I picked up a newer laptop with a broken screen off of Craigslist pretty cheap and modified it a bit, removed the screen, and cut the area out where the DVD drive goes so it will fit in the location I've chosen to mount it. I ran the connection for the DVD drive out the front of the laptop and with a cable extension will mount the DVD drive in another location. I am lucky in that the Hybrid has an AC outlet in the dash as well as an auxillary input in the dash so I have power and a way to get sound into the stock Ford Sync system. The other issue of being able to turn on the laptop was solved from another post on this forum, I soldered wires to the factory on/off button and ran them to a 3.5mm jack I installed on the side of the computer so I can now run a momentary button to the jack and turn it on from wherever I mount the switch. So this is just the beginning, I need to get me some monitors, I don't want to do a dash mount as I don't want to mess with the factory Sync Radio so I was thinking 2 7 inch touchscreens in the visors, or maybe just one larger monitor on a gooseneck on the passenger side, not sure yet.
No announcement yet.
2009 Ford Escape Hybrid