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    For an install what do you recommend

    If I ever get around to doing an MacCar install. What mini should I be looking at to do everything I would want (MP3, DVD, FM/XM, CD and GPS) maybe running external firewire DVD drive with a front end program as well.

    I know the size of the hard drive will need to be increased to meet my storage needs, but how much RAM and what speed processor should I look at to run something like this?

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    Honestly, you should be fine with the single core processor. I'd go with 1 gig of ram for sure.
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    For a front end, I'd reccomend AMP
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    Single core, 1GB RAM. An external FireWire DVD drive sounds like a good idea, since it is easier to mount than the mini itself. I would not worry too much about the hard drive capacity. Either use a large external drive or a portable FireWire/USB drive which you can easily update at home (i use iPod this way).

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    Quote Originally Posted by aychamo
    For a front end, I'd reccomend AMP
    Biased much

    I was worried my single core would be too wimpy (but wasn't going to pay the dual price for a glorified MP3 player). I was REALLY worried playing with it in the house. But then my 1GB chip showed up and all has been good. My rule of thumb is that you have to have 1GB of memory minimum (I kept one of the 256 chips in so I have 1.25GB) in any Mac for the best performance and it appears to hold true with the Intel Macs too.

    For storage, you can upgrade the internal drive when you do the memory (I believe that 2.5" drives are up to 200GB now), or go with an external. Depending on your space, there is an external made to sit under the Mini.

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    The more memory the better for any Unix os. I like the idea of an external firewire drive. Makes moving really large files so much easier. Also helps for making backups. Install a minimal osx on the firewire drive. Boot the mini off that and make a disk image of the mini's drive and save it to the firewire. If anything happens to the mini, you can restore from the image. That's pretty much how we do it at work.
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    Ok so it seems the Core Solo should be fine as long as I have 1 gb of ram. as for the hard drive space you guys do bring up a good point, if I find a place to mount it that has room for an external drive, I know a P1900 will power a mini and a touch screen, but how hard is it to power another thing such as a external HD off a P1900?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valhalla
    I know a P1900 will power a mini and a touch screen, but how hard is it to power another thing such as a external HD off a P1900?
    If you use FireWire or a low-power device (like an iPod), you should be able to power the disk thru the computer. If no, look for drives that can take 12V directly and just connect it to the car's battery directly. I have an old LaCie HDD, that takes anything between 8V and 30V DC...

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    I'm using core solo with 1gb ram (2 * 512mb). I was worried before I got it that it would be slow, but once I got it and i installed everything on to it it has been great. I compared the speeds of running parallels against a macbook duo with 2gb ram, and the macbook was about 2-3 seconds faster. So I think the solo with 1gb is enough for a car setup atleast.

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