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    Quote Originally Posted by ePiFaNT
    If i get a Mini (I really REALLY want one) it would go in the DIN-slot where my cdplayer is located today. I would get a 6,5" LCD screen without touch, use Salling Clicker to remote control iTunes with my Bluetooth-cellphone. Maybe a external Firewire-drive so that I have access to ALL my music in my car, and a ESI Quatafire soundcard connected between the Mini and my amps to get high quality sound and a volume knob. Why fuzz with a number of gadgets, a USB hub etc.?
    The USB hub is so I can drop in a Memory Key if I want to transfer small files- and the ipod dock is to charge my ipod and put new songs on it. and one thing I forgot to mention was the memory card reader (either built into the external hard drive or it's own device) this is so I can have a place to dump pictures from my digital camera when I'm out taking pictures this summer or on a road trip.

    by then end of this my car will be my island.

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    Planned IDash: 2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS

    - Mac Mini
    - 7" TFT LCD Touch Screen Monitor
    - GPS (Dunno what hardware)


    Hell thats all I can muster. Im really a rookie to this. I really only want my carputer to serve as a media center. The main functions I am looking for are:

    - Ability to play MP3s, Movies
    - GPS
    - Telephone
    - TV
    - Ability to play XBox/PS2
    - Internet/Email

    Thats all im really looking forward too. I have no clue as to how im going to put this altogether in my car. Im not concerned with removing the drive, and all that other stuff. I just want to configure this in my car in a way that would make it easy to get to my MacMini (for DVD/CD and USB Access purposes)

    Im going to take pictures of my dash tonight and sort of 3d render what I hope to accomplish and maybe you guys could help

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    os x is bootable off a firewire drive right? so you could even remove (or just disconnect) the built-in drive to keep the main chassis even cooler, and just use an external drive for everything...
    2005 m3 coupe, carputer to come...

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    Im not gonna use the minimac case, like i say about this minimac thing: its the cost not the size. Just cuz apple makes a mini-itx size board (remember the Cube?) doesnt mean u have to keep the case.

    Im just wanting the mobo/proc,the rest is gonna be gutted, put into its own case and moved around the car (meaning HD in one spot, DVDROM in another etc)

    Buy a mini cuz its cheep then customize, just cuz its an apple dont mean u cant take a bite out of it (cheesy i know)
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    Plans for my Mini-Mac

    Hey I'm new @ this, but I plant to use the Mini Mac also.

    I like the Idea of using the mini's hd for OS and adding a firewire HD some where else. My plans was just for media. MP3's and Movies. As I can see there's so much more I can do with it.

    I plan to use the Lilliput 7" TFT LCD Touch Screen Monitor with the mini Mac.

    I'm open to suggestions. I have picture of the same dash setup the way I want mine, but I can't seem to get it on this page.

    Carputer for 2004 Maxima - purchasing items and we speak.

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    Exclamation Mac Mini Power for Cars

    How would you suggest connecting the Mac Mini to the car for power? What type of inverters/converters power supplies would you need. The powerblock on the MacMini says 85v
    Then you have the monitor... Will you kill the car batter?

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    NicMac,
    How would you suggest connecting the Mac Mini to the car for power?
    We are working on a DC-DC solution for the Mac Mini (the CNX-P1900). I expect to have pricing and availability information shortly (waiting to hear back from our assembler). It is designed to take input from your car battery (even during engine cranking) and provide a well-regulated +18.5V output with plenty of power (120Watts) to run any peripheral device you want to connect to it. It will also have a startup/shutdown controller, if we can ever figure out a good way to connect it to the "start" button on the mini (may have to solder to the power switch initially until we can find the proper connector/jumper). It will also have a +5V (or +12V, jumper selectable) output for USB hubs (or LCD screens).

    We'll post here when we have updted availability info .
    MikeH

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeH
    NicMac,

    We are working on a DC-DC solution for the Mac Mini (the CNX-P1900). I expect to have pricing and availability information shortly (waiting to hear back from our assembler). It is designed to take input from your car battery (even during engine cranking) and provide a well-regulated +18.5V output with plenty of power (120Watts) to run any peripheral device you want to connect to it. It will also have a startup/shutdown controller, if we can ever figure out a good way to connect it to the "start" button on the mini (may have to solder to the power switch initially until we can find the proper connector/jumper). It will also have a +5V (or +12V, jumper selectable) output for USB hubs (or LCD screens).

    We'll post here when we have updted availability info .
    Sounds great, now if it only had a battery in it we could sleep the mac and have instant on. I'd pay double for that feature.

    Dennis Monckton

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    Dennis,

    Have you tried the sleep to check if its really a problem? I sleep my Epia and the current requirements are about the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alric
    Dennis,

    Have you tried the sleep to check if its really a problem? I sleep my Epia and the current requirements are about the same.
    I'm using an inverter currently, so when the ignition is off, the mac is off.
    Dennis Monckton

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