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DavieBoy
Jan 11, 2009, 03:48 PM
EDIT: Link to video on top of Page 3.

A couple of people were asking me about how I set up a Mac Mini in my car. There are a few websites dedicated to this practice but I notice that they are not updated that much. With that said I am starting this post for all of us to ask and answer questions on the topic.

It is my hope that soon we will all have Mac Minis in our cars, with 3g internet so we can video chat with other. HEY, IT IS HANDS FREE...

Edit: Feel free to contact me with questions or for general help. Or for the apps or media that I talk about.

I mainly use the Mini to listen to music or watch videos with Front Row. I also use VLC Player alot because it lets me make Music Video Playlists and plays them in Random Order.

DavieBoy
Jan 11, 2009, 04:12 PM
Here are some pics of my current car with the Mini installed...

It is a 2001 Ford Esacpe. The head unit is a 7" Kenwood Flip Out DVD player. It has one video input which is how I am inputing the computer.

johny5
Jan 11, 2009, 04:16 PM
This is going to be an interesting thread for me :)

How are you outputting the video? is it composite or do you have a vga connection in your head unit? if it is composite how are you outputting this and what resolution are you running?


cheers :)

DavieBoy
Jan 11, 2009, 04:17 PM
Of course I had to purchase a mini.

The only other thing I bought from Apple at the time was the DVI to Analog Video adapter. Again I used that to run to the video input to the Flip Out TV.

DavieBoy
Jan 11, 2009, 04:28 PM
For input devices I used a MADCATZ scratchpad and a no name line of site wireless keyboard. It was before the new bluetooth keyboard had come out and I was able to find one that sits in the glovebox.

I did buy a new bluetooth keyboard but the keyboard seemed to die quick and then the computer would tell me that there is no keyboard attached. It became annoying and I went back to my old one.

Also now there are iPhone apps that can act a keyboard and mouse but do so through a wireless network. I will explain the best practice to set up an internal wireless network as soon as remember the best day to do it.

DavieBoy
Jan 11, 2009, 04:34 PM
This is going to be an interesting thread for me :)

How are you outputting the video? is it composite or do you have a vga connection in your head unit? if it is composite how are you outputting this and what resolution are you running?


cheers :)

I am outputting it at 640 x 480 I believe. Looks great on such a little screen. You have to choose the "overscan" feature in the display options. (i think it is called that) It ends up cutting a little bit from the 4 sides of the video, but it is way better than having the black bessel around the monitor.

DavieBoy
Jan 11, 2009, 04:39 PM
Since I mainly use front row. I double side taped my apple remote to the remote of the Kenwood head unit. I also have alot of extra apple remotes so for a while I kept one in every door handle. It looked nice and was a good idea until I had 4 people in the car and all wanted to be in charge of what we watched. ha

DavieBoy
Jan 11, 2009, 04:49 PM
To power the unit I use a 200 Power Inverter. I think you need at least 120 watts. Don't remember because I did all the research a long time ago.

The inverter came with a cigarette lighter adapter that I cut off and wired straight to the battery.

I put a lighted switch under the steering wheel which is bright enough to remind me to turn the unit off whenever I get out of the car. In the 2+ years I think I only accidentally left the unit on once.

I mainly taught myself how to wire this but I really recommend you get help from a friend who installs car stereos or something as it is the scariest part.

They do make custom built power units that people buy to power their Minis but I didn't really understand how they worked to I went with this, It is also alot cheeper this way.

At first I was shutting down the unit properly every time I got out of my car, eventually I set the power preferences to restart the unit when it gets power after a power failure and just hit the switch off. It is faster and easier and with over a year of doing this I have had no problems...

DavieBoy
Jan 11, 2009, 04:57 PM
That is mainly all you need to do to get the Mini in your car.

Couple of extras that I did was to wire a 4-port hub to the glovebox. This is good to add new videos or music to the Mini without taking it out. Also a good place to plug in a 3G card for internet on the go.

I mainly plug a little LED light into it to illuminate the glove box ha.


I also have a iSight cam in my glovebox but have never figured out how I want to mount it. I did it in preparation for the 3G iPhone because I thought we would be able to tether it and I would video chat while driving. My girlfriend has a 3G card but we have never gave it a try. I promise to do so soon and get back to you guys. We have used it to video chat using our laptops on long drives and it works well.

