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    Porsche Cayman S with Mac Mini

    The typical navigation on the Porsche cars is ok, but not phenomenal. We have all read reviews about it's lack of features and how it doesn't compete against German (BMW) or the Japanese (Infiniti) navigation systems. The Mac computer can indeed compete and it can offer a couple of extras. I put a cellular data card in this machine which allows you to surf the net everywhere you go and I loaded all the MP3 & Videos in my collection to this tiny new mac mini. Soon after I had myself an amazing entertainment system and a unique system that surpasses the typical center consoles. The touchscreen allows one to control the content easily while driving and the apple remote makes this even easier.

    The mac mini comes with Front Row, which is a program that allows you to surf your music easily via a white little remote so i'm using that most of the time. But if I need to jump on the web or watch CNN on their video stream, that is possible too. The machine is installed in the front trunk, with an amp in between, and a 4 port USB hub in the glove compartment.






















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    That is such and amazing install!

    nice one!

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    What's your nav solution? Also, check out ICE3 in the mac forum. It's pretty good compared to front row and you can customize a theme to match the Porsche.
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    Beautiful. Would you mind sharing the details of this? At least the screen info? I'm not sure what I'm looking at.

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    Details

    Sure, here are a bit more details about my install...

    1. Screen: Xenarc 7 inch Touchscreen 705TSV
    2. Mac Mini: Latest generation mac mini (released last Tuesday by Apple) with 120 Gig drive
    3. CarNetix P1900 Version 2.2
    4. Logitech DiNovo Mini Keyboards
    5. Apple Remote (not included with the new generation Mac Mini computers)
    6. IR Repeaters to extend the infrared signal from the front of the car to the inside of the car
    7. 4 Channel AMP to give the Mac sound some juice
    8. Power switch to turn the AMP on/off based on usage, as it was creating static when no signal was coming in to it
    9. Extra Long VGA cable extender
    10. Extra long RCA cables
    11. Mini DVI to VGA Adapter (not included in mac mini) to connect to Xenarc screen
    12. 4 port USB hub to have USB connections in glove compartment of car (for external hard drive, and for the next part listed here)
    13. Sprint Wireless USB Dongle to have internet everywhere you go

    These are the components I used, the 14th & most expensive component believe it or not is a custom bezel for the Porsche to make it look stock.

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    ICE3 is no good

    I'm not sure why anybody would use ICE3 instead of Front Row or both of these alternatives:

    1. boxee.tv
    2. plexapp.com

    particularly check out plexapp.com it's amazing. If you are installing a full VGA display in your car you don't want to have a crappy black & white interface for it. You want to make use of the beautiful graphics and plexapp.com does that well. Boxee.tv requires that you have an internet connection at all time which is a bit of a pain but the interface is slick.

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    I do. boxee.tv requires an internet connection. If you are in the boonies, you have no media center.

    Plexapp looks really cool, but it is not designed to be used in the car. I watched the video on Youtube and it looks fantastic as a home media theater program but not for navigating while driving down the road at 70.

    If you're just looking for eye candy, however, then they definitely look great.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
    Want to:
    -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
    -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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    good point

    good point on both

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    That is really sweet. Nice install.
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    Nice install. Did you DIY?

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