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  • 05 Mazda 3 S - XBOX Media Center Project

    After almost 4 nights straight.... I finally got the xbox project done. it's in my car and f'n awesome. Pics below:

    First, the car..

    2005 Mazda 3 S Touring, Winning Blue
    - 17" Stock Wheels
    - Mods: Tint, Sharkfin, Wing, and LCD/XBOX system



    The project included:

    - Softmodding the XBOX
    - 80 GB Hard Drive
    - XBMC (XBOX Media Center)
    - Editing original theme for a blueish feel and used Mazda Logo on splash screen
    - Music, Movies, SNES/N64/Playstation Emulation
    - Connects to Xenarc Monitor and auxmod for sound

    Future Plans on this: Wireless Controller or Remote, Upgrade Video to VGA (using component to vga adapter)

    PICTURES

    XBOX UNDER SEAT (it's been organized and pushed much further underneath the seat)


    On main screen while highlighted over "Pictures" button:



    Main screen when an audio file is playing:


    Whole center console at night:



    During the day:


    Another picture during the day:


    Hard to see, but Mario 64 is currently playing on the screen



    VIDEOS

    CAR ON AND XBOX BOOTING UP
    MAIN MENU AND WATCHING VIDEOS
    MUSIC FIRST IN FULL VISUALIZATION AND THEN ON MAIN MENU
    EMULATION: HONORING THE GOODIES OF YESTER-YEAR

    Let me know what you all think Trust me... I do not watch video when I drive.. only when i'm parked unless the lady wanted to watch Grey's Anatomy or something on it.... then i have no choice

  • #2
    very nice display in daylight. good job.
    I'm looking for a great price on a mazdaspeed3... and of course a carputer to put in it.
    Jae

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ThurzNite View Post
      very nice display in daylight. good job.
      I'm looking for a great price on a mazdaspeed3... and of course a carputer to put in it.
      Jae
      ms3's start around 23, which is all you'd need if you wanted to go custom carputer style. the part i got is from japanparts.com, the screen is the xenarc tsv 7". Both together cost $600, which is much less then the $1800 Nav option that you can get with the car.

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      • #4
        Hey, good job, looks really nice!
        Couple of questions dough, can you control the xbmc over the touchscreen?
        If yes, do you have a special driver for the touchscreen?
        second, how do you emulate N64 games on the xbox?

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        • #5
          There is a n64 emu ported to the xbox its on xbox scene dot com.

          Nice project, The xbox does support usb direct plug into the controler port and I've used a mouse and KB with XBMC so you should be able to plug ur touch screen and try to get it working.

          Other then that badass project I love my XBMC media streamer

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          • #6
            Nice job, but why blackout the car plate on the first pic, when it is clearly visible on the screenshot.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Themutt View Post
              Nice project, The xbox does support usb direct plug into the controler port and I've used a mouse and KB with XBMC so you should be able to plug ur touch screen and try to get it working.
              last i heard you can't use a touchscreen in XBMC, just 'cause it supports keyboards doesnt mean it has touch drivers.., although you might now be able to get drivers now

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Maddominican View Post
                Nice job, but why blackout the car plate on the first pic, when it is clearly visible on the screenshot.
                inadvertenly (sp?) didnt notice that till after the fact? lol oh well....

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                • #9
                  i haven't heard anything about usb support in xbmc yet, but yeah that would be killer...

                  my next step in this process is to get wireless mini controllers, convert component to vga for better picture on this monitor (using that X2-DM or whatever it's called), and probably find a way to get ts working..

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                  • #10
                    Night,

                    When you say you bought a part from japanparts.com, which part?

                    Assuming this one here
                    I just traded in my Mazda Protege 5 for a Mazda 3 last night and I want to migrate over to putting the computer in the new car. I was considering buying the following unit and just fitting a Lilliput or Xenarc into it.

                    http://i8.ebayimg.com/08/i/000/bc/3f/f143_1.JPG

                    I noticed you either remove or altered the dash for your screen. Does your screen fold down or does it stay where it is? Just curious.

                    Your setup looks great and I wish you luck on using Xbmc.

                    and turning

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                    • #11
                      NightRiderMZ3, I'm trying to do the same project on my Altima, can you please tell me how do power the Xbox.
                      And by the way I like your install.
                      Thank you

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Splash-X View Post
                        Night,

                        When you say you bought a part from japanparts.com, which part?

                        Assuming this one here
                        I just traded in my Mazda Protege 5 for a Mazda 3 last night and I want to migrate over to putting the computer in the new car. I was considering buying the following unit and just fitting a Lilliput or Xenarc into it.

                        http://i8.ebayimg.com/08/i/000/bc/3f/f143_1.JPG

                        I noticed you either remove or altered the dash for your screen. Does your screen fold down or does it stay where it is? Just curious.

                        Your setup looks great and I wish you luck on using Xbmc.

                        and turning
                        Thanks man! I believe that was the part. Just says Navigation tray and shows the motion of the door closing and opening. The screen folds down and the door for the tray slides over top of it, like this:



                        the lok, I used an inverter, but I need to hook it directly to the battery terminal somehow. XBOX wont work for very long on the cig lighter... inverter shuts it off to protect overload.

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                        • #13
                          Did you make a sitcket for the LCD bezel where the Temp goes above you're radio or is that a water mark on your image?

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