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    Hmmm. Well that's a bummer, any idea on how hard it would be to convert a pre-existing program based on the .net framework, given you had the software to do it?

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    I know nothing about .net, but I know enough to know that its a closed-source group of libraries, so theres next to no chance to port something written in .net. If it was written in C#, then it could theoretically be compiled using mono, but that would probably be an extremely large task, and you'd be better spent porting something else.

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    Route66 looks pretty good : http://www.66.com/route66/

    There is a Mac Version, its $39 and there is both a USA & a Europe version. Looks like GPS is covered.
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    GPS drive is just a static map...and that's about it. yes, the .net framework is available for mac OS x, but complied into Cocoa....which would require you to have the MS Visual Studio. you can get an educational edition from colleges, but otherwise, cough up some major $$.
    we have MS Visual Studio, and my programmer is very well versed in Coccoa....our front end (Mobile Media Center) is completely written in C# and .net 2.0 and will be fully ready for the Mac in about 30 days of receiving our Mac Minis...

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    First things first hybridmike, that girl on your homepage is friggin freaky! And I looked around but couldnt find info on your software other then an xm one and a launcher- got anymore info? Free? Pay? Links? thanks alot!

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    What do I need?

    Hey everyone, Im really new here, and also quite illiterate to the tech talk. But I am a mac fan, and I really want to do this in my 4runner.

    I saw that there is a power source in beta testing that will work. Any idea on when that will be done? I really want to get started on this. I have the money, I just need the help. What exactly do I need? Can someone make a list of parts to get, and I will get them?

    Is there anyone in the northwest that would be interested in giving me a hand? I will pay of course...I just want to get on this.

    Thanks. Like I said, Im new here but I have already learned alot by reading whats out there.

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    We're all excited. The mini just started shipping this week, so while one or two folks have them in their possession, nobody has actually installed one. As such, there is no "how-to" just yet.

    Lots of questions about sleep/boot, GPS navigation, front end, touchscreen, etc. but no too many answers. We do know a little bit:

    -Xenarc and Lilliputs supposedly have drivers for the touch screen for Mac.
    -Power requirements for the mini are know but I'm not aware of anyone actually powering a mini in their car yet.
    -It appears possible to start up and shut down the mini simply by using a startup/shutdown controller or even a simple relay but nobody has done it yet.
    -Route 66 is pretty much the only GPS software solution unless you want to run Windows Virtual PC.
    -Front end software is an issue but it looks like there will be solutions for that.
    -There are XM programs for the Mac but as far as I know, they work for the XM PCR. Not sure if they work for the direct.

    I'm sure I'm leaving some stuff out but that's the jist of it.

    Meantime, here's a thread with some Mac-centric links:

    Mac-centric links
    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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    -Power requirements for the mini are know but I'm not aware of anyone actually powering a mini in their car yet.
    -It appears possible to start up and shut down the mini simply by using a startup/shutdown controller or even a simple relay but nobody has done it yet.
    I have done both of these...but I have had to cut my power cord and splice it into the P1900....not desireable for most MacMini owners.
    MikeH

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    is this thread double posted?

    edit:

    doh! my bad!
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    Thanks for the quick reply. So I guess I should just start by getting my hands on one, right? How much should I worry about the impacts of this in a car? (Bumps, jolts, etc.)

    Im so pumped, I want to get going right away!

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