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    Running Carputer from Mac Laptop?

    Hey guys, I'm new to the forums but have been lurking for quite some time. Outstanding information and extremely informative. I have been looking into getting a carputer for some time now, and have been leaning towards purchasing a mac mini. Some features I would like to include are dvd playback, gps, and storage medium through my alpine alpine iva 310 deck. I came across a mac laptop (I currently own a desktop but don't use it nearly as often as the PC) for an affordable price and was wondering if you thought it was powerful enough to handle the things I wanted. Here are some of the specs:

    .42 GHz PowerPC G4 processor; 512K level 2 cache
    1 GB of DDR SDRAM; supports up to 1.5GB
    120 GB Ultra ATA hard drive
    DVD±R/CD-RW SuperDrive + Slot-Loading SuperDrive
    14.1 inch (diagonal) TFT active-matrix XGA color display
    ATI Mobility Radeon 9550 with 32MB of video memory
    Built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet and
    56K modem
    Built-in Airport Extreme wireless networking (802.11g) and
    Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
    Firewire 400 port
    Two high speed USB 2.0 ports
    VGA video output; S-Video and composite video output
    Lithium-ion battery for up to 6 hours of running time
    iSight


    Let me know what you guys think, thanks in advance.

    -Dave

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    well to get all of the features that you want you will most likely need to run the computer in paralels or boot camp, so getting a mac is pointless. if you are a PC user by nature I would just get a cheap pre built carputer and run with that.
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    I figured I would have to run those programs to get what I wanted. Definately better off with a cheap pre-built PC then huh.

    BTW I'm running it into an 02' Jeep Liberty with two amps (mono and 4 channel for hi's) and two pioneer subs in the back. I also planned on getting the alpine h701 to allow me to further tweak my eq and allow for optical inputs.

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    Even though this post was a little old, I figured I would reply anyways.

    You do not need to run windows in order to use a mac in your car, if you did, what would be the point of running a mac in the first place?

    I find that just using the OS X as is, I can do pretty much everything I want to do. Your processor on the laptop is a bit slow, but if you were willing to put up with that, it should be enough to run iTunes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanfaerman View Post
    You do not need to run windows in order to use a mac in your car, if you did, what would be the point of running a mac in the first place?
    The Mini is a great hardware package for its size. It beats the AOpen Pandora any day and makes an excellent Windows-only machine.

    Take a look at Roadrunner. It is a nice and extremely flexible piece of software. Does craptons of stuff.
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    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    I didn't pick it up, but I was just considering my options.

    I have a mac at home, although I am still partial toward a PC. The mac mini is certainly a nice piece of hardware though. So you don't have a problem finding mac apps to run your carputer through?

    How do you power it?

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    If you are partial towards a PC, you should install a PC in the car.

    Not sure if you're understanding my meaning - the Mac Mini is an Intel machine and will boot Windows just like any other PC. That means you can run PC programs on it like Roadrunner.

    As for apps to run on your Mac, there are more on the PC. On the Mac, I find that Frontrow does a fine job of operating as a front end. If you're more partial to PC, there's plenty of nice hardware out there and you should probably go the dedicated Windows route rather than buying Mac hardware to run Windows on it.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    Car PC Build Price

    To quote a famous fish story.

    My biggest worry is that my wife (when I'm dead) will sell my car pc gear for what I said I paid for it.

    No plan yet just dreaming about a build

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