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Thread: 1999 Nissan Silvia Mac mini Install

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    1999 Nissan Silvia Mac mini Install

    Parts
    - Apple Mac Mini
    - Carnetix P2140 w/MacPac and Additional 5V Regulator
    - LinITX 7'' Transflective
    - BU-353 USB GPS
    - Blazt Consult Cable
    - Bulgin vandal resistant momentary switch

    Stuff to buy
    - Centrafuse
    - Focal FP 2.150 (2 Channel Power Amp)
    - HQCT Radio
    - Fusion Brain


    I plan to use BootCamp with Centrafuse for my front end until there is a really solid mac frontend.




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    The features it needs to have is;
    Music - iTunes, CD and FM Radio
    GPS Navigation
    Internet
    Bluetooth handsfree

    Later on down the track I would also like to add;
    OBDII
    Television

    Enough of that, I decided to install the mini in the glovebox and the touchscreen in where the head unit would be. The glovebox was not deep enough, so I had to cut a hole in the back, no problem. I will also mount the CarNetix regulator next to the mini. There is plenty of room behind the screen for everything else, USB hub with radio/tv tuners etc.




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    I cut up a piece of MDF the exact shape of the open part of the glovebox. Using a piece of cardboard to make a template makes life easier. This will hide all of the wiring, power supply and also support the mini, and allow me to still load in discs. I will cover this with car carpet later on. This will provide a comfy home for the mini, and match in with the rest of the car.




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    I have also mounted a 'valet switch' on the piece of MDF. This will serve 2 purposes; have the option for the mini and monitor to remain off while the ignition is on, and also disconnect the regulator from the battery so it does not drain it if I go on holidays or something and do not drive my car for a few days or whatever.


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    I am looking at getting the LinITX 7'' Transflective screen. I don't mind shelling out the extra cash for the transflective if it means I can still use the screen during the day. I would rather spend the extra cash now than buying a cheaper screen and hating it and end up buying the transflective later.

    Well thats about it for now. Stay tuned next week for some updates.

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    Sounds good. You may want to check you picture links tho.
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    Very nice work.

    The pictures take a long time to get all the way across the ocean, huh? You might try uploading your images to MP3Car.com. It's easy, it's pretty fast, and it keeps them from getting lost or blocked. Size limits are 1524x1524 pixels, and no larger than 2MB per image. Click on User CP in the toolbar, and then Upload an Image. You can do multiple images at a time. Once you get them uploaded, go to User CP in the toolbar, and then My Images, and copy the BB Code with URL into your worklog where you want your picture to appear.

    I usually work with two browser tabs open so I can go back and forth between the post and the pictures.

    I also include text to suggest the reader can enlarge the photo(s):
    Click on image(s) to enlarge.

    When I put pictures side-by-side, I leave two spaces between them, and I usually leave an open line above and below the pictures.
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    Thanks for the tips, I will give it a go. I was wondering how you done your posts!

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    Sorry I should have included that info about posting the pictures..

    I am interested to see what you are doing as I have the same car Except I am going the laptop route.
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    i hate you. that is like my favourite car. i saw silvia in the title and i was like okay must be the old one that looks like someone puked on a bad nissan car. but then i see those irresistible headlights and i was like drooling all over the screen. till now all i did on mp3car was look at mods, not comment. but since you did this car, i had to. nice mod i must say. also, looks like u have decent space in the glove compartment. it isnt messy but i would suggest you get or make a custom holder in there for everything. if u saw the knight rider episode with the mustang, then u kno what im talking about. i think it will just make this a lot more easier for you because then you could also make another cover to go on top of all this and put more. but whatever you do, if you do, include a small 80mm case fan in there so that there is ample air supply and the mac doesnt get fried because of the hot looking car it is in. also, mind telling me or pming me where you got the car? i would love to own this beauty. :P

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    The glove compartment looks bigger than what it actually is. Unfortunately I have not seen any Knight Rider episodes, but I will be fixing in the mini and the regulator so they don't move around. The mac mini exhaust fan sits right out the back where I cut the hole, so I should get away without installing a fan. However, I will monitor the temp of the mini, and if it gets to hot I will install the fan.

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    I can confirm, there is plenty of space in that glove box. There is also a lot of space behind the radio as well. Unfortunately, just not enough to fit a laptop and docking port
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    Looking good! I'm pretty sure the silvia has ISO OBDII on it...
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    It surely does have OBDII
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