dont get me wrong, an iPod is a wonderful gadget, and it is extreamly portable. however, I want something permenant and stationary for my car.
ok, I just got a flash of inspiration after seeing this hack over on hackaday, where somebody stuffed a car stereo in a Macintosh LC.
granted, the thing is gutted, and he used only the case, but it is still a Mac.
this, combined with reading the stories over on Macvroom, I got to thinking, what if somebody were to meld these two hacks together, and turn an LC into a dedicated MP3 player, and stuff it in a car.
that person is going to be me!!
I scounged around, and found an old dual floppy deal, with a broken case latch, and an Uber yellowed case, hence the name of the project.
I already have an LC III, but that is part of my collection, and I REALLY want to have a dual floppy unit.
now, here are the list of materials I need:
1. Macintosh LC
2. Ethernet PDS card (to load music from my Powerbook)
3. crossover cable (to load music)
4. Quadra 605 power supply (more on this later)
5. internal SCSI hard drive (3-10gb, I dont have alot of music, but I want room for expansion).
6. ADB mouse w/extension cable (more on this later)
7. Internal SCSI cable
8. 2 FDHD disks (already set in that department).
9. System Software 6.0.7 - 7.5.5 (cant decide), as stripped down as possible.
10. A no frills MP3 player for 68k, capable of running on a 68020 and requires less than 2048 of ram, and less than 1440k of disk space, when unstuffed/unarchived/uncompressed.
11. Audio extension cable, so the tape adapter's plug can reach.
ok, I think that's it. if not, I will add them in a later post (as you cant really edit starting posts).
now, to explain myself:
I did some test fitting with my LC III, which is currently temporarally retired while I find a place for it. I removed the 250mb hard drive, and it was still in it's bracket. I removed the 32mb SIMM I have in the single ram slot (i know the LC has 2 ram slots). turns out the hard drive WILL fit if you cut off the plastic standoffs off the top of the case (which dont seem to do anything anyways, correct me if I'm wrong). note the hard drive was still in the bracket. I didnt remove it, but it seems to fit when it was in the bracket, so a regular hard drive will fit just fine, after I remove the standoffs.
the reason I want a quadra 605 power supply, is because I did some reasearch, and according to Mactracker, the Macintosh LC draws am max of 50 watts. but the Quadra 605 draws a max of 30 watts. the lower the power, the better off I think I will be. My inverter has only a 70 watt max, and I use it to charge my cell phone, which I dont know how much wattage it pulls. will a quadra 605 power supply fit in an LC? let me know.
next is the ADB mouse. I am going to dis assemble it, and just use the button. since, I will be running this thing headless, i need a fast and easy way to play/pause the music. so, I will position my pointer over the pause button in the MP3 player app, and use the mouse button to play/pause the music. clever.
as for why I want a 2 floppy unit, is because the Hard drive will be dedicated to the MP3 files. floppy 1 will contain the system software, and floppy 2 will contain the MP3 player software, and any additional drivers or system bits that wont fit on disk 1.
help me choose a system software version. it has to fit within these criteria:
1. as small as possible ram wise (I am only going to be using the motherboard's 2mb, so this is critical)
2. it must be compatible with the MP3 player
3. It must be compatible with a PDS ethernet card, and support TCP/IP so I can transfer files.
the same goes for the MP3 player software, including number 3, as as soon as I transfer files over crossover, they can go directly into the playlist.
so, I think I have a bit of work on hand, but it will be a fun project, and will be a wonderfull dedicated MP3 player when it's finished.
oh, the positioning of the LC will be perfect: under the driver's seat with it's ports facing the front of the vehicle. this allows cables to have plenty of lenght, and have the floppy disk access in the back, as they wont be needed as often.
feel free to leave comments, feedback, fine tuning, suggestions, and PLEASE let me know about the system software and MP3 player, as I cant find aything on this.