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Thread: BMW 525i with I-drive

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    BMW 525i with I-drive

    Hi Peeps!

    for quite some time I have had a car-pc in my 5-series Beemer (E34) and just today I finished my latest addition to the system: the I-drive controller system 8-)

    But to begin at the beginning.. last year I transformed the standard first-aid kit that sits under the passenger seat to a small pc:



    this is the inside: top right you see the power supply board and bottom right the harddisk.. the rest is the motherboard (duh!)

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    and this is how it sits under the passenger chair:



    a couple of months ago my screen was stolen so I bought a new one and made it in such a way that its easily removable. I got rid of the vents on top of the dashboard and put a piece of mdf and a bracket to hold the screen:

    (the bricket is the little black thing sticking out, and slides in a rail on the back of the screen. i mount or unmount it in less than 10 seconds)

    this is how it looks like with the screen placed:


    I know those pics are a bit vague, but I didnt have proper camera then ops:

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    the latest addition is the I-drive knob from the modern BMW's... I demolished a 30 logitech joystick for it :?
    before:

    after:


    then I "modified" the plate where the gearstick sits in:




    this is what it looks like just before mounting it in the car:


    the two buttons will probably be changed for more elegant ones later on

    here are the inner workings:



    here I made some space above the gearbox:


    and this is what the result looks like:



    I can move the knob in all directions to access menu items in the software.. and turn it left/right to change values, like audio volume. the knob is easily accessible except in reverse gear as on the pic.. but when reversing I dont play with the pc

    the music comes from a small but fine alpine amp (2x70w) of which I have no pics. the pc is just a 800Mhz/256Mb/20Gb pentium which does the job for playing one of the 2600 MP3's I have.. and navigating me all over the place. a gps receiver sits under the rear window.
    alltogether Im quite happy with it. in october I want to add mobile phone connection and a built-in camera. 8-) any other ideas, suggestions?

    ah yeah.. before I forget.. this is the car:



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    German plates and living in Aylesbury?



    BTW what joystick did you hack (ie model number)?

    also where did you get the knob?

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    This is really cool! hehe
    i had exacly this idea of a screen install when i had my bmw 535 =)
    but it was yo expensive to own here in sweden :/


    Really like your Idrive hehe nice work!!
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    wow what a great install dude!

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    Looks good...just one question...are the buttons below the "i drive" upside down?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer
    BTW what joystick did you hack (ie model number)?

    also where did you get the knob?
    the joystick I used is a logitech extreme 3d.. as pictured



    the knob I just got it from the BMW dealer.. its the i-drive knob of the 7-series. If you want I can get you the part number. I paid 15 for it.

    @shelbrain: the buttons are nicked from a black IBM keyboard.. and for now they are upside down because it fits better this way. Ill test it a bit now.. maybe ill completely change the buttons, or just paint them black. we'll see!

    same goes for the german plates.. if I stay in england ill change them, for now I leave it as is so long nobody complaind. where you from, enforcer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer
    Just south of you, NW London
    oh, thats cool! maybe we'll meet on a car-pc gathering once. that steering wheel you got on your HP looks interesting

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