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  • Costley - Holden VE SSV Apple Mini Mac Install

    Hi everyone, I have spent a while on this project but finally I have something worth posting here.
    First of all the aim was to have an apple mini mac carpc running on the OEM screen with no impact on OEM functions and controls.

    Parts
    • Power Supply (CarNetix P-1900)
    • Display OEM Head unit
    • Touch Screen Overlay
    • Computer (Mac Mini)
    • ELM327 Bluetooth OBD
    • PICO VGA to RCA Convertor
    • GPS (USGlobalSat BU-353)
    • VE Video In Motion kit (VIM)
    • Aux-in (RCA) cable
    • Windows 7
    • Centrafuse
    • 3.5mm to RCA
    • Apple Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse

    Install:
    • CarNetix power supply [Installed]
    • RCA Aux-In for OEM DIsplay [Installed]
    • VIM Module - this overrides the OEM display cut out at over 10km/h [Installed]
    • Apple Mini Mac [Installed]
    • Touch Screen Overlay and usb module [Installed]

    Tasks
    • Route all wiring to back of glove box [Complete]
    • Connect VGA to RCA Convertor to computer and aux-in [Complete]
    • Connect 3.5mm jack to RCA aux-in [Complete]
    • Hide GPS Unit in dash [Complete]
    • Software - Install windows 7 and Centrafuse [Complete]
    • Connect Bluetooth Periphals [Complete]
    Wish List
    • External WiFi Antenna [Planned]
    • Working Wireless Broadband - using BLINK [Planned]
    • Camera to record driving events [Planned]
    • Powered USB Hub [Planned]

    Now this is the vehicle it is installed in;




    Now pictures of the setup and stereo...





    Here is a quick video of the OEM head unit;

  • #2
    After looking at you project I see you are using a VGA to RCA convert so I decided to check the idea out as standard RCA video does not give the best picture.

    So I found a Connector diagram and well as I suspected the screen has RGB input on it which would be used to feed in things such as a NAV unit because it requires more detail.

    Here I have atached a copy of the diagram I found and if you get someone to do this it will give you a much better picture quality.

    The yellow is how you are connected now and the red, green, blue, grey is where I will be connecting mine.

    I also added an image of the addapter cable

    Also as a side note get you hands on a Joycon so you can use your steering controls in pc mode as well.



    Cheers
    Michael
    Last edited by MagicMan; 09-10-2011, 11:49 PM.

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    • #3
      Awesome! This is huge! Where can I get plug and play component rear aux input cables like this? I'm in the US and have been stuck using composite(all of us Pontiac G8s have) this will be a great upgrade for all my projects planned.

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      • #4
        Well from what I can find there is nothing premade or plug and play.

        This was just an idea I worked out after finding a diagram and some research on converting VGA to RCA.

        This will all need to be tested to ensure everything is going to work correctly.

        I am in the processes of upgrading cars so I am unable to test.

        But this is not something I would try if you are unsure what you are doing.

        I guess this has not been looked at before as the current companies that supply the current RCA composite adapter had not thought about people wanting to feed a VGA signal into the factory screen.

        Michael

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MagicMan View Post
          Well from what I can find there is nothing premade or plug and play.

          This was just an idea I worked out after finding a diagram and some research on converting VGA to RCA.

          This will all need to be tested to ensure everything is going to work correctly.

          I am in the processes of upgrading cars so I am unable to test.

          But this is not something I would try if you are unsure what you are doing.

          I guess this has not been looked at before as the current companies that supply the current RCA composite adapter had not thought about people wanting to feed a VGA signal into the factory screen.

          Michael
          Thanks for the info anyways though. I can't believe it hasn't been explored in more detail already.

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          • #6
            i think everything looks horrible. you should send the truck to me(in the US where they don't make those).

            great job!



            i really wish GM would bring these trucks to the US... the '08-11's are perfectly styled(meaning that if they do bring them to the US, they will feel the need to change the styling to something uglier) and i would buy one in a heartbeat... i have even tossed around the idea of shipping one into the US--even with all the legalities, or building one out of a wrecked g8...
            My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
            "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


            next project? subaru brz
            carpc undecided

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            • #7
              Originally posted by soundman98 View Post
              i think everything looks horrible. you should send the truck to me(in the US where they don't make those).

              great job!


              i really wish GM would bring these trucks to the US... the '08-11's are perfectly styled(meaning that if they do bring them to the US, they will feel the need to change the styling to something uglier) and i would buy one in a heartbeat... i have even tossed around the idea of shipping one into the US--even with all the legalities, or building one out of a wrecked g8...
              Rumour was they were going to take them to the US until the GFC happened.
              Never let the truth get in the way of a good story

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MagicMan View Post
                Well from what I can find there is nothing premade or plug and play.

