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    ok so I have been browsing these forums for a bit and have my heart set on installing a mac setup in my 2006 Pontiac G6. My girlfriend however doesnt like idea of the mac because she doesnt want it in the glove box and she doesnt like the way it "looks like a computer" (shes talking about the desktop screen on the monitor)

    Ive been trying to find a cool front end that will make it look more like a multimedia system and less like a computer but all the things i have found are out of date. As well I am not very good at the car modification aspect of this and am not sure if anyone thinks its possible to fit the mac elsewhere a little more accessible? (in dash?) she wants to buy a new stereo and a built in screen...

    any help would be appreciated so i can hopefully win her over




  • #2
    How does she like Front Row? That looks pretty good.

    Have you looked at some of the Windows front ends like Road Runner, either the DFX or LSX void skins are pretty hot stuff. There's plenty of others to choose from as well.

    Download them to your home PC and show her what they would look like.
    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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    • #3
      haha ok so right after i posted this i found the sub forums in this forum and then some other info... which i somehow completely overlooked before. Anyway my gf loves the look of streetdeck so thats cool. and i think she's cool with a hiding screen, so i can win her with that too (any recommendations on a good screen?)

      but i still need a good place to put the mac...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Bugbyte View Post
        Have you looked at some of the Windows front ends like Road Runner, either the DFX or LSX void skins are pretty hot stuff. There's plenty of others to choose from as well.

        Download them to your home PC and show her what they would look like.

        Never even thought about testing them at home. thanks will try that.

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        • #5
          Well, the Mini is tiny so there is bound to be a spot to put it in your car. Check under the seat. If there is enough clearance, that is a likely spot. If not, it won't take much room in your trunk. Most trunk installs have extended the VGA cable up front without interference.

          Go to the "Show Off Your Project" forum and search on "Mac" to see where others have put their Minis.

          Screens: Lilliput or Xenarc are the most popular. The new Lilli 629 with the LED's for backlight is supposed to be quite bright.
          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.
          Want to:
          -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
          -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bugbyte View Post
            Well, the Mini is tiny so there is bound to be a spot to put it in your car. Check under the seat. If there is enough clearance, that is a likely spot. If not, it won't take much room in your trunk. Most trunk installs have extended the VGA cable up front without interference.

            Go to the "Show Off Your Project" forum and search on "Mac" to see where others have put their Minis.

            Screens: Lilliput or Xenarc are the most popular. The new Lilli 629 with the LED's for backlight is supposed to be quite bright.
            Thank you for all your help, my girlfriend is sold on the mac

            Looks like we're planning on getting a motorized screen since that will require the least amount of work being done to the center console (im more of a computer person than a car person). We're also gonna see if its possible to fit the mac into the center arm rest as its out of sight but still easily accessible.
            wont be getting it all done for a little while though. still have a lot of learning to do.
            When it is finished though I will definetly post the pics.

            Have you heard anything about the XENARC MDT-X7000? Its quite pricey but is loaded with features, is it worth it in your opinion?

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            • #7
              I would think an 8" touchscreen would fit nicely in the dash or at least a 7". I think they look much better than a motorized screen but that's just me. Show your girl some pics of other people's installs and see if she likes it or not.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by onepuff View Post
                I would think an 8" touchscreen would fit nicely in the dash or at least a 7". I think they look much better than a motorized screen but that's just me. Show your girl some pics of other people's installs and see if she likes it or not.
                i think we would both prefer a built in display, the problem is that i have no experience in modifying. So if we were to do that i would have to pay someone to install it which im guessing would cost a lot of money. plus we need to fit in an am/fm somewhere. girlfriend would die without the radio.

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                • #9
                  Damn i wanna die everytime i have to listen to the radio.

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                  • #10
                    I'd actually pay someone to remove my radio. Thank God for satellite radio.
                    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.
                    Want to:
                    -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
                    -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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                    • #11
                      I hate my radio and XM radio...thank gawd for my ipod :-)
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                      • #12
                        I only listen to the radio when forced. It's been years since I listened to commercial radio. First iPod, now carputer. I love 20GB music libraries.
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                        • #13
                          Anyone use iTunes as their "frontend"? Not the world's greatest solution, but for pure tunage, it works for me. I have an AppleScript that, on startup, starts up iTunes and places it in fullscreen CoverFlow mode. It's a minor pain to change playlists, though (but I don't do this often anyway). If only we could make those tiny buttons large!

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                          • #14
                            Why don't you use Front Row? It does all of that automatically.
                            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.
                            Want to:
                            -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
                            -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bugbyte View Post
                              Why don't you use Front Row? It does all of that automatically.
                              I downgraded my Mac Mini to Tiger so I could use the FR Remote app, but I couldn't get it to work properly, so I went back to Leopard. Is there another way to do it sans the Apple Remote? I think I would have preferred FR if I had gotten the FR Remote to work.

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