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    Mac Mini

    Im debating between a mac mini and building a pc carputer... im leaning toards the mac mini but it looks like not a lot of frontends are out for it yet? Its not worth it to buy a mac mini and install xp or *nix on it....

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    My answer to this is always "we install Macs in our cars because we love our Macs". Because of that we are willing to accept that we are behind on front ends compared to Windows.

    What we really need is a group of programmers to get together and put a good effort into a front end, but so far this hasn't happened too well yet.

    I have a bunch of free time at the moment, so I should be working on CFE but I just can't get motivated to mess with it

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    i really just want music video gps + a few little nice extras

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    Quote Originally Posted by joncole View Post
    i really just want music video gps + a few little nice extras
    If you arent a mac fanboy, then there is no reason to go mac over pc right now. Same as no reason to go linux right now.

    It may change in the future but now the choice is clear for those who are not die hard mac fans.
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    I will be different here - there is no better solution for a carputer right now than the MacMini - provided you run bootcamp and load WinXP SP2 - this way you can have thge best of both worlds.

    Small footprint, aesthetically pleasing, good boot times, easy to setup, install, and maintain.

    a Decent carputer will set you back the cost of a new MacMini anyway - so go for it first time, you won't regret it.

    Yeah yeah, I have a Commell LV-677, ordered the new LS-372, but after all that, the mini is still a quick and easy solution - with tons of power to boot.

    Why do you need the power - well, if you do a decent OBD-II setup onto the carputer, and running GPS/MP3's etc in multitasked mode, you will need it.

    Good luck, and enjoy.
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    small footprint except for that huge monitor cable plus the adapter. that alone cost a lot of room.

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    You can get/use cables that are DVI-I to std vga, so you don't need the DVI-I apple adapter - even better, you can buy 90deg connectors too.

    No problem.
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    the good:
    who needs a front end when you have front row!!?? i dont have gps or anything really fancy, but the front row remote is nice and small and can be sued jsut about anywhere in the car. it looks nice on the lilliput7" (800x480) using displayconfigx, i have the carnetix 2140 which is mac (PSUmoni from the creators of qcar works amazingly) ready and the mac pac which makes the install really plug and play. leopard on the other had is an amazing operating system extremly stable and like you said you can run boot camp if you want windows and all there front ends. AMP and car front end are really nice for front ends and qcar is ok if you like that.

    the bad:
    if you are going to be using gps heavily then it would be a good idea to use like boot camp and a front end that has windows drivers. rout buddy works good but it is sometimes hard to switch from application and back in the mac, unless you are using front row. another hidden cost is displayconfigx (well worth the money IMO) because apple doesnt support the screen resolution under 800x600 and most of what is out there is 800x480.

    Bottom Line: Mac Mini is a rock solid platform and intel macs are readily available you can get a referb for around 429$ online. It has the ability to run windows natively. and if you decide you dont like it, 90% of the hardware you buy for your mac is going to be the same as it is for your pc.if you can live with OS X lack of navigation, they already have a rock solid "front end" built right into the core operating system, and if you find you dont like it, jsut run windows...............

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbean_phillip View Post
    I will be different here - there is no better solution for a carputer right now than the MacMini - provided you run bootcamp and load WinXP SP2 - this way you can have thge best of both worlds.

    Small footprint, aesthetically pleasing, good boot times, easy to setup, install, and maintain.

    a Decent carputer will set you back the cost of a new MacMini anyway - so go for it first time, you won't regret it.

    Yeah yeah, I have a Commell LV-677, ordered the new LS-372, but after all that, the mini is still a quick and easy solution - with tons of power to boot.

    Why do you need the power - well, if you do a decent OBD-II setup onto the carputer, and running GPS/MP3's etc in multitasked mode, you will need it.

    Good luck, and enjoy.
    A mac is $600 now right? That is as much as I spent on mobo +cpu + ram +hd + screen + amp + wires + case.

    A PC and a mac have equal boot times if you know how to configure your BIOS. If not I have posted it like 100 times on here before. And my P4M (Commell board as well) screams with everything for the car, so right now a c2d is sort of just bragging rights. But they look shiny as all mac things do, that ill give ya.
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    30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
    15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
    Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

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    I have to say I will always use a Mac Mini in the car.
    So far two of my friends have done the same (Intel macs running windows natively instead of bootcamp)
    One of my other friends however has had lots more problems building his own from PC parts. Harddrive failures, wiring problems, etc... There is just a lot more parts connected together that can fail in the long run.

    Yes, the mini can be more expensive then some PCs but with a Core2 Duo processor, it is just about the maximum amount of power you can get for the size. (Yes you don't need that much in a Car though) The entire footprint is the same as a single Mini-ITX motherboard.

    My entire install fits in my dash. That is the Mini, Carnetix, LCD, Audio Amps, USB hub, Power filters, and Composite to VGA converter.

    Where my non-mini friend with a Car PC has to run cables and lots of wires to his trunk and back (Also loosing space in his trunk)

    If you goal however is just to have a large amount of music in your Car without a great deal of cost then you can always go with a AppleTV.

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