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Thread: xbox in car questions... new to the forums also, so dont flame me to hard :)

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    Question xbox in car questions... new to the forums also, so dont flame me to hard :)

    OK, so me and a buddy have been wanting to put x-box's in out audi's for some time now, ive been reading your forums and others for ideas on how to do this and it seems easy enuff. So now heres the question for you all..... i know you can use the xbox as a pc, so can you also use it to network 2 xboxes in differnt cars parked next to each other?? and can you use it for GPS??

    the reason i ask about having 2 cars next to eachother is for when we go to car shows, my buddy has this idea of playing games in his car and me being not to far away playing in my car..... to me it seems kinda odd, but at the same time, it could be cool to do this or to pull up to the house and dl my music off my computer

    as for the GPS, thats somthing i want to do, but not nessasary

    anyways, hope you all can help or give me ideas on where else to look

    thanks in advanced

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    You should do search on xbox mods first or check out the hundreds of xbox mod sites out there Your only limited to what linux and your usb ports/ network card can do also if your worried about being flamed the mods created a nice little newbie section for non-flamable type requests

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    xbox modding and car install...

    I am planning on doing basically the same thing, besides the whole connecting between two cars idea. As far as the install goes, I have seen it done and the modification's for the xbox are incredible. My friend has his all modded out, and he designed his own userinterface that makes it better for in-car use and he put two 120gig HD's in it as well so he has an endless supply of games, videos, and basically anything that goes on a computer can go in his in-car xbox. The other thing thats cool is that he's running linux, and thats how he can utilize his files... I know that he also has a 802.11 LAN in his house and his xbox has a wireless card, so when he parks at his house he can not only transfer files between any pc on his LAN but he can also go online with it... As far as GPS, I didn't ask him about that, but I know he has it.. I just don't know if it's with his xbox. I have been talking with him recently about doing the install in my car... and I have been recently researching the xbox mods, and theres some impressive stuff out there. Let me know if you find out any other information for me. I wanna know al there is to about modding and installing the in-car xbox!
    ~Lata!

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    right on, right on. i will keep you updated on what i find, i know people put in new hard drives, but 2?? wow, i didnt think there was space for it in the xbox, let me know if you get more how to info on your buddys system. Im right now buying all my parts for my install... going to keep the factory bose system for my audi and switch between radio and xbox

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    I'd like to do this too... did you guys have to hardwire usb ports onto the xbox, or did you just buy some adapters for the controller ports? Also, how will you hook it to the lcd screen, since xbox doesn't have vga out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by snoopdoug1
    I'd like to do this too... did you guys have to hardwire usb ports onto the xbox, or did you just buy some adapters for the controller ports? Also, how will you hook it to the lcd screen, since xbox doesn't have vga out...
    You can get VGA adaptors for the XBox. www.xbox-scene.com is a good starting point. It's a bit of a clique though, being able to find stuff by yourself is expected by most people. I can help a little if needed, I chipped by XBox and upgraded the (single) hard disk.

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    Why would you want a VGA screen? Most people have a minimum of composite input for there car PC, ideal for the Xbox. You would only want VGA if you were connectiong a PC to the screen.

    As for HD's you can put a 300GB maxtor in and it works perfectly. (i know I have one).

    What you need to be able to do is remotely boot the xbox, control it and power it.

    So you can hardwire a push button switch across the small power button, or you can fit a IR remote control receiver, but this has to be line of sight or have an IR link of some sorts. I have the hardwire trick across the power button as a mod.

    Wireless controls are great (again I have 2) the Logitech and the Logic X (smaller).

    You will need an inverter to power the Xbox as well, I think it has about a 97W PSU but I could be wrong, so your inverter needs to be about 150W minimum. Again you should think about how you are going to switch the inverter on and off.

    When I finally get round to adding an Xbox, these are the things that I'm going to be doing.

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    "Why would you want a VGA screen? Most people have a minimum of composite input for there car PC, ideal for the Xbox. You would only want VGA if you were connectiong a PC to the screen."

    Because, when using xbox-linux, you are using an operating system designed for VGA... when running linux on it, you are essentially using a pc. When using a VGA box for the xbox, it is really using the HDTV features and converting them to VGA, getting you that higher resolution...

    NOW, if using some of the specific software for xbox (xbox media center/player ... etc), then composite would be just fine and dandy.

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    you could use wireless network adapters that plug into the eithernet port and set up as ad hoc to play with you buddy in seperate cars

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    From the project description, I can't see these guys wanting to go VGA, but I wasn't aware of the HDTV function, so thanks for that.

    Craig
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