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  • R56 MINI Cooper MacMini Project

    OK I'm starting my project and hopefully I will be done and operational by the end of today after a little shut-eye.

    Here are a couple pics of where thing may or may not go. My BIG question is in Arizona in 15 degree heat do I need to have the AC cooling themac down?

    I'm sure it would help the mac run better if it were cooler butHow much cooler. I have 2 options. The place I would really like to put the mac is in the top glove box. The problem with it is you can see all the metal in that area and there would be none or little cold air running in there.

    Option 2 would be to mount it on the roof of the lower glove box. See the little square in the back with the circle. That is an A/C duct going into the glove box. Who know why MINI decided to do that but it's cool anyway.

    So what do you guys think?

    Top glove box for better stash, cleaner look and easier install. (less travel for cords.

    Or Bottom Box Nice looking install, A/C duct right on the Mac vent but I loose my glove box space and running cords would be more work.




    Both upper and lower


    Upper box



    Lower


    Screen where is will be mounted


    Mac in upper box

  • #2
    Go upper glovebox and redirect the cold air from the aircon with flexible ducting.
    Nice install btw.
    R56's rock.
    MINI COOPER S PRO

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    • #3
      OK project phase 1 is complete.
      Phase 1 consists of Monitor, Mac Mini, power supply and running music and video for a trip I'm leaving for on Tuesday.

      Phase 2 will consist of Cameras in the front and rear of the car and Maybe a GPS.

      Did this whole thing is one day with some help of a good friend. 2 minds are always better then one I always say.

      There are still a few issues I need to work out. Maybe you guys can help me with that.

      First issue is the mac version of p2140 software is very limited. In order for me to even do a firmware update I had to install and run the software and firmware on my XP machine. After getting the firmware updated it works but the Mac software does not give me any options to change settings like going into sleep mode instead of shutting down. Am I missing something?

      So now I have everything bolted down in the mini I have to change the p2140 setting through a laptop running Xp. :\

      Other than that everything runs great. I have to go through my music and recognize them. The Boombox frontend is working nicely but Have not tested the net on it yet. It's also very hard to go through the music list with out a key pad of some type for searching. SO I'm going to narrow down my collection in to playlist to help make it easier to find the music. I have close to 40 gigs of music so that will take awhile. For now it's fine though.

      Anyway here are some pictures of the install.

      It's all together and working properly but still a mess. We started working on this a 10 am and got it working and ready to put the MINI back together at around 8:00 Pm



      Glove box is all tidied up now. Plus I found a really nice wireless mouse.


      This is the PS3 Thumbpad by Gameshark. Works great for simple typing and searching. Has no alt or control option so that all need to be done through a full size key board.



      And a shot of the place I store it.


      Car is all back together now. so this is what you see.




      Unless someone tells you or you know about it this is where I hid the Mac Mini. MINI designed this hidden box to fit a cd changer for some reason. Do people still use those?

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      • #4
        I have had some reallllly big problems with my mac over heating. any issues? Very happy to see a cooper project.

        also, what do you think of the ps3 keyboard?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by vtecfelon23 View Post
          I have had some reallllly big problems with my mac over heating. any issues? Very happy to see a cooper project.

          also, what do you think of the ps3 keyboard?
          So far no but I have yet to take it on a long trip. I did make sure that the A/c in the glove box put some of the air into the upper box. If it does over heat then I will rought the A/C duct right under the Mac.

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          • #6
            Thread moved to worklogs section.
            Originally posted by ghettocruzer
            I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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            • #7
              Thanks a lot for posting this. There goes my savings.

              I'm thinking of doing the same set-up with the Mac Mini in the secret compartment expect with the in-dash Zenarc 700idt screen using this single-din kit from Garbino that will cost $464 to import from Japan. I relocates the A/C controls and toggle switches down to fit a slot below the OEM headunit. It sucks that the OEM headunit is integrated to the speedometer display.

              2007 Mini Cooper eee PC worklog

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              • #8
                Originally posted by lacning74 View Post
                Thanks a lot for posting this. There goes my savings.

                I'm thinking of doing the same set-up with the Mac Mini in the secret compartment expect with the in-dash Zenarc 700idt screen using this single-din kit from Garbino that will cost $464 to import from Japan. I relocates the A/C controls and toggle switches down to fit a slot below the OEM headunit. It sucks that the OEM headunit is integrated to the speedometer display.

                That's look realy cool. I was looking at an option like that when I first started but I like the way they put the whole center together on these new MINIs and didn't want to break that up. Post a link to your build when you get it all done.

                The secret storage is a great place for the Mac Mini. Since I cut a big slit in the back of the glove box for all the wire to the power supply, HD and USB hub it allows for the glove box A/C to cool of the Mac just right. Of couse you should probably keep the A/C on all year around. at least here in AZ I do.

                My only problem at this pont is find the right Front end. Still struggling with that. BoomBox is good but in my opinion not up to par with my limited programing skills.

                I like AMP. But it's very buggy. I'm waiting for a new XP disk to come in the mail and I may just switch the whole thing over the PC.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MACR56S View Post
                  That's look realy cool. I was looking at an option like that when I first started but I like the way they put the whole center together on these new MINIs and didn't want to break that up. Post a link to your build when you get it all done.