DavieBoy
Jan 11, 2009, 05:03 PM
Here are some pics of the Mini when it was in my old car. It was in a 2001 Mitsubishi Galant. I took off the center armrest and custom built a enclosure to hold it. The design was good but I used my 8th grade Home Ec skills to sew up the vinyl. Also I did this project after having my wisdom teeth pulled so I was all drugged up. My mom had no clue what I was doing, ha...

In the end I made some adjustments to the fitting and it looked pretty good, or at least no one made of of my sewing...

drichards
Jan 11, 2009, 05:07 PM
The Mac Mini does a really good job in the car, but if I were gonna go for it, I'd probably go with the Apple TV.

DavieBoy
Jan 11, 2009, 05:16 PM
So I figured that by putting a Mini in my car I was going the extra level to putting an iPod in my car.

I mainly use front row to listen to music and watch videos.

I usually watch music videos with VLC player because as I mentioned it allows me to make music video playlists that shuffle. (I kinda figured it out with iTunes but it wasn't perfect. If anyone has a better idea please tell me) VLC seems to crash every hour or so but what are you gonna do.

For a couple of months while I planned out my install I used a program called Tubesock to download 100's of music videos fro youtube. I do not think tubesock works anymore so I now use TubeTV which is free on the net.

I also used "Handbreak" to rip the many Music Video DVD's I Had.

I have well over 1000 music videos of all kinds of genres on my unit. Shoot me a line if your starting out and maybe I could help you with your collection ;)

DavieBoy
Jan 11, 2009, 05:24 PM
The Mac Mini does a really good job in the car, but if I were gonna go for it, I'd probably go with the Apple TV.

Seem pros go with the apple TV. Awesome for media. But I soon want to take "carputing" to the next level.

Once I am 3G'd the possibilities are endless...

Slindbox, Video chatting, lol guess thats the end, still....Slingbox!

Forgot to mention audio so far. I started with just a mini jack to rca/composite/whatever they are called nowadays (White and Red wires)

There was of course was a hum from the power supply I think because it is DC current. So I brought a Ground Loop Isolator which is an audio cable with a plastic piece in the middle of it that quiets the hum. Worked well but I soon bought a "Griffen iMic". That puts the audio out of the usb rather that the line out jack. I thought it would be better. Marginally at best...

DavieBoy
Jan 11, 2009, 05:29 PM
The screen saver I have is the Marine Aquarium. I really like it. Hit me up for more info about it........

Its nice because of the analog clock you can turn on. It really plays nice with frontrow and vlc player. Does not activate if you are watching videos but it does activate when listening to music with front row.

This is accurate for all screensavers. I think the one with the FlipClock would be nice too in a car.

DavieBoy
Jan 11, 2009, 05:49 PM
Using the iPhone to Control the Mini.

The remote app is way better that front row when it comes to finding a specific song.

Also, the mouse and keyboard apps seem more practical that spending cash on a wireless keyboard and mouse. However I do not like the pop-ups telling me no keyboard and mouse attached so I have them too.

The problem is the networking of the 2. If anyone has better concepts or practices please let me know.

There is a way to set your computer to share it's internet connection and to set up an AD-HOC/Computer-to-Computer Network.

The problem with the AD-HOC is that as soon as you turn the computer off it deletes itself or at least inactivates the network. This means that each time you start up you have to select the network or create it again.

There is also a way to share you internet connection. This preference seems to stay active after power downs ect. At least for a couple of months.

It is done by entering the "Sharing" section of "System Preferences"

Check "Internet Sharing" to activate it,

there is a drop down menu - "Share your connection from:", Choose Ethernet.

In the section - "To computers using:" check airport.

Your airport icon will have an up arrow in it. I think it names the network whatever the Computer Name is so my car's network is called "Ford OSX", this is also the name of my iTunes library.

I then tell my iPhone to connect to that wireless network, It works great with the Apple Remote App and with the RemotePad app for mouse control.

The problem with this is that your phone will not have internet because it is trying to get it's data from your computer. A 3g card for your computer would solve this. Also I have never had a jailbreak tether for my phone to my computer, not sure how that would work.

I switched it up and I use my touch to control the Mini and keep my phone out of the equation...


Like I said any thoughts on the subject would be greatly appreciated...

DavieBoy
Jan 11, 2009, 05:58 PM
I am going to add little tips and details as I remember them.

1. Start up at login...

this is great for iTunes, It cuts the time that Front Row takes to load your mscic.

Also great for RemotePad Server which is a program that needs to be running in order the the iPhone App "RemoteRad" to work.

Also, I tried to activate the Speech Recognition and use it with the old iSight but it didn't work well.

drewsof07
Jan 11, 2009, 06:10 PM
Looks like that lcd is slightly stretched. What happened that it can't display it's native resolution?
This is a very interesting project btw. Would never work where I live, some redneck would steal all my gear in the middle of the night and sell it for $10 scrap at the junkyard :rolleyes:

DavieBoy
Jan 11, 2009, 06:16 PM
Looks like that lcd is slightly stretched. What happened that it can't display it's native resolution?
This is a very interesting project btw. Would never work where I live, some redneck would steal all my gear in the middle of the night and sell it for $10 scrap at the junkyard :rolleyes:

Definitely stretched. But hard to tell on a 7 inch screen. It looks real good on the screen with the video adapter.

Would probably work better if you bought a small computer monitor for a car and had a head unit with aux in as most have. I already had the TV so I wasn't going krayzie...

I think the touch screen works too....

http://www.amazon.com/Lilliput-Inches-Vga-Computer-Monitor/dp/B000AYDWEM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1231719194&sr=8-2

VPrime
Jan 11, 2009, 07:49 PM
Cool, I have a pc in my car. I hav done it a little differently.
Molded in touch screen to make it look stock. No keybaord or any thing like that.
Will be going through some more changes before this season.

Chgeck out www.mp3car.com ;)

Bfat567
Jan 12, 2009, 12:44 PM
Wow this is really interesting to me, and someday i hope to do it. Thanks so much for sharing.:)

jeremy.king
Jan 12, 2009, 01:06 PM
The problem is the networking of the 2. If anyone has better concepts or practices please let me know.

A tiny router in the glovebox? Perhaps, a FON router (https://shop.fon.com/FonShop/shop/US/ShopController?view=product&product=PRD-001)...

nanvinnie
Jan 12, 2009, 01:08 PM
these are so cool!

DavieBoy
Jan 12, 2009, 01:47 PM
A tiny router in the glovebox? Perhaps, a FON router (https://shop.fon.com/FonShop/shop/US/ShopController?view=product&product=PRD-001)...

Yea, Might be a $30 solution to the problem. Still, once your phone is on that network then you lose your 3G or Edge service.

I guess I am just wishing for a legitimate tethering option...

but i wonder how tethering would work...

1. 3g in the phone ->tethered to the Mini. Then the Mini has to share it over wifi back to the phone. HMM that doesnt sound like it will work.

2. If tethering works I hope that it makes the phone act as the router so that the computer would be on the phones wireless network.

Would just be so good if you can tether and use slingbox, ichat, or internet radio ect. Without paying $60/month for a 3g card...

drewsof07
Jan 12, 2009, 02:17 PM
If Apple would give the iPhone true bluetooth data capability (EDR), the tether would work that way using your existing data plan... But I'm sure they'll find some complicated way so that AT&T can charge you an additional fee :rolleyes:

Sdashiki
Jan 12, 2009, 02:17 PM
mp3car.com?

Only problem with Mac solutions...no front end to make using a touchscreen easy...sure there are beta projects...none completed...for years now...

Anyway, nice project and solutions to the problems at hand!

tsvb
Jan 12, 2009, 02:32 PM
What would be sick is if Apple releases TV out from the iPhone. At that point all you would need is a monitor and an aux input.

VPrime
Jan 12, 2009, 07:51 PM
mp3car.com?

Only problem with Mac solutions...no front end to make using a touchscreen easy...sure there are beta projects...none completed...for years now...

Anyway, nice project and solutions to the problems at hand!

Plus GPS.
GPS, and front end is what made me go with a PC base.. Plus it was cheaper ;)

Ljohnson72
Jan 12, 2009, 07:58 PM
mp3car.com?

Only problem with Mac solutions...no front end to make using a touchscreen easy...sure there are beta projects...none completed...for years now...

Anyway, nice project and solutions to the problems at hand!

http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/maccar/

There a couple actually. AMP is my particular favorite. None for the Mac will be as nice as the PC ones but these are all free and pretty good.

