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    Question

    thanks for the info, I have a touch screen overlay on its way from ebay to New Zealand..

    I have the ford audio lead with the booster, if i fit that as per instructions will it mute the stereo volume as your does when the phone rings or have you done that another way?

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    That solution will work just fine.....
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    Hello,
    As mentioned a while ago, fitting the MacMini and Carnetix to the Glovebox was just a temporary measure, for testing hardware, ease of insert/removal making software adjustments, etc....see pic below.....





    Well, I have decided to relocate the MacMini to a more permanent home, but where.....this area immediately below the ICC/Radio unit seems to be a good candidate....here I have some sidecovers removed to be able to remove the Console from the UTE....



    So the Mini would fit perfectly in this area....



    and here....



    Almost......until I spotted this hiding behind in the dark recesses of the innermost areas of my car....



    This little bracket, which is held in place by a bolt, could probably be removed - I have a feeling though it forms part of the support for the ICC backplane, and/or HVAC unit....will check it out on the weekend when I remove the ICC to see where it goes.

    Would be nice if it can go here, with a custom fascia manufactured to hide the MacMini, with just s lit for the slotload DVD Multi-burner....the problem with this little bracket is that there is a DVI-I converter that plugs to the back of the Mini, and when the plug is inserted, the Mini protrudes on the front, making it stand out, making a smooth transition from the ICC to the Gear selector panel impossible....

    Sort of a pimple on an otherwise pretty Girl's face....
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    So, as a precautionary measure, incase I cannot remove the bracket, I removed the Console, to look at alternatives.....

    Here is a few pics of the console, again more for the benefit of any Ozzies who wants to do something similar to their Falcon BA/BF UTE/Sedans....

    From the rear, where I will fit a nice, quiet 120mm 12V Pabst or similar computer fan to allow decent airflow...



    Top-front view...



    Side view, lid open....



    and the same, with the CD-holder lid closed....



    I have a few options, mounting the MacMini here....in the area that used to be occupied by the cupholders....



    What I will do though, as the width is a perfect fit....I will drop the Mini in such that it sits level with the sill of the console....excuse my l77t photoshop skillzzzz.....but you get the idea.....



    a shot from the top to show how it would look, just imagine the slot-side dropping in a few centimeters, so the mini would be level as shown above....



    The problem with that location is that I will have to open the cd-holder's lid to insert/remove dvd's/cd's from the MacMini - not that I will be doing it often, as I rarely watch DVD's, and all my music will either be on the MacMini's HD, or playing via the Apple 8gig iPod....

    So, I have another location, which I might go for for 2 reasons.....firstly, stealth....

    I can mount the MacMini inside the cd-holder area, which means it will be hidden from view, as the lid will be closed, effectively hiding it from view - I can then mod a slot to the front of this area, just on level with the original cupholders, and insert cd/dvd's from here, which makes it very practical.....see pic....



    So the idea is that I mod the Mini to "submerge" into this space, like shown below....



    The second benefit would be that I can then mount my new SpaceTraveler input device in the area that was occuoied by the cupholders before, possible custom manufacturing something out of real CarbonFiber, and enhance some of the cabin plastics with one of the decent CF-kits available for these cars....

    Should look very nice.....

    But, that is all dependant on the very 1st option, if the MacMini can't fit below the original ICC/Radio unit

    What do you think, which option is the better, aesthetically, and practically?

    Forget things like airflow issues, I will deal with that....

    Your feedback is appreciated.

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    watching with intrest now, I was eyeing that bottom console area but Im stuffed now,

    touch panel overlays are here now so I must crack on an get it done.

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    Mmm.....I am re-evaluating my options.

    The idea would be to have a decent, stock-looking (or as close as I can get) setup.

    With that in mind, I would really like to kleave the MacMini either in the Glovebox, or relocate to just below the ICC. The real problem with both these locations (as a permanent solution) is the depth required by the setup, and the main culprit here is the DVI-I to VGA adapter, adding 4cm to the overall depth.

    I am considering designing (in Protel) a dual-layer PCB, with ports mounted perpendicular on the PCB, and then cables coming of either on the side, or top or bottom of PCB, to make for a very compact Mini installation.

    I could make these available for sale if there would be interest for Mini owners - this will apply to Intel Minis only.

    Let me take a few days to decide if the effort will be worth it
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    Hello - I guess I am like a typical Female now, can't make up my mind No offence anyone, lol.

    Anyway, as I said in the previous post, I am re-evaluating my options.....

    Remember this:



    Well, I had to go and see how it would look once the MacMini was fitted (submerged) into this area, so, out came the dremel, and a hour or so later......





    It sits flush with the top of the console, so the lid can close proper, and thus effectively making a full stealth install of the CarPuter.



    In the next shot you can see a slight problem though....how to load/eject DVD/CD's from the MacMini.

    <img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v329/MrBean_PM/CarPuter/Mini%20Fitting%20Console/macmini_console4.jpg">

    Soz, the photo is not that clear, the top of the Mini is sitting flush with the top of the console, so effectively the slotload drive is below the surface of the console.



    At this angle from above it is not that obvious, it appears as if the slot is protruding, allowing easy access, which is not the case.

    Well, to make a short story long , I have decided to design an eject mechanism for the MacMini - most likely fully motorised......

    Just imagine a normal cd jewelbox, with a hinge on the one side, that is how the MAcMini would be sitting on a tray, hinged on a trayplate, at the rear....

    The front would be able to lift up and down, either via a screwfeed, or maybe a linear motor, to drive it up and down, like a clamshell opening/closing - this would allow me to raise the front 1/2 of the Mini, exposing the slotloader, and then push another button, lower it again.

    Good idea I think, and would be quite easy to implement - I know exactly what I want to do, and how I am going to do it - ideas/feedback would be appreciated though.

    edit:Just another bit of info: This area would also house the Carnetix P2140 controller, an USB hub, and a few small odds and ends, such as 2x 120mm Scythe Silent fans, etc.....

    Kind regards,
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    So, with the MacMini located inside the cd-console area, this frees up the cupholder area for the 3dConnexion SpaceTraveler input device I purchased for the project - so I will extensively mod (remove) the cupholders, and design an insert which will house the SpaceTraveler

    Feedback appreciated.
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    I didnt know your were female... a female, Aussie carputer installer, I love it!

    Motorized eject sounds like a good idea, but complicated. The linear motor (servo) would be the best option imho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggy
    I didnt know your were female... a female, Aussie carputer installer, I love it!
    Hehe, at 106kg, 190cm, I doubt it

    I meant it as if you didn't know better, one would swear I am Female.....oops, sounds like I am getting deeper and deeper in this hole I am digging...rofl.

    Soz for the misunderstanding!

    Anyway, the eject mechanism is actually quite simple, many ways of doing it, and I just stripped an old image scanner/printer (costed $15k in the old days) for some components, and it seems I found 80% of what I would need to make this mechanism work, including a nice 5V DC stepper motor, and a curved sliding gear set Yeay - need to manufacture mounting trayplate for the MacMini now, and bolt it to the rear shaft...

    Will post progress pics later.
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