I've never owned a mac, however I have used them many times. Just a couple questions:
Would bootcamp be the main way to go for use of GPS software and a frontend? Are there any good gps options for OSX?
What's the best (read as cheapest/safest) way to power it in the car? I've seen lots of talk regarding Carnetix.
Any comments would be greatly appreciated, as the carPC would be either a Mac Mini or a similarly priced (and probably slower) mini-itx based pc.
As far as powering a Mini goes, the 1900 should suffice right? From what I can tell it offers the same features as the 2140, just with less wattage...
No, the 2140 is much more advanced - it allows you to build an installation where you do not need to connect the power switch of the mini to anything and can control wake-up and sleep only by software. Plus you get detailed PSU monitoring as a bonus.
use parallels so you can run both operating systems at the same time. my p1900 works well.
with the 1900 can you adjust startup/shut down delay times easily?
I believe you can only adjust those easily with the 2140. Though I've never had a 1900...
So tell me what i'm missing please, so far i've got a mac mini, 7" touch screen w/ VGA and usb. and i'm going to get the 2140.
What else will i need before installing the carputer, other than software goods.
Technically, nothing. That should be enough to use the computer. Of course you would need some sound system for the music and everything. And a GPS receiver if you want to navigate easily. Depends on what you want to have.
Which is easier, removing my head unit and running the speakers straight from the computer, or leaving an existing head unit and plugging the head phone jack into the back of the head unit.