                  The secret storage is a great place for the Mac Mini. Since I cut a big slit in the back of the glove box for all the wire to the power supply, HD and USB hub it allows for the glove box A/C to cool of the Mac just right. Of couse you should probably keep the A/C on all year around. at least here in AZ I do.

                  My only problem at this pont is find the right Front end. Still struggling with that. BoomBox is good but in my opinion not up to par with my limited programing skills.

                  I like AMP. But it's very buggy. I'm waiting for a new XP disk to come in the mail and I may just switch the whole thing over the PC.
                  I came to my senses and realized $500 is too much just to fabricate a single-din. I just ordered a Lilliput 629 and will mount it like yours or possible in front of the AC controls as other mini owners have done. I'm going to use my old Mac powerbook G4 PPC for now. It's unfortunately too slow to run windows so I will deal with the limited MAC stuff out there. Either way, the MAC interface with spaces and the dock seems carpc friendly.

                  In a year hopefully there will be cheaper ways to fabricate my Lilliput into the center console.
                  2007 Mini Cooper eee PC worklog

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                  • #10
                    If you're going to mount the screen externally, have you considered getting one of the new 8.9-inch netbooks like this or this and adding a touchscreen to it? For little more than the cost of the Lilliput, you get the whole laptop; add the touch panel for under $100, and you're good to go. If those netbooks don't have the features you want, there are lots of others with additional options available. If they're too big, there are 7-inch screen units available.

                    Benefits include built-in keyboard and mouse, built-in Bluetooth and WiFi, almost no cables to run, etc. They provide a lot of bang for the buck in a pretty compact package.

                    I know they're not Macs, but . . .
                    .
                    If just enough is really good, then too much ought to be perfect.

                    2006 Scion xB with in-dash Atom & Lilliput 889GL -- Worklog at http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...res-links.html
                    .

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                    • #11
                      Hey, 2003 Mini S owner here. Its interesting to see this thread is still active.

                      I have an 8in touchscreen with a screenless laptop in my back seat right now. Lots of cables. I can't justify the netbook expense right now, but that would be super cool to do. Some of them have 120gb hard drives even. I assume all the touchscreens would be after market?

                      I'm too cheap to buy a $80 cupholder and rip it apart. I'm thinking of finding some way to mount my monitor using the 4 side torx screws of the two columns on either side of the stereo. Probably using two screws on the passenger side would be enough. I wish you could just buy that piece for the cupholder. Any good ideas?

                      ps. I also considered just hanging some cords through the top vents and down so that my monitor lays over the top of my nav screen. I don't think I'd even find something secure enough though.

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                      • #12
                        I had an issue with my screen yesturday so I think it is time to figure something else out.

                        The screen the way it sits right now sticks out a bit from the dash and anyone over 6 feet has a problem getting in and out with out bumping it. I thought I had it glues on there good and tight untill yesturday when my friend got ot and just about riped the screen off the dash with his knee. It's hanging on there by thread now so I have to do something.

                        My original plan was to put it in front of the CD slot on the front. But I like the look of the center stack the way it is. But it looks like that's going to be my only logical option. If I set up the mac using windows and get a different front end I can take a picture of what that area looks like with out the screen and just use that as the background for the frontend.

                        SO I'm going to work on that next. Right now I have to focus on getting new tires though.


                        Oh orangezero

                        You might look on ebay. I see those cup holder go for cheap on there all the time. That is how my freind has his 06 Cooper set up and it works quite well for the R53 models.

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                        • #13
                          Well, I just ordered the center console piece (About $50) to play with and figure out how to mount the screen. Probably will just hinge mount it in front somehow. I never use the CD so I don't mind covering it as well as the volume/power button since I can adjust the volume with the MFSW and turn on the system via the audio button above. Only thing is the AC controls.

                          Also, I'm thinking of getting the fit-pc and mounting it down in the center cubby.
                          2007 Mini Cooper eee PC worklog

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by lacning74 View Post
                            Well, I just ordered the center console piece (About $50) to play with and figure out how to mount the screen. Probably will just hinge mount it in front somehow. I never use the CD so I don't mind covering it as well as the volume/power button since I can adjust the volume with the MFSW and turn on the system via the audio button above. Only thing is the AC controls.

                            Also, I'm thinking of getting the fit-pc and mounting it down in the center cubby.

                            You might find that the shifter and cup holders get in the way if you mount it down in the center cubby area. I think infront of the CD deck would be best. I like the idea of mounting it to a top hinge so it flips upward. that might work well too.

                            I was at Best Buy the aother day and saw this universal mounting brackets for cell phones and GPS divices. It was by the Car audio stuff.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MACR56S View Post
                              You might find that the shifter and cup holders get in the way if you mount it down in the center cubby area. I think infront of the CD deck would be best. I like the idea of mounting it to a top hinge so it flips upward. that might work well too.

                              I was at Best Buy the aother day and saw this universal mounting brackets for cell phones and GPS divices. It was by the Car audio stuff.
                              I meant the center cubby for the fit-pc. Yeah, I agree in mounting it in front of the CD. Lower would be a more dangerous distraction.
                              2007 Mini Cooper eee PC worklog

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