I still have a leftover dash piece from my 03 where the radio mounts, so I'll take a look at the interior dimensions and see.
I am preety sure i would have never succeed to install a 9" into my dash
I cannot wait to see your install once it is done. Fingers crossed!
A LVDS-attached LCD panel acts just like the kinds that are attached to a laptop.
The video controller knows exactly what the physical resolution of the LCD is, so it can do nifty things like resolution scaling, such as scaling down 1280x800 to 800x480.
It can also do a "virtual screen" trick - ie, your desktop resolution is 1280x800, but the LCD is 800x480 - move the mouse beyond the LCD borders, and the picture scrolls around with it.
Although I'm not quite sure how a touchscreen panel would behave with that..
In any case, I've confirmed that Commell can provide a custom BIOS to support 800x480, so for me it's only a matter of deciding whether I want a LV-675 Pentium M, or a LV-677 Core Duo / Solo.
They even had a bios update out for my older LV-671 to support 800x480, which is perfect for testing purposes.
A thought just occurred to me..
I still have my original AUO 8.4" 4:3 aspect display that runs 800x600 over LVDS, with a touch screen, and it works fine. Plenty bright, too, with a touch screen.
I can get a PCI Express adapter card for the Commell LV-677 to support a second LVDS LCD panel as another display.
How cool would it be to add the 8.4" as a secondary display, contained in a ruggedized frame, and stored in the glove box or under the passenger seat?
I bet I could come up with some kind of an armature to swing it up into view, and back down out of the way for storage..
You have some very good ideas. I was very tempted to try and get an 8.4" into my WRX but ultimately decided to wait for the time being and actually get finished. I am happy except for the screen being hard to read, but then I did not shell out for a transflective so I can't complain.
After having read the Working with Foam thread by GoHybrid, I've decided to change my tactics a bit..
Instead of trying to bend aluminum into a complex angle, I'm going to try carving some RenShape foam to fit the recesses inside the dash.
The foam will be shaped and hollowed out to fit the LCD panel at just the right angle.
After the piece is finished, I'll mold it in silicone rubber, and cast a final part out of polyurethane plastic.
I'll also shape a new bezel out of a foam block, which will let me re-position the automatic climate controls about 1/4-1/2" lower, allowing for a better fit on the LCD panel.
In the end, I expect to have a complete 2-part system cast out of plastic, and will be able to make duplicates for anybody who wants one... for a small fee.
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