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  • CarPC in 93 Mercury Sable

    Hi,

    I have finally decided to put a 'puter in my car. I don't want to do anything permanent to the car (not that I care about it much), I just don't want to waste anymore money on this thing on anything permanent.

    As of right now, this is the hardware that I have and plan to use.

    1. Dell Latitude L400 (PIII 700MHz-M, 256MB SDRAM, 40GB HD, Port Replicator, External 8X DVD & Floppy)
    2. Deluo GPS Mouse (Thanks Chita79)


    As of right now, that's all I have.

    Right now, I'm looking for the best way to power it.

    I have 3 options:

    1. Auto/Air Adapter (Dell does not sell these for this model. It also has a proprietary connection on the back)
    2. Inverter
    3. An option I don't know about (Any ideas?)

    I'm also looking for a 7" VGA TC (Lilliput or Xenarc)

    I will post pictures of exactly what I will be doing in the car for the screen and computer as soon as I get the car cleaned up so I don't embarass myself by it's messieness

    For now, I'm still using my Clie for Navigation and my iPod 20GB 4th GEn for MP3s.
    So, enough chatting. Click here to visit my project

    By the way, feel free to sign my guesbook and rate my car
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  • #2
    Well, here's a picture of my car:



    And here are some pictues of my dash area:
    The whole front dash area of my car (ugly, huh! )


    A closeup of the dash area


    The bottom part of my dash


    The top part of my dash
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    • #3
      Now, I am going to mount my CarPC (A laptop) under the passenger's seat. The only reason that I'm doing it under there is because I don't have enough room anywhere else. My subs don't give me enough room to put it in the trunk.

      The laptop is a Dell Latitude L400. It has a PIII 700MHz-m, 20GB HD, 256MB Ram, and an 8xDVD.

      Here are some pictures of the laptop:





      Here is a picture of how the laptop is going to look mounted under the seat:


      There are a couple of problems however with just putting the laptop down there on the carpet. The laptop gets REALLY hot, and there's an annoying heater/AC vent under the seat that will 1. Get in the way of securing the laptop to the carpet 2. Maybe make conditions down there unusable for the laptop.


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      • #4
        Now, as far as my screen goes, I am going to make a little shelf for a Lilliput or Xenarc screen under my receiver where the pocket is. I'm still not sure what to make it from. It will probably end up being made of wood or metal. If someone has a better idea, please let me know. On that shelf I am going to screw the Lilliput/Xenarc stand on there so that I don't have to do any bondoing or fiberglassing. Plus, the screen is easily removable.
        Best of both worlds!!
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        • #5
          If your friend's thing doesn't work out you can pick up one of the little laptop cooling stands with fans, etc. for under $20..

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          • #6
            Originally posted by arebelspy
            If your friend's thing doesn't work out you can pick up one of the little laptop cooling stands with fans, etc. for under $20..

            -arebelspy
            Well, I have looked into those. The problem is that they raise the laptop too high, and I can't put my seat back on.

            If you can find one that doesn't let my laptop go higher than 5", let me know.

            Peace,

            Rafster
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            • #7
              Drill a hole ontop of were the A/C controls are for the monitor stand.
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              • #8
                Just took the screen off the laptop. Sorry about the quality!
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                • #9
                  nice! sell the screen on ebay
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                  • #10
                    d00d... get rid of that rotating mercury logo. A mercury is nothing to be proud off. Plus you can get pulled over for moving images
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                    • #11
                      Hehe,

                      Merc. Logo stays as long as I have this POS.

                      I don't think you can get pulled over for that ****.

                      Haven't you seen the many receivers which have like mini movies on them?

                      Same ****....

                      Peace,

                      Rafster
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Rafster
                        Hehe,

                        Merc. Logo stays as long as I have this POS.

                        I don't think you can get pulled over for that ****.

                        Haven't you seen the many receivers which have like mini movies on them?

                        Same ****....

                        Peace,

                        Rafster
                        I guess you want to have the logo as a reminder of what you're driving

                        I haven't really looked into any receivers
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 0l33l
                          I guess you want to have the logo as a reminder of what you're driving

                          I haven't really looked into any receivers

                          LOL, what else can I put there. I'm not gonna put a Lexus or BