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    Has anyone else thought of this too.....

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    Has anyone else thought of this too.....
    i was just wondering if anyone else had the idea i had. Becuase of how small it is i thought it would be the ideal computer to install into a car. My brother just got an Acura Tl and is planning on installing an xbox into it which gave me this idea. the only thing that would be the downside of doing this is the internet. i guess u could us the bluetooth in the mini to connect to the internet via a bluetooth phone but that gets rather expensive. yep thats pretty much all i was thinking and wanted to see what you guys thought about it.

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    What if satelite radio like XM or Sirius offered internet in some way through their transmissions. Then I could definitely see a comuter in the car being worth while.

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    If you have a wireless card whenever you stop by starbucks, mcdonalds, outside your house you could get on the net There was another thread about this with a guy that is actually doing it and he's going to provide us with pictures once it's done.

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    Has anyone else thought of this too.....

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    its cool that someone is actually doing this....if i had $700 and a car with LCDs then i would try it lol i really would like to see pics do u happen to know of the original thread

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    i really dont understand the whole in car entertainment thing....do people actually sit and play videogames in their trunk or in the back seat?? or when will people use this computer (other than using it as an mp3 player....and if they do that they should just use an ipod)

    i just dont get it
    -chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kutless217
    i was just wondering if anyone else had the idea i had. Becuase of how small it is i thought it would be the ideal computer to install into a car. My brother just got an Acura Tl and is planning on installing an xbox into it which gave me this idea. the only thing that would be the downside of doing this is the internet. i guess u could us the bluetooth in the mini to connect to the internet via a bluetooth phone but that gets rather expensive. yep thats pretty much all i was thinking and wanted to see what you guys thought about it.
    Not only thought about it but already done it, when my Mini arrives it will be replacing the PC in my car. The only remaining issue I have is the GPS software, after that it will function just about the same as th ePC only faster and smaller.

    Amen-Moses

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    Has anyone else thought of this too.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by coach_z
    i really dont understand the whole in car entertainment thing....do people actually sit and play videogames in their trunk or in the back seat?? or when will people use this computer (other than using it as an mp3 player....and if they do that they should just use an ipod)

    i just dont get it
    -chris
    GPS navigation/verrry big jukebox/DVD for the passengers/Games for the passengers. Some really mad techy types have even wired up their engine management systems to a PC so they can monitor their "ride".

    Amen-Moses

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    yeah my bro wants to hook up my powerbook to his camaro to make live changes to the car's computer and he knows that he can't use his laptop to do it cuz if it crashed his engine would go to **** lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kutless217
    yeah my bro wants to hook up my powerbook to his camaro to make live changes to the car's computer and he knows that he can't use his laptop to do it cuz if it crashed his engine would go to **** lol
    Are you saying he would monitor/control the car with the laptop?

    Can't you get sattalite internet? Because one of my dads friends has it... But he lives on the other side of the world... I'd image ine it would work in a car, but it might be expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaun89
    Are you saying he would monitor/control the car with the laptop?
    NASCAR and NHRA having been using laptops to tune and configure there engine for years.
    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, It's about learning to dance in the rain!

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    The benefits of mappable ECU's :cool:



    Admittedly on a Windoze machine !

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    When I had the UTEC in my scooby I made changes on the fly. Yes rman is correct, people have been tuning engines for years with computers. And it's no wonder since the modern engine is a marvel of technology these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coach_z
    i really dont understand the whole in car entertainment thing....do people actually sit and play videogames in their trunk or in the back seat?? or when will people use this computer (other than using it as an mp3 player....and if they do that they should just use an ipod)

    i just dont get it
    -chris
    KIDS!

    My sister's minivan has a DVD entertainment system that also has input jacks for external video. My niece and nephew on long trips can watch movies or play with their XBOX. Instead of getting an "are we there yet" every five minutes they put on the wireless headphones and enjoy themselves. Having gone on a 12 hour trip with my sister and her kids, I can tell you that the thing was a godsend.

    Adults listening to music up front, kids watching videos and XBOXing in the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackscooby
    The benefits of mappable ECU's :cool:



    Admittedly on a Windoze machine !
    Cool. Ive never seen that before.

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