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Old June 14th, 2003, 02:54 AM   #1
 
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LCD & PC hook up

i was thikning of buying a touch LCD screen for my 2k av6 which i would connect to my laptop in my trunk

i wanted to make it a touch screen and then have a GPS system installed in my laptop which i have a dvd player and an mp3 player through the laptop


i was wondering if i could basically just make the LCD screen a monitor for the laptop which would also double as the mouse beucase it would be touch screen

if anyone has any models or advice for me, i would really appreciate it

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Old June 14th, 2003, 02:55 AM   #2
 
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oh yeah, and i wanted to place the LCD screen right behind the shifter so it would cover the bin under the center console
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Old June 19th, 2003, 08:51 AM   #3
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this is posssilbe but very expensive...first u would have to find a 7" or 6" LCD touchscreen that has serial wires to hook up to the laptop...can't just use a regular LCD...next depending on the laptop you would have to buy special software for the screen so it can read ur movments...its not just plug and play...on cpu's you can just buy a video card that would support it...you best bet is to just purchase a touchpad and locate it perhaps where your cup holders are...and then use a regualar LCD(if you laptop has RCA video ouput) or you will still have to buy a computer LCD with serial connections...if you have anymore questions let me know...
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Old June 22nd, 2003, 06:41 PM   #4
 
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Dude, it's beyond easy to hook up a PC to a LCD ... all the costs are basically the hardware.

I got an in-dash 5.6" LCD for $250. The 7" touchscreen I want that has VGA hookup is about $500.

I connect my PC via RCA (yellow) to the screen and have a USB mouse ($15 at CompUSA) that is hand-held trackball like. (A touchscreen would connect via serial or USB to the PC)

Then you're set to go.

Below is how my GPS looks in my car.

Hope this helps,
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Old June 22nd, 2003, 06:48 PM   #6
 
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btw - sorry again, forgot to post link

7" in-dash touchscreen
http://www.digitalww.com/LCD_TM_701L.htm
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Old June 22nd, 2003, 07:09 PM   #7
 
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That is cool, what GPS software do you run on your laptop? How long does it take for laptop to startup? How do you handle turning off your car, you would have to shut it down everytime you turn off your car right?

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very good info...those sites have great values
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Old June 22nd, 2003, 10:27 PM   #9
 
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It's even easier if your laptop has an RCA out, my Sonys does, I believe Macs do, likely many others. Then you can just use any LCD screen. As stated though, touch-screen requires special software and other setup - I'd recommend a wireless RF USB keyboard/mouse setup for control. No wires, no line of sight issues, and the range is enough for most cars.

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my sony has a line out too but the resolution gets messed up on a tv...so im thinking on a little 7 in it might look really bad...
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How about the hassle of having to shutdown the computer and start it up every time you start and stop your car? Any solutions to it?
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How about the hassle of having to shutdown the computer and start it up every time you start and stop your car? Any solutions to it?
well laptops have batteries that hold around 2 hours...so for short stops that doesn't matter...for long ones when the battery runs down enough the computer will hibernate(turn off after saving all of ur settings) then when u turn the car back on the laptop would begin charging again and you could turn it back on and it will pick off exactly where it left off due to the hibernate feature...
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Old June 23rd, 2003, 11:44 AM   #13
 
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That is cool, what GPS software do you run on your laptop? How long does it take for laptop to startup? How do you handle turning off your car, you would have to shut it down everytime you turn off your car right?
There's two aspects to my current set-up.

Right now I only turn the GPS on for road trips etc, cause to shut it down requires me to Start > Shut Down.

I have a circuit board a guy sells on MP3car.com for $22 that you wire to the battery, car acc line and your mobo, it's a neat shutdown controller.... I have never wired anything to the batt, so I'm not there yet ... I shold install that soon since it's all I got left.

I use Delorme Street Atlas (at CompUSA for $35) ... I use Deluo USB GPS ($85)

Again, when I add the shutdown controller, then the computer will start-up and shutdown with the ignition. It's a really neat gizmo these guys built. It is a PC though. I had a laptop and that must be shut down by you pushing the button, etc.

I bought a cheap Celeron 900 desktop and threw it into the trunk.

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For you guys worrying about shutdown there are two popular ways.

One is called the ATX Shutdown controller ($22 or so)
http://home.attbi.com/~zootjeff/shutdown/

Another, much more expensive, is what cops use in their cars, etc. It's about $200 and from a company called Opus, it's both a shutdown controller and power supply.
http://www.opussolutions.com/150watt.html

The Opus is GREAT from what I read, also I use an inverter which has fan noise, etc ... the Opus is straight DC-DC and runs nearly quiet. (Some people even remove the fan and it's completely quiet)

Anyway these are two popular ways to shutdown a desktop, a laptop is completey another story.

I used a laptop to test out my GPS, etc, play DVDs, divx etc but again I'd use it for road trips not running to the grocery store and back.

If you're into computers and cars, this is a nice side hobby.

hope this info helps somewhat

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Another, much more expensive, is what cops use in their cars, etc. It's about $200 and from a company called Opus, it's both a shutdown controller and power supply.
http://www.opussolutions.com/150watt.html

The Opus is GREAT from what I read, also I use an inverter which has fan noise, etc ... the Opus is straight DC-DC and runs nearly quiet. (Some people even remove the fan and it's completely quiet)
I just worked on a project for my engineering clinic do that stuff...We just redid the State police cars here in new jersey...the Opus was what they oringinally have but now the ECEs just redisigned a power supply/computer for them...basically the same principle but the shutdown is built into the the motherboard of the cpu...its really amazing...they have a couple of prototypes laying around in gonna see if i can get my hands on that...
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Old June 24th, 2003, 09:27 AM   #16
 
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they have a couple of prototypes laying around in gonna see if i can get my hands on that...
If you can, take some pics, that would be neat to look at... (and maybe buy )
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It's not difficult if you know basic circuit design - most modern computers have remote administration capability built into the motherboard, meaning you can turn them on/off via remote signal, usually from network. All you've got to do is program your own IC to monitor switched ignition power and turn the computer on/off based off that, and link that into the computer based off the same remote administration.

Hooking to power is even easier as computer power is either 12V or 5V, you can link direct to car 12V, and use a simple voltage regulator for 5V supply.

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