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    Well..i'm in the middle of it now. Just feel like ranting for a bit !!!

    I've ordered the Xenarc 700IDT today
    Tomorrow the Macpac power supply and cables arrives.
    Today i ordered an auxiliary output for my pioneer deck.

    I'm gonna start to put half of my deck back together again now, as I relocate my pioneer deck to the lower part of my dash (98 civic). This will leave me with a free one din space on the upper part of my dash for the xenarc. Hopefully by Friday i'll be putting most of the components back together again, and by this time next week, i'll be surfing the net in my car

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    Macpac cable and carnetix power supply just arrived one day ahead of schedule!!! HOORAY!!! Now, all I need is the screen and the mac

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    • #3
      I have a 99 civic I had a hard time figuring out where to put everything. My dash is a little different I actully have a double din space where my HU is. Also I have a compartment where your putting your HU thats where I put my mac. I'm curious where you put your mac if your putting your screen above your climate control and the HU in your lower dash in the console. Good luck and here is the link to my install. http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...-10-4-lcd.html
      As you sow, so shall you reep
      My Install- http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...-10-4-lcd.html

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      • #4
        AJWHATu

        Hey there, thanks for the link. Quick question though...or maybe a long one... how did you 'connect' everything together? Meaning: I know the mini just plugs into the carnextix device via the macpac cable..simple enough..but from the there how did you connect the carnetix to your car? Are the instructions simple enough? What did you do with regards to jumper settings? Also, are you using a powered USB hub? How did that get connected in? Did you have to make any adjustments to your fuse panel?


        As for my mini, I haven't 'found' a spot for it yet. Maybe cut my dash and install where the power outlet is...otherwise it's going in my glove box

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        • #5
          Originally posted by hondamac View Post
          AJWHATu

          Hey there, thanks for the link. Quick question though...or maybe a long one... how did you 'connect' everything together? Meaning: I know the mini just plugs into the carnextix device via the macpac cable..simple enough..but from the there how did you connect the carnetix to your car? Are the instructions simple enough? What did you do with regards to jumper settings? Also, are you using a powered USB hub? How did that get connected in? Did you have to make any adjustments to your fuse panel?


          As for my mini, I haven't 'found' a spot for it yet. Maybe cut my dash and install where the power outlet is...otherwise it's going in my glove box
          I ran a wire straight from the battery and a line from the ignition wire to the ignition its Black and yellow. read the directions I read them about ten times for the carnetix. The jumpers at first were a little tricky but by the tenth time reading the directions It was clear as day. I don't remember all my jumper settings but If you have specific questions about jumpers I'll be glad to help. I am not using a powered usb hub. no adjustments to fuse panel.
          Also you'll notice when you get it that the wires are backward on the carnetix meaning your yellow is acc and red is battery. Also putting the mac mini in your glove box will be harder than you think. I put mine in my glove box to see if it would fit. It did but barely. The problem you will run in to is running your wires to the back of the mini the is a metal brace behind the glove box where the wires would come in. also directly behind the brace is your heater. the only other place I could think of to mount it was under the driver seat on some stilts incase of any spills. Goodluck man if you need any help just ask.
          As you sow, so shall you reep
          My Install- http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...-10-4-lcd.html

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          • #6
            Hmmm....I haven't picked up the mini yet. The glove box would have been a good choice as I wouldn't need to construct a dock. Do you have a lot of play on your wires when you pull the unit out? I didn't get any instructions with my carnetix, but I imagine you are referring to the ones online?

            Online, I see two installs for the mac. Regular instal and another that includes a P5V. I don't know what that is. Also, was your monitor also connected to the P1900/2140? If so, how? For me this is most difficult part..the wiring. One more thing, where did you install your carnetix?

            http://www.carnetix.com/installation...anual_V1_2.pdf

            Look at Pg. 15 of the manual. Is that the wiring I should be following? Any idea what that green Y cable is for? Where it connects to the mini?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by hondamac View Post
              Hmmm....I haven't picked up the mini yet. The glove box would have been a good choice as I wouldn't need to construct a dock. Do you have a lot of play on your wires when you pull the unit out? I didn't get any instructions with my carnetix, but I imagine you are referring to the ones online?

              Online, I see two installs for the mac. Regular instal and another that includes a P5V. I don't know what that is. Also, was your monitor also connected to the P1900/2140? If so, how? For me this is most difficult part..the wiring. One more thing, where did you install your carnetix?

              http://www.carnetix.com/installation...anual_V1_2.pdf

              Look at Pg. 15 of the manual. Is that the wiring I should be following? Any idea what that green Y cable is for? Where it connects to the mini?
              I don't know what you mean by this question "Do you have a lot of play on your wires when you pull the unit out" Are you talking about the wires connected to the back of the mac or the wires that plug in to the carnetix. I am referring to the instructions online.
              I believe the p5v is for an third 5volt power source it used for a USB HUB. Its an extra 25 dollars I think. Yes my screen is connected to the p1900 through the secondary power supply. Acutullay you can see my carntix kinda in my second picture downits behind the cig lighter panel look in the little crack you can see it. It just sits on top of the compartment(mac is in) with doubled sided tape. The green wire is for the power button on the mac. You connect it so your mini powers on when you turn on the car. Also I forgot to say in the first post Put inline fuse in your power wires.
              As you sow, so shall you reep
              My Install- http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...-10-4-lcd.html

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              • #8
                All good tips. What I meant was, when you pull the mac mini out of the din space, how much space did you leave so you can disconect the wires? I assume you did not build a docking station.

