I received the unit today and tested it.
you have to get rid of the autorunned software (that waits forever) in order to gain control.
then you need to adjust the touchscreen sensitivity.
then you have a working puter. it even has tweak UI installed.
I took off the directional filter from the LCD and it is now much brighter.
I did like streetknight and took off the sidemetal bracket - it saves about one inch from side to side. I don't think I'll use that ethernet card in my car anyway, so I took it off.
It leaves the 2 PCMCIA cards free, plus the one USB.
I also took off the thinggy that passes from the main board to the jacks for mouse/keyboard. I don't think I'll use it, but I tested it and cannot plug the keyboard directly in the board's PS2 connection, it has to be splitted. Go figure.
Mainly, this is a laptop computer mounted in a metallic casing, with a smaller LCD and a touchscreen. It uses laptop memory and I believe it could be upgraded. It also uses laptop hard drive and it should be possible to change it also.
You even have a VGA connector inside, and the video parameters in the OS states you displays on "CRT and onboard LCD"... this might be a lead to a twin monitor setup.
the whole unit works mainly on something like 40W. I used the exac same converter then
which I had for my lappy and it works great once you wired it up.
It was powered from a 70W battery pack and I ran it for about 3-4 hours while it was already on medium/low. This unit doesn't use much power.
I think I'll do like streetknight and connect sounds directly to the mainboard.
In fact, I might get rid of the main mounting case: it is adding 2-3 inches in left/right directions, while it could be about the same size as the screen and fit more willingly in the vehicle. The board is not really larger then the screen, just placed weirdly.
anyway, I'll start by doing lots of size calculation, measure twice, and then cut... if needed.
This is interesting, but I have others projects on the go before this goes in the car... I think I'll do that this summer.
nevertheless, thanks civic for that great opportunities.