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    Low Bitrate FireAnt's Avatar
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    My Mac MINI Cooper hit a delay. The stupid 7"Lilliput cable went bad at the 9 pin DIN connector. If anyone has the new lilliput 629GL-70np/c/t please see my thread in LCD forum and try to give me a hand. Lilliput 7" Cable help needed. (Bad 9pin DIN)

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    Damn dude that sucks. I really like what you did with the screen, great idea!
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    Not a fan of mac, but i gotta say, that's really fitting. Looks great.

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    It's installed

    My Mac MINI Cooper project is installed!! With the new P1900 working great!



    I modified the floor air duct behind the Mac Mini allowing it to set a little further back. This worked great! This is a little more close up.


    I was able to mount the P1900 under the glove box in the top of the footwell and then I mounted the USB hub in my glove box.


    And the screen still flips to the side to reveal the components behind it.


    Now we need a good front end that can be used with the touch screen.

    Mike F.
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    progress 95%- Mac Mini, Lilliput 7" , usb-wifi, Rayming GPS, Route 66,easy cat touch pad, CCAR front end"skinned",P1900 power supply

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    how does route 66 work for you?
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    have to fabricate screen mount

    have to start over, lilliput died, 1st laptop broke, have to sell the 2nd one. damn

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    lol Route 66 lol I hate it! Every time I start the program I have to zoom in from the starting map of the whole N. America to my local area South of Houston TX. This takes a while. Then I have to activate the GPS. This does work but takes a couple of extra screen touches. Then If I want to plan a route I will usually place a way point where the GPS icon is and type in the location or point of interest. Select it from the matching list and add it as the destination. Double click for it to calculate the route. Now I take off driving and the gps icon follows on screen but the written directions at the bottom would require you to manually scroll through them. They don't automatically display the next line as you are moving. Stupid! That's my review of Route 66. Has lots of points of interest in the data base and that is it's best feature!

    Mike
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    progress 95%- Mac Mini, Lilliput 7" , usb-wifi, Rayming GPS, Route 66,easy cat touch pad, CCAR front end"skinned",P1900 power supply

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    Wow. Nice install, but i mean cmon yer screen has to fold out so you can use your controls? Thats just plain silly man. And having the mini RIGHT there front and center? It looks like you just shoved it into your console. i think this needs alot more customization work. to say the least.

    good try.
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    sdashiki,

    Thanks for your opinion , It is different from many of the set ups you may see with screens molded into the dash and computers hidden away in the trunk. But, different is OK. It's the whole reason I chose the Mac Mini over a PC in the trunk. It's simple! I can load DVD's or burn CDRs without opening my trunk. In fact there is no computer parts in the trunk. This thing is so small many people are putting it right in the glove box. I think it's color compliments my MINI coopers interior very well. I'm very pleased with the placement of it.

    Now the Screen, Have you ever seen how MINI handles the navigation screen as a factory option? In my opinion they ruin one of the coolest things in the MINI. They place it where the big speedometer is in the center. I just couldn't have that. That giant center mounted speedometer is great fun for the driver and navigator. So I made double use of an area. I push it to the side about three times a day. Once or twice to adjust the Auto A/C to the temperature I want, and maybe once to change the radio input to tuner if I want to listen to some news. But the rest of my radio controls are on the multifunction steering wheel so I don't need to get to them.

    It works great for me!

    Mike F.
    05 MINI Cooper Cabrio "Mac MINI"
    progress 95%- Mac Mini, Lilliput 7" , usb-wifi, Rayming GPS, Route 66,easy cat touch pad, CCAR front end"skinned",P1900 power supply

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdashiki
    Wow. Nice install, but i mean cmon yer screen has to fold out so you can use your controls? Thats just plain silly man. And having the mini RIGHT there front and center? It looks like you just shoved it into your console. i think this needs alot more customization work. to say the least.

    good try.
    Crapper. A swivel screen is dope!
    1. I mean, as opposed to moving controls to places you can't get to them or taking them out all together, it's brilliant. And as far as the swivel screen goes, that looks much better than I could do.
    2. I agree that most carputers have to be placed less conspicuously, but the mac mini is the exception to the rule... flaunt that sexy beast.
    Nice install!
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    Hey Fireant, I really like the swivel idea. It's tough to find a solution for a smaller car. Everyone is big on fabrication and putting everything inside the dash these days. I agree with Shizzle, the swivel is an awesome idea.

    I had the same issue with my small Ford. I opted for an in dash screen. I've got to get your car on the web site man. Would you be interested in me putting your car on www.mobile-effects.com?

    We need more MAC systems. So far we have just one. Shoot me a PM if you're interested. Let me know if you can provide more and larger pictures as well.

    talk to you soon
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