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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:44 am    Post subject: Mac mini with iTrip Reply with quote

Mac mini with iTrip
Monday January 30, 2006

ZapWizard has posted a Flickr set of his Mac mini carputer. One of the things that really caught our eye was how he integrated a Griffin iTrip into his Mac mini for playing audio over his car stereo. "I choose to wire it to +5volts from the USB, as I couldn't find a reliable source of 3.3volts. A dummy headphone jack allows the iTrip to turn on. Later when I replace my headunit I can just jack into the headphone jack and get straight audio."

He also made a custom DVI to VGA adapter, so the Mac mini would fit into the center console. "The Mac Mini may be small, but with a DVI to VGA adapter, and a VGA connector onto that it can get pretty long in the back. In order to fit the mini into the car I had to make my own right-angle DVI to VGA adapter. I did this by pinning out, taking apart, and re-wiring an existing DVI to VGA adapter." You definitely need to go check out the rest of his pictures. It looks like ZapWizard has some mad soldering skills.



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool little hacks, but not very practical. Why not just buy a stereo with inputs to begin with. Now he has voided the warranty on his mini, possibly ruined the iTrip. He has to take the time to reinstall everything once he does replace his stereo.

I have to wonder how he changes the radio frequency on the iTrip when traveling.

Like I said its cool to see things hacked but (with his skills) in the time he took to do this, he probably could have earned enough money to buy an audio input cable for his factory stereo or a new stereo.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty darn cool! This guy obviously knows how to read a circuit board. I wouldn't know where to begin. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've strolled around the rest of his pictures, he's darned good with wood! I'd like to see an iMac of something in redwood (just for the fun of it)! Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

James T Kirk wrote:
I've strolled around the rest of his pictures, he's darned good with wood! I'd like to see an iMac of something in redwood (just for the fun of it)! Cool


That wooden iPod looks cool. I have no idea how the click wheel "wood" work.
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