installing an ibook in your car??

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by lpsninja, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2006
    I remember hearing about it on a website, is there any rough tutorials to go about this?

    Don't ask me why I want to do it, my friend said it can't be done, and I just want to show him up :D

    ...he also thinks macs are dumb, so hes not so smart in the brain, hehe.
  2. macrumors 601


    Apr 8, 2004
    you would have to let go the passenger seat if you wanted one lol

    some sort of platform you see in supermarkets i would think , so the book could sit on it .

    next you'd be asking for red led's for your front bumper :D very Knightrider
  3. macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    Oneida, NY
    They have laptop mounts that attach to the center console area, if that's what you mean. :)
  4. macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2005
    I know there are tonnes of sites out there showing tutorials and pictures of Mac minis in cars. iBooks are slightly rarer.

    To keep it intact I'm guessing it would require a simple pull-up table on the back of one of the seats!! Or a big indent in the top of the dash to place it in on the passenger side, otherwise you'd be dismantling it into different pieces, at which stage you'd be better to go with the well proven mothod of using a Mac mini, more "auto-installable" as it were!
  5. macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2002
    Almere, The Netherlands
  6. macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2005
    One Endless Loop
    Just got done putting my mac mini in the car. Week later took it out. Not worth it. Front row too much of a pain in the arse to use, no real interface for mac available. Don't waste your time. If you are serious about a car computer stick a pc notebook in the car. There are tons of great GUIs for the PC and lots of apps like GPS, etc etc.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens

    but there is NO front end for mac yet.

    you are on your own if you want some sort of interface.

    there are current things in the works, but its a long way off to get something like what you can with a PC.

    If you want a carputer, get a PC, if you MUST have a Mac instead, be prepared to "pay" for it in less options.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2006
    If people put MacMini in their cars, why not iBook? They have the same interfaces...:confused:
  9. macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2007
    Hi to all !!

    You can see this:

    This link is for a PBG4 17" installed partially but connected with the Audio/video system of my car.

    At this link:

    you can see ALL the work i made for transform an iBook in a carputer.
    What i made, what i used and what the carputer make...

    At this link:

    you can see the status of the installation on the some car.
    It is not termined because it is a "work in progress" but the function is proved... :)

    The link pointed at an italian forum. But the photos are tons... and this photo is self-explayned..
  10. macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2007
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2003
    Durham, NC
    It's too bad that the articles on the Pathintosh -- a G3 Lombard PowerBook seamlessly mounted into a Nissan Pathfinder -- can no longer be found on the web. There were very detailed instructions on a very elegant, powerful and somewhat inexpensive to complete.

    I think the Mini is the preferred integration form factor because it is
    • less expensive,
    • more compact and
    • easier to replace/upgrade components

    Furthermore, the iBook lacks a full DVI port.

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