Loc: Florida, USA
I'm waiting for a check from the US Goverment before I do this mod so then I can buy the mini and a few other parts needed for this. But heres my idea.
MacMini with apple remote 7inch VGA touch screen 4 channel pioneer amp OBD-II On-Board Diagnostic System
With this mod I will have to take out my 4 disc CD stereo. Install the 7inch LCD into the dash and install the 4 channel amp into my trunk. As for the mini I don't know if I should toss it into the dash, underseat or in the glove box. Won;t know until I do the mod and see where everything wants to fit with out any problems.
I know I have been trying this mod forever now but I have thought about this and done a lot of research. Besides I can get a mini cheaper then most people from my discount at compusa since I own a business, so I can get it at wholesale price and taxfree.
Anyway, theres a small problem with this mod. I would have to shut down the system manuly each time I turn off the car. Well I have a idea. A lot of people have done this mod with ITX based PCs and there are DC power supplys out there that can keep the system on while the car is off but long enough for the system to get a low battery signal and shutdown properly. I may have to code a program for this. Yet this will be a rewire of the power supply in the mini so I would be screwing up my warranty asap lol.
The OBD-II is USB and theres ton of programs out there that offer Mac/UNIX compatablity. Also since im pulling out my stereo I will use the mini as the stereo with the 4 channel amp.
This wayof using the mini I don;t have to do a lot to the system it self unlike my desktops I tryed in the past and had to end up getting laptop harddrives and DVD drives because the vibrations would distory the desktop ones. Also the DC power supply wouldn't of been powerful enough to power a desktop logicboard/motherboard.
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