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    Just wanted to say congrats! That looks awsome. Good job!
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    ok, I'm running my epia direct to a amp, then to upgraded speakers.. I dont know what the original speakers sounded like.. so cant comment on that.. All I know is that its sounds awesome. If you fancy keeping your original sony unit and speakers,I would prob relocate you headunit into your glovebox, and use the AUX input on it to stick your carputer into it. You can also get a magicbox that will allow you to link your steering wheel controls to your sony unit. If your sony unit doesnt have a aux in, you can buy I little sony box that will allow you to do this and also can be linked via USB direct to your PC.. (I did this in my last install). As for how long does it take.. well how long is a piece of string.. lol It took me a couple of weeks of messing about but I had done one before so had some idea where I was going. As for boot up time.. my system wont hibernate because of the dlink radio, so it takes about 30sec's to boot, which isnt to bad.. I get to the end of our road and its normal up and running by then. As for making the dash trim.. it wasnt to hard at all, more time consuming really. As for the cost.. its hard to tell but about 700 something like that.. thats including everyting (except the amp and speakers.. thats another 1000 on top). Compare this to the price of a kenwood or alpin gps system that still wont do everything mine can do its not bad at all .

    Hope this helps you

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    thanks for the quick reply. (m3 convertible AND at home on friday afternoon.... dude... I need YOUR job )

    I do have an aux in on my stereo.. so I suppose that would save me some money on an amp. Speakers I needed to change anyway (they're the stock non-HK upgrade ones... so they're a bit ****). The other option would be to put the screen where the sunglasses holder/ashtray are, but would involve moving the buttons for the hood/heated seats (where to god knows). I don't know how feasible this is. I don't suppose you know if there is enough room in that area? And i don't suppose your computer can control the hood and the heated seats through the ODB-II?

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    ok.. I know all the stuff in the bmw is controlled via the i-bus, so you could control these via the pc.. but would be a major ballache to have to wait for your pc to boot up so u can put your top down, you could always use the key to stick it up when leaving so that aint to bad. As for the space, yeah if you remove the sunglasses holder and ashtray the screen would fit there no probs, but you only have a few inchs depth so can locate your headunit there. As for locating them buttons.. hmm I'm unsure just how much space the lcd would take, it may be possible to stick them at the bottom/top of the screen if you know what I mean. Putting your screen this low down might hinder you when trying to use the touchscreen, gearstick in the way.. and also when using the gps. but without trying it I wouldnt really know.

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    I think you installed the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanBuckner
    I think you installed the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car?
    you kidding..right?...he is from Manchester...UK..they drive on the right.

    CdR....our Ms dont have a spare tire....what do you do when you get a flat...dont tell me you call tow....they will damage your car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanBuckner
    I think you installed the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car?


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    Hey CdRskull, Thanks for uploading the skins! What are some features of "HeadUnit" that it upgrades from ME?

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    check out there current post Headunit (Linux/Windows CarPC frontend) + initial screenshots its a new project.. and opensource just another to keep an eye on :-)

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    If that car was a girl. I would have sex with it!

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