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      07-06-2010, 09:55 AM   #1
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Car PC in Navi compartment ?

Has anyone put a car-pc screen in the navi compartment yet? I am looking at buying a used 335i and thinking about buying one without i-drive and purchasing a spare dash panel to stick a screen into. If someone has done it what is the biggest screen that will fit (donít mind cutting )

I would like some pointers on where to source the dash (new or used in good condition).
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      07-06-2010, 10:16 AM   #2
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interested in this as well.
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      07-06-2010, 10:24 AM   #3
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I plan to do a full writeup.. but I am new to BMW and need some pointers on where to source parts.. etc.. I can handle the computer build and I am handy in the garage.

Another option:
How much is tied into the i drive system? It may be easier/cheaper to get a car with it, and just pull the screen for a larger LCD ? as well as figure out how to get the knob to control the PC...

I need some enlightenment...
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      07-06-2010, 11:08 AM   #4
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      07-07-2010, 07:01 AM   #5
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Guess I am treading new waters..

Looking around at "junkyard" type sites I have found the dash part I need. They run from 400-800$ plus shipping and seem to all include the passenger side airbag.

I contacted an OEM parts vendor to get pricing on a new one without the airbag and will let you guys know what I find out..

Back to my previous question: Can the OEM idrive system be removed without affecting anything ?
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      07-07-2010, 11:23 AM   #6
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http://getbmwparts.com/

they are a vendor here. Evan & Jason, I believe, are on the forums and are very helpful!
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      07-09-2010, 09:03 PM   #7
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Try searching the forum at mp3car.com. I think I remember reading someone doing something similar w/ touchscreen monitor in place of oem.
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      07-10-2010, 06:47 PM   #8
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i have done it. i put an 8 inch lilliput hdmi touchscreen in and also have i-drive. i will post some pics soon
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      07-12-2010, 06:39 AM   #9
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pics..... i havent quite finished yet but

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      07-12-2010, 01:06 PM   #10
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That is pretty cool but i was looking for a way to get a screen into the OEM location.
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what screen are you thinking of putting in there? the only ones that fit easlily are the oem screens. i had the 6.5 inch and swapped it for the 8.8 inch. you wouldnt want a touch screen in there because it is too far to reach and it would be impossible to get anything bigger than a 7inch in there anyway.
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thats sick ... please please please detailed DIY. I'm good with computers just need pointers on how to modify the dash, etc..., and what components you use for the pc...
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This was my setup in my 05 545i, I am not sure if I am going to install one in my 335i.
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thats sick ... please please please detailed DIY. I'm good with computers just need pointers on how to modify the dash, etc..., and what components you use for the pc...
One of the vendors/developers on MP3Car.com built a frontend to read the CANBUS output from the iDrive controller and integrated that into a new FE. He used one of the video integration systems for the iDrive and basically had a well integrated system. The only problem is he charges 299 euro for the software which is a little steep. If somebody knew how to interpret the iDrive CANBUS output and plug that into a FE to act as an HID either by way of a FusionBrain or other controller you could have a fully integrated system.

The PC components is the easy part of the problem...controlling the Carputer is the tricky piece I think.

Personally I wouldn't want a second screen.
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      08-25-2010, 06:34 PM   #16
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One of the vendors/developers on MP3Car.com built a frontend to read the CANBUS output from the iDrive controller and integrated that into a new FE. He used one of the video integration systems for the iDrive and basically had a well integrated system. The only problem is he charges 299 euro for the software which is a little steep. If somebody knew how to interpret the iDrive CANBUS output and plug that into a FE to act as an HID either by way of a FusionBrain or other controller you could have a fully integrated system.

The PC components is the easy part of the problem...controlling the Carputer is the tricky piece I think.

Personally I wouldn't want a second screen.
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Looks like it's the KCAN bus...lots of stuff to wrap your head around
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