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    mac mini

    i'm thinking an intel mac mini with XP installed might make the perfect car computer for streetdeck. anyone tried this?

    anyone have any reasons this might not work?

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    mac mini

    im going to be installing this tommorow in my explorer. if it works well, its going in the AMG hummer.

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    Hey, when I do my install, I will be using the Mini. It seems like kind of a waste to have the mini and not use OSX. I do understand it is a nice small box though. Makes it perfect for the car! Anyway, it should work fine. I believe it has all the drivers for windows. Don't know if certain things like optical out will work. You can go here: http://download.onmac.net/ for some software options. Good luck!

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    why go through the trouble when you can get an Aopen minipc which is pretty much the same exact size?

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    We used an apple mini for one of the cars we had at SEMA. The only problem with the Apple mini is the line input doesn't route audio to the speaker outputs so you can't use it for XM radio. Other then that it makes a good platform.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RickCain View Post
    why go through the trouble when you can get an Aopen minipc which is pretty much the same exact size?
    hey rick, since you have one, does the aopen have both front and rear audio out as well as a line in? from the website it looks like the rear out is also the line in.

    otherwise this looks like a good box for me.

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    My Project (see it in Worklogs, 2002 Carrera) is based on exactly this setup. Mac Mini + XP + StreetDeck. The Carnetix PS is very sweet. Sofar the Audio "Input Monitor" issue is a problem (i'm going to use Sirius). I'm pretty sure this can be solved by hacking the .INF for the setup (it's based on the Sigmatel Chipset which often needs hacking). Sofar I have everthing working on the bench but the input monitor.

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    ok, I'm going to start putting some of this together. is there a faq somewhere for all the hardware bits you need? I see a thread about all the software requirements, but what about DC power, fm tuner, GPS and all that?

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    ahh crap that expains that, what about using an iMic USB input? Think that would solve this I have 2 iMics anyhow I'll give it shot tonight and report back.

    Quote Originally Posted by god_of_cpu View Post
    We used an apple mini for one of the cars we had at SEMA. The only problem with the Apple mini is the line input doesn't route audio to the speaker outputs so you can't use it for XM radio. Other then that it makes a good platform.

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    nope Streetdeck gets all messed up, I select iMac and it still gives me the outputs form the Sigmatel...I guess I just but a mac mini for no reason at all, that totally blows....

    Man I wish I could swear right now.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheSin View Post
    ahh crap that expains that, what about using an iMic USB input? Think that would solve this I have 2 iMics anyhow I'll give it shot tonight and report back.

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