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Old 08-06-2005, 10:03 PM   #1
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HEy i have a starmate and it gets a lot of static because of the FM modulator. I went to best buy and told them the problem and they sold me something which i thought to be a SATSWB. They than installed it for me. And there is still alot of static! But i think they might have messed it up because shouldnt that be pluged in the FM out on the Starmate? There is nothing pluged into the FM out. I know they installed something because my starmate no longer has to be connected to the cigerette lighter. Can someon tell me if they installed the right thing or if not what the hell they did. The thing they installed looked alot like the pictures i have seen online of the SATSWB.
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HEy i have a starmate and it gets a lot of static because of the FM modulator. I went to best buy and told them the problem and they sold me something which i thought to be a SATSWB. They than installed it for me. And there is still alot of static! But i think they might have messed it up because shouldnt that be pluged in the FM out on the Starmate? There is nothing pluged into the FM out. I know they installed something because my starmate no longer has to be connected to the cigerette lighter. Can someon tell me if they installed the right thing or if not what the hell they did. The thing they installed looked alot like the pictures i have seen online of the SATSWB.
The might have plugged it into the the "Line Out." Just unplug it from there and plug it into the "FM Out."

Then let me know what happens.

It seems as if they hardwired the power for you as well.
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Old 08-07-2005, 09:46 AM   #3
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I just looked at my starmate and its only got two things plugged into it, One for the power and one for the antenna. Both the FM out and Audio out are empty
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I just looked at my starmate and its only got two things plugged into it, One for the power and one for the antenna. Both the FM out and Audio out are empty
Go back to BB. They didn't do what you paid them to do.

You paid them to add the SATSWB right?

There should be something plugged into the FM out!!

That's why you are still having the problems you had before.

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Old 08-08-2005, 07:26 AM   #5
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I had BB install an FM Direct (they said it was like the SATSWB) and hard wire to the battery for power. My wire connections are the same as they were before the install; line to the Power connector on the Starmate and a line to the same antenna connector that I had before. Did BB not hook up mine correctly? Seems to work fine.....
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if its anything like the satswb you should have something plugged into the FM Out on the side. i would definatly get them to fix that. useless BB installers.
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this is complete B.S.
Circuit City wants $20 for that cord
and $25 additionally to install it!

Never had trouble like this with XM
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this is complete B.S.
Circuit City wants $20 for that cord
and $25 additionally to install it!

Never had trouble like this with XM
Do it yourself. It'll take a few minutes.

This is a Circuit City issue, NOT Sirius, thanks for your opinion though.
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Yeah that eliminates $25 if I do it myself. Probably not that hard to do. Who can I contact to talk about losing signal under every tree and overpass? Ive already wrote Sirius directly and that was 3 months ago.
Thanks Michigan
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I found an install manuall for the "FM Direct" that Best Buy installed for me. I think this piece may work differently than the SATSWB that most people get. This piece does indeed hook up to the antenna slot on the STARMATE; there is no connection to the FM Out. Mine seems to be working great.
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Thats what they installed for me. Delphia Fm Direct. IT says its made for XM but they sadi it would work. My stuff sounds alittle better but still too much static and nothing pluged into the FM out
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Old 08-14-2005, 02:03 PM   #12
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I found an install manuall for the "FM Direct" that Best Buy installed for me. I think this piece may work differently than the SATSWB that most people get. This piece does indeed hook up to the antenna slot on the STARMATE; there is no connection to the FM Out. Mine seems to be working great.
Seems CC and Best Buy have taken to using this recently, and with many complaints. How can it be feeding directly into anything when it is not receiving a direct feed in the first place? The antenna connection is for inputting the satellite signal (from the antenna) so the receiver can process it and then output it to a sound system. It doesn't put out any signal, so how can a connection to it possibly be useful? They are using this in error. I researched it more and all descriptions say "The Delphi FM Direct Adaptor is designed to work with the SKYFi2, Roady2 and MyFi XM Satellite receivers", so it is not a universal FM modulor. It is specifically for these XM models. And as steveinohio says, it DOES connect to the antenna plug on these units. Actually, the XM antenna plugs into the FM Direct unit, which has an XM antenna output wire (that's what people are seeing plugged into their antenna inputs. They must be configured differently than Sirius units or something. But without a doubt, when used with Sirius units, and configured the way the are, they ARE NOT doing what the SATSWB (FM Modulator) does, that is why people are complaining about noise and static. They are essentially using the FM transmitter and are NOT hardwired. Go back to CC or BB and tell them to do it right. (end of rant)
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