DavieBoy
Feb 3, 2009, 12:11 PM
So I brought the iPhone App "iTap" after trying the free app "RemotePad"

iTap was $3.99 and I really like it because it has a full keyboard and other features like volume control.

Also, I decided that I am only going to use my 1st Gen Touch to control my Mini. Thus leaving my iPhone out of the equation and able to still surf on it's 3G.

I also included a pic of the search field in the iTunes Remote in case someone has no clue what it looks like. I have my phone mounted to the center console. It looks kinda cool at night when the album art is on both my touch and car screen, and it is nice to be able to change songs without disturbing the fish tank screen saver.

Next I will try to make time to mount my iSight somewhere and try out my GF's 3G card while she still has it.

DavieBoy
Feb 3, 2009, 12:18 PM
So I realized that I just talked about only using my touch to control my mini then posted pics of my phone so here are the right pics of my touch which is jailbroken.

poppe
Feb 4, 2009, 02:20 AM
Any videos of these setups? I love the idea of iTap, but I really would love to see the whole set up in a video or very detailed stills at least.

Sdashiki
Feb 4, 2009, 08:45 AM
How does using a remote control (itouch/iphone) to control a mac mini inside a car...work?

Your hands are distracted as well as your eyes when working the remote.

A touchscreen LCD and possibly a remote controller (physical, not video/touch) are your safest bets. not just for usability, but for real safety on the road.

DavieBoy
Feb 4, 2009, 09:29 AM
Any videos of these setups? I love the idea of iTap, but I really would love to see the whole set up in a video or very detailed stills at least.

Well since I just got my car cleaned, Sure I will try to make a quick video and upload it. I have to test a friend's cam for him anyway (why people go out and buy things that they have no idea how to use is beyond me).


How does using a remote control (itouch/iphone) to control a mac mini inside a car...work?

Your hands are distracted as well as your eyes when working the remote.

A touchscreen LCD and possibly a remote controller (physical, not video/touch) are your safest bets. not just for usability, but for real safety on the road.

1. It works through the internet sharing prference of the Mini. See my earlier post and feel free to ask any questions to clear anything up.

2. Yea, I mainly use the Apple remote that came with the mini. A lot of times that I have used the touch/iPhone it has actually been the passenger. It is just way easier to find a song with the iTunes remote for the touch, rather than scrolling using front row.

Also, I swear, you get used to having a Monitor in the car, I have had it for years without incident, (knock on wood). I would never watch something for the first time while driving, but I am perfectly fine with things like The Simpsons and Music Videos playing. There is kinda the 3 to 1 second rule. 3 seconds for the road and 1 for the screen.

Finally, A touch screen display would be better and I do recommend that. I happened to have the Flip Out DVD Player for a couple of years before I installed the computer. There was one time where I considered adding the touch screen but then moved my attention to other things...

Sdashiki
Feb 4, 2009, 09:37 AM
Having video play in full view of the driver in a moving vehicle is illegal.

Not just unsafe. :P

jeremy.king
Feb 4, 2009, 10:33 AM
3 seconds for the road and 1 for the screen.


It takes just one second to make a mistake and kill someone or yourself. You should reconsider watching videos while driving - for everyone's sake.

alFR
Feb 4, 2009, 12:00 PM
Also, I swear, you get used to having a Monitor in the car, I have had it for years without incident, (knock on wood). I would never watch something for the first time while driving, but I am perfectly fine with things like The Simpsons and Music Videos playing. There is kinda the 3 to 1 second rule. 3 seconds for the road and 1 for the screen.

That's evolution in action, right there. :eek:

Consultant
Feb 4, 2009, 12:17 PM
Perhaps the software created for powermac g4 in the car can be adapted?

PowerMac G4 in car
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=56835

DavieBoy
Feb 5, 2009, 08:58 AM
Perhaps the software created for powermac g4 in the car can be adapted?

PowerMac G4 in car
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=56835

Wow, that software looks sick, if it could be updated. My setup is mainly for entertainment purposes so I wouldn't really want to put in any work. Plus I do not know ______ about programming.

