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    Hi there!

    I've been browsing thse forums for a while, and I thought I'd chip in with my planned carputer, made with a Mac mini.

    I have a 7" Xenarc touchscreen which will be installed in the centre console up at the top where the car's built-in (black and white) screen is now. The Mac mini will be installed in the double-din stereo hole that's there - I plan to build a new head unit of sorts, making the front plate out of a blank I got from Vauxhall to make it as factory as possible.

    Current plans:

    Mac Mini (1.42Ghz, wifi/bluetooth etc)
    Xenarc 7" touchscreen
    Radioshark for radio
    Griffin PowerMate for volume control
    Taken apart gamepad for buttons on head unit, and maybe for attaching variable voltage lines (dash light level, speed pulse, etc) to for reading
    USB/Firewire hubs for ports in the back and for an 'iPod slot'
    Keyboard mounted on sliding rails in the glove compartment


    As for the software, I'll be writing it myself. I've seen the projects starting here, but I've been programming on the Mac for quite some time and it's something that I think I'll really enjoy doing! The radioshark software can be made to look different quite easily so I'll just use that. Same with DVD player - applescript will control that quite nicely!

    As for the iPod slot - iTunes isn't great when working with iPods. Often the music is greyed out and can't be played. However, I earn my money from a program I wrote called PodUtil (see my website) so can build my own iPod scanning/playing software quite easily.

    I plan on running this all from an Opus 90w. Looking at what I have it seems it'll be ok... Looked at the 150W, seemed rather large and I'd like to get everything into a small space so it's good and neat. I will have another DC-DC adapter for the Mac (12v - 18v)... I'm planning on running this off the Opus... would it be wise to run it off a separate line and have the Opus controlling everything else?

    Anyway, other than that, what do y'all think of my ideas?
    AstraMac

    Power a Mac mini from 12v: Here
    Front end status: Here

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    Noob!

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    • #3
      Hehe only jokin! Welcome!

      Looks like you are setitng up an amzing install there - very cool - am jealous of what you are using and the fact you can write your own front end.

      I have been toying with the idea of using an ipod or similar device instead of a second HDD so i can remove it and have all my music with anywhere and not have to bother syncing another device.

      Get some photos up of your dash etc so we can see what you have to play with.

      Andy

      EDIT: also take a look at the M1-ATX psu - it's a bit cheaper but byt he looks of your set up that aint gonna bother you much!

      EDIT2 (aren't i good at not post whoring?): just looked at your site and your ipod software works with Win XP too - nice one! (can never be bothered to get a new PC/MAC and i don't have time for games anyway - so make do with PCs as it is easy to find bits to build one with)

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      • #4
        Welcome to the forum! scouse is correct with the search, but a little quick with the noob suggestion
        肚子笑痛了
        S60 Install

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jcdillin
          Welcome to the forum! scouse is correct with the search, but a little quick with the noob suggestion
          i was trying to write my socond post quick as the "search noob" was a joke - this guy has obviously searched and read a lot an knows about PCs. Hence all the edits to my second post as i had more to add but was being quick.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Scouse Monkey
            i was trying to write my socond post quick as the "search noob" was a joke - this guy has obviously searched and read a lot an knows about PCs. Hence all the edits to my second post as i had more to add but was being quick.

            I didnt even see you sneak that 2nd post in there
            肚子笑痛了
            S60 Install

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            • #7
              Hiya, looks like you have some good plans there! More interesting than the usual 'can't be bothered to search so I'll just ask' posts!!!

              You might want to look at the carnetix for powering the Mac Mini: I am sure you've seen this:
              http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=40765

              If you are going to be writing your own software, are you going to writing a 'front end' similar to the Windows ones (i.e. easy to use via touchscreen) - There seems to be a lack of those on the Mac at the moment.
              Ford Focus MP3 : www.stevieg.org/carpc Blog Updated 29 January 2009!
              Car PC Status: Complete - Undergoing Software Redevelopment

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              • #8
                Originally posted by iKenndac
                As for the iPod slot - iTunes isn't great when working with iPods. Often the music is greyed out and can't be played.
                What do you mean by this? I have an iPod and it works beautifully with iTunes on my Mac. I never have seen greyed out music -what causes this?

                I ask only because it seems a bit redundant to have a Mini in the car with a hard drive that can play your tunes only to also put an iPod that does the same thing in the car.
                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:
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                -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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                • #9
                  Welcome to the addiciton.

                  What kind of car are you installing in? and when you make some progress don't forget to post pics. Pictures are amazing things. anyway- good luck.

                  Michael
                  Mazda 3, meet Mac Mini. Mac Mini, meet Mazda 3.
                  Mac Mini in-car coming soon.
                  Progress: [||||||||||||||||||--] (90% Complete,Initial install is complete, now adding on and fine tuning.)
                  Progress Blog: http://mikemazda3.blogspot.com/

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TxMazda3
                    What kind of car are you installing in?
                    SEARCH NOOB

                    JK, but seriously see under his name where it says vehicle?

                    Code:
                    Vehicle: 2004 Vauxhall Astra 'H'
                    CarPC install is starting to come along again...

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                    • #11
                      ... okay ... i'm a dumb *** .... sorry guys. haha.
                      Mazda 3, meet Mac Mini. Mac Mini, meet Mazda 3.
                      Mac Mini in-car coming soon.
                      Progress: [||||||||||||||||||--] (90% Complete,Initial install is complete, now adding on and fine tuning.)
                      Progress Blog: http://mikemazda3.blogspot.com/

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                      • #12
                        I would check out the FM radio under development on this forum instead of the radio shark.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by TxMazda3
                          ... okay ... i'm a dumb *** .... sorry guys. haha.
                          If Scouse calls you a newb just call him one back. Then laugh at him really really hard.
                          AMD XP 2600+/512MB RAM/120GB hard drive
                          Opus 150W/DVD/GPS/7" Lilliput TS/802.11g/Bluetooth
                          Installed.


                          -GPSSecure- - GPS Tracking
                          -AltTabber2.2.2- - Handy touchscreen utility.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for the warm welcome guys! I'll have a look at the stuff you pointed me towards.

                            The aim is to make the system look as stock as it can. The dash and stereo hole in my car is a pain in the arse though, completely non-standard fitting. I've got a blank plate from Vauxhall so I can make a few mock-ups out of card to see what works. I'll post some pictures of my car's dash tomorrow, but you can see some more pics of the outside of my car here: http://www.kennettnet.co.uk/chronicl...uff/000007.php

                            Ok, answers to some questions...

                            Originally posted by stevieg
                            If you are going to be writing your own software, are you going to writing a 'front end' similar to the Windows ones (i.e. easy to use via touchscreen) - There seems to be a lack of those on the Mac at the moment.
                            Yup, I'm writing a easy-to-use headunit type display program much like the others around. If it turns out to be any good I'll work on it so it's usable for others too (you know, customisable, etc).

                            Originally posted by Mudbug
                            What do you mean by this? I have an iPod and it works beautifully with iTunes on my Mac. I never have seen greyed out music -what causes this?
                            If you have an iPod set to "Automatic" synching mode, all the music appears grey when you try and access the iPods music in iTunes. This is to prevent people changing it as iTunes does it for you, but it stops playing too. Also, iTunes wants to associate every iPod it sees with the computer it's on and wipe all the music on there (Automatic mode only) - not good if you're using a friend's iPod!


                            Originally posted by brady
                            If Scouse calls you a newb just call him one back. Then laugh at him really really hard.
                            Right, Scouse is a n00b. Gotcha!
                            AstraMac

                            Power a Mac mini from 12v: Here
                            Front end status: Here

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                            • #15
                              When you looking on having it in a workable state for? There's a UK car computer meet in april... And this sounds like it's going to be worth having a look at!
                              Ford Focus MP3 : www.stevieg.org/carpc Blog Updated 29 January 2009!
                              Car PC Status: Complete - Undergoing Software Redevelopment

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