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Now you can install a Mac Mini (intel processor) in the perfectly-sized glovebox CD changer cubby, use it for in-car media with the included FrontRow,

aaannnnnndddd......

With Boot Camp or Parallels virtualisation you can have all the VAG-COM integration you want by dual-booting into Windows or running Windows in a VM (non-emulated) environment.

Still need a good touchscreen mounting solution.

Still need a job so I can afford to do this... anyone hiring an IT Director/CIO/CTO in the Delaware/Philadelphia area?



Modified by OOOO-A3 at 9:37 PM 12-3-2006
 

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Re: (kyeo138)

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Where would you mount the pc/mac? Under a seat, in the boot, up front?

If you don't have the glovebox CD changer, then a Mac Mini will fit where it would go in the glovebox. If you do have the glovebox changer, think how much better a Mini full of iTunes would be than 6 CDs, then pull it out.
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1. Power - I'm guessing it you need to wire it to the car battery, if not how are you handling this?

Here's the power supply/power button solution:
http://www.carnetix.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=6
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2. Display - I saw you have a touch screen, which is cool. Is there room for it via the nav+ up front? Anyway to hook into the nav+ display?

See navplus.us for how to hook into the nav display. If you don't have nav, then positioning a display is the real issue. A guy in (Portugal?) did a nice install in the space below the climate control, but I don't have the link to the photos handy.

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3. Input Devices - Same thing, as display. Touch screen or nav+, or even something else? Wireless keyboad w/touchpad build in would work too.

Touchscreen, of course. Bluetooth keyboard, or a FrogPad. Edit: Definitely a Griffin PowerMate as well.
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4. Audio - Wiring it into the bose shouldn't be THAT difficult, but this is my first VAG car, so I have no idea what I'm up against.

Assuming you'd bag the 6-disc changer.... get the interface that plugs into the changer connection and gives you standard L&R RCA inputs. Go from the audio out of the Mini to those inputs, and your 'changer' input is now whatever is piped out of the Mini. EDIT: The DICE iPod interface has Aux In as well, so it would be a perfect audio solution.

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5. Internet Access - I'm thinking there's got to be a way with a cell phone to do this. I have a blackberry, and i now there's ways to connect laptops to it for broadband access via bluetooth.


Bluetooth phone from Cingular with Cingular EDGE data (like a Motorola V551 or V557, the RAZR doesn't have EDGE data, only GPRS, which is slower), and WiFi when you're parked near a hotspot (the Mini has both bluetooth and WiFI built in.) I use my V551 with my PowerBook frequently.



Modified by OOOO-A3 at 9:35 PM 12-3-2006
 

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Re: MacMini carputer concept even more compelling now (threethirteen)

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find out what it would take to swap your climate controls for the controls out of the B5.5 A4 and then you should be able to fit your screen in there...or get rid of your radio and run all of your music from the computer. you can get a radio tuner for the computer so you will still get radio, i don't know how sirrius would work...but sirrius sucks...
or what about the A3 with navigation? what would it take to fit the center console in there? doesnt that have a 7" screen?
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Swapping the controls for the double-din A3 version has been discussed to death on here. Try searching.
threethirteen said:
also, i would look into the addition of VAG-COM if you were to do a mac mini...does the software come in mac platform? cos it's a definate plus to have it there hardwired whenever you want it.
threethirteen said:
<sigh> does nobody read the thread before posting? As I said in the initial post:
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With Boot Camp or Parallels virtualisation you can have all the VAG-COM integration you want by dual-booting into Windows or running Windows in a VM (non-emulated) environment.



Modified by OOOO-A3 at 9:39 PM 12-3-2006
 

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Re: MacMini carputer concept even more compelling now (threethirteen)

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i guess in my experiences with it, most mac to windows software runs really really slow...but then i guess i wasnt running a G4/5


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No the new Mac's have the intel Duo, (not powerPC) and will be competely windows compatable. It not like running vitual PC

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Modified by OOOO-A3 at 9:38 PM 12-3-2006
 
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