Here is another cool car that I think is "pretty heavy" or "far out"...

http://www.autoblog.com/2006/06/05/think-different-apple-delorean/

VPrime
Feb 5, 2009, 09:42 AM
For some mac front end software check out
http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/maccar/

Actually check out the rest of the forum for any more related info ;)

DavieBoy
Feb 5, 2009, 10:01 AM
For some mac front end software check out
http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/maccar/

Actually check out the rest of the forum for any more related info ;)

I have to read this in full but before I did I wanted to talk about a new monitor being sold in the US (I think it was already for sale overseas).

http://www.mimomonitors.com/

They are 7" computer monitors that plug in via USB. They come in 2 models: Same resolution but for an extra $70 it is touchscreen, has a cam and mic built in. The $200 also has audio in and out, which will solve a problem I had once where someone wanted to input there shuffle to my radio.

I emailed the company with some questions I thought were important...

1. Can it work with the Mac Mini as a second monitor?
Yes! Once you install the DisplayLink driver it will work on any Intel-based Mac running Tiger or Leopard. In fact we've had some success using the Mimo as the ONLY monitor on a Mac Mini (after installing the drivers, of course).

2. With a newer computer (intel macs about a year old) would I have to attach both usb cables, or should one be enough?
In most cases, one is enough. On a MacBook we recommend plugging into the USB port closer to the back of the computer; the port closer to the front does not always provide enough power to USB devices.

3. Does the monitor display appear in the Displays section of system preferences just like any other secondary screen?
Yes.

This thing looks great for all kinds of purposes. I want to mount one next to my bed. Money is kinda tight because I am going to Disney World next week but I will definitely be ordering at least one as soon as I get back. I'll let you guys know what I think.

iParis
Feb 5, 2009, 10:11 AM
Wow, this looks very interesting.
Although, I would also get an actual mouse for say if I was stopped somewhere and wanted to use the internet.
How about setting up a printer?!:p

DavieBoy
Feb 5, 2009, 02:11 PM
Wow, this looks very interesting.
Although, I would also get an actual mouse for say if I was stopped somewhere and wanted to use the internet.
How about setting up a printer?!:p

The trackpad (either physical or virtual with iPhone) works well. I have both now.

A printer? You want one in the car. You could put a photo printer somewhere. My ac to dc converter does have two outlets. I figured that en extra outlet could not hurt for the future. I have never used it to date but plan on using it if I had to charge my macbook or the GF's Pro.

I wouldn't need a printer but if I did I would probably just use printer sharing to my iMac.

Superman07
Feb 5, 2009, 07:24 PM
Samsung just announced one as well you may be interested in.

http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/05/samsungs-syncmaster-u70-is-7-inches-of-extra-real-estate/

Doesn't turning the computer on and off every time you start the car tax the hard drive?

DavieBoy
Feb 6, 2009, 11:42 AM
Samsung just announced one as well you may be interested in.

http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/05/samsungs-syncmaster-u70-is-7-inches-of-extra-real-estate/

Doesn't turning the computer on and off every time you start the car tax the hard drive?

If it were touchscreen I would be all over it. I might get one anyway if they released it for mac. It says it currently only supports windows. I rather have a Samsung anyway...

Ummm, yea it can not be good for the hard drive. Not to mention that my current way of turning it off is by killing the power. (I set it to automatically power up when it regains electricity) It is covered for over another year with applecare. It has given me no problems to date. Must be strong considering all the bumps I hit...

All my music videos and music is also on my iMac which is backed up so I am not that worried. Even if the HD dies next year to spend $80 on a new HD every couple of years is okay for me.

Obviously putting the Mini in your car is not easy to do or maintain, and it is not cheap. Its also never going to be perfect. It ends up being a hobby like any other. I never feel like I am finished with it. I like it, a lot, but it will always suck up time and money I guess...

minicrazy592
Feb 9, 2009, 03:12 AM
What I use to do for Internet, and a wifi network for that matter, was have a aircard from ATT, or whoever, and share its connection to the airport. The sharing only worked with a special driver from the company that made it. (Seirra Wireless) The included program didn't allow for sharing. Just my two bits.

DavieBoy
Feb 9, 2009, 10:16 AM
What I use to do for Internet, and a wifi network for that matter, was have a aircard from ATT, or whoever, and share its connection to the airport. The sharing only worked with a special driver from the company that made it. (Seirra Wireless) The included program didn't allow for sharing. Just my two bits.

