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    Hello, Brett here, good to be here.

    i'd really like to do this to my car, add a nice computer to it. But i only have the desire, not really the knowledge. so i come here. i'm narrowing down the options here as to where to start, so i'm wondering about whether or not anyone has ever put a mac into a car.

    I've actually taken apart my ibook to see if there was someway i could do it. and i probably could, but it'd be a whole lot of trouble. seperating the lcd and such.

    so anyone know if this has been done, i guess its kind of hard to acquire the complete parts for a mac.

    otherwise, i'd appreciate to be given a ballpark figure of what this might run me. here is a basic rundown of what i'd like to do with this system in my car.

    Watch dvds
    burn and listen to mp3, aac,
    surf the web via my wifi. (add extended range), email, forums, IM
    modify my dash to accomodate a 10" touchscreen for total control and as the sole display.
    wireless keyboard and mouse.
    use a soundcard with rca outs (6 channel)and aux in to run to my existing audio system (amps and such)
    utilize dvd based navigation
    view photos in a thumbnail or slideshow format
    upload photos with a easily accesible 8-1 reader
    front firewire, usb, headphone out and inputs


    so thats about it i believe. thanks to you all and good to be here once again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett_N
    Hello, Brett here, good to be here.

    i'd really like to do this to my car, add a nice computer to it. But i only have the desire, not really the knowledge. so i come here. i'm narrowing down the options here as to where to start, so i'm wondering about whether or not anyone has ever put a mac into a car.

    I've actually taken apart my ibook to see if there was someway i could do it. and i probably could, but it'd be a whole lot of trouble. seperating the lcd and such.

    so anyone know if this has been done, i guess its kind of hard to acquire the complete parts for a mac.

    otherwise, i'd appreciate to be given a ballpark figure of what this might run me. here is a basic rundown of what i'd like to do with this system in my car.

    Watch dvds
    burn and listen to mp3, aac,
    surf the web via my wifi. (add extended range), email, forums, IM
    modify my dash to accomodate a 10" touchscreen for total control and as the sole display.
    wireless keyboard and mouse.
    use a soundcard with rca outs (6 channel)and aux in to run to my existing audio system (amps and such)
    utilize dvd based navigation
    view photos in a thumbnail or slideshow format
    upload photos with a easily accesible 8-1 reader
    front firewire, usb, headphone out and inputs


    so thats about it i believe. thanks to you all and good to be here once again.
    Hey Brett! Welcome to the crew!

    As far as I have seen here, I don't think anyone else has considered raping a relatively expensive piece of hardware such as an iBook for use as a carPC. Your method *might* work as you envision, but I have a little doubt myself, as the video card may not produce enough signal to give you a good display over extended wires. Not to mention the fact that the display may utilize a plastic embedded ribbon, versus the standard hard wire, to transfer image data. Those are very difficult to extend.

    Other than the display issue, you will need to address control, and also how to get the various components where you need them in the car. All in all, to do what you propose, you may be better off going with a custom-built PC. It will be easier to work with, and a heck of a lot less heartache to install, in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett_N
    Hello, Brett here, good to be here.

    i'd really like to do this to my car, add a nice computer to it. But i only have the desire, not really the knowledge. so i come here. i'm narrowing down the options here as to where to start, so i'm wondering about whether or not anyone has ever put a mac into a car.

    I've actually taken apart my ibook to see if there was someway i could do it. and i probably could, but it'd be a whole lot of trouble. seperating the lcd and such.

    so anyone know if this has been done, i guess its kind of hard to acquire the complete parts for a mac.

    otherwise, i'd appreciate to be given a ballpark figure of what this might run me. here is a basic rundown of what i'd like to do with this system in my car.

    Watch dvds
    burn and listen to mp3, aac,
    surf the web via my wifi. (add extended range), email, forums, IM
    modify my dash to accomodate a 10" touchscreen for total control and as the sole display.
    wireless keyboard and mouse.
    use a soundcard with rca outs (6 channel)and aux in to run to my existing audio system (amps and such)
    utilize dvd based navigation
    view photos in a thumbnail or slideshow format
    upload photos with a easily accesible 8-1 reader
    front firewire, usb, headphone out and inputs


    so thats about it i believe. thanks to you all and good to be here once again.
    Simple. Get a dock, put your Ibook in the dock (perhaps under seat or in trunk) then get a touch screen and put that where you want it. hook it up to the dock. Done Laptop in your car.
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    iBooks have docks? I thought that was just the pod. Why don't you just set it under your seat and run a VGA touchscreen, dscustoms has an OSX driver for his kit i think.

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    It has been done

    It has been done with an old school mp3car enthusiast. He used a Nissan Pathfinder as his ride, and used an old school g3 powerbook. Worked out incredibly well. He had a docking station for it that say ina custom made enclosure in the "trunk" of his pathfinder. He used an external firewire hd as his main "media" drive. The screen he used was a 6" or 6.5" lcd, I wanna say it was one of those EarthLCD ones. If I can dig up his url, I'll post it here. Don't give up hope It can definitely be done. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pudge
    iBooks have docks? I thought that was just the pod. Why don't you just set it under your seat and run a VGA touchscreen, dscustoms has an OSX driver for his kit i think.
    No clue, I would assume they have something similar that he could use.
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    I think you're only allowed to put Macs in VW Beetles or Volvos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wi77iam
    I think you're only allowed to put Macs in VW Beetles or Volvos.
    ...and Sunfires
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    Quote Originally Posted by defsquad
    It has been done with an old school mp3car enthusiast. He used a Nissan Pathfinder as his ride, and used an old school g3 powerbook. Worked out incredibly well. He had a docking station for it that say ina custom made enclosure in the "trunk" of his pathfinder. He used an external firewire hd as his main "media" drive. The screen he used was a 6" or 6.5" lcd, I wanna say it was one of those EarthLCD ones. If I can dig up his url, I'll post it here. Don't give up hope It can definitely be done. Good luck.
    I think I ran across that project at one point. I think he called it "Pathintosh"

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    Quote Originally Posted by cafn8
    I think I ran across that project at one point. I think he called it "Pathintosh"
    I remember that....whoa...back in the day.
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