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    Help me with LCD project

    Hello people, I am a complete newbie to cars when it comes to this kind of stuff, actually I don't know much about cars in general, but anyways, I really want to get a 7" LCD in my dash really bad, I am going to buy the Xenarc 7" (http://www.xenarc.com/product/700ts.html).

    I have no idea how I would do this cause my dash is cluttered, and I do not know anything about fiber, cutting, or how to do any of this, I've never ripped my dash out before, so if anyone could help me from scratch that would be awesome, or if you could direct me to sites with help, thanks.

    Oh yeh I want to wire it to my laptop but how would I do that so the wires are not visible, and where would I place the laptop in my car, and how do I power all this equipment up???

    Here is some photos of my interior.

    Thanks!!!
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    Hmm. It does indeed look like you're in a pickle... You might have to get rid of the vent and the other thing above your CD player. What is that thing to the left of your vent anyhow?

    As for using a laptop, it's really still too big. If you insist on using a laptop, you might be able to run some of the wiring under the carpet or behind your dash... Depends where you're hooking it up. You might want to look into a mini-ITX solution. Much smaller than a laptop.

    As for power, you might need a power inverter. I think some mini-ITX power supplies can do DC to DC so no need for an inverter there.

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    thanks

    alright thanks, what is DC to DC, and how do i wire this stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecaandrew
    alright thanks, what is DC to DC, and how do i wire this stuff?

    If you're asking questions about DC-DC and that sort of thing, then you're going to have a rough go of it...
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert

    If you're asking questions about DC-DC and that sort of thing, then you're going to have a rough go of it...
    agreed...first thing I would do is read as much as possible on what is required to put a carputer into your car/truck. I would do that before you start thinking about cutting stuff and buying stuff.

    best of luck

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    aiight

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecaandrew
    Hello people, I am a complete newbie to cars when it comes to this kind of stuff, actually I don't know much about cars in general, but anyways, I really want to get a 7" LCD in my dash really bad, I am going to buy the Xenarc 7" (http://www.xenarc.com/product/700ts.html).

    I have no idea how I would do this cause my dash is cluttered, and I do not know anything about fiber, cutting, or how to do any of this, I've never ripped my dash out before, so if anyone could help me from scratch that would be awesome, or if you could direct me to sites with help, thanks.

    Oh yeh I want to wire it to my laptop but how would I do that so the wires are not visible, and where would I place the laptop in my car, and how do I power all this equipment up???

    Here is some photos of my interior.

    Thanks!!!
    I used to have a Navajo with the same dash and I moved some stuff around



    That was the second idea, made my own slide out that would popup and crap.

    I wish I had a pic of the 3rd revision. I moved the 4x4 control to the steering area plastic and got rid of the vent. For the radio I moved that down to where the ashtray was and got rid of the ashtray. I then just made a mount (at that time I didn't try fiber/bondo) out of speaker box carpet and some thin board. It worked great, until the Navajo tranny died on me and I ripped it all out 1 week later after finishing it.

    But you can easily fit a 7" LCD in the radio/4x4 control area with some fiber/bondo work.

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    Wow, thats awesome, how would I go about doing that??? Never done any cutting of dash boards and fiber stuff, thanks.

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