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HOW TO: MANUAL TRIGGER BYPASS FOR ALPINE IVA-D310.

BASIC TOOLS & MATERIALS: Side cutter or wire stripper, About 10’ of wire (color(s) of your choice), shrink wrap or (ghetto electric tape), solder iron & materials, 2 x SPST switches 10amp, small pliers, and beer.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 1-2 BEERS



BACKROUND ALPINE MONITOR SAFETY SCHEME:
Model IVA-D310 may apply to other models.

Since the advent and prevalence of head unit monitors, more audio/stereo manufacturers are incorporating increasingly sophisticated schemes to prevent users from viewing the monitors while their vehicle is in motion. For obvious reasons, as well as, laws in most states, there is a considerable safety issue with regards to this subject. I will not go into that here.

I will not cover any previous safety schemes, only that of the ALPINE IVA-310. Alpine currently employs a picture prevention scheme that utilizes multiple signals of DC power and chassis ground. Alpine may also incorporates voltage or load sensitivity, signal duration, and signal sequence too. Pacific Accessory Corporation (PAC) makes a bypass trigger module called the PAC TR-7, preprogramed specifically for Alpine units. Problem is that not all TR-7 triggers work properly due to some reason or another; voltage spikes, load resistance, and pulse duration are some of the problems sometimes associated with the use of the trigger module. I have personally gone through several PAC triggers, noise filers, and load resistors which have lead me to devise my own scheme to defeat the picture safety bypass feature.

HOW IT WORKS BASICS: The Alpine picture defeat scheme works on a few simple principals.

1. Foot brake wire = DC current (+12v)
2. Parking brake wire = chassis ground.
3. Signal duration
4. Voltage or load resistance.

ALPINE INSTRUCTIONS FOR VIEWING MONITOR:
Place vehicle in park and…
Step 1. Engage Foot brake, keep foot brake pedal depressed.
Step 2. Engage Parking brake.
Step 3. Disengage Parking brake.
Step 4. Engage Parking brake again.
Step 5. Disengage Foot brake.

Simple Translation:

Step 1. +12vdc (FOOT PEDAL WIRE)
Step 2. Ground (PARKING BRAKE WIRE)
Step 3. No signal (PARKING BRAKE WIRE)
Step 4. Ground (PARKING BRAKE WIRE)
Step 5. No signal (FOOT PEDAL WIRE)

SOLVES ISSUE: “PICTURE OFF FOR YOUR SAFETY” while vehicle is in motion. You may locate your manual bypass trigger anywhere you wish, I just happened to install mine in my fuse box cover.



1. Choose Manual trigger location and install both SPST switches temporarily for fitment.
2. Locate Foot brake and Parking brake wires from Alpine wire harness, splice in correct length of wires needed to reach location of switches.
3. Measure, cut, and splice/connect 2 appropriate lengths of wire, from switch to chassis ground, from switch to +12vdc constant (choose low amp circuit).
4. Solder and shrink wrap all four wires to appropriate switches. Foot brake wire to switch to +12vcd, Parking brake wire to switch to chassis ground. (since I used same color wire for project, I used different color shrink wrap to identify wiring scheme)


Manual Trigger Bypass Procedure: (Switch orientation simplifies procedure.)



Depending on the orientation of your switches, lets say vertical, up = off. (like mine)

Step 1. both up
Step 2. left down, left up, left down, left up
Step 3. right down

That’s it. You should be able to view the monitor until you attempt to restart your vehicle, then you will have to evoke the manual trigger bypass procedure again.



Only con with using this system is that the picture will always be in defeat mode. If you want to watch a DVD or access advance set up feature of the Alpine HU, you must evoke the manual trigger bypass procedure.

A few more pictures can be found in my TS gallery:
http://www.tundrasolutions.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=1293

AND DONT FORGET TO READ THIS LINK 1ST! http://www.tundrasolutions.com/forums/audio-electrical-and-wiring/1573-information-common-sense-wiring-tips/

Disclaimer: ALPINE IVA-D310, may apply to other ALPINE models. Information provided is at the sole responsibility of user. The names ALPINE and PAC are exclusive trade marks, etc, of their respective manufacturers.
 

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That looks pretty nice. Job well done. I have been needing to do the same thing to mine for while but its been to damn hot our here in the desert. I will borrow your idea when it gets cooler. Thanks for the help.
 

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You could also purchase a PAC TR-7. I know you mentioned that you had some trouble with a few, have you tried the more recent batches? They come pre-programmed for Alpine products. It makes life much easier as it does the switching for you once the unit is powered up. I have had mine for 3 years now without a single issue. And it makes a much cleaner install as well.
 

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You could also purchase a PAC TR-7. I know you mentioned that you had some trouble with a few, have you tried the more recent batches? They come pre-programmed for Alpine products. It makes life much easier as it does the switching for you once the unit is powered up. I have had mine for 3 years now without a single issue. And it makes a much cleaner install as well.
i dont know what batch of TR-7s i used but they didnt work for me. i know they are preprogrammed from the factory specifically for ALPINE units. 1st, the tail lamp signal wire on the tr-7 only puts out about 150 mv. would be nice to bump it up a couple of volts, it wouldnt hurt anything. 2nd, the pulse durration and sequence on the tr-7 is fast, way fast. PAC should slow it down a bit for ALPINE units that are more sensitive. 3rd, noise and voltage irregularities supplying the tr-7 has to be clear and steady or it will trip the tr-7.

thanks, for the tr-7 info. fwiw i purchased my tr-7s mid year of 2006, might be a problem with the newer batches or my alpine.
 

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The peripheral Ptr-7 works perfectly. I have installed Hundreds with no problems ever. You have to program them but that takes bout 5 seconds. Just grounding the brown wire twice and flipping a switch .
 

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Good luck on these mods, but not to rain on most of your parades, there is a good reason this feature is disabled. It is because it is illegal in the large majority, if not all states. I now of persons who have been pulled over, aside from the safety issues you propose (it isn't bad enough there are so many crappy drivers, now add cell phone blabbing, and watch a full length movie as the driver...so we can pay even less attention to the roads)
 

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Good luck on these mods, but not to rain on most of your parades, there is a good reason this feature is disabled. It is because it is illegal in the large majority, if not all states. I now of persons who have been pulled over, aside from the safety issues you propose (it isn't bad enough there are so many crappy drivers, now add cell phone blabbing, and watch a full length movie as the driver...so we can pay even less attention to the roads)
I did the bypass,but not to watch movies. Most of the audio controls are also disabled with the "lockout". Factory audio systems allow you to control every audio setting without engaging the parking brake,I think it was stupid for Alpine to lock them out. As far as I know everyone but Alpine allows on-the-fly audio adjustments,my previous Clarion DVD headunit didn't lock them out.
Besides,I didn't feel like contorting myself under the dash to locate and solder the two brake wires. I had enough fun running power,optical,speaker,and RCA wires for the rest of the system :rolleyes:
 

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Had a friend out of Vista,Ca who worked for Alpine and DEI Viper division. He made and sold sequencers on the side. Alpine engineer help him.lol I can try to get ahold of him if you still need one. He use to charge 50.00 for them.

Let me know.
 
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