Did you do this in your car? Or was this from one laptop to another and such?

It's krayzie that the OS X built in internet sharing could not handle it...

Sdashiki
Feb 9, 2009, 10:25 AM
Samsung just announced one as well you may be interested in.

http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/05/samsungs-syncmaster-u70-is-7-inches-of-extra-real-estate/

Doesn't turning the computer on and off every time you start the car tax the hard drive?

Carnetix makes a controller which after the car is shutoff, a predetermined timer puts the Mac to sleep. And wakes up starting the car.

buccsmf1
Feb 9, 2009, 10:44 AM
Having video play in full view of the driver in a moving vehicle is illegal.

Not just unsafe. :P


yea be careful guys. i've got a kenwood headunit in my GTI and I'll occasionally put a movie on during a long drive late at night. but this isnt one of those things were if a cop catches you he gives you a $100 slap on the wrist.... THEY IMPOUND YOUR CAR. happened to a fiend of mine in highschool. cost around $1500 to get his car back on top of the fact that they confinscated his $1200 head unit.

back on topic. i never even thought if this but it's a pretty awesome idea. GJ with all the custom work guys

minicrazy592
Feb 9, 2009, 04:02 PM
Did you do this in your car? Or was this from one laptop to another and such?

It's krayzie that the OS X built in internet sharing could not handle it...

It was from my Mini to all the other computers in my house. The same idea could be translated into a car. The fact OSX couldn't handle the sharing surprised me too.

drlunanerd
Feb 9, 2009, 04:16 PM
yea be careful guys. i've got a kenwood headunit in my GTI and I'll occasionally put a movie on during a long drive late at night. but this isnt one of those things were if a cop catches you he gives you a $100 slap on the wrist.... THEY IMPOUND YOUR CAR. happened to a fiend of mine in highschool. cost around $1500 to get his car back on top of the fact that they confinscated his $1200 head unit.

Fatal crash driver "used laptop". (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7878605.stm)

Don't do it kids.

DavieBoy
Feb 12, 2009, 01:55 PM
Finally made a video of the mini in the car. I recorded it with my friends camera because he wanted me to try it out for him and I did not feel like taking out my dvx-100b and try to shoot in a car with it. FYI: His camera sucks... and I still don't like Hard Drive Cameras.

The aspect ratio is off throughout most of the vid so it is a bit stretched but you will get the idea.

As always hit me up with any questions or comments or with a reaction to the vid.

Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hraXIERKmww

I wish we could just post videos in the forum.

jeremy.king
Feb 12, 2009, 02:54 PM
That's pretty sick....Nice setup - giving me ideas.

domcole
Feb 12, 2009, 04:23 PM
Good job!

fireshot91
Feb 12, 2009, 06:25 PM
Did you really get pulled over cuz of your Mac Mini?

livingfortoday
Feb 12, 2009, 10:41 PM
Wow, this seems pretty dangerous and irresponsible. Shouldn't you really be more focused on driving when you're in the car than playing around with gadgets and watching movies?

Sdashiki
Feb 13, 2009, 09:52 AM
Wow, this seems pretty dangerous and irresponsible. Shouldn't you really be more focused on driving when you're in the car than playing around with gadgets and watching movies?

a carputer is more than that.

watching video while driving is illegal, so the point can be forgotten when talking about why have a carputer at all.

GPS (not with OSX though), better music interface, wifi etc. All useful upgrades to a simple CD player.

DavieBoy
Feb 13, 2009, 11:41 AM
Did you really get pulled over cuz of your Mac Mini?

No, that was footage from another project I did a while back...

but I think it makes some kind of point about using the technology responsibly.

mynamesreallong
Feb 13, 2009, 01:13 PM
Wow thats awesome! Great project. And I think you should be able to do whatever you want. People with negative responses should just keep to themselves. Do want you want to do my man, if I had the technical know-how i would definitely do that. Props. :cool::apple:

Golfer00ksu
Feb 13, 2009, 01:26 PM
That is awesome! Your office set-up must be crazy..

DavieBoy
Apr 2, 2009, 10:05 PM
Well, I ripped everything out of my car today. I am trying to get rid of the car. I will trade it in as soon as I find what I want at the price that I am willing to spend.

If it is at all possible I will put the mini in my next car and will definitely show you guys how I did it.