                This was just an idea I worked out after finding a diagram and some research on converting VGA to RCA.

                This will all need to be tested to ensure everything is going to work correctly.

                I am in the processes of upgrading cars so I am unable to test.

                But this is not something I would try if you are unsure what you are doing.

                I guess this has not been looked at before as the current companies that supply the current RCA composite adapter had not thought about people wanting to feed a VGA signal into the factory screen.

                Michael
                I have explored/still exploring this option, I need to get the NAV module so that will activate the NAV (RGB) input on my radio. No Limit Electronics should do something.

                The JoyCon - I dont see that it would be of any benefit to me as I can still control the volume and mute from the steering wheel..

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by careboy
                  very cool
                  Originally posted by soundman98 View Post
                  i think everything looks horrible. you should send the truck to me(in the US where they don't make those).

                  great job!



                  i really wish GM would bring these trucks to the US... the '08-11's are perfectly styled(meaning that if they do bring them to the US, they will feel the need to change the styling to something uglier) and i would buy one in a heartbeat... i have even tossed around the idea of shipping one into the US--even with all the legalities, or building one out of a wrecked g8...
                  Originally posted by VegasNate View Post
                  Awesome! This is huge! Where can I get plug and play component rear aux input cables like this? I'm in the US and have been stuck using composite(all of us Pontiac G8s have) this will be a great upgrade for all my projects planned.

                  Thanks for the comments guys appreciate it - would be cool to see them sold in the US, if you use RGB you can still use RCA aswell. RCA is AUX and RGB is NAV.

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                  • #10
                    After some advice tho now, I want to look at getting a usb cam that I can use to record driving events such as Powercruise at the end of the month, what high quality ones are out there that can be mounted discretely?

                    Thinking maybe this; Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910
                    Last edited by Green_M4chine; 09-11-2011, 06:15 AM.

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                    • #11
                      At around $55.00 the Microsoft HD-5000 will do 1280 * 720 at 30FPS and gives superb results. It is far, far better than my Logitech 9000 which is used for rear view drive recording.

                      I havenít tried the model you mentioned but a few things to consider if you are aiming for a small file size from on the fly compression, especially at that resolution. It can take some processing power and disk bandwidth to achieve a film smooth result. MiniCam is fabulous for one click recording and the best recording codec I have used so far is DivX 6.9.2.
                      Palm sized ainol MiniPC, 8" Transreflective PRO, Win10, Reverse camera, Dual 10HZ GPS RX's for Speed Display & Sat Nav, FM-DAB & Phone Modules, iDrive interface. T-Screen HVAC control, custom microcontrollers, microcode and FE.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for that info I completely over looked the recording on the fly, I was going to use the centrafuse plug in to record, that camera seems like a cheap quality option...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by meddler View Post
                          Rumour was they were going to take them to the US until the GFC happened.
                          Correct me if I am wrong, but I think GM was going to bring back the El Camino using the VE utes? But then as you said, along came the GFC.

                          Costley is a very sweet looking machine, very impressed with the work you've put into it.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by theBlueLight View Post
                            Correct me if I am wrong, but I think GM was going to bring back the El Camino using the VE utes? But then as you said, along came the GFC.
                            yes.

                            first, they talked about bringing it to the US as a pontiac, and had a "open" name-- as a car show concept(i believe it was '07-08?), they toyed with the name SS-T, and it was everything that the commodore ss-v was, just left-hand drive.. after that, they killed pontiac, in the process killing the concept as well. then they did mess with using the same model, just rebadged as a chevy, and talk was thrown around about using the el camino name , though, there was some skepticism about gm's revival of dead names(btw, they already make a chevy version of the commodore for south africa--still rhd though). then with the GFC, and the EPA cracking down on manufacturer fleet mileage, i have little faith left that the ute will ever come to the US market. and if it does come to the US, i imagine it might be in a i-4, i-5 or v-6 format, but not the ss-v, for gas mileage compliance...
                            My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
                            "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


                            next project? subaru brz
                            carpc undecided

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                            • #15
                              Hey Green, does that same HU come in the Monaro? I have a late model GTO dash and am curious...how much do they pop up for sale?

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