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    Any Aussies Out There?

    Hi all, first post, been lurking around for a few months but I am probably about 3 months away from buying a new car so starting to get serious.

    Just wondering if there are anyone from down under on the boards?

    Also, has anyone done a carputer install in a Toyota Avensis (the 7 seat family wagon, not the sporty little thing in most contries)?

    So..... I want to use my current MacMini (being used as a HTPC in the house) with a 7" touchscreen in the dash but with a drop down screen from the roof.

    I have been compiling a little shopping list I will need to get aprroval from the finantial controller (aka wife!) and want to make sure I cover off everything before I submitt it for consideration.

    Am I missing anything?

    MacMini-check
    Carnetix power supply-needed
    7" touch screen-needed
    Drop down screen-needed
    Mac Front end-suggestions (like the look of AMP but not the frontrow remote overlay)

    Now the only thing I thinkI have missed (thank you Bugbyte for the Mac install 101!!) is the audio.

    How are people getting the audio from the mini to the speakers (I will most likely be removing the standard headunit from the Avensis as it is a double din and need the room) Do I need to keep a head unit as an amp, something with AUX inputs? maybe not such a bad thing to keep a simple cd head unit as well so that if someone else borrows the car and just wants to turn the radio on they can without playing with the mini! If that is the case I think I will be better off using one of the 7" in-dash screens that take up a din and then a head unit in the other din.

    Anyway this post is getting long, basically Hi, and a shout out to any Aussies and hope to chat (sponge your brains for info) to you all soon!

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    if you are gonna have 2 screens you will need some kind of additional hardware for that too
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    As far as the Audio, check out the FAQ section as there is lots of good info available. Specifically that should give you the basic ideas.

    Since you are talking about getting rid of your HU, you will need at least one amplifier. I personally have 3 Amps driven by my Mini (headphone -> RCA -> 3 RCA splitters -> Amps).

    The Car Audio forum here is a really good resource as well.

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    What are you going to use the second screen for -entertainment or displaying the main computer information?
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    Aussie here. Just click on my "CarPC specs" link under my username to see what gear I'm running. I've not installed it into the car yet, working on that at the moment.

    For audio, my WRX factory kenwood double-din deck has an AUX in, which I'm using, it's perfect...

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    Another Aussie here. I previously had a carputer in my Magna VRX but have just bought an SS ute and I am currently building a new carputer for it. Using a mac mini like you. For me I will be running the sound from mac mini to an amp which will drive the speakers.

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    Wow, very active forum, cool.

    Thanks everyone for your replies, looks to be heaps of aussies so that will come in handy soon I think.

    I had a dream (yeah like Martin Luther, probably not so ground breaking though!) but I was thinking about having headphone plugs somewhere in the seats in the back so the kids can plug headphones in somewhere close to their seat, has anyone done anything like this?

    Ideally I would like the drop down screen to be able to show something different to the front but I know I am not going to be able to do that with a MMini and unfortunately being the MacFan boy/windoze hater I am I just cannot even consider going to PC and build my own box.

    Anyway, I'll do some more reading (I have only really read the Maccar forum) and check out the audio forum for some inspiration (dangerous!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by myminirocks View Post
    I was thinking about having headphone plugs somewhere in the seats in the back so the kids can plug headphones in somewhere close to their seat, has anyone done anything like this?
    I haven't heard of anyone doing this, but it should be pretty straight forward.

    Ideally I would like the drop down screen to be able to show something different to the front but I know I am not going to be able to do that with a MMini and unfortunately being the MacFan boy/windoze hater I am I just cannot even consider going to PC and build my own box.
    You could go with something other than a Mini (like a PowerMac/MacPro) which would allow you that add additional video cards. Another options some have talked about (not sure if anyone actually did it yet though) is to use AppleTV(s) for the rear screen(s) and have them use the Mini as their source server (e.g. create a network in the car).

    The idea of different video sources for your screens could actually complicate your audio plan too depending on what you want. If you wanted the Mini to be the stereo and require the kids to use the headphones, then it is nice and simple. If, instead, you want the car speakers to be an output option for the rear screen then you need to able to switch between audio sources (Mini vs media players) as well as the output path (speakers vs headphones).

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    Quote Originally Posted by myminirocks View Post
    I had a dream (yeah like Martin Luther, probably not so ground breaking though!) but I was thinking about having headphone plugs somewhere in the seats in the back so the kids can plug headphones in somewhere close to their seat, has anyone done anything like this?
    Why go wired? There are tons of wireless head phone options out there. A bit of research will yield reviews and what not.
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