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  • What do I need to setup a Mac mini carputer?

    I searched all over the forums, but couldn't find a default list. I also would ask what you guys would suggest to power it. Right now I have a 800w sound system, and my alternator isn't the greatest. My plan is to put the mini in the glovebox. I read about a USB switch to turn the PC on and off, and it was cheap. Is this a good way to do it? Thanks in advance for your help!

  • #2
    There's no such thing as a default list. You can power it with an inverter or Carnetix P1900. And there's a Mac Mini power switch in the mp3car.com store you should look at.

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    • #3
      Here is a page with a list of items from our first attempt...

      http://www.rainydaymagazine.com/RDM2...uterDesign.htm

      The list of options are pretty endless...all depends on what you want to do with the install:

      1. Just the basics (music, video, gps)?
      2. Do some research on car computing UI (GUI, voice control, etc...)?
      3. On the road internet connection (wi-fi, video conferencing, etc...)?
      4. Hardware research (IR night vision, video security for cars, etc...)?

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      • #4
        1. Power supply: Carnetix P1900 PSU. Here.
        2. Cable so you don't have to hack your power switch. Here.

        The total will run you just over $100 including shipping. Works great.
        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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        • #5
          Just wondering... would an Opus 150 work???
          Malaysia
          -Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1982 with 1992 Alfa 75 2.0 Twin Spark Engine-

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          • #6
            No. The Mini requires 19 volts for main power and 13 for the intellisense wire to tell it to turn on. Inverter is the only other option.
            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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