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  • Looking for some help...

    I know I know, you probably have threads like this all the time, but all I am asking is for a little advice to get me started.
    I want to put a carputer based around an Intel Mac Mini in my 2005 Accord Sedan (No factory Nav).
    I want it for Nav, music, possibly XM, and if possible, bluetooth handsfree phone.
    I'll probably pick up a refurbed Mini from Apples Website (base Core Solo model). If I do the XM, I see that ebay has plenty of the XM PCR's, so no problem there. Still researching GPS solutions, but more on that later.
    Main questions:
    1) Do Xenarc touchscreen monitors work well/have drivers for the Intel Mini?
    2) Is there a current solution out there that will allow me to interface my Blackberry 8700g with an Intel Mac? What I mean is, for phone integration and also for internet connectivity (using the Blackberry as a wireless modem).
    3) Is there a made for mac PSU that will shutdown the Mini when power is lost and power it backup when its restored?
    4) Is there a way to integrate the GPS into Front Row? Or has anyone done that yet?

    I'm sorry if I'm annoying, I just want to make sure I get the proper items for this project as there is so much info on this site, I am pretty much confused right now.
    Thanks for any help.

    BTW, has anyone put a carputer in an 03+ Accord here?

  • #2
    1. Yes. The Intel touchscreen drivers can be found here:
    2. Yes. The software is called BluePhoneElite and can be found here:
    3. Yes. The PSU is called the Carnetix P1900 and can be found here:
    4. No. Not that I know of, but people are doing crazy stuff with the front ends right now so keep posted.


    • #3
      Good stuff, new question, what about a mic for use with the BluePhoneElite software?

      I think I got all the info I need to make this happen, thanks a lot.


      • #4
        Refer to this post:

        The new beta version allows you to use any mic that you have connected to your mac.


        • #5
          Nice, thanks again.


          • #6
            Click the link in my signature and go to the FAQ to the FAQ's. There is a thread in there about installing a Mac Mini.

            Check also the sticky at the beginning of this forum with links to Mac car computing resources.

            Search if you have a question. If it is Mac specific, limit the search to this forum. If not, search the whole forum.

            Look in the FAQ Emporium for tons of useful information.
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            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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