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    Ok, so I think I've done all my research and am ready to stary buying the items needed to build my computer. I'm naming the project: WinMacCarPuter.

    Below I've listed the various items I will be using for this project. I'm really not a big Mac fan, but rhought I'd give it a try since everyone here says it's the easiest way to go. I will be installing Windows on it just because that's what I'm used to.

    Please let me know if you have any suggestions on other items to purchase. I will be placing the orders for these items by Friday and then the work begins.

    Lilliput 7"

    Carnetiz P1900

    MacPac Power Cable Kit

    Mac Mini

    Boot Camp

    Windows

    PowerMate

    Bluetooth Keyboard

    USB GPS

    Radio Shark

  • #2
    You can do Windows XP, but the real challenge is doing it with Mac OS X :-) There is also the option of running WinXP with Parallels as a virtual machine and stripped down.
    "If it works this good why F with it?" -KMFDM "Intro"

    Strive for ethical wardriving: http://faq.wardrive.net/

    My CarCPUs: v1 - 2000 | v2 - 2004
    Mp3Car Meets: http://detrimental.org/eyecandy/MP3CarMeets

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    • #3
      Looks like you've got a pretty good shopping list. Does the radioshark have windows drivers? Haven't really looked into it.
      Failure is not an option....



      It's installed by default on every version of Windows.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by kandyman676 View Post
        You can do Windows XP, but the real challenge is doing it with Mac OS X :-) There is also the option of running WinXP with Parallels as a virtual machine and stripped down.
        I've had issues with parallels and usb gps's. Osx doesn't like to share.
        Failure is not an option....



        It's installed by default on every version of Windows.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BarryWoods View Post
          I've had issues with parallels and usb gps's. Osx doesn't like to share.
          Odd. I'm able to use a usb mic and usb data cord for my cell phone on parallels with the latest update at work. Previous version wouldn't let me.
          "If it works this good why F with it?" -KMFDM "Intro"

          Strive for ethical wardriving: http://faq.wardrive.net/

          My CarCPUs: v1 - 2000 | v2 - 2004
          Mp3Car Meets: http://detrimental.org/eyecandy/MP3CarMeets

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          • #6
            You're all set. If you want to save some dough and some frustration, get rid of the Windows XP :-P
            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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            • #7
              what keyboard it that?
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              ----][-][--][-][-I-][-][][][-][-I-][---][---][I--][
              ----][-][--][-][---][-][][][-][---][--][][--][-I-][
              ][][][-][][][-][---][-][-----][---][-][--][-][--I][
              ----------------------][-Carputer-|====|75%

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              • #8
                You'll get used to it

                You should give Mac OSX a shot. I was a forever windows user but now i love OSX. Startup and shutdown is so quick with OSX. Resuming from sleep when you restart your car is almost instantaneous. Plus I never could get XP to output to 800x480 which looks the best on the lilliput 7". I posted the settings for the lilliput using DiplayConfigX.

                http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...hlight=800x480

                You may just end up falling in love with OSX especially now that there is a good front end AMP. I have ended up bringing my mac mini in the house everynight and my pc just collects dust. I dont know about GPS but everything else runs so smooth and without problems like I had with XP. But if anything the mac mini is a great solution for the car. I can sit with the engine off for quite a while before it shuts down.

                Good luck with your project

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                • #9
                  Here's something else you might like to use if you want to incorporate some extra buttons. It works for pc or mac. Just get some momentary switches or buttons and you can simulate key presses. I use it to control music functions.

                  http://69.73.188.100/~jultimar/ipac1.html

                  Parallels does work pretty well for me. I use it for the ECU tuning program I use in my Integra. USB to serial adaptor works fine with it. Again I don't know about the gps receiver though.

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                  • #10
                    thanks for the comments and tips. I have a copy of Windows XP somewhere so I'm not that worried about the extra cost. Since I've always been a Windows guy, this project will give me a chance to learn more about Macs.

                    I'm thinking about getting my Mac Mini from Circuit City. Every few weeks they have a 10% off online coupon on any purchases so that should save me some money.

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                    • #11
                      Well...'cost' is a relative issue. There's price, and then there's time and effort :-)
                      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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                      • #12
                        I do have a question though that I hope can be solved by using OSX. I'm planning on mounting several webcams around my car (inside and outside). It is more for entertainment purposes, recording things for road trips, but also using it for rear view cam.

                        The question is, does OSX support the use of multiple cams simulatiously? I know it can be done in XP, but it's a pain in the side.

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                        • #13
                          youd need a great amount of proccessing power
                          Cant code cause I dont know how, but give me the paint bucket and my eraser and have at you!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bugbyte View Post
                            You're all set. If you want to save some dough and some frustration, get rid of the Windows XP :-P
                            Hmmm...unless you want good, pretty, stable in car navigation...then you want Windows XP. The Mac GPS/nav solutions are half-assed at best.

                            If you're running XP on a Mac under BootCamp or Parallels, then you're not really using a Mac...you're running Windows on Apple hardware...and so there's functionally no difference (especially under BootCamp) than running Windows on any other Intel based PC.

                            ..oh, and I'm writing this from my iBook G4 running 10.4.8, lest some of you think I'm a troll. ;-)

                            An amateur built the Ark. The Titanic was built by professionals.

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                            • #15
                              wet Bluetooth Keyboard ?

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