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    Thumbs up First Mac Mini in a Land Rover

    2000 Land Rover Discovery II

    Mac Mini Install:

    1. Mini, Power Brick and Ext. Firewire drive in Glove box.

    2. 7" Lilliput touch screen works great with OS X.

    3. iMic for USB Audio In / Out.

    4. Adesso Mini USB Keyboard with Trackball.

    5. Bluetooth and 802.11g Built-In on Mac Mini.

    3. USB Hub on console for whatever.

    4. Belkin Inverter for power.

    5. Bluetooth phone for GPRS connection to Internet.

    Here are some pics.

    http://homepage.mac.com/dmonckton/La...toAlbum12.html

    Still in stage 2 (refining), but all works currently.* I can do updates from my driveway through my wireless connection.* I can watch movies with VLC, iTunes, Surf the Web with GPRS connection on my Bluetooth Phone, etc.

    I claim first Mac Mini in a Land Rover!!!*
    Dennis Monckton

    Mac Mini-fied 2000 Land Rover
    http://homepage.mac.com/dmonckton/LandRoverMacMini/PhotoAlbum12.html
    1.25GHz, 802.11g and Bluetooth, 7" Lilliput TS, iMic, Adesso Mini USB Keyboard with Trackball, BT phone for GPRS conn. to Internet

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    pretty damn smart !!!
    Nano ITX / 512 MB / 60 GB / Panasonic slot load / M1-ATX / Bu303 / Sound blaster 24 / PPi amps / rockford sub

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    Wow, that's impressive. I had thought about getting a Mac Mini and putting it in my glove box too (I have a truck so it's big :P). Mad props on the install man, very nice.

    Does the mac mini perform well in the car? I've been wondering if it's worth the extra 200 bucks from what I've already spec'ed out to upgrade to.
    Dak TruckPuter:

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    Changed to planning for a Mac Mini Trukputer...w3rd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimey
    Wow, that's impressive. I had thought about getting a Mac Mini and putting it in my glove box too (I have a truck so it's big :P). Mad props on the install man, very nice.

    Does the mac mini perform well in the car? I've been wondering if it's worth the extra 200 bucks from what I've already spec'ed out to upgrade to.
    Thanks, it does great in the truck. Get another power supply for in the house and it can be used in the house or the truck. It's quick to connect and remove. I'd highly suggest it, not sorry one bit.
    Dennis Monckton

    Mac Mini-fied 2000 Land Rover
    http://homepage.mac.com/dmonckton/LandRoverMacMini/PhotoAlbum12.html
    1.25GHz, 802.11g and Bluetooth, 7" Lilliput TS, iMic, Adesso Mini USB Keyboard with Trackball, BT phone for GPRS conn. to Internet

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    Awesome, maybe I'll have to look more indepth into getting a mac mini for my truckputer. I like how small it is and that it's pretty portable and will fit in my glove box because I think my seats are too low and I don't want to have to do a lot of tweaking to my truck to get things to fit.

    I was thinking about trying to wire everything to the bottom of my glove box so I could actually "dock" the computer in the glove box and have some sort of strap or lock mechanism that would hold it down. Gotta see how much room I have behind the glove box first though :/. Thanks for the help , I may be joining you in the Mac Mini Trukputer club .
    Dak TruckPuter:

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    Changed to planning for a Mac Mini Trukputer...w3rd.

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    Question though, how much did it run you total? I'm curious to see how much more your setup is to the one I was planning which was < $1000.
    Dak TruckPuter:

    Mac: - Researching and Awaiting Funds

    Changed to planning for a Mac Mini Trukputer...w3rd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimey
    Question though, how much did it run you total? I'm curious to see how much more your setup is to the one I was planning which was < $1000.
    1. Mini, Power Brick and Ext. Firewire drive in Glove box. $499 for mac mini base model. Mine was about $630 with 802.11g and Bluetooth.

    2. 7" Lilliput touch screen works great with OS X. $278 at Amazon.

    3. iMic for USB Audio In / Out. $30

    4. Adesso Mini USB Keyboard with Trackball. $60

    3. USB Hub on console for whatever. $25

    4. Belkin Inverter for power. $25 to $55

    5. Bluetooth phone for GPRS connection to Internet. (optional)

    6. Firewire external bus powered drive. $100 to $200

    That's pretty much a rundown of my stuff. I already had it all except the Mac Mini, Mini Keyboard, and the Lilliput touch screen.
    Dennis Monckton

    Mac Mini-fied 2000 Land Rover
    http://homepage.mac.com/dmonckton/LandRoverMacMini/PhotoAlbum12.html
    1.25GHz, 802.11g and Bluetooth, 7" Lilliput TS, iMic, Adesso Mini USB Keyboard with Trackball, BT phone for GPRS conn. to Internet

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    I wish I had a mini

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    whered u get the keyboard and trackball combo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ8501
    whered u get the keyboard and trackball combo?
    CDW, part # 654465

    about $65
    Dennis Monckton

    Mac Mini-fied 2000 Land Rover
    http://homepage.mac.com/dmonckton/LandRoverMacMini/PhotoAlbum12.html
    1.25GHz, 802.11g and Bluetooth, 7" Lilliput TS, iMic, Adesso Mini USB Keyboard with Trackball, BT phone for GPRS conn. to Internet

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