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    my mac mini build and integration questions

    Hello all,

    I'm a long time lurker and been wanting to do this for years now, and its finally time to build.
    I've started buying parts.

    I have a 2007 Subaru STi.

    below is a list of what I have and dont have. I'm leaning towards running xp or win7 so i can use Centrafuse as a FE.


    I'm sorry if i've overlooked this, but i'm overseas and have limited time to view forums right now, but i'm wondering how I can connect my macmini to the car stereo speakers to the headphone jack on the mac mini.....i'm guessing rigging a harness, or is there something i can buy now? as well as the antenna.





    Mini Mac Car Computer v 1.0

    Have:
    MTX 1004 Thunder Amplifier

    Soundstream Amplifier

    10" subwoofer

    Component Speakers or 5 1/4"
    Polk Audio MM6501 $175

    -4" Rear Speakers
    Polk Audio DXi400 Crutchfield $79

    -Lilliput 629-70NP/C/T sunlight readable monitor $200

    -WRX/STI bolt in Chassis kit $150

    --Carnetix power supply p2140 $130

    --Cables/wires http://www.carnetix.com/optional_cables.htm $29

    Need:



    -Mini Mac - latest and greatest features/Generation, use educational discount $649


    -Integrated Software - Centrafuse w/navi? http://store.mp3car.com/Centrafuse_A..._p/sof-022.htm

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    http://www.mp3car.com/the-faq-empori...tereo-amp.html

    for the antenna, you would need a radio tuner. i don't use one, but the visteon/directed hd radio boxes with mitches cable seem pretty popular..

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    I am using the Directed and I am using it through centrafuse and my mini.
    Cant code cause I dont know how, but give me the paint bucket and my eraser and have at you!

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    Hi Machinas,

    Keep in mind, the CarNetix products are not compatible (very easily that is) with the latest generation Mac Minis. You'll need to purchase the second to latest generation to have full compatibility. Instructions on how to modify a new Mini to be DC powered can be found here:

    http://www.mp3car.com/blogs/143534_h...y-mct-inc.html

    Still, this process is for advanced hobbyists only and we can't recommend the modification (internal Mini wires and connectors are super small and fragile).

    Most people output sound from their computer to their amplifiers with a 3.5mm headphone jack to dual RCA cable. We sell these here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pepsibobby View Post
    I am using the Directed and I am using it through centrafuse and my mini.
    Thank you for the response! so i see with Directed thats all u need to connect to your antenna. good check.

    How did you power your Directed and integrate it into centrafuse? and I assume u do not use the little display that comes with Directed because you are using your touch screen as the interface for radio correct?

    i see there is an interface cable needed for the display, my assumption is that maybe get a cable to usb that would go into the mac?

    anyone??
    Last edited by MachinasDei; 02-28-2011 at 05:38 AM.

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    http://www.mo-co-so.com/HD-Radio-to-...cs-mjs-hdr.htm
    i think i just answered my last question..

    ---------- Post added at 02:17 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:36 PM ----------

    so i think i ordered the wrong macpac
    i just ordered a mac mini yesterday from apple, so it should be the newest available.
    i ordered this from mp3 car http://store.mp3car.com/MacPac_Power..._p/cbl-002.htm
    i've got doubts about this working..... i saw another for
    MacPac Power Cable Kit For the Mac Mini For Mac Mini Models Manufactured March 2009 to June 2010 (Excludes Unibody Mac Mini)

    i guess i can return the one i bought?.....which is the correct macpac? or is there one?

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    That's the wrong one. The new Mini has the power supply built in instead of putting it in a brick that goes on the floor. Thus, the only power input to the new Mini is an AC cable.

    You'll have to mod/hack the power supply cables on your own to build a cable that connects to the Carnetix. However, you can use the cable you ordered and hack it up to work with the Mini.

    There's a blog post out on the mp3car blog site that explains how to do this.
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    Hi there, i did see the blog post about powering the 2010 mac mini....
    the theing that i'm unclear about is how the Carnetix is supposed to plug into that... i assume its telling you to use a 2.1mm panel mount jack that is to plug into the carnetix somehow?
    i guess i have to modify the mac power cable from the macpac and solder a plug on the end of it...

    correct?
    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    That's the wrong one. The new Mini has the power supply built in instead of putting it in a brick that goes on the floor. Thus, the only power input to the new Mini is an AC cable.

    You'll have to mod/hack the power supply cables on your own to build a cable that connects to the Carnetix. However, you can use the cable you ordered and hack it up to work with the Mini.

    There's a blog post out on the mp3car blog site that explains how to do this.


    ---------- Post added at 01:12 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:10 PM ----------

    on http://www.mp3car.com/blogs/143534_h...y-mct-inc.html
    Step #3 says to get a wire....not very specific. what kind of wire is this? it looks like maybe two in one sheathing? I assume you are NOT to solder the positive and negative wires together....(sorry i'm not very technical when it comes to electricity, but i dont wanna fry my mac)
    it appears that their step #6 is a bit unclear too....i think it is saying that i could use the Carnetix in lieu of the crappy cig lighter.....just wanna be sure.
    Last edited by MachinasDei; 03-02-2011 at 12:17 PM.

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