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    Lightbulb Future Mac Carputer - Audi TT

    Hey guys, I'm new here. After seeing a fellow TTer do a Car PC setup (using a PC) in a TT, I decided that I wanted to do the same but with a mini. I'm slowly getting all of the parts together but hopefully I'll have them all soon! Here's what I plan on getting:

    - Some sort of Intel Mac Mini, preferably a Core Duo (although in reality a Core Solo is plenty for a carputer)
    - Carnetix P1900 w/ MacPac Power Supply (as soon as they become available!)
    - Lilliput EBY701 7" Touchscreen LCD (Any comments?)
    - GlobalSat BU-353 GPS Receiver
    - Griffin Powermate
    - VAG-Com "permanently" connected - will operate via Parallels/XP
    - Precision Audio AUD-Aux - convert CD changer into an auxiliary input, connect to Mac Mini - keep the stock audio setup

    I'll post pictures as soon as everything is together. My goal is to look this look 100% stock - the TT's interior is an icon that would be horrible to mess up the least bit.

    Any of you have any tips regarding the equipment I listed? (Installation, usage, etc...) - I'm thinking of using Front Row in Leopard to handle of the media stuff - it would be nice if I could do a plugin to launch whatever GPS app I end up using (any suggestions there?)


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    Nope. You got it all figured out. You can map the Powermate to Frontrow and control the whole thing from that knob.

    The only issue you will have is with Nav. Routebuddy looks like it finally provides turn by turn instructions, so you can have native Mac nav but switching to it will require you to exit Frontrow and stop the music. You'll have to launch it somehow, then control it. It will be clunky, BUT you will have Nav.

    Check out something called Proxis, which may help with the Powermate. It is a sort of scripting language that you might be able to use to solve that Nav issue. Dunno, I haven't look at it close enough.

    What you'd really like to be able to do is have Frontrow play but fade to the background when the nav is running and be able to get back to Frontrow whenever you want.
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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 don't know anything about programming, but it looks like folks have added EyeTV to FrontRow:

    http://web.mac.com/paul_and_sally/FrontTV/Download.html

    I wonder if the same method could be used for adding other programs?

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    Whoa! That is cool! Gotta find out more about it, though.
    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.
    Want to:
    -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
    -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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    Nice, I knew there was something out there like it. I have some software development background (used to work for a Linux Company) so I will take a look at it and see if I can get something like a GPS application to launch. It looks like it's in Python so it shouldn't be too difficult.

    By the way, just purchased the LCD off of eBay and the Carnetix + MacPac. Have to wait for my next pay check for the Mini and other peripherals. I can't wait to get started!

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    I have a PPC mini for sell if your interested
    Cant code cause I dont know how, but give me the paint bucket and my eraser and have at you!

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    Progress on the incoming parts below, check indicates ordered/in my possession. Can't wait for this list to be completely checked off!


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    I can't see the list, can you post it?

    (I'm on my work comp, so let me know if others can see it)

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    Sorry guys, fixed it. Received the display today - unfortunately the EBY701 with its side mounted buttons isn't going to fit how I wanted so I'll have to sell it or try to modify the bezel.

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