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    Carputer Help

    I am new to all of this carputer stuff but I have done some research and know exactly what I want just not sure of where to start or how to do it so I was wondering if somebody would be willing to help. I know it's a lot and any help would be greatly appreciated.

    I want to get a Mac Mini and install it in my car with a touch screen, 7 inch. I want it to be able to recieve wifi in hotspots, I think that is easy. I want it to be able to pick up my cellphone, bluetooth, and play it threw the speakers and pick up me threw a mic and send it to the phone. I have an iPhone that has bluetooth. Not sure if the mini can do that or if I need an add on. I would also like to use my iPhone as an internet router for my mini so I can get internet even without wifi, I think I can figure that one out once I have it installed on my own. I want to install a Garmin GPS unit and run that interface when I'm using GPS. I want regular radio as well. And I would also like to being able to control my climate controls as well, if that is even possible, its not a big deal though. Now the tricky part, I think, is I would like an interface that when I start the car or hit a home button of some sort it has a menu that I can choose, Radio, GPS(my garmin interface), Mac Mini, Phone, or Climate Control(if that one is possible). I don't know if it is possible to do all of this. I know it's a lot but it's what I'm dreaming of . Well if anyone could help me I would be so grateful.

    I live in Indiana and would be willing to travel and pay to get this done at a custom shop. I am trying to find a good one right now, not as easy as you would think. If anyone knows of a good custom shop that could help me as well that would be awesome. Thanks in advance!

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    Welcome. We are here to help.

    I want it to be able to recieve wifi in hotspots, I think that is easy.
    Yeap, that's built in.

    I want it to be able to pick up my cellphone, bluetooth, and play it threw the speakers and pick up me threw a mic and send it to the phone.
    Look into BluePhoneElite.

    I have an iPhone that has bluetooth. Not sure if the mini can do that or if I need an add on.
    BPE supports the iPhone for talk through purposes (e.g. no dialing, reading/sending SMS, etc...)

    I would also like to use my iPhone as an internet router for my mini so I can get internet even without wifi, I think I can figure that one out once I have it installed on my own.
    It's possible, but still not automated at all which makes it cumbersome. You also have to hack the iPhone (jailbreak) to do it.


    I want to install a Garmin GPS unit and run that interface when I'm using GPS.
    The question is what you want to do with the GPS. If you just want to log the GPS info and use it for other info (trip meter, speedometer, etc..) then you should be good. If you want Nav, Mac is not the platform for you at this time.

    I want regular radio as well.
    RadioShark. There is even a guide to hacking it to plug right into the car antenna.

    And I would also like to being able to control my climate controls as well, if that is even possible, its not a big deal though.
    It's possible, but you will have to do a lot of work to make it happen. There is no plug an play option for doing this. And on the Mac you will also have to write your own software to control it as there isn't anything available pre-made.

    Now the tricky part, I think, is I would like an interface that when I start the car or hit a home button of some sort it has a menu that I can choose, Radio, GPS(my garmin interface), Mac Mini, Phone, or Climate Control(if that one is possible).
    That is the whole purpose of a front-end application. AMP (dead), CarFrontEnd, and QCar are the current Mac front-end applications.

    I don't know if it is possible to do all of this.
    Anything is possible. It's a question of how much effort you are willing to put into it.

    Well if anyone could help me I would be so grateful.
    We are more than happy to help, but you need to help yourself too. Much of the information you asked about has been gone over many times in this forum alone not to mention the other forums on MP3Car.

    I live in Indiana and would be willing to travel and pay to get this done at a custom shop. I am trying to find a good one right now, not as easy as you would think.
    Almost impossible is a better view of the situation. Most shops don't have the experience and those that do will have worked with Windows based systems. I would advise using a shop for doing your audio work if you aren't familiar or comfortable, but the rest you will probably have to do it yourself. On top of that, having a shop do it would make it insanely more expensive than if you do it on your own. I have a very simple (as far as the computer itself goes), but if I had a shop install it at the average (for my area) of $75/hr the labor would have been about what I spent on the hardware itself.

    -dave
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    CarFrontEnd (now it's own sub-forum!!!!)

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