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just wondering if any of you guys in NA w/ a Euro RNS-E have also installed a phatbox...

apparently w/ the RNS-D, NA users have reported skipping problems w/ their phatbox... (link here)

infinityicube said:
as some of you may have noticed the us spec phatbox, when used with the euro nav+/mfd headunit, skips once in a while. These skips can be a short jump in the music or momentary drop of the cd changer connection. I believe all the us spec phatboxes used with euro nav+s have this problem. some may be minor so you don't notice it as much. some may skip a few times for each song. The skipping problem is related to the buffer chip used. The euro spec phatbox uses a different voltage chip than the us spec phatbox so when used with the euro nav+ it creates a power incompatibility problem. i have successfully converted the US spec phatbox to euro spec and it's now fully compatible with the nav+ and doesn't skip anymore. This conversion is not recommended to anyone who does not have expert soldering skills. The chip is extremely tiny so a magnifying glass and super fine tip soldering iron are needed. DO NOT attempt if you're not a soldering expert or i can guarantee that you will end up with a phat paperweight. Email me at kenzhao8 at comcast dot net for part numbers and questions.
i though about getting 2 2g SD cards but given how pricey they're, i'm thinking i might as well as get a phatbox, which is about the same price as one 2g SD card...
 

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the RNS-E is not affected by the skipping problem of the cd-based nav+ with the phatbox. the US spec phatbox works perfectly with the dvd RNS-E, no modifcation is needed. skipping only appears on the cd nav+.
 

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i actually got to play with one over the weekend (thanks to wingnut1122 for letting me borrowing his) and i can confirm that...

the unit works just fine and i didn't noticed any skipping at all!
 
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