Well folks, it's finally been done. With the help of ifixit.com, 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 here’s how we did it, however we don’t like re-inventing the wheel (rather then to improve on it) we going to refer you to ifixit.com 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) Here’s how it looks fully assembled.
8) Plug in to the Mac Mini and you’re 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.
Updated 09-29-2010 at 08:35 AM by Jensen2000
We are at it again, giving stuff away for free to innovators. This time, we have partnered with the guys at Centrafuse.
The Challenge - Build the coolest "connected car" plug-in you can think of.
We're talking about a location-based or "location-aware" app here -- like when your mobile phone knows of good restaurants nearby... but in the car... and way cooler; like if your car could let you know if you were entering a high-crime area and automatically lock your doors for you. Neat stuff like that. The winner will be the entry demonstrating the most creative and innovative use of GPS location in a plug-in application for Centrafuse Auto as determined by the voting forum members.
Lilliput 7-inch Touchscreen LCD - courtesy of Mp3Car.The first prize winner will be chosen using a poll where forum members will cast their vote for their favorite submitted "connected car" app over the span of 10 days, following the contest deadline. On day 11 we will count the votes and the first-prize winner receives a brand new 7" Lilliput touchscreen LCD, compliments of our friends at Mp3Car along with a free t-shirt from the Centrafuse Gear Shop. The first prize winner will also have their app featured in the upcoming Centrafuse "app store" which is now underway. More info on that later.
Free map upgrade and item of choice from Centrafuse Gear ShopSecond place prize will be awarded to the developer with the 2nd most votes, and will receive a free map upgrade (when available) and a free item of their choice from the Centrafuse Gear Shop.
Free item of choice from the Centrafuse Gear Shop. Third place prize will be awarded to the developer with the 3rd most votes, and will be receive a free item of their choice from the Centrafuse Gear Shop.
Use the latest Centrafuse 3.1 SDKCreate a plug-in app for Centrafuse AutoMust use GPS location (from Centrafuse Nav API or other source)Must work with the default "Clean" skin - (see helper PSD here)Must have at least 1 language file (English)
Register for the challenge here.
Contest begins August 22nd and the contest deadline is September 26th, 2010.Submit your finished compiled working plug-in application by the contest deadline. (see below)
All contest submissions must be uploaded by midnight US Eastern Time on September 26th, 2010.
See official contest rules and submission guidelines here.
On Your Mark, Get Set... Go!
Get started now and start planning your plug-in idea. The contest officially starts on August 22nd so start brainstorming now, or if you already have your evil plan, get a head start on the rest of the pack.
Get the SDK here and get started now!
Updated 09-10-2010 at 01:33 PM by optikalefx
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The MeeGo IVI software platform is designed to enable rich internet and multimedia consumer experiences for vehicles. MeeGo IVI builds on the foundation laid by Moblin IVI for rich multimedia, CE device management, internet, and automotive connectivity.
MeeGo v1.0 for IVI currently requires:
* CPU: 32 bit Intel Atom or Intel Core 2 CPU (support for SSSE3)
Note: MeeGo will not work on non-SSSE3 CPUs
* A compatible Intel graphics chipset.
Note: GMA-500, Nvidia, and ATI chipsets are not supported.
The targeted reference platform for MeeGo for IVI is based on an Atom Z530 processor and a US15W chipset. One of the officially supported boards is the “Russellville” platform from the Congatec IVI Development Kit.
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Updated 08-04-2010 at 12:06 PM by optikalefx
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Processor Name "05/08"Processor Frequency "999.93 MHz"Memory 514 MB3 USB DrivesWired Ethernet Port
Resolution 1280 x 1024 Pixels
Audio Adapter HDA-Intel - HD - Audio GenericInput DevicesAT Translated Set 2 keyboardPS/2 Generic MousePC Speaker
SCSI DisksATA SD8GB RDC SDNetwork Interfaces
(Wireless network card built in)Operating System
Linux 126.96.36.199 (i586) (Puppy Linux)
We did not decide to sell this computer because we thought it would serve the community better.Our moderators will determine the best idea submitted in this thread, and we will ship this computer to the forum member, provided that he or she lives in the continental U.S.
Updated 07-26-2010 at 12:40 PM by Heather
Local Baltimore Tech Guru and CNN commentator, Mario Armstrong, covered the mp3Car community and Justin Riley's iPad vehicle dock on CNN this morning. Video link here.
Updated 07-25-2010 at 10:23 PM by optikalefx