Thanks and again if anyone needs help or has a question or wants media just shoot me a line.

ddeadserious
Apr 4, 2009, 12:23 AM
That's awesome, looking forward to seeing it in your next car.

DavieBoy
May 13, 2009, 10:48 AM
I bought a Infiniti M35x. Love the car. (Pic of Silver Car below)

Good news is that installing the Mini is definitely doable. Someone has already done it. (2 pics of a install Brooks did back in 2006 below)

My question is not whether I could do it, I can, but should I do it. Reminds me of Jurassic Park.

I am getting mixed reviews and I am having mixed feelings about it. The car was not as cheap my cars before it. Do I want to "customize" my car that I paid a lot of cash for?

I kind of already started: There was a hack that I did so I can watch DVD's while the car was moving. (Pic of IronMan Mark II below) It took a lot of work and included taking apart the glove box and cutting at soldering wires going to the navigation system. I had to do it because I was just to used to having a DVD player in my car, and the 5.1 audio in this car is amazing compared to a Ford Escape. lol

Right now I have my touch or my phone plugged into the back seat with the Apple Video adapter and use it for music mainly since they are on;y 8 gig and 16 gig respectively.

The back seat looks ugly with all the wires being plugged into the back of the center armrest. I will bring that to a audio shop and have the input moved into the armrest. BUT WHAT DO I DO FROM THERE? Do i install the Mini and maybe take it to the next step or buy a iPod Classic and fill it with music and movies?

Also, my favorite part of the Mini was that I used VLC to play my collection of over 1000 music videos randomly. Does anyone know a way to play a video playlist randomly with an iPod?

Thanks Guys...

Superman07
May 13, 2009, 05:31 PM
Just hook up an Apple TV?

peepboon
May 13, 2009, 07:57 PM
Some guys are just rich :D lol... some have minis as the main computer, u guys have it as extras :cool: lol

DavieBoy
May 14, 2009, 11:06 PM
Just hook up an Apple TV?

Wouldn't do enough to make me happy. I guess I want all or nothing kinda. What I really want is a internet connection in my car so I could sling to it. I would be happy if At&t let us sling to 3G, especially since 3.0 software will allow us to tv out apps.

Some guys are just rich :D lol... some have minis as the main computer, u guys have it as extras :cool: lol

LOL It always weirds me out when I realize people aren't surrounded by computers like me.

DavieBoy
Jan 28, 2010, 04:22 PM
I am happy to announce that I am finally working on installing the Mac Mini in my new car.

I was unable to install it since buying my new (to me) car do to shortages in both time and cash. Then I was waiting to see what the iPad would have.

Since the iPad is a glorified iPod Touch I have decided to go back to the Mini in the car. I really like the full OS X experience in my car.

I have started the work and have devised a plan of action. I will post pictures of my progress and my plan soon and hope that some of you have ideas on how to complete my install.

Thanks, Dave

rkdiddy
Jan 28, 2010, 04:53 PM
I am happy to announce that I am finally working on installing the Mac Mini in my new car.

I was unable to install it since buying my new (to me) car do to shortages in both time and cash. Then I was waiting to see what the iPad would have.

Since the iPad is a glorified iPod Touch I have decided to go back to the Mini in the car. I really like the full OS X experience in my car.

I have started the work and have devised a plan of action. I will post pictures of my progress and my plan soon and hope that some of you have ideas on how to complete my install.

Thanks, Dave

I think now you could just purchase an iPad and velcro it to your dash. Instant carputer. :D

pukifloyd
Jan 28, 2010, 05:56 PM
I think now you could just purchase an iPad and velcro it to your dash. Instant carputer. :D

Haha good idea :D

OP, good luck with your project...the first one was amazing...to have the whole computer in your car! and now we also have MiFi so instant wireless network in the car too!

DoFoT9
Jan 28, 2010, 06:06 PM
goodluck OP! post pictures ehehe

mounted ipad would be alright i guess. 3G model of course ;)

partyBoy
Jan 30, 2010, 01:35 PM
That's a nice car set up...I've been trying to find a thread like this for months!...Good job,You know your stuff...I'm planning to buy the ipad and put it in my car so i can hear Pandora or Last.fm internet radio. I just hate public radio !!...I'll be on the look out for your pics:D