device, then you should be prompted to enter a PIN. Once connected, you can enjoy playing all of your music wirelessly.
  • Cassette Tape Deck Adapter

If your car is old enough and contains a cassette tape deck, you can use a Cassette Tape Adapter to listen to your Android tunes. Just slide the adapter into the cassette deck and connect it to the audio jack on your Android. Done!

  • FM Transmitter

If you don’t have one of the above options, you’ll need to pony up a bit more cash for an FM Transmitter. An FM Transmitter will broadcast audio from your Android over FM frequencies, allowing you to listem through a selected radio station on your car stereo. Prices for such devices can range from $15 to $100. From experience I can say that an FM Transmitter is not a thing you want to cheap out on. Going mid-range is a best bet. I personally invested in the Belkin TuneCast and am very happy with it. This particular transmitter charges my Android as well. If you already have a car charging solution, you can go cheaper with this model.

Once you have your FM Transmitter, find the best radio station to use in your area and set it to that station.
  • Android 4.4 Car Stereo
The simplest way is to upgrade your car with a plug and play Android 4.4 Car Stereo. It ranges from $300 to $450, quite expensive. But it supports many functions, such as GPS navigation, 3G/Wifi, USB/SD, iPhone/iPod input and Steering wheel control etc.
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3 Advantages that a Car Radio SD Card Slot Gives You

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As technology moves forward, more options are available for stereos, including a car radio SD reader. This is similar to an MP3 player, but much smaller. SD stands for Secure Digital, and these small cards are used to store information for handheld devices. They are commonly found in digital cameras, laptops and more recently, touch screen car stereo. There are several reasons to consider this over other types of stereos.


1. Size

An SD card is much smaller than other types of music media, including MP3 players or CDs. An SD card can easily fit in a wallet, and is simple to keep tucked away when not in use. If you don’t need to listen to tens of thousands of songs, an SD car stereo may be a great option. In most cases you can get around 1,000 songs on each SD card, depending on the size of its memory.

2. Easy to Replace

Also unlike an MP3 player, an SD card is cheaper and easier to replace. Replacing one of these if they become damaged or lost can be as little as $20. Replacing an MP3 player can be well over $100. You can also find replacement SD cards very easily; most retail locations and drug stores will carry them.

3. Video Formatting

For those who have an audio/video system set up in their vehicle, some cards will allow you to upload videos to the card. This can be a benefit if you’re traveling with young children. You can just pop the card into the Nissan car stereo and the video will be played on the video system.

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