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    mini mac compatibility with head unit.

    hello all.

    i am in the process of installing new speakers, amps, etc. into my car along with my Eclipse Av5101 head unit, which is essentially a 5.8" screen and brain with outputs. i really like the unit, the quality of sound from the eclipse is fantastic, however, i do not have a cd or dvd player, and i would like to buy an all in one unit and install it into my dash underneath the eclipse. eclipse dvd players are extremely expensive, so i have been looking at the mini mac. my question is, could i run the mini mac with my eclipse? all i am really looking for is the cd/dvd and hard drive, i am not concerned with internet capability and i think i could use this remote system rather than needing a touch screen. so what do you guys think i would need to make this happen? thanks.

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    Sounds like what you need is a Ipod and a DVD player. For what you want to do a carputer is overkill.
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    really? even if i buy off ebay? to me having a dvd/cd and hard drive is awesome in itself and with the possibility of GPS later sounds like a good deal to me. the dvd player that is designed for my headunit is about 700 bucks...plus it doesnt play dvdr. and i have an iriver h320, which i like a lot more than the ipod, however, i do not enjoy picking it up and scrolling through all the files while trying to watch the road.

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    What type of inputs (audio and video) does the Eclipse have? It would need a vga or dvi input to have a crisp enough image for text. It would probably be ok for dvd playing, though.
    Carputer status: [-*---------]
    Im thinking laptop...

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    Quote Originally Posted by billybrown
    really? even if i buy off ebay? to me having a dvd/cd and hard drive is awesome in itself and with the possibility of GPS later sounds like a good deal to me. the dvd player that is designed for my headunit is about 700 bucks...plus it doesnt play dvdr. and i have an iriver h320, which i like a lot more than the ipod, however, i do not enjoy picking it up and scrolling through all the files while trying to watch the road.
    That HU does not have a VGA input, only composite. Videos will be ok, but good luck reading maps and text off that screen from the computer. Theres a reason why almost no one here uses that type of HU. Besides, there is not much choice of navi apps for the mac.
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    oh yeah... If a carputer is what you really want, I would highly reccomend selling that HU and installing a real VGA monitor.
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    yeah i dont really want a computer in my car to be honest, i was just looking at the cheapest solution to my problem, thanks

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    New to the CarPC world. I currently have a Sony Double Din Headunit and would like a PC. Looking into doing a MacMini. Can I use my Headunit has power for the sound system and the screen for my MacMini it is a WVGA screen.

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