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    OK, first off, this is my first CARPC, my first install, my first most everything..

    2nd the car had a double Din Bose Radio in it.. I removed all the bose speakers and replaced them with Infiniti seperates in the front, 6.5" in the back doors.. They are run off the stock Bose amp (for now) with a stock 6" woofer..
    I also have 2 @ 8" headrest LCD's for the back seats..

    I have all these pictures in 8MP if anyone actually wants to see something better....
    Ok, here we go..




    OK, first off..wiring.. No kit exists, no wiring harness, nothing.. I used an Audi A6 Kit which is close to the S4 dash but not close enough to work without some work..
    This was a cluster you know what.. I have a unit called a EFU that gives me my V1 Radar detector and boost readings on the computer between the tach and speed gauges, it runs off the stock radio plug and has lots of wires.. Then I have a Panasonic CD, Expander, Bluetooth, and Sirius Module and wiring.. Then all the wiring for the flip screen.. etc..
    I know, it looks like my dash threw up..


    As you can see, I am going to try to fit the Mac Mini in the glovebox.. I ordered a P1900 Power Supply from MP3Car but it is on back order, so for now, I have a normal invertor..



    So, while atacking all this, I thought I would get around to installing my V1 Radar detector.. They are illegal in Virginia so I mounted it on the passanger sunvisor.. I had to extend the screws about 1 inch so it would fit right..


    So, all wired up and working.. I put the XR1 Router with Verizon card behind the seat for now and connected to it through the wireless router. I connected the audio out from the Mac Mini with a PHONO to rca adapter to the Panasonic radio through the AUX input..








    Ok, I know this is the most awful reskin EVER!!! but I just colored in the MITSU logo and copied a S4 logo over it.. I will get around to making my own when I have time to learn how..
    So, I have to wiggle some wires around to get the 2 units to slide into the dash a little more, I also have to file down the install kit

    I still have to figure out how to get video to the 8" LCD Headrest monitors..
    Mac Mini is DVI out, I have a DVI to VGA Adapter.. I am guessing I am going to need to split that vga to 2 vga's, then get a VGA to RCA Adapter, then split that RCA to 2 RCA's for each screen.. I will attack that tomorrow..

    Almost 1 AM now... Will send some more tomorrow...
    2001 Audi S4 Avant
    Mac Mini-7" in dash, 8" in Headrest,
    RR/Blue Devil

  • #2
    hey man, i am impressed, i am doing the EXACT same thing in my astra

    just wondering what front end you are using?
    also there is an awsome tut so you dont have to use a power supply, you can just use an AC adaptor, ill make another one cause i cant actually find the one i used to make my adapter lol

    i ordered the same screen aswell from ebay cause MP3car is out of stock plus i live in australia so postage is pretty hard.

    is the lilliput screen good?

    thanks, Alex

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    • #3
      I am using Road Runner and Blue Devil
      I am happy with the screen, it even has a am/fm radio and built in amp if you want to just use a carpc
      2001 Audi S4 Avant
      Mac Mini-7" in dash, 8" in Headrest,
      RR/Blue Devil

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      • #5
        It does not close when I turn off the car.. I am guessing it should if I tell it to but I have not tired yet.. I will check and let you know
        2001 Audi S4 Avant
        Mac Mini-7" in dash, 8" in Headrest,
        RR/Blue Devil

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        • #6
          Looks nice...

          I'm guessing you're running bootcamp, 'cuz those screenshots look like a windows desktop.

          do you always plan on running windows or will you eventually switch to front row or some other mac front end?

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          • #7
            Ha ha - Another Mac-Mini with Flip-Up and Aftermarket Radio - Check out Blackvrn's here -> http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=88231
            Cool stuff - I should make my boy look into that option for his Liberty.
            VER. 3.0- Check out below:
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            • #8
              Originally posted by Fraychild View Post
              Ha ha - Another Mac-Mini with Flip-Up and Aftermarket Radio - Check out Blackvrn's here -> http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=88231
              Cool stuff - I should make my boy look into that option for his Liberty.
              Ya, but he is running MAC OSX.. I might switch to Apple OS if there is more support and a better GPS program..

              I like the remote desktop ability of XP and the ease of use...
              2001 Audi S4 Avant
              Mac Mini-7" in dash, 8" in Headrest,
              RR/Blue Devil

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              • #9
                Originally posted by duglas View Post
                It does not close when I turn off the car.. I am guessing it should if I tell it to but I have not tired yet.. I will check and let you know
                Could you explain what you have done with the wires....

                How do you connect "BATT" (red) and "VCC" (yellow) wires ?

                Directly throught 12 volts battery, trought a switch ???
                New prototype : 2DIN AUDI OEM-LIKE CARPC based on SYMPHONY II
                Motorized InDash Screen, Core 2 Duo 2.2Ghz, SSD

                Home Made In-Dash 7" Lilliput V1
                Home Made In-Dash 7" Lilliput V2 = LM-Lilliput Prototype

                First project in Peugeot 306

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                • #10
                  it had a red, yellow and black wire..
                  Yellow to battery, red to switched, black to ground..
                  2001 Audi S4 Avant
                  Mac Mini-7" in dash, 8" in Headrest,
                  RR/Blue Devil

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by duglas View Post
                    it had a red, yellow and black wire..
                    Yellow to battery, red to switched, black to ground..
                    I guess maybe the red and yellow wires should be switched..

                    Yellow is ignition and red is battery.

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                    • #12
                      Actually, I was playing with it today and the screen does open and close with the key switch, I never gave it enough time, it goes back in after the key is off for about 10 seconds.
                      2001 Audi S4 Avant
                      Mac Mini-7" in dash, 8" in Headrest,
                      RR/Blue Devil

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by duglas View Post
                        it had a red, yellow and black wire..
                        Yellow to battery, red to switched, black to ground..
                        Weird.

                        For my old model it is opposite!!
                        Red wire is written "BATT" and yellow one is written "VCC".

                        As i could see on your second picture, it is the opposite for you....


                        But i can also see the the red and yellow wires are reversed than mine on the white connector which is connected to the unit. So we do the same thing but mine do not close after turning off the switch.
                        New prototype : 2DIN AUDI OEM-LIKE CARPC based on SYMPHONY II
                        Motorized InDash Screen, Core 2 Duo 2.2Ghz, SSD

                        Home Made In-Dash 7" Lilliput V1
                        Home Made In-Dash 7" Lilliput V2 = LM-Lilliput Prototype

                        First project in Peugeot 306

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