                As for the inline fuse... you mean, wire - to fuse - back to wire again to battery correct?
                No need to visit the fuse panel correct? I'll take a look at my local radio shack or automotive shop nearby and see what they can suggest

                Thanks for the info

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by hondamac View Post
                  All good tips. What I meant was, when you pull the mac mini out of the din space, how much space did you leave so you can disconect the wires? I assume you did not build a docking station.

                  As for the inline fuse... you mean, wire - to fuse - back to wire again to battery correct?
                  No need to visit the fuse panel correct? I'll take a look at my local radio shack or automotive shop nearby and see what they can suggest

                  Thanks for the info
                  I did not build a docking station I can just pull it out and undo the wires if I need to. Yes in line fuse is wire to fuse back to wire I had a hard time finding these so I went to a auto parts store and found a cheap little fuse block with about five fuses on it I broken in to single fuses and covered the metal with Electrical tape. Yes no need to visit the fuse panel unless you don't want to splice into existing factory wires. Radio shack might have inline fuses the one by me didn't.
                  As you sow, so shall you reep
                  My Install- http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...-10-4-lcd.html

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                  • #10
                    AJ,

                    Did you connect the Y cable green/black to the mac mini power button? Do you disconnect that cable each time you pull it out? I wanted to build a docking station for it...but now that I noticed this cable, i'm not sure how that can be possible. Does your system auto turn on when you start the car?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by hondamac View Post
                      AJ,

                      Did you connect the Y cable green/black to the mac mini power button? Do you disconnect that cable each time you pull it out? I wanted to build a docking station for it...but now that I noticed this cable, i'm not sure how that can be possible. Does your system auto turn on when you start the car?
                      I'm Glad you asked about that cable because I got my mac back today and had to reinstall the cable so I took pictures thinking you'd my want to see them.Yes you have to pull the cable every time you want to take out the mac from the car. Yes it comes on when I start the car. Well It wakes from sleep mode when I start the car
                      The first picture is of the power button cord you unplug. The second is showing you to plug in the Y cable where you unplugged the factory plug and also to plug the factory plug into one end of the Y cable. The third is showing you the little post you bend back and the opening to put the other end of the Y cable through. Fourth is with the Y cable through. Fifth is everything back together.
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                      As you sow, so shall you reep
                      My Install- http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...-10-4-lcd.html

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                      • #12
                        Also You don't have to add this wire if you don't want. But if you don't add it you will have to manually turn your mac on and off. That would let you still make a dock.
                        As you sow, so shall you reep
                        My Install- http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...-10-4-lcd.html

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                        • #13
                          AJWatU

                          WOW... THAT was an AWESOME response. Thank you so much. I've read enough info, that I think I know where everything goes now...I found my ignition wire yesterday. Just waiting for the screen to arrive. The question now is...manual start/stop .... or automatic on/off? hmm...I'm just thinking for short little trips, I may not want the mac to start up..ie: off to the grocery store for a bit...no need for the mac to start up. With that cable, does the mac stay in 'stand by mode'? And then wakes if you press a button on the screen? If that is the case, then this cable installation is worth it. Especially when turning off the car...no need to power down the mac.

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                          • #14
                            [QUOTE=hondamac;1109980]AJWatU

                            WOW... THAT was an AWESOME response. Thank you so much. I've read enough info, that I think I know where everything goes now...I found my ignition wire yesterday. Just waiting for the screen to arrive. The question now is...manual start/stop .... or automatic on/off? hmm...I'm just thinking for short little trips, I may not want the mac to start up..ie: off to the grocery store for a bit...no need for the mac to start up. With that cable, does the mac stay in 'stand by mode'? And then wakes if you press a button on the screen? If that is the case, then this cable installation is worth it. Especially when turning off the car...no need to power down the mac.[/QUOTE

                            Mine personally goes into standby(sleep) mode, and doesn't wake up if you hit a button. However You can download the latest firmware and make it shutdown when you turn off the car(your carnetix may already have it installed). If you want it to wake from sleep you can do that by changing your mac settings to wake from any activity of your keyboard or mouse. Also you probably want to set your jumper to leave the mac on for a extended period of time when you turn off the car. Also with the cable the mac comes on any time you start the car. Goodluck I hope that was helpful
                            As you sow, so shall you reep
                            My Install- http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...-10-4-lcd.html

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                            • #15
                              why don't you want your mac to come on for short trips? Wouldn't you use your mac as your music library. With Front Row the mac is perfect for music or movies no matter how short the trip
                              As you sow, so shall you reep
                              My Install- http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...-10-4-lcd.html

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