Mactel Mini + Trailblazer '02 + FEAR of the newbie!
I've decided to finally get around placing a Mac Mini on my SUV.
Some important things I want to keep:
1. I don't want to do a lot of surgery to the car. If I want to sell it later, I want to keep a MacMini installation that can be easily removed and hopefully leave no marks behind.
2. With the above, a whole lot of problems arise!!!
Here's what I have so far...
a) I have not yet found anywhere on the internet a set-up of an Intel Mac Mini (These ones have "official" front row!) with a lot of step-by-step pictures.
b) I started looking into set-ups and here's my shopping list...
----> Mac mini (1.5ghz, Intel Core Solo) $579
should I go with a G4-based model at all? :barf:
----> Belkin Power Inverter (AC Anywhere™ F5C400-300W) $59.99
300 watts should be enough to power the Screen and the mini.
----->Carnetix P1900 and P5V adapter. :shiver:
This is the SCARY component....do I need this at all? can the inverter take care of it? Is this compatible with the new Intel Mac mini?
----> Xenarc 700 TSV Touchscreen $250
I don't really like it since my ideal set up would be to hide the monitor from the dashboard! I want to be able to use the monitor more as a tablet that has enough cable to be move around the passengers on the back of the car.
Any ideas??? I am having a really hard time finding slim touchscreen lcds that could do this.
-----> OPTION 2 ---> Mp3Car 8" 16:9 VGA\Composite Monitor with Touchscreen $260.00 (http://www.mp3car.com/store/product_...roducts_id=204)
I think this one is NICER! :nw:
ALSO..... I've done some research around and it is hard to find a slim LCD that has a decent contrast ratio, wide-angle view, brightness and dvi input.
My PRIMARY concern is driving with the sun in my face and not seeing the screen.
-----> BU-353 USB GPS (Waterproof GPS Receiver) $75
------> PowerMate controller /black
( http://www.griffintechnology.com/pro...mate/index.php) $45 :rock:
****> USB Adapter for Cardbus Wireless Modem 3G Cards : U132 $189.99
Verizon Wireless High Speed Internet!
c) It is a nice thing to have 2 outlets on the front seats, 1 on the middle seat and one on the trunk.... this gives room for the inverter!
QUESTIONS so far:
1) Audio input. My trailblazer has an "AUX" port but not a built-in Audio out (like many new 2006/7 cars!).
How hard is it to place an audio out port on it?? Anyone with experience?
2) Would it be better just to use an FM transmitter? (I hate crappy interference! :barf:
I a very interested in this project and will provide step by step progress and documentation as I go.
I'd like to get some feedback on components before I commit $ on it.
I'll keep you posted on any updates!