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    Question 2006 BMW 330 Convertible

    Hi everyone, this is going to be my first carputer. I have had experience in the past building PC's and doing audio installs. I've read through a bunch of the installs and I think I'm confident enough to do this now. Just want to run a quick list by you. This is what I am planning to purchase for the install. I'm hoping this and the headunit will fit in the glove box so I can minimize the cables I need. Just wondering what other misc. cables I might need. anything else? Will there be any complications using a Viper alarm/remote start system? I think I will connect to the head unit with an aux cable.

    Intel D945GCLF2
    PicoPSU-90 12V DC-DC ATX power supply
    Maxtor STM980215AS MobileMax II Hard Drive - 80GB, 2.5", SATA, 5400RPM, 8MB
    Kingston 2048MB PC5400 DDR2 667MHz Memory
    M350 enclosure with picoPSU-90 and 60W adapter
    Windows XP
    Lilliput 7" VGA Touchscreen 619GL-70NP
    BU-353 Weather-proof GPS Receiver
    WiFi 802.11b/g USB Mini-Adapter Wireless Networking
    ElmScan 5 USB OBD-II by ScanTool


    I appreciate any advice you can give me.
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    Smile Parts ordered

    Quick update for everyone:
    First off, I ordered all the parts I think I need. It is very difficult for me, especially because this is my first build, to visualize how the parts will fit together. Hopefully, this is everything, but at least I'm getting the project rolling. I think I may need a double DIN bolt in kit to place the monitor on...not sure yet. Second, there seems to be an issue with getting ANY BMW to have a remote start/alarm. I'm assuming this is a problem with the chip in the key. Anyone have any successful remote installs on a BMW? I emailed the company so hopefully I'll get a response before the year is over. I have included a list of the cost of each item and the grand total.

    Items Ordered
    Microsoft Windows XP Home SP3 OEM Version (M17-7501)
    $89.99

    Kingston 2048MB PC5400 DDR2 667MHz Memory (K25-4026)
    $34.99

    Intel D945GCLF2 Atom Motherboard - Intel Atom N330 1.60GHz Dual Core CPU, GMA 950 Graphics, VGA, S-Video (I69-2171)
    $89.99

    Maxtor STM980215AS MobileMax II Hard Drive - 80GB, 2.5", SATA, 5400RPM, 8MB (TMD-80M)
    $29.99

    Lilliput 7" VGA Touchscreen 619GL-70NP
    $224.99

    BU-353 Weather-proof GPS Receiver
    $36.95

    WiFi 802.11b/g USB Mini-Adapter Wireless Networking
    $29.99

    BMW E36 LCD Bezel (compatible with 619 Lilliput and can fit with 629)
    $175.00

    M350 Universal Mini-ITX enclosure
    $39.95

    Total for all Items:
    Shipping & Handling:
    $21.15
    Sales Tax:
    $17.92
    Grand Total:
    $781.58

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    First piece of advice.

    Seeing as it's a convertible you really need to look at getting a transflective screen, rather than just a basic one.

    The basic ones have enough trouble being readable with a standard car, but one with the roof down, you will probably never see anything.

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    BMW E36 LCD Bezel (compatible with 619 Lilliput and can fit with 629)
    $175.00




    Hi,
    Are you going to need a bezel for E36 or for E46? As i see your car is a BMW 2006 model and that means that your car is a E46 model.
    The bezel you need for your car it looks like that: http://motors.shop.ebay.com/items/BM...0DINQ20BEQ5AEL
    The E36 bezel will not fit to your car.

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    Ok sory for my english. I'm from Greece. And i know You know what i mean

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    Shipped

    Thanks for all your input. First off, I wanted to use a transreflective screen, but after seeing the cost of one I decided it would be best to wait til after everything is up and running, JIC everything fell through. Second, I forgot to mention that the car has the nav system in it. Will the trim from the nav work around the lilliput, or would I have to heavily modify it? I forgot to mention that during this project, I want to leave as much of the OEM intact, JIC I need to revert back to it. Third, BMW said they cannot install remote starts I found a website that sells the part that is needed, but I think it would be too much for my electrical skill level. Finally,I believe everything has shipped and should be here in a few days

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    Hi, How are you planning to integrate the computer to your BMW audio/Nav system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC4LIFE View Post
    I forgot to mention that the car has the nav system in it. Will the trim from the nav work around the lilliput, or would I have to heavily modify it? I forgot to mention that during this project,.
    The nav screen is a 6" or 6.5" whereas the lilli (and most other VGA screens) are 7", so no.

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    Thanks enforcer Kruben, I will be removing the nav system and keeping it intact. I am hoping that a shop here will install an aftermarket headunit into the car. after that, I will just use an aux cable from the pc to the deck. also, i reallized today the my 2 12s wont fit into the trunk I will have to get a custom box or figure out how to make it look good in the spare wheel well. The audio portion is second to getting the PC installed. The stock Harman kardan's are pretty good for now. Also, 1 of the 3 shipments arrive today. tigerdirect.com is almost too fast lol I will get pics up once it all comes in.
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