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    Question How to mount tablet PC into visor?

    Hello all,

    I checked the first 5 pages of search results for 'tablet pc visor' and couldn't find the answer I was looking for.

    I have got an Archos 9 running Windows XP and Centrafuse, and I would like to mount it in the visor but I'm not too sure quite how to do it.

    The visor looks like this and I will be getting one from a local breakers yard so if I ever want to sell the car in the future I can put the original one back. The tablet will fit perfectly and it is thin enough to mount flush inside the visor, the weight is also fine, I put the tablet on there temporarily with elastic bands and the visor doesn't fall down at all when driving around heavily pot-holed British roads

    I would like it to look neat and tidy (don't we all?!) but I'm not sure how to accomplish it. I was thinking of hollowing out a hole and putting some sort of plastic edge strip around it and then maybe a perspex frame over the top to stop it falling out, would this be the best idea? It would be nice if it was removable if necessary (maybe some sort of clip or a couple of screws?)

    What are your thoughts?

    Cheers
    Rob

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    using a plastic like lexan (i believe perspex is a more brittle acrylic-- like the US plexiglass) i think you have the right idea.

    the reason i like lexan over basic acrylic is because it is more flexible, and takes a lot more to accidentally break then normal acrylic sheeting..

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    using a plastic like lexan (i believe perspex is a more brittle acrylic-- like the US plexiglass) i think you have the right idea.

    the reason i like lexan over basic acrylic is because it is more flexible, and takes a lot more to accidentally break then normal acrylic sheeting..
    Cool that sounds great, thanks for your reply. What sort of thickness would you recommend? I was thinking something like 3mm would be fine but I've just been offered some 6mm perspex offcuts for free which might do the job and save a bit of money, from experience I've realised this kind of thing doesn't come cheap normally.

    Is it possible to get nuts and bolts with silver caps like the types used in bathrooms? This is the sort of thing I mean (well the screw version anyway)

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    that 6mm stuff would probably work a little better then 3mm.

    i found the dimensions on archos site:
    256 x 134 x 17 mm

    so assuming that the perspex is exactly 6mm, you could layer 3 sheets to get 18mm-- or just enough room for you to slide it in/out..

    so overall, your looking at about needing 4 sheets of perspex(3 to build the height, and 1 for the cover), or 24mm height...

    i don't know about the availability of the screws, you might just need to look at local hardware stores and see what is available.

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    pictures?

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    pictures?
    There's a couple of links to pictures in the first post where it says "Archos 9" and the beginning of the next paragraph has a picture of the visor.

    Once I get another visor I'll have a play around with it and see what ideas I can come up with.

    Cheers for all your advice guys

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    Wow, I didn't realise how long ago I started this thread!

    I have recently been given a reasonable spec laptop with a docking station so I thought, what better way to use it than fit it in my car? The docking station is perfect for the job!

    I decided in the end not to use the tablet PC, but to butcher my Logitel 8" touchscreen and build it into the visor, and unlike most of my projects, I've actually started it now!

    I've made some progress hollowing out the visor, sadly the mirror built in to it was so far to the right that I decided to fit the screen to the edge of where the mirror was so I didn't end up with a gaping hole, what I wasn't aware of though, was the hinge mechanism for the visor to lift up and down, so this is slightly in the way of my screen and means I will have to mount it 1/4" elevated along the top edge.

    I am having a friend of mine make a bezel to go around it, either out of fibreglass or plastic hopefully once that's on there it will start to look a bit better.

    Next on my list is to route the cables through it, extend them a bit, and build a custom switch panel for it as the existing switches will no longer fit along the bottom of the screen. My main objective is for it to look as much like a factory install as possible, this is one reason I was reluctant to do it myself but I simply couldn't spare the 150+ to have a professional do such a small job (just the visor).

    Let me know what you all think so far!





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