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    Exclamation RSX Carputer Setup - Advice Needed!!!!

    Hello everyone!

    I just purchased a used carputer setup from a member of another forum. I have been wanting to build a setup for a while now and this deal came around at the right time.

    My reason for building this is mainly so I can have direct access to my engine management program; KManager. I also plan on using this for music and navigation. I do not plan on watching movies or playing games.

    Here is what I have so far:

    Mac Mini
    Xenarc 700TSV 7" monitor
    Carnetix P1900 (CNX-P1900 Ver. 2.2 +19V/140W DC-DC Regulator)
    Edirol/Roland UA-1X sound card
    DB Link 15 Amp Noise Suppressor
    4 port USB Hub
    Metra Wire Harness
    Floppy keyboard (will probably never use)

    Proposed Software:
    Centrafuse or Ride Runner (haven't decided yet)
    iGuidance 4 GPS Navigation Software
    KManager (Hondata Engine Management)



    I am by no means a computer expert so here are my questions:

    1) The previous owner has the Mac running Vista. I would like to change it to XP since I believe that would take up less space than Windows 7. I have researched programs such as Parallels and Bootcamp, but I cannot find out what the previous user was using. I would like to do a complete reformat and reinstall XP and change the settings so it boots directly to XP. How do I go about doing this?

    2) This computer is crazy slow! Boot up and shut down time are usually at least a few minutes. I would like to speed this up. I have searched on here and found a few system optimization tweaks but I am not sure if they apply to my setup/computer. Would increasing memory speed this up? I checked some specs as the Mac sits now and it showed:
    Genuine Intel CPU T2400 1.83 GHz, 1833 Mhz, 2 Core(s)
    Available Physical Memory 1.39GB
    Total Virtual Memory 4.15 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 3.58 GB

    Any advice/direction in this area would be appreciated!

    3) If you look closely directly to the left of the Mac in my picture, you can see a very tiny 2 wire plug. It is routed (incorrectly I believe) through the trim of the mac... It connects to a pin on one of the harnesses. I am worried the trim will cut these wires so I plan on taking the case off and drilling a small hole through the side for that plug to route through. Anyone have any opinions on this or have any idea of what I am talking about?

    4) This is more directly related to Centrafuse/RR, but is there a way to place a link in either front end that would open my KManager program? I will have to tweak with both front ends, but ultimately I want 3 main icons on my screen (Music, Navigation, & KManager). Possibly system settings or something as well.

    I know I need to purchase an amp. I also plan on purchasing the cig lighter USB port available on this site. Am I missing anything obvious?

    Thanks in advance for the help! I know I have a lot of questions, feel free to answer/give suggestions on anything and everything! I think that's it for now

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    ok, i am by no means a mac expert, so part of this is based on hunches-- if there is any way to contact the original owner for help, it would probably be for the best..

    1)i 'think' that the mac mini is a intel based system, meaning that i think that it should be able to run any windows OS. my opinion on xp, vista and win7 is dramatically different--

    xp is the smallest, taking up about 5gb of space on a full install, it will work, but is a more then 5 year old operating system, so support is starting to run thin.

    vista, is junk, plain and simple, it will sometimes work for some, but has the typical windows 'new OS' birthing issues... it is also around 15gb on a full install..

    win7, i have been very impressed with-- i am now deploying win7 systems at work with almost no problems(we never deployed vista systems--too many problems, and most of the current problems involve the small differences in setup between xp, and win7), and have re-done my gaming system, and car pc with win7, and my new laptop includes it. it is also slightly smaller then vista-- coming in at about 10gb of install space.

    win7 also seems to boot a little faster then xp, but it might be my imaginiation-- i haven't really tested it..

    2) this could be due to a poor/corrupted file/OS install, or too many files--when my computers get to that point, i backup my important files, and reinstall the OS-- it is the only way that i can guarantee that i won't have a problem later...

    3)i think that wire is for connecting the power supply to the power button of the mac-- to allow the power supply to turn the pc on and off, depending on the ignition position.

    4)i am by no means a expert on fe's(i consider my self lucky to get them to work at all), but i believe there is a way to setup a button in either to do as you want

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    Thanks for the reply!

    Now that you mention it, I think it is intel base because a member on another forum created a DIY guide for this exact setup. His post said, "Get the Intel chip so you can run both windows and OS X."

    So does that mean I do not need a program like parallels? Can I just insert the windows cd and do a full reformat and reinstall just like I would on a PC?

    I was thinking either XP or 7 but I wasn't sure if my setup could handle 7 (I assumed it needed more space). I have 7 on my laptop and I think it does boot faster than XP. How do I go about checking to see whether or not my setup can handle windows 7?

    Before looking into buying more memory, I was thinking of switching OS's, doing a major clean and see how it works after doing that.

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JETT86 View Post
    Thanks for the reply!

    Now that you mention it, I think it is intel base because a member on another forum created a DIY guide for this exact setup. His post said, "Get the Intel chip so you can run both windows and OS X."

    So does that mean I do not need a program like parallels? Can I just insert the windows cd and do a full reformat and reinstall just like I would on a PC?

    I was thinking either XP or 7 but I wasn't sure if my setup could handle 7 (I assumed it needed more space). I have 7 on my laptop and I think it does boot faster than XP. How do I go about checking to see whether or not my setup can handle windows 7?

    Before looking into buying more memory, I was thinking of switching OS's, doing a major clean and see how it works after doing that.

    Thanks again!
    Anyone have any suggestions?

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    I just cracked open the Mac Mini for the hell of it... I found out it has 2 1GB Kingston Ram chips.

    2GB should be sufficient for my goals, correct? Or do you think I should upgrade to 4GB to help speed up boot times?

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    You're not going to see much improvement in boot times with additional RAM.
    The POST will be slower, which negates any performance boost once the OS has booted.

    Bootup is mostly reading files from the HDD.


    Short answer: You shouldn't need additional RAM.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Thanks!

    Does anyone know the answer to my question regarding loading windows XP on it? I dont see anywhere where parallels or bootcamp is installed, can I just stick my XP disk in there, reformat and reinstall?

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    like i said, am no mac expert..

    after some searching, i can't seem to find anything to confirm that you can install a windows OS without a program like boot camp...

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    like i said, am no mac expert..

    after some searching, i can't seem to find anything to confirm that you can install a windows OS without a program like boot camp...
    I just tried installing XP... running into problems...

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