This is my 06 M35 Sport, stock. I just have tinted the windows; Iíll update the pictures later, when the car is again clean.
So after setting up my home network with one media server and two HTPCs, I asked myself: why not bringing up the media to the car? I was tired of burning MP3 cds and losing track of what was in which. My growing music library was the biggest incentive.
I have circa 155 GB of music on my HD, mostly MP3 (usually 256 Kbps and up) and some FLAC (lossless compressed music files). I had to bring this library to the car!
Of course that soon afterwards I discovered that I wanted everything in it but the kitchen sink, I think one canít help it really! Fortunately, I donít need the apparently uber-buggy Bluetooth phone support, since the car already comes with it stock. But now I need navigation, HD radio, XM turner (mostly for news, since the sound quality is horrible), Video/Movies, OBD-II, in car CAM, baby cam, etc. I already have the new XM Mini turner cartridge with a Home Dock kit in my Home Theater Receiver, so I will wait until someone develops a cable for that. XM can wait; itís not top priority for me.
I already tested the computer basic functions (MP3 player/GPS functions), but there is still a lot to do. I discovered that it is very hard to configure many things inside the car, so I am bench testing again (with my second XP install) at my office. Back to the beginning!
Iím going to use a mATX board with a shuttle style case, but even though that is the smallest mATX you can find (that can accept full height PCI cards); it is still a tad big. My next step will be to build a custom case for the computer.
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