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Old 08-17-2006, 09:35 PM   #1
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Car PC Done!!

It's finally done!! The parts were ordered last winter, but I just got around to setting everything up a few weeks ago. Shout out to my coworker Mike for all the advice along the way, to Rich (SrCsTc) for making me this beautiful touchscreen bezel, and last but not the least, to e46fanatics and mp3car for all the amazing resources.

I originally had the PDA setup, which was not bad, but I was not too happy with the screen size (yes, i am a size queen ) and limited functionalities. Now that I have the 7" touchscreen in place, I feel my car's finally complete.

The audio is routed from the pc via aux input to the stock headunit, which is now sitting in the glovebox. The radio harness was not nearly long enough to extend to the glovebox. (Yes, I was heart-broken when I found that out!) I had to cut the harness and extend every single wire to the glovebox (see one of the pictures below).
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Old 08-17-2006, 09:38 PM   #2
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looks sick....if you dont mind me asking, how much did that run you?
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Old 08-17-2006, 09:39 PM   #3
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looks like a very clean set-up!

Congrats on finishing
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Old 08-17-2006, 09:43 PM   #4
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looks sick....if you dont mind me asking, how much did that run you?
Thanks. I probably spent over 1k. Everything is top of the line (or was when I bought them last year.) I did not own any tools before this project, so the cost includes all the tools I had to buy. Before this, I never soldered wires ever in my life, even though I am an electrical engineer, never owned a crimping tool either. Kinda embarrassing. Haha.

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Old 08-17-2006, 10:29 PM   #5
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Old 08-17-2006, 10:41 PM   #6
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wow that looks sweet! nice job
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Old 08-17-2006, 10:45 PM   #7
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i love the clean install...especially the pc in the trunk
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Old 08-17-2006, 11:31 PM   #8
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I love it man! I'm about to do a carPC install myself, I PMed you some questions I had on mounting your headunit in the glovebox.
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Old 08-18-2006, 12:02 AM   #9
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nice work, looks great
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Old 08-18-2006, 12:52 AM   #10
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Looks great bro!!

On a side note, I've now seen that same surround for the screen on several cars now. Is that a stock BMW part and you put your own screen in thereor did you buy that aftermarket?
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Old 08-18-2006, 01:43 AM   #11
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Old 08-18-2006, 01:54 AM   #12
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Hey sorry for my newbness lol, but what does a car pc do. I have been hearing a lot about these latly. Where do you get them?
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Old 08-18-2006, 02:02 AM   #13
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nice very clean instal
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Old 08-18-2006, 03:39 AM   #14
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Old 08-18-2006, 04:50 AM   #15
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nice work. I want to get one in winter, too! THE OEM Navigationsystem is too expensive and has less functions, that's why I decided to build a carpc.

Please post some better pics that I could see your whole system ( also the stock headunit...) Thanks
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Old 08-18-2006, 06:50 AM   #16
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Looks great. Makes me want to get one now...
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Old 08-18-2006, 06:53 AM   #17
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can you maybe post a list of the things you needed and maybe some reference websites or whatever you needed to complete your project?

This sounds like a fun project.


*edit* is it basically the same as this... http://www.mini-itx.com/projects/bmwpc/

obviously yours is integrated to the car much nicer

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Old 08-18-2006, 08:39 AM   #18
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Nice work!


jon323i: Here's mine http://home.comcast.net/~srcstc/my_new_CarPuter.htm

There's more links on my site or just search for E46 on Mp3car.com
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Old 08-18-2006, 08:56 AM   #19
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Old 08-18-2006, 09:10 AM   #20
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