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Mac Mini in a Land Rover [Update: From Admin]
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

inimcam wrote:
Probably a stupid Q but the touch screen works with OSX. Are there drivers?


Yes:

http://www.egalax.com/Download.htm
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank's for the driver link!

You got one sweet ride!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Thank's for the driver link!

You got one sweet ride!


Thanks, and the best part is that it's paid off. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dmonckton wrote:


Thanks, and the best part is that it's paid off. Very Happy


Now that's always nice!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2005 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mini Rover! Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2005 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats! What speakers do you use for Audio?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2005 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Congrats! What speakers do you use for Audio?


Currently just the factory Harmon Karmons.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2005 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since you bought your Mac mini with Bluetooth, you could use a Sprint Treo 650 smartphone (with Bluetooth) to add an always-on Internet connection. We do it all the time with a Powerbook so I can tell you it works great even at 70 MPH. Here's a link to TreoCentral that'll tell you everything you need to know to get up and running:
http://discussion.treocentral.com/showthread.php?t=63250.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2005 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wardmundy wrote:
Since you bought your Mac mini with Bluetooth, you could use a Sprint Treo 650 smartphone (with Bluetooth) to add an always-on Internet connection. We do it all the time with a Powerbook so I can tell you it works great even at 70 MPH. Here's a link to TreoCentral that'll tell you everything you need to know to get up and running:
http://discussion.treocentral.com/showthread.php?t=63250.


I use the Treo 650 unlocked GSM version with T-mobile currently.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2005 1:24 pm    Post subject: Land-Rover Specific questions Reply with quote

I've got a Discovery Series I (1998) and I've been meaning to do this for a while, in order to hook up Topo! and the navigation GPS. A must-have, in my opinion.

Besides, it's a Land Rover, and you didn't tell us how well the system works off-road. This isn't a "pavement queen" is it? How about hooking in a satellite phone for backcountry web access (shudder). How about an undercarriage-mounted iSight for checking rock clearance? Foreign-language translation software, for operating in Zimbabwe?

I'm just kidding, of course. Mostly. I do use Topo! and my GPS with my iBook, which I wish I could find a decent mount that would fit in the front of the Rover.

Good work!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2005 1:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Land-Rover Specific questions Reply with quote

justfred wrote:
This isn't a "pavement queen" is it?

I'm just kidding, of course. Mostly. I do use Topo! and my GPS with my iBook, which I wish I could find a decent mount that would fit in the front of the Rover.

Good work!


He he, no it's not a pavement queen. I use it regularly during the summer on the beach, but not in the woods yet.

www.mobileplanet.com sells in-vehicle mounts for laptops. Maybe one of the universal models would fit your Rover.

Good luck with you Rover and mac. Thanks for the comments.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this setup is wicked sweet Cool but if you lived in a cool climate like I do it would never workout. I would like have to bring in the house every night or my Mac mini would feeze to death.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool project but I have a suggestion for the owner concerning the power problem. The setup described is going from 12 (car) to 120V inverter to battery BU which is (120--> 12) internally and then back up to(12--> 120) and then back down with the Mac Mini power supply to low voltage (120--> mm). Too many voltage changes of which each has inefficiencies. Why not connect the car's 12 volt system directly to the 12 battery in the BU unit and loose the inverter. The battery BU unit would have to be opened to access the battery and a large current (25 amp or so) diode connected in series with the 12 from the car to the BU unit would be a good idea ( http://www.allelectronics.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?category=205&item=1N1190AR&type=store ). This prevents the BU battery from discharging into or interfering with the car supply yet allows the car to keep the BU battery hot and charge it quickly.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 5:07 am    Post subject: Sleep in car Reply with quote

A USB compatible UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) would provide the means to sleep the Mac Mini when you leave the car. Mac OS X has built in support for this (if it detects one it shows the option in Energy Saver). However I do note your problem getting a UPS to properly charge via a 12V to 110V power inverter.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac mini installed into a Lexus IS300. Really good looking job!


http://www.is300.net/forums/showthread.php?t=242507
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