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    Not taken as a flame. I think you're right. An Intel Mini with Windows on it makes an ideal box.

    If you run your system using a front end 99% of the time, it frankly doesn't matter if it is Windows or OSX.

    I prefer OSX because it seems to work better for me than XP. Others disagree. Having a Mini gives you the option to use both operating systems and that really is pretty cool.
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    Front ends, AMP?

    I was wondering if you have tried any of the Front ends, like AMP. I did see earlier that you were going to build your own front end. Did you ever get around to that?

    I am a Mac user and would not like to go back to a Windows system. Plus, the idea of not being able to use my iTunes music sounds horrible. I'm about to start building my own carputer and would like to stick with a Mac Mini, especially since it will be a usable computer outside of its usage in the car.

    And by the way, the setup looks amazing. Terrific job.

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    I did build a functional front end using Applescript. However, Applescript did not scale into a full fledged application in a way that made it very usable. AMP was launched after I had a working version of my front end and quickly became very popular for Mac users, so I have used it.

    However, I'm very interested in using GPS on the Mac and with AMP, you cannot simultaneously run the front end and use GPS at the same time because AMP will cover up the GPS applications.

    So for now, I generally run iTunes in a minized window and the Google Earth GPS app underneath it. I have a Griffin Powermate and use that to adjust volume and change songs.

    I thought that by now I'd have taught myself Coccoa and programmed my own front end but I'm in a new house and doing lots of remodeling for the forseeable future. Just haven't had time to take care of much of anything in the car.

    As for choosing the Mini for in car use -go right ahead, it's an excellent choice. Make sure you get the Intel Mini and you can run Mac stuff or Windows stuff. Best of both worlds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    If you run your system using a front end 99% of the time, it frankly doesn't matter if it is Windows or OSX.
    100% on the $$
    I've had a windows box running for almost 2 years and have come to use the OS less and less as time goes on. Now that I'm thinking of upgrading Im probably gonna load XP w/ bootcamp and go! The mini is truly the best value and small size that you're gonna get.
    Once you find a cool frontend you're never gonna use the OS, although OS X does load faster than XP (I run 2 imacs at my job and have tested them) the lack of an outstanding GPS program has turned me off OSX for the time. I dont wanna deal w/ Parallel because Im driving, and nor should anyone unless you dont need GPS (where OSX is superior)
    If you need to play your .mp4 files there are numerous programs out there that can help you with that, including http://www.thequiltcupboard.net/mobi...t/download.htm
    Check that out and that awesome frontend.
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    BugByte,
    Have you had any problems or concerns with the mac mini moving while driving. From your design, it looks like the mini just fits snug between the two side walls and has nothing keeping it from bouncing up. I'm just concerned about having an unmounted computer without shock absorbers. Thanks.
    -Ross

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunsandrosses View Post
    BugByte,
    Have you had any problems or concerns with the mac mini moving while driving. From your design, it looks like the mini just fits snug between the two side walls and has nothing keeping it from bouncing up. I'm just concerned about having an unmounted computer without shock absorbers. Thanks.
    -Ross
    No concerns at all. It continues to perform without issues from vibration or shock.

    You are correct about the way the Mini fits in the dock, although the back end of the dock has a top piece that guides the Mini into place. It fits snugly on the sides and top and doesn't bounce.

    My car has a pretty smooth ride, of course. I don't know how it would work if you were in a lowered car or one with a really stiff suspension.

    My general advice on vibration and shock is to ignore it. The drives are much tougher than you think and they don't cost very much to replace. I've never had a drive on my car PC fail but I have had one on my G4 tower that sits under the desk fail.
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    Quick question

    Looks nice, but i have a quick question. By the look of the dock, it would seem that if you pull the mini out a lot, the sides would be scratched up quite a bit, is this the case?


    Also, for the way you ghetto rigged the macpac power connector with the spring, how does that work? Is it when the spring makes contact with the metal on the mini that it completes the circuit or what?


    Just wondering because I saw another install using a custom dock, and it looks like the person had installed a small power connector into the mini and a plug actually inserted into the mini from the dock, reminded me kind of a RCA connector but smaller. Anyway, i'm just trying to think of ways to build to put together a dock of my own.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KryptonianJorel View Post
    Looks nice, but i have a quick question. By the look of the dock, it would seem that if you pull the mini out a lot, the sides would be scratched up quite a bit, is this the case?
    I don't think so. I just took a picture of it. There are a couple of tiny scratches at the back end but since I carry the thing around like a lunch pail, I can't say for sure that the scratches came from the dock. See attached. But even if it does, I wouldn't care. It sits in the dash for its main use.

    Quote Originally Posted by KryptonianJorel
    Also, for the way you ghetto rigged the macpac power connector with the spring, how does that work? Is it when the spring makes contact with the metal on the mini that it completes the circuit or what?
    Ghetto?! Ghetto!!?? That is *inspired* design! That's an elegant solution to a sticky problem! No extra connections to make or plugs to line up. Just put it in the dock and go. The only thing better would be some kind of magnetic induction circuit or something like that.

    Umm... ...okay maybe I'm a little enthralled with my own engineering skills. The way it works is that the Mac Pac wires are soldered to the brass springs. The solder bubbles on the back of the Mini have the other half of the Mac Pac soldered to them. It's as if you hooked up the Mac Pac and then cut the wires halfway and connected one set to the solder bubbles and the other set to the springs.

    When you push the Mini into the dock, the springs contact the bubbles and you have a complete circuit from the P1900 to the power switch on the Mini. That's it. It won't power on until you start the car and the P1900 sends the signal down the wires, through the springs and to the power switch.
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    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    beautiful

    Didn't mean any disrespect, thats just how i describe the extraordinary. Very nice! I just ordered my mac mini, and cant wait to start chopping the thing up.

    I hope when the time comes to make a dock I'll be able to shoot you a few questions.
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    i just read through all ten pages straight through... took me about 2 hours, but it was totally worth it..thanks for the mologogo help too...

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