That monitor is composite only. You'll need TV-out on the PC to use it. You may have that.Originally Posted by sc30317
Also, image quality will be less-than-ideal (usually ****ty). Text will be difficult to read, especially smaller text, such as street names on maps ina GPS nav application. If this isn't an issue for you, then rock on.
FM Modulators aren't the greatest sound quality, but they will work. You'll be giving up an FM frequency in the process. Again, if this isn't an issue, then rock on.2. Make a custom mount for it with fiberglass? for insertion in the CD holder
3. Run an FM modulator from the stock head unit for 2 RCA sound inputs
The better situation is to have a headunit with an AUX-in and connect the audio fromt he laptop to that.
That all sounds good. Does the docking station have its own audio outputs? If not, you're going to be disconnecting the audio fromt eh laptop everytime you take the laptop out of the car and reconnecting it everytime you get in. Again, this isn't a horrible thing, but it would be a major inconvenience.4. Run the VGA cable and the USB cable for the touchscreen under the passenger seat
5. Put My thinkpad docking station under the seat, put my thinkpad in it and connect it to the VGA and the RCA sound inputs
If I were going the laptop/dock route, I'd want to be able to put my laptop in the dock to use in the car and have it ready to use.
Depending ont he docking station, you may be able to use a DC-DC power supply like a Carnetix unit. That's a lot more efficient, and it includes a startup/shutdown controller for added coolness. It may not work, but it's at least worth looking into, IMHO.6. Run my DC to AC converter to power it
That all sounds good. You may also want to add WiFi capability to mode music files from the home PC to the car, as well.7. Run my COWON iaudio x5 mp3 player's USB Cable to the dock, run it into the glove box
8. Be able to access my hard drive, play movies, music, and sync my mp3 player in my car, probably add a GPS system eventually, bluetooth, etc.