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    Hey all, just wanted to introduce myself. Name's JD, and I'll be doing my Mac Mini install shortly after Christmas. As for my personal background, I'm a Mechanical Engineering student at Purdue University, and am also interning with a major automaker. I'm an avid performance enthusiast and SCCA SoloII racer. I got the idea for this project after looking at Tuner Tricks' GTI install, but want to take it in a slightly different direction than he did. Here's the run-down of my plans.

    2004 Subaru WRX

    1.42GHz Mac Mini
    1GB RAM, Combo-Drive
    Running OSX as well as VPC with XP Pro (necessary evil for OBD-II)

    Lilliput 7" bolt-in touchscreen kit

    Carnetix P1900

    Edirol USB sound card

    Clarion ProAudio headunit

    Infinity Reference or Kappa series speakers

    That takes care of the main stuff. Accessories will include Cirque touchpad, mini keyboard for PS2, undecided GPS reciever and OBD-II interface, and an Eskape Labs USB video capture unit, connected to a matrix of pinhole and wide-angle cameras for video at SoloII events or on nice scenic drives.

    I'm waiting on DashPC as a front-end, looking around at GPS options (considering using an XP compatible software with VPC, since I will be using it for OBD-II as well), and I've had my eye on ECUexplorer for datalogging. My overall intent with this is project is to match and surpass most of the prebuilt A/V/Nav Touchscreen units for what's turning out to be about the same price, and add more practical functionality in an amateur racing application. In short, same show, more go!

    I don't have all the parts yet, but nonetheless I will be starting soon and posting updates on mounting the mini in my glovebox, as I have both and am at school with access to the machine shop.

    It's great to be a part of this technological movement, and I'm glad such a fantastic resource as this forum exists to make it all work out without too much headache!

    MY04 Subaru WRX, San Remo Red,
    Mac Mini carputer (Macindash) nearly complete. Current capabilities: Media playback, touchscreen interface, dual OS via VPC, iGuidance navigation. Future plans: Video capture, OBD-II interface, more racing stuff.

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    Welcome! Sounds like you've got a good plan for your Mini, although I wouldn't hold my breath for DashPC. We'll get a reasonable front end eventually, though.
    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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