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How to Power Your 2010 Mac Mini In A Vehicle, by MCT, Inc.

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by , 08-20-2010 at 11:29 AM (22520 Views)

Well folks, it's finally been done. With the help of, Mikegyver Computer & Tech., Inc. has posted illustrated instructions on how to bypass the internal AC to DC power adapter inside all new Mac Minis. This will make it relatively straight forward (definitely not easy) to use a CarNetix CNX-P2140 power regulator to power your Mac Mini in a mobile environment. Here are the instructions, courtesy of the MCT, Inc. website:

Ok, so hereís how we did it, however we donít like re-inventing the wheel (rather then to improve on it) we going to refer you to on disassembly first.

Please do steps 1-14, and 22. Then come back here.

After you have disassembled your Mac mini, remove the power supply and re-assemble everything like so. Reconnect the power supply on the outside of the Mac Mini.

1) Cut the positive wires, and the Negative wires. Note the Middle wire:

2) Solder Pos wires together, and solder Neg wires together.

3) Find a wire and solder to it to make leads longer:

4) Solder the other end of the wire to a Panel mount DC jack:

5) Run it to the back of the Mac Mini where the AC cable used to plug in:

6) Find a Car cig plug (we sell them) and solder it to a 2.1mm plug: However, we strongly recommend a voltage regulator such as the CarNetix CNX-P2140 or CNX-P1900.

7) Hereís how it looks fully assembled.

8) Plug in to the Mac Mini and youíre done!

NOTE: We tested with operating voltages of 10v all the way up to 15vdc, however we STRONGLY recommend you use a voltage regulator.

Please Note: Mp3Car cannot assume any liability for modifying your Mac Mini. Opening and modifying your Mac Mini will most likely void your Apple warranty.

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The best bezel to put it in when space is tight, is this one:

It is Bybyte's double din frame. Then mod that to fit the space in your dash.
The crap part about this screen when pulled apart doesn't fit into he Mechatroniks bezel

Does anyone know if Patrick the maker of the Mechatroniks Subaru bezel is still around, numerous emails has failed to reach him

Can the ABS front screen bezel by MoCoSo fit onto the Mechatroniks bezel chassis?
They should offer this panel with an optional capacitive type touch screen sensor. Then they would blow away the competition.

I bought this same 7" Lilliput screen with the Hi-Brite option and HDMI input, and the touch panel was just like any other resistive type panel and I didn't like it, so I got a 7" capacitive touch screen sensor (made by 3M), and it came with the correct USB controller and the driver disk. I installed this new 3M panel onto my Lilliput LCD panel in a double-DIN dash kit (tore the stock monitor apart to get the parts for the double-DIN kit), and it works so much better than the old one. It feels just like the screen on my smartphone (is made out of real glass), and I have it running on Windows 7 for now, but the 3M site does have Linux drivers for both 2.4 and 2.6 kernels (although I have not tried it on Linux yet myself). I have not even installed my carputer into my car yet, so all my testing is still just on the bench so far, but capacitive is nice. I also found a 10.1" kit is available that would fit my Asus Eee netbook, which I might someday try a retrofit on as well.

I just thought I'd share this as a suggestion to the manufacturer (in case they ever monitor this thread), but also thought I'd share it just in case others may want to know that it is not very hard to switch over to a true capacitive screen. Any hobbyist type can do the swap. You should know however, that if you want it to be in the stock monitor case, you may have to make some mod to the LCD panel mounting brackets (like bend them a bit), to compensate for the extra thickness of the capacitive screen (it is glass, so it is thicker than the stock sensor). It's around 1/16" thick.