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Hi all, I currently run a Psone in my car connected to a couple of screens, I'm think of disconnecting that and adding a Ps2 instead.

I've been told that if I run a PS2 in the car that it won't last very long due to vibrations? anyone had a ps2 in their car for a while and noticed any issues? also do they tend to skip and cause problems when watching DVDs as I assume they have no shock protection of any kind?

also what rating of inverter will I need?

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I was running a PS2 in my Ibiza Cupra 20VT for over 2years without problems, It was velcroed to the boot floor carpet and never skipped or gave any problems at all. It was one of the older ones too. Used to take it out some weekends to play inside and it always went back fine.
 

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Quote: posted by MikeTDI on 17/08/2004 14:28:10

BlackpoolR32.....SQ plus didnt do work on your car by any chance did they?

Yeah Matey, SQ+ did the screen in the vents etc. Take it your Mike who used to be Mike20VT? How do Pal, you got a Mk4 too, looks like great minds think alike eh!? [^]

(Sorry Rob for hi-jacking your thread)

In a bit,

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yeah i used to be Mike20VT but i wrapped my cupra up last year. gutted, but crap happens. SQ+ did some work on my cupra also. top place, tho pricey, but ya get what ya pays for and they are quality. Got ma golf in there on saturday having snooper laser jammer fitted. all the best with the R32 mate (nice ride)
 

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so any more thoughts on the PS2 - what wattage inverter did you use? also where did you take the power from? did you have it on a permenant feed or some kind of switched circuit? I guess straight of the switched ignition may be wishful thinking as might draw a lot and effect screen as my PS1 does? Would having always on in standby drain the battery? and lastly.... PS2 has annoying 'on' switch which means that even if it was on a switched circuit it would only come on in standby mode and still mean a trip to the boot to actually fire it up...... any way around this?
 

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Quote: posted by Rob1.4S16V on 17/08/2004 15:06:40

so any more thoughts on the PS2 - what wattage inverter did you use? also where did you take the power from? did you have it on a permenant feed or some kind of switched circuit? I guess straight of the switched ignition may be wishful thinking as might draw a lot and effect screen as my PS1 does? Would having always on in standby drain the battery? and lastly.... PS2 has annoying 'on' switch which means that even if it was on a switched circuit it would only come on in standby mode and still mean a trip to the boot to actually fire it up...... any way around this?

To be honest I never did look into the wiring of my setup, should have really after owning the car for so long but coz it was always OK I never felt the need to up-root it all, I'll help you out with what I can though...

My PS2 was wired so that it came on with the remote from the Headunit, I assume it was wired up the the battery and a relay was placed in the system to activate the inverter along with the Amp when the Headunit came on. I know that my PS2 wouldn't come on unless the Amp was wired in and/or the headunit was on, that help any?

The inverter wattage is a mistery to me Matey, sorry [:(]

As for the annoying 'ON' button, I had to make a trip to the boot everything I turned the ignition on but soon got used to it. There is a way of hard wiring it on perminantly but it's an 'open heart' jobby on the PS2 internals as far as I know. If the PS2 is hidden away as part of a boot install then I suppose a clicky solenoid is a posability but this would probably be more hassle to wire in than going to the boot everytime?

Sorry I can't be much more help than that, like I said the system was done for me as part of an install and was always OK so I never needed to mess with it.

Hope this helps?

In a bit,

Leon.
 

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found this website, they specialise in this sort of thing, looks good if a little pricey. Think I might go for the IR extender as a turn on option rather than take apart my Ps2 for the remote switch..

www.bigcattech.co.uk
 

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STOP PRESS:

for those that dont know, the PS2 has gone down to ?104 (rrp)

:D

great for in car dvd (can someone confirm that the ps2 plays DVD+ and DVD - backup discs?
 

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You may have to chip the PS2, becuase some films on DVD-/+ R show in Black & White, especially as you may want to play DVDs from US/Japan (need a multi-region chip).
 

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thought as much!

i know the older generation PS2s do not play DVD+ just DVD-

will have to test a dodgy NTSC pirate DVD (for test purposes) just to see if it works!

only disadvantage is the PS2 does not play mp3, vcd or mpeg on dvd.
 

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I thought the PS2 had MPEG2 playback?

It the bees knees to have a PS2 in the car anyway, playing FIFA or Need for Speed, etc on the move. I miss my BMW, when I had all that stuff fitting. I need to get round to doing it in the Golf, there just isn't enough space to hide these things without a boot build, and using up some of my precious boot space.
 

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you can play mp3 on your ps2, there is a program called Paradox MP3 player for ps2 - allows you to create mp3 discsthat will play on the black slab.

Having finished my Ps2 install at the weekend I have made the following observations:

firstly to me it doesn't make a good in-car DVD player, especially if like me you have a pre-built in IR Ps2. Main problem is if you boot mount you cannot turn the PS2 on / off without going to the boot, which is obviously not ideal. I thought i'd overcome this problem by getting a DVD remote for the Ps2, I extended the controller port to the front of the car and plugged in the ir receiver - all worked fine except for the on/off switch!! It seems that remote on off will only work with the new Ps2's (in this case buy the DVD remote and an IR extender (bigcattech do one) and all will be cool). There is a way around this if you have th older model, bigcattech.com do a remote power/reset button which you can install in the cabin - its expensive ?50 and does mean modifying your Ps2

second and most annoying thing with PS2 as a dvd player in a car is the lack of resume function. Everytime the ps2 is set to standby, you are back to the beginning of whatever you were watching.

those things said - it does do a good job in resisting vibrations - I have not seen it skip once, it also easier to mount than you would think. I have it in the vertical position to the right of the boot, a couple of strips of velcro on the side hold it against the boot very securely, and maybe the most important thing - it looks very impressive having a ps2 nestling in your boot.

I'm gonna keep in the car until I get a dedicated DVD player, then it will just appear in there for special occassions! I've still got the Psone in there so gaming potential remains.

so basically if your main reason for incar ps2 is films - get a standalone DVD player instead, you get resume, no need for power inverter, SVCD VCD and MP3 playback as standard and no turn on / off problems when boot mounting.
 

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would be cool to have the ps2 in the car!

NFS UG!!

wireless network potential too perhaps ? (not to sure how the ps2 accesses network) but the possibilities are endless!!

good write up rob -any pics of the install?
 

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You'll need a 150w invertor which you can buy from any good electrical supply store. I got mine for ?25

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It's about 18cm in length and comes with a 12v socket plug which of course can be cut off and hardwired if needs be to make things neater.
 
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