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How to use USB with Alpine double din system?

Discussion in 'Roadster: Technical' started by Chillout, Jul 18, 2014.

  1. Chillout

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    Hi All,

    That last few days I've been wondering... the Alpine system offers a "USB" input, besides BT Audio and the iPhone dock in front of the handbrake.
    But where should I plug in my USB stick to be able to play MP3s from it? Plugging it in into the USB port next to the 12V jack isn't working, and as far as I've read that's for diagnostics only anyway. Any ideas where I should look? Is it even possible?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. Chillout

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    Thanks!

    Unfortunately, it doesn't say anything about where the USB connector is hidden somewhere...
     
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    When I had mine out for service (maps froze) I believe there was at least one open usb port on the rear of the unit in addition to the one used for the iPhone. There were no cables connected (and I didn't try, sorry).

    You can pull the unit out and try inserting a connector to your device.
     
  5. MLAUTO

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    The USB port is on a 10 inch lead coming out of the back of the unit. It is not connected to anything. You can get an extension cable and route it where you want.
     
  6. Chillout

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    Okay, then I will take the Alpine out, and make sure the USB extension will be reachable from within the cockpit, so I can easily replace the USB stick :)
    Thanks for the answers!
     
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    Mine runs to just under the 12V outlet below the dask. I keep an iPOD plugged in all the time.
     
  8. Chillout

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    I ordered a flush mount panel on ebay:
    panel-usb.jpg

    That should do the trick :)
    Do you guys think there's a need for a write-up about this diy-project, as soon as I'm done with it? If so, then I will document the progress with pictures and such.
     
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    I'd be interested in reading about that.
     
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    No need to pull the unit. The iPod dock IS the USB port. There is a female USB under the phone dock. The iPod cable is simply a USB iPod cable.
     
  11. Chillout

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    Really? Well, that would save me a lot of work, I guess...
    But that doesn't explain these two findings:
    and

    Maybe I should just pull the unit, just to be sure.
     
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    All I know is that I switched from an iPhone to Blackberry Z10 and needed to switch from iPhone to micro-USB for my phone. So I removed that dock section and there is a female USB into which the iPhone plug is connected. So I bought a 1ft USB-micro USB cable and plugged it in there. If you need a second USB then yeah you'll need to pull the unit but if one is fine then you have one sitting there.
     
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    I stand corrected. There is only one USB coming out the back of the unit. It is on the 10 inch lead previously mentioned. I found my IPOD extension cable unplugged and tucked down out of sight. You might be able to use a "y" cable and keep the IPOD connection. DSCF0566.jpg
     
  14. Chillout

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    Thanks, that is very valuable information!
    Did your radio also feature a disconnected antenna cable?
     
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    I found mine on my UK roadster hidden inside the fusebox on the passenger side of the car near the door on the front of the dash. You will need to remove the fuse box cover and it might be in there. Take a look.
     

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