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    2006 VW Jetta CarPC

    After gathering the parts for a few weeks I installed my CarPC in my 2006 Jetta over the weekend.

    I initially fabricated by own bezel using a double-din installation kit and the headrest mount that came with the monitor but didn't really like the way it looked so I switched to the bybyte bezel. The VM7000 was slightly bigger than the frame and glued inside it's housing, but after a couple hours with a dremel, and xacto knife and a glue gun I got it to work and still look normal.

    Initially after hooking up the monitor to the accessory 12V I was getting vertical bars on the screen. I fixed it by running its power from the 12V bus on the PC power supply (along with the XM USB interface board).

    The PC is based on a Zotac single Atom board in a mini-box ITX enclosure (+ 160GB 2.5" SATA HDD and 2GB RAM). It's running Centrafuse on top of Windows 7. I'm using the MJS xmdirect USB interface for XM and an earthmate BT-20 GPS I had.

    Sound is through an Alpine 4-Channel amp to the factory speakers. I spent several hours messing with getting the 4 channel sound to work in Windows (No bass whatsover, Centrafuse stability issues with the Realtek drivers VS windows drivers, etc) before I gave up and used a Y-splitter into a single audio output on the PC. It sounds great though, and most audio is 2-channel anyway though.

    I tried to use an ADS USB FM tuner but it won't run natively in Centrafuse under Windows 7, and the workaround I found led to Centrafuse crashing constantly. Reception also wasn't great when it did work.

    Next phase is to add an HD radio tuner, and get a better GPS (probably the BU-353). I'll probably eventually upgrade to a better, transreflective touchscreen monitor as well as switch to an SSD hard drive.













    Parts List:

    http://www.mini-box.com
    - M350 Universal Mini-ITX enclosure
    - M3-ATX Plug-In Smart car PC PSU
    - Zotac ION B-E mini-ITX Single Atom N230 Motherboard + CPU
    - VM7000 7" touchscreen

    http://store.mp3car.com/
    - MJS-XMD2 XM MiniTuner USB PC Interface

    http://www.thenerds.net/
    - Scosche VW2317B Stereo Installation Kit
    - Scosche VW01B Wire Harness

    http://www.mo-co-so.com/
    - Double DIN Lilliput 701/629 Monitor Frame

    http://www.bestbuy.com/
    - Audiovox XM Direct Kit
    - Alpine 200W 4-Channel AMP

    + Cables, speaker wiring, etc

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    Nice I want to do this to my Touareg but i'm trying to figure out how to keep my factory radio and connect my mac mini

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    nice work, very clean install!

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    Quote Originally Posted by m35x_touareg View Post
    Nice I want to do this to my Touareg but i'm trying to figure out how to keep my factory radio and connect my mac mini
    I was looking at this but decided to go the integrated route:

    http://www.scosche.com/products/sfID.../productID/513

    This will let you add an aux input to the factory radio (appears like a CD-changer to the radio) and let you connect to any stereo audio source, eg. a Mac Mini.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mshowman View Post
    I was looking at this but decided to go the integrated route:

    http://www.scosche.com/products/sfID.../productID/513

    This will let you add an aux input to the factory radio (appears like a CD-changer to the radio) and let you connect to any stereo audio source, eg. a Mac Mini.
    Thanks this is just what I needed. So far the ony thing I have is my mac mini (first generation) Now I need to find something that helps me use my iphone (talking) hands free.

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    How does your system sound without a real radio?

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    After some tweaking, it sounds better than it did with the factory radio. With the standalone amplifier and the equalizer in Centrafuse you have more granular control over the sound.

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    I am running a similar setup in my '08 R.

    how does win 7 do on the atom 230?

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    Windows 7 runs beautifully on the Atom. I wasn't expecting much outside basic audio through Centrafuse, but Windows 7 definitely does good job of getting the most from lower-end hardware.

    The startup time and running basic apps is comparable to my home computer running Windows 7 with an AMD Phenom X3. I definitely wouldn't try to run any games on an Atom system though.

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    Nice, and clean

    I like the way you fitted your LCD, goes well with the interior.

    Wrt the case - I'm also using one of those Mini-box M350's, and they work very well - keeping my Zotac system nice and cool.

    Keep up the good work, loving it.
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