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Old 10-01-2008, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Calling the Computer nerds

I am one myself but have a question for others. My wife has a Compaq N800C laptop and am planning on near future upgrade. I have always wanted a in-car computer,......... So I was thinking load it with Linux and remove casing and build new casing in car, but I am wondering how could I not use the laptop screen and use like a 8 or 9" screen instead.

Anyone have any experience with this? I want it for my mp3's, gps?,Mpguino output, so forth, And to just have it always wanted one like this.

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I've got LOTS of experience with this!

My advise. Don't do it, not because it isn't a cool, fun hobby, but because it is addictive and expensive in the end.


For some crack check out mp3car.com

First Car pc 1999 Pentium 120 underclocked to 100mhz with 32 gigs of ram and an 8 gig hard drive in a harbor freight case; game controller used to control song playback, Winamp as shell. Sproggy PSU

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333 AMD 64 megs ram Same case, soon added added a 5.7" composite tft in dash and used a gyration mouse + the game pad. Sproggy burnt up, used an inverter.

Car Pc #3 Shuttle launched the sv/fv24 and I ordered one first day out. 1ghz. GREAT size; fit in the small harborfreight case with PSU, HDD, extra fans. Man was it cool, everybody quit calling me a geek, and just respected.
At the time there were not any good front ends yet, so it was windows 98 (then xp).

Car pc #4 Put me back in Geek; I mounted a 15" screen directly in front of the passenger; eventually added automatic brightness controls, built in touchpoint, small keyboard in glove box; head unit in glove box with face plate in sunroof pannel. Man was it great. All Got stolen, except for the screen, then I got stopped for having a screen in the view of the driver (never had an issue when it worked), and just scrapped the project.

Issues you will have are 1) ground loops 2) most sound cards don't sound that great, so you wil end up buying a decent USB one. Seriously budget 4* what you think, these things eat you alive, but man are they fun.


Edit: Answering your question DUH!

http://store.mp3car.com/New_7_Transf..._p/mon-052.htm is what you will end up with

But http://store.mp3car.com/2008_Lillipu..._p/mon-016.htm Works well if you are not in direct sun. ( I've installed a lilliput before and they are great; but not close to the daylight readable screen above) The Lilliput guys at SEMA are funny, very very bad english.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Thanks man looks sweet. 1st is kinda pricey but second within reach, Maybe?
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My advise. Don't do it, not because it isn't a cool, fun hobby, but because it is addictive and expensive in the end.
Was kinda thinking the same, but can never have too many hobbies.
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You should be able to find a lilliput ~$225 used. A buddy of mine sold one 2 weeks ago for $250 moulded in to a 240 dash bezel.

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and the ever popular (but odd resolution) 619
http://store.mp3car.com/Lilliput_7_V..._p/mon-001.htm
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Have you ever used RoadRunner or Linux Ice? I dl'ed RR tonight may play with in on old desktop I have laying here.
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I have installed + used RoadRunner, but I have never had it in my vehicle; at the time it was a little finicky (but worked well once working), but I'd bet that would be ironed out by now.

I have never used Linux in a car; sorry.

There is also a company from around here; I can't remember the name right now they are from the Northshore. . . .
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I have installed + used RoadRunner, but I have never had it in my vehicle; at the time it was a little finicky (but worked well once working), but I'd bet that would be ironed out by now.

I have never used Linux in a car; sorry.

There is also a company from around here; I can't remember the name right now they are from the Northshore. . . .
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I have roadrunner running in my car right now using the lsxvoid skin. I used a 10 inch touchscreen I got from gooddeals18.com i think is the name of the place for ~$200. I built my computer from e-itx.com and newegg.com. It works pretty good but wasn't really that cheap

120gig hd that syncs up to my main computers mp3 folder every time i get home and get within range of my wireless. It works good and so far I am glad I built the computer into the dash. I don't know how much work you are planning to do to your dash but fitting a screen in there can be a real pain since the defroster controls are probably in the way and will have to be moved.
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Here's another Lilliput on ebay for $177 :

Lilliput 7" EBY701-NP/C/T LCD CAR PC VGA Touch screen - eBay (item 200257345373 end time Oct-04-08 20:26:48 PDT)


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this is the 8" version of the screen i have in my car

new 8 inch Desktop TFT LCD Monitor w Touch Screen + VGA

it is $160, But I say go for the 10 inch screen. They are huge in a metro dash

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