Its really great to be here, actually for long time i was searching for a group working on same thing, but what i got is just past posted forum messages, its like talking to dead bodies, no reply, anyway, lets hope for the best and continue sharing our stuff.
Here I introduce myself and my Car, I am Computer Professional, (can help on computer related topics). and i have 735iL, 2001, Thats an E38, with WideScreen, MK3 Navigation Computer, and GCC Specs, Anyways till now was a general Intro.
Come to my Setup, from last six months all this started, so where i stand i dont realy know, but still project is undergoing, learnt a lot of stuff, will be able to help and seek help. Everything started with a standard Laptop, thats Dell or any brand, preferably with Video Out, instead of VGA, i have XPS 1200, as my test machine, and Dell C400 costs under 200$ as production machine. Thanks to Rolf Resller's Ibus adaptor, works straight forward, so no tention there, For video i already had Camera Cable harness which made it a breeze to install PC video in, remains How to SWITCH video to PC. Rolf's adaptor comes with NTSC Switch Relay, thats the forth cable that goes to 17th PIN of Video Modules White Connector,
(By the way, i have very good resources regarding those stuff like BMW Technical Information System (TIS), BMW Wiring Diagram System (WDS), BMW ETK thats electronics Part Catalgue.) Incase anybody needs any assistance in this regard.
So Lets Continue with out setup, so Software i choosed the CarX, beleive me or not thats the only software that deserve to be there in your CarPC, Man we have everything a normal CarPC Project will look for, so common, we dont need that navigation, we dont need and amplifier, we dont even care about touch screen, i love the way my BM is, so the things remains is DVD/MP3. simple solutions i have Ipod 30 Gigs, that resolve that too, DVD, i have DVD player in the BOOT so no need to bother on that, BUT just for fun the project started to get Wirless/Emails/Ibus Connectivity, Backup Camera to name a few.
So for my setup Video part is done, switching is being handled very smoothly, i control the whole PC from the Front buttons, Steering wheel buttons, and Rotarty KNob, Beleive me, Thats working,
You will be thinking then where i am stuck, Audio MAN, in my car i dont have DSP, and I am using Tape Emulation for switching between BMW/CarPC Screen, now stuck on fining the tape cables, someone told me its behing the monitor in center console, i dont want to risk that much, so waiting for someone to come up with a nicer solution.
This was basic general intro, let me know in case you need details on any part, and lets start communicating. I promise to be regular and active user, so lets hope the same from all of you too.