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    A saga and a mac

    I think it's finally time to tell the heartfelt tale of Rock the Volvo v1.3

    I've been visiting this forum for 2 years, posting for one. For these two years I've been planning a carputer. It started as a soundblaster m003 motherboard in the backseat (1.1)...then it was a biostar motherboard with a more structured case (1.2). both of these strategies failed to work for various reasons.

    6 months ago i planned a final system, a working plan. It was brilliant (in my mind). An Epia 800, I-pac with custom control panel, psone screen, Carnetix P1260, PW70, and the very much lost "autoplay" software. All of this fit inside my expansive dash. The hard-drive had a special brass enclosure i built so i could remove it and plug it in to my main machine and load it up.

    Late november I installed it, took me a week to debug, and soon I had a beautiful working machine. It booted up in about 30 seconds (good for me, i never take a short car trip, I prefer the bicycle), ran a slim windows 98, and never got a blue screen of death.

    Over winter break i went away to canada to ski and live with friends. in this time away my father (now its a good time to mention im 18, HS senior) took my car to the DMV to get inspected. They then told my father some hogwash about heat issues, because i seriously doubt the guys at the DMV know car computers, it was very well ventilated. My dad then acted on this, he went to a local customs shop, had some punk rip everything out, and put in a very generic alpine CD player with a built in amplifier.

    this means that when i came home, every piece of my carputer sat in a box, including my amplifier. this meant that my car's electrical system has now been completely changed, and i now have no idea which wire is what.

    After cooling off, I took the car out to drive, turns out the bastard who installed this thing wrapped wires around my steering column, then secured them there with a black tie. I couldn't turn right for god sakes. i took the car to this fellow, who then said he has no idea who did this, blamed it on me, tried to start a fight, then reluctantly fixed the problem after his boss said to. he secured these wires with the same black tie i found on the steering wheel. bastard.

    so i'm once again without a carputer. i've been planning a reimplementation, each one different than the one before it.

    then came the mac mini. let it be known im a closet mac freak. my HS is mac-based, and I am (modesty aside) the best Final Cut Pro editor I've ever met. when OSX came out pressing F9, F10, and F11 made me giddy.

    Now i have a system plan, and it will implement these items.

    my original stock stereo unit, ripping its guts out and controlling its buttons and wheels with my I-pac.

    a GPS mouse unit, naturally

    I plan to applescript a program that controls Itunes and syncs with my Ipod to upload music (this way i can have up to 75 gigs of music, which for me, is totally feasable). Things will be sorted by Artist>Album, using the old tuner wheel on that head unit. maps to houses will work the same way, scrolling through destinations and selecting them.


    this is my goal, to make my Volvo rock again. Thank you for your time, Godspeed.
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    good luck and bro I am sorry to hear about your last system. i would have kicked my fathers *** if he did that. and then kicked the guys at the stereo store *** for being nim wits.

    got a question though. what gps software does mac have to use?
    "I'm going back to Cali(Iraq), Cali(Iraq), Cali(Iraq), I'm going back to Cali(Iraq), Cali(Iraq), Cali(Iraq), I know so!!!!" Now I'm here!!

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    i dont think theres any besides route 66...

    personally, i have the time to wait for GPS. it seems that everyone else on this board is gung ho enough to get it done, i'll just rape the fruits of their labor and implement into my system hopefully.

    wait a minute....how the hell did i get female for my title?

    im all man, so manly i have this picture to prove it
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    rock on dude. Car install places have no idea what theyre doing a lot of times. Best Buy said that they couldnt install a new head unit in my Saab 900 because there was a built-in amp. I took them out to show them my car, but they still said that they would have to re-wire the thing. Went to crutchfield.com, ordered a new head unit. I was amazed that it came with all of the right connectors for my car, and had the most detailed instructions for my car. They were for my exact model car, not some generic plan. I spent a total of 20 minutes installing it, 10 were spent soldering.

    I then proceeded to best buy and told the guy who tried to get me to have them do it for an extra $120 that he just got served (seriously)

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    trust me, never go to best buy for car installs:
    http://detrimental.org/eyecandy/nomoreBestBuy
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    Quote Originally Posted by kandyman676
    trust me, never go to best buy for car installs:
    http://detrimental.org/eyecandy/nomoreBestBuy
    I'm surprised there was no caulk to be found in that install!!! "If it don't fit just caulk it!"
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    hah the only place I trust is the local Circuit City, they did a great job w/ an XM install in my mom's wagon. But anything more than that I have the skills to do.

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    bestbuy likes to strip screws....brake brackets....and yank wires out of place.....
    and for all you best buy installers out there....you can suck it!
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    rockthevolvo I would have shot my father,
    reminds me of the time I was in the middle of installing a DEI car alarm, I ran most of the wires however I still needed to set up some relays, so I basically left the wiring harness in the car with no brain hookedup. I was in the middle of hooking up the brake wire to the harness when a friend came over to pick me up (we were going to ocean city for the weekend). I just left the crimping tool in the passenger seat and wires dangling below the dash. While I was gone....my dad thought it was a good idea to get the transmission fluid serviced. He noticed that the breaks lights did'nt work...and decided to take the car back to the dealership (the break light module had already gone bad once before...and we had to get it fixed.......so I could see why my dad thought this was a good idea.) Anyway the dealership told my dad that there was some wiring that was installed incorrectly causing the issue.

    Not only did they take my DEI wiring harness, but my crimper was gone too. I went back to the dealership and they gave me back the crimper... apparently they had the same kind of crimper...and they were wondering where the extra one came from...so it was an honest mistake. They also told me they didnt know who worked on the car, and the wires were probably thrown out.
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    Way to be man. Get the MM running and let's see some stuff you do with Final Cut Pro . I'm looking to get into that myself once I get two Mac Mini's .
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    Changed to planning for a Mac Mini Trukputer...w3rd.

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