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    Quote Originally Posted by petec View Post
    In order to use the PC BT you would have to run a wireless BT microphone.
    That's what I am trying to avoid and was hoping you may have found a way to tap into the microphone for the BT, but I guess its just something I will have to deal with.

    My build is a 2000, so I would have to upgrade mine to get AUX also, but I was just wondering how you did that.

    Quote Originally Posted by petec View Post
    I am using CarX. I can post my INI file if you would like to see it.
    I may want to see the INI file, but I want to see if I can get it the setup I want using RR and if I get stuck somewhere, I will ask you then so that I can use it as a go-by if at all possible.

    Thanks for the help.

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    My E46 (330XI) is a 2001. Upgraded radio to a last model radio made for AUX, installed a BT module with a retrofit kit, upgraded HU from a 4:3 display to a 16:9 display and finally installed a BWM Video TV module. Using all BMW parts for this part was kind of costly. I am still using a Tank battery and a tank charging circuit. Gives a little time running the PC without the car running. Here a a picture of the PC mounted in the trunk of the E46.
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    E83 - CIS-IBUS PC interface, AUX & CarPC. Purchased & pending - Angel eyes Pending: remote start.
    E46 - 16:9 display, CIS-IBUS, Radio to V53, AUX, USB IBUS interface,Mini ITX computer & remote starter.

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    Here's a picture of the HU running CarX
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    E83 - CIS-IBUS PC interface, AUX & CarPC. Purchased & pending - Angel eyes Pending: remote start.
    E46 - 16:9 display, CIS-IBUS, Radio to V53, AUX, USB IBUS interface,Mini ITX computer & remote starter.

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    Final X3 CarPC connections

    Finished wiring/mounting G-NET video module (moved it from previously placed location) and IBUS Resler Interface. The G-Net module is mounted via two brackets to a BMW metal horizontal bracket which goes almost behind the main amplifier. I took apart the entire assembly before mounting the G-Net module. I initially removed the GPS Nav unit and left the Sirius radio unit in place. There are 4 bolts and 1 nut holding the assembly in place. Tested connectivity to IBUS. All OK except for my trimming around the USB connection (a bit sloppy) One thing to note, as I had forgot this regarding the 330XI CarPC endeavor. The 12VDC connection to the IBUS Resler interface has to be disconnected as it will cause some issues with the rest of the devices you have on the IBUS. The interface will draw its power from the PC USB interface and work fine with that. Attached are a couple of pictures.
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    E83 - CIS-IBUS PC interface, AUX & CarPC. Purchased & pending - Angel eyes Pending: remote start.
    E46 - 16:9 display, CIS-IBUS, Radio to V53, AUX, USB IBUS interface,Mini ITX computer & remote starter.

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    CarPCs to Test

    Attached are a couple of PC's which I will be testing. A third one is just a micro ITX running a "D" Pentium 3.X processor. I have not installed it in a case yet and not sure if I want to use it. I purchased it because of its size and SVIDEO/RCA video output.
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    E83 - CIS-IBUS PC interface, AUX & CarPC. Purchased & pending - Angel eyes Pending: remote start.
    E46 - 16:9 display, CIS-IBUS, Radio to V53, AUX, USB IBUS interface,Mini ITX computer & remote starter.

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    CarPCs to Test - 2

    This PC is a 6 X 6 inch dual core processor - 1 GIG memory - 180 Meg HD. (MAC like but running XP). It has a ASTC tuner (via mini PCI card) S-Video, RCA video and slot loading DVD/CD RW drive. Monitoring temperatures on it and it appears to get somewhat warm. Very tight insides. This PC though would mount under the NAV computer with no issues. The VROOM case CarPC would have to be mounted outside either on the main deck or the removable panel. I purchased a second panel to mount this PC and use quick disconnects to replace the panel with regular panel.
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    E83 - CIS-IBUS PC interface, AUX & CarPC. Purchased & pending - Angel eyes Pending: remote start.
    E46 - 16:9 display, CIS-IBUS, Radio to V53, AUX, USB IBUS interface,Mini ITX computer & remote starter.

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    My first test is with a low powered motherboard.
    Runs pretty quick for XP SP3. Seems to be designed for being a CarPC. Video - Audio are quick. I like the additional PCMCIA amd CF memory options for additional media.

    Processor
    Model : VIA Samuel 2
    Speed : 600MHz
    Performance Rating : PR540 (estimated)
    Type : Standard
    L2 On-board Cache : 64kB Synchronous, Write-Back, 4-way set, 32 byte line size

    Mainboard
    Bus(es) : ISA AGP PCI CardBus USB FireWire/1394 i2c/SMBus
    MP Support : No
    MP APIC : No
    System BIOS : Award Software International, Inc. 6.00 PG
    System : VIA Technologies, Inc. CLE266-8235
    Mainboard : EPIA-M
    Total Memory : 992MB DDR-SDRAM

    Chipset 1
    Model : VIA Technologies Inc VT8623 Apollo CLE266 CastleRock CPU to PCI Bridge
    Front Side Bus Speed : 1x 133MHz (133MHz data rate)
    Total Memory : 1GB DDR-SDRAM
    Shared Memory : 32MB
    Memory Bus Speed : 2x 133MHz (266MHz data rate)

    Video System
    Monitor/Panel : Digital Flat Panel (800x600)
    Monitor/Panel : Generic Television
    Monitor/Panel : Plug and Play Monitor
    Adapter : VIA/S3G CLE266

    Physical Storage Devices
    Hard Disk : WDC WD800VE-00KWT0 (75GB)
    CD-ROM/DVD : TOSHIBA CDW/DVD SDR2612C (CD 24X Rd, 24X Wr) (DVD 3X Rd)

    MultiMedia Device(s)
    Device : VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller (WDM)

    Power Management
    AC Line Status : On-Line

    Operating System(s)
    Windows System : Microsoft Windows XP/2002 Professional (Win32 x86) 5.01.2600 (Service Pack 3)

    Network Services
    Adapter : VIA Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter

    Tested some new software called CarMedia - It is a basic no frills interface similar to CarX. One of the features was a plug n play IBUS module. The application found the IBUS interface and provided the choices for use (AUX, CD Changer, tape, etc). Once configured for AUX worked and very similar to CarX but without the video media player.

    Because of the size of the VROOMII case I will not be able to fit it inside and below the NAV/Sirius unit. I ordered a second cover which I was going to modify with quick disconnects so that the CarPC could be installed on it with reinforced brackets. I found an Ignition on only power feed (which I am using for the Video GNET interface) and only have to feed power directly (fused of course) from the battery. Another feasible location is under the floor cover adjacent to the battery. This would present an issue though of lack of ventilation.
    E83 - CIS-IBUS PC interface, AUX & CarPC. Purchased & pending - Angel eyes Pending: remote start.
    E46 - 16:9 display, CIS-IBUS, Radio to V53, AUX, USB IBUS interface,Mini ITX computer & remote starter.

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    Im not sure if you guys are still interested, but if you are picky about carving out your head rests to add rear screens then go the route i did, I simply bought a 15 inch VGA car screen that mounts on the ceiling. I drive a Durango and it doesnt have the huge sun roof like the X3, so it may be a problem for you guys, but if you dont have the sunroof then its the best way to go. I have 3 rows of seat in my car and the 2nd and 3rd row seat passengers love the fact that there is one large screen, rather then little screens.
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    Yes my X3 sunroof goes all the way to the front of the vehicle. If I didn't have a sun room I would definitely entertain the idea instead of the backs of the head rests.
    E83 - CIS-IBUS PC interface, AUX & CarPC. Purchased & pending - Angel eyes Pending: remote start.
    E46 - 16:9 display, CIS-IBUS, Radio to V53, AUX, USB IBUS interface,Mini ITX computer & remote starter.

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    Bringing AUX audio from front to back of X3

    Writing (will take pictures) of my efforts to bring AUX input from the front to the rear of the vehicle. The easy way (maybe?) would have been to run a cable from the glove box to the drivers side rear where electronics are. Instead I am planning on: (hoping this this will work)

    1 - making two cables - one with a female mini stereo plug and one with a male mini stereo plug.
    2 - connecting the leads of the front cable to the AUX jack. This would happen in the glove box. The three leads would be connected (with pins) to the CD changer cable connector sitting behind the HU unit.
    3 - interconnecting the two CD Changer cables sitting in the center console. Only three connections will be necessary. If I am correct with the assumption that one cable goes to the rear of the vehicle and one goes behind the HU.
    4 - connecting the leads of the rear cable to the CD changer cable which is sitting right next to the Sirius Box. I believe its purpose is the the CD changer in the center console.

    I am lucky that I have both sets of CD changer cables already there. Not sure is this is standard with all of the E83's.
    E83 - CIS-IBUS PC interface, AUX & CarPC. Purchased & pending - Angel eyes Pending: remote start.
    E46 - 16:9 display, CIS-IBUS, Radio to V53, AUX, USB IBUS interface,Mini ITX computer & remote starter.

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