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    G4 PowerMac, meet 350Z!

    Yes, you read right! It's a Mac computer in a 350Z. This will be the ultimate in-car entertainment system!

    I've been putting this together for about a year and I think I finally have every thing worked out. Thanks to all the "how to" threads and everyone who helped get me this far. I've played out the installation in my head at least a dozen times and I feel pretty comfortable. I have a lot of experience with hardware and software configurations, but I lack experience in electrical set-up. What I'm looking for is advice on what size wires and in-line fuse's to use through out! To make it easy for everyone to view my set-up, I've put together a website with all the details.

    http://www.mac-mobile.com

    I look forward to hearing feedback and suggestions.

    Cheers. -m

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    From your software description, you state that you're using VirtualPC and WinXp, so are you even using OSX for anything? If you are using WinXP for everything then what was the point of using the Mac? Just curious, anyways looks like a nice project.
    1.6GHz HP e-PC, 768MB RAM, 120GB WD HDD, Slim DVD-ROM, Onboard sound & video, 7" Lilliput, USB GPS Mouse, Audiovox FM Modulator, Vector 400 Watt Power Inverter, Windows XP Pro SP2, iGuidance 2, 15" Samsung LCD for the rear *Carputer not installed*

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    Win XP is only for GPS Navigation and OBD-II software. All media will be played through OS X. Major advantage is low efficient power consumption. Next is the plethora of built in ports and features. Next is software! Mac's come loaded with great media management software. Not to mention, this project doesn't even include the iPod yet to come. This will be an easy addition to the system. Future plans are 5.1 surround sound.

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    That explains it then. Are you writing a custom frontend to control it all? Will the GPS and OBD be integrated into a frontend?
    1.6GHz HP e-PC, 768MB RAM, 120GB WD HDD, Slim DVD-ROM, Onboard sound & video, 7" Lilliput, USB GPS Mouse, Audiovox FM Modulator, Vector 400 Watt Power Inverter, Windows XP Pro SP2, iGuidance 2, 15" Samsung LCD for the rear *Carputer not installed*

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    No custom front end needed on the Mac. OS GUI is perfect for touch screen. However, on XP I'd like to get something for the Nav and OBD-II, this way I don't have to see Windows.

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    boo

    Why even do something ludicrus as that.. your going to embarass mac even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IntellaWorks
    Why even do something ludicrus as that.. your going to embarass mac even more.


    Nice car though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by IntellaWorks
    Why even do something ludicrus as that.. your going to embarass mac even more.

    What can possibly make you think using a Mac would be embarrasing or ludicrus in any way? The Mac is a more suitable multi-media computer than the more commonly used Epia boards. Besides having the ability to run any software on ANY playform, the Mac has better power management and runs efficiently.

    Everyone has their own opinions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaghetti


    Nice car though...
    Thanks. -m

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    "Major advantage is low efficient power consumption"? If power consumption is such a concern, you should cut that 1.4GB of RAM down to, oh, a third? I can't imagine what you need that much ram for in the car, and in those quanities DRAM power consumption really starts to add up.

    Of course, a mini-itx system with a C3 chip would have a much lower power profile, but perhaps it's not powerful enough for you. I'm guessing the biggest reason though, is you love macs To each his own...

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