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04-15-2014 08:41 PM
12mk3 That makes perfect sense!
04-15-2014 08:19 PM
Saitek93
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Originally Posted by 12mk3 View Post
I have some thoughts to share.. Call me hopeful here;

I think if there's a way to get the OS (embedded windows) into something like a service mode we could make some headway... Possibly reinstall via USB with an ISO image? I think this could be a solution if the OS runs from memory and not a HDD.

Or if it's more like a traditional computer, pre-boot settings like bios or CMOS might allow us to boot into a live Linux environment and play with partitions or attempt to install Linux over the imbedded OS (assuming it is installed on a drive).

Lastly, if it's as simple as a HDD hidden somewhere in the car then we could try to swap it for one with a Linux distribution installed and see what it does when it boots.

Might tear my dash apart one day....

I don't think there would be a HDD in the system. It would probably be some kind of flash memory that's embedded in the computer because you never want to put a HDD into a car because of all the jostling about.
04-15-2014 08:17 PM
Saitek93 If there is just a simple video connector to the small LCD screen, then it would be easy to install a screen like this instead.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281206263906...84.m1439.l2649

Then the backup camera could just be plugged into the other plug, and any time you shifted into reverse, then the screen could turn on the backup camera view. I'm not out at my car to check the size, but it's probably more like a 4 inch screen.
04-09-2014 01:02 AM
12mk3 I have some thoughts to share.. Call me hopeful here;

I think if there's a way to get the OS (embedded windows) into something like a service mode we could make some headway... Possibly reinstall via USB with an ISO image? I think this could be a solution if the OS runs from memory and not a HDD.

Or if it's more like a traditional computer, pre-boot settings like bios or CMOS might allow us to boot into a live Linux environment and play with partitions or attempt to install Linux over the imbedded OS (assuming it is installed on a drive).

Lastly, if it's as simple as a HDD hidden somewhere in the car then we could try to swap it for one with a Linux distribution installed and see what it does when it boots.

Might tear my dash apart one day....
02-23-2014 10:31 AM
geneticjim I wish someone could hack out non touch sync for the 2012
04-04-2013 09:21 AM
zmartene
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...and hooked a portable DVD player up to it.
Just to be clear, I'm talking about the regular Sync with the 4" (ish) screen, not the MFT Sync with the big screen and the inputs - if you have inputs under your armrest, I'm assuming we're not talking about the same screen.

Thanks for the info, though.
04-03-2013 11:35 PM
Shantheman2012 FWIW...
I played around with the inputs under the armrest...and hooked a portable DVD player up to it. The screen does indeed play video...only when in park though. It's not HD clearly...but it wasn't a bad pic. Was kinda fun to play around with.
03-28-2013 11:52 AM
JeremiahD in case you were wondering, the MFT Sync system is running on Windows Embedded. And many of the connections on the back of the display are micro usb. not sure what the connector for video is.
03-03-2013 11:27 PM
zmartene http://www.ebay.com/itm/FORD-FOCUS-A...99d5ab&vxp=mtr

Yeah.... not cheap just to toy around with.
03-02-2013 02:01 PM
ralck So I actually called around a bit today to see if I could find any wrecked 2012 or 2013 Focuses and was told "any car that new that is wrecked would go to a rebuild shop." The newest Focus parts I could find were from a 2005.

Looking on ebay it looks like I can buy the sync module or the screen, but not both togather. And they are around $100 each... I really want to start playing with this, but I'm not sure how much cash I want to drop...

Edit: I've been thinking about some mods for the interior of my focus... maybe if I get half-way to accessing my sync module I'll just pull it out and look at it. But that is most likely not until the weather gets a bit warmer here.
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