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  • Worklog: Matrix Mac Mini

    Meh, not so much a monster...but I liked the alliteration.

    See this post of mine from 2004

    It all started with the idea of a G4 cube and lost interest...the Mini was months away and AFAICR not even mentioned in the press yet. Fast forward, there has been alot of work done in the MacCar community...not as much as Im sure we'd like but if we wanted something that easy, we'd go with a PC. And now Im prepared with everything in my life to get an apple computer in my Toyota Matrix.

    Don't know how much of a worklog Im gonna have, or photos during the install, but I hope to have it all said and done before Xmass.

    So far I've only RAAM-matted the doors and rear in preparation for redoing the audio source of the car...and on a side note RAAMat is super easy to install and well worth the investment...midrange is better than ever.

    With all the components arriving this week or next it should be a fun couple of weeks...removing the seats and carpet, modding the center console to fit the hardware, etc.

    Below is the proposed wiring diagram. Grayed out stuff is future ideas like the 2nd battery and DVD drive. I plan on running ICE3 most likely and iGuidance on VMWare. ODBII comes probably after the holidays.

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    on second look, the Hifonics EQ is missing its wiring for +/-
    (All done)
    iPad Mini 128GB, RF 600.5 amp, JL12W0V2, 8 Infinity Components

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    Good luck!! And post some pics!!
    All systems are a go...
    Currently in "tweaking" mode.

    The Worklog

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    • #3
      Design looks good, now it's time to get dirty and install everything
      VmtSquad - I sold my soul to Honda!
      Final Install
      CarPC progress: 95%

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      • #4
        Luckily the speakers and all the wiring is already done. But since Ill be installing alot more wires and stuff, Im probably going to remove the seats and carpet to run everything cleaner. Right now the front crossovers are under the passenger seat floor up behind the glovebox. The rear crossovers are just laying under the backseat...they dont move on account of the foam tape!
        (All done)
        iPad Mini 128GB, RF 600.5 amp, JL12W0V2, 8 Infinity Components

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        • #5
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          Everything ready to go. From top left to bottom right:
          • JL 10W0V2 - replacing my 10W0 from like years ago.
          • HiFonics HFEQ - fading and volume control as well as minor EQ
          • extra Xenarc pieces
          • speaker cables, driver's side vent painted to match new bezel
          • Carnetix P2140 - no P5V yet, not needed at this point
          • Xenarc in custom bezel courtesy of MP3Car member
          • buss fuses, wire crimps and connectors, SPDT switches, Matrix radio harness, multimeter
          • Holux 210 GPS puck USB
          • Mac Mini C2D 1.8
          • Bluetooth keyboard and mouse
          • MacPac wiring and Xenarc remote

          install during the next few days.
          (All done)
          iPad Mini 128GB, RF 600.5 amp, JL12W0V2, 8 Infinity Components

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          • #6
            Originally posted by sdashiki View Post
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            Everything ready to go. From top left to bottom right:
            • JL 10W0V2 - replacing my 10W0 from like years ago.
            • HiFonics HFEQ - fading and volume control as well as minor EQ
            • extra Xenarc pieces
            • speaker cables, driver's side vent painted to match new bezel
            • Carnetix P2140 - no P5V yet, not needed at this point
            • Xenarc in custom bezel courtesy of MP3Car member
            • buss fuses, wire crimps and connectors, SPDT switches, Matrix radio harness, multimeter
            • Holux 210 GPS puck USB
            • Mac Mini C2D 1.8
            • Bluetooth keyboard and mouse
            • MacPac wiring and Xenarc remote

            install during the next few days.
            Looks good and a little similar to what I am going to be upgrading to

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            • #7
              Trying to fit the mini in the center console...no good. It wont fit sitting normal.

              However, I can have it vertical in there...with the vents pointing down and the DVD slot pointing up. The only question is of heat. Would having it inside the solid plastic box (with holes in bottom for the wires) pointing down, be a bad thing?

              For the moment, its going in the glovebox. But permanence in the center console would be nice.
              (All done)
              iPad Mini 128GB, RF 600.5 amp, JL12W0V2, 8 Infinity Components

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              • #8
                Originally posted by sdashiki View Post
                However, I can have it vertical in there...with the vents pointing down and the DVD slot pointing up. The only question is of heat. Would having it inside the solid plastic box (with holes in bottom for the wires) pointing down, be a bad thing?
                I have mine mounted this way in my center console and I haven't had any heat related issues in over 2 years. I will open the top of the center console and point an A/C vent at it when the inside of my vehicle has been sitting out in the sun all day.

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                • #9
                  The mini sucks air thru the bottom vents all around its base, and blows it out the back vent above the ports. Having the vent point down, heat rises, and the bottom (now the side) intake vents are pulling air thats inside the same plastic box (the center console)...thats my fear, a self-looping heat exchange or something.
                  (All done)
                  iPad Mini 128GB, RF 600.5 amp, JL12W0V2, 8 Infinity Components

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sdashiki View Post
                    The mini sucks air thru the bottom vents all around its base, and blows it out the back vent above the ports. Having the vent point down, heat rises, and the bottom (now the side) intake vents are pulling air thats inside the same plastic box (the center console)...thats my fear, a self-looping heat exchange or something.
                    I cut a hole in the bottom of my center console to run the cables. The exhaust air gets blown down in to the area below the console. I'm sure some of that exhaust gets sucked back into the mini, but it hasn't caused any problems.

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                    • #11
                      How close is your back vent (now on the bottom) to the bottom of the center console's floor? Obviously I too would cut a hole (actually there already is 2 in the matrix, covered by a black fabric tape) to run the wires, but it would be at least 3 inches off the floor of the console to make room for the DVI>VGA connectors at least.

                      Ive stumbled on a few fan solutions where people have them run one in one out on opposite sides of the center console to improve airflow. but that seems a bit extreme at the moment. though, when I get a heat failure, it wont.

                      I personally like this thing:
                      http://www.sonnettech.com/product/maccuffmini.html

                      or something like it. Mount it to the side of the center console with either screws or 3M foam tape.
                      (All done)
                      iPad Mini 128GB, RF 600.5 amp, JL12W0V2, 8 Infinity Components

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                      • #12
                        Probably just shy of 3", if you had a right-angled VGA to DVI adapter then you could get away with an inch or so.

                        For my application I built a box out of plexiglass to hold the mini, and epoxied it to the back of my center console. The top of the box is open so i can slide the mini out fairly easily. One thing I wish I did was make some sort of connection plate so that I didn't have to fiddle around below the mini to connect/disconnect the cables. It's a bit of a hassle.

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                        • #13
                          any updates

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                          • #14
                            I am going to give this a proper worklog when I can.

                            I installed everything into the car's glovebox because I didnt have time to procure a mounting bracket for the center console. I then drove the east coast up and down and enjoyed the experience of the Mac Mini in the car. However, a ground noise issue came up and since I am having trouble fixing it I have not touched the setup.

                            The mounting bracket did arrive the other day, so I can now move the mini to the center console. But with the ground noise issue, I thought purchasing a USB sound device might eliminate it.

                            When that arrives and kills the noise, ill begin REALLY installing the mac...and worklogging it.
                            (All done)
                            iPad Mini 128GB, RF 600.5 amp, JL12W0V2, 8 Infinity Components

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                            • #15
                              ^^FYI : I also had noise with my MAC mini but as soon as I moved my CARNETIX away from the mini and added a small AudioJack noise filter, all the noise went away.
                              VmtSquad - I sold my soul to Honda!
                              Final Install
                              CarPC progress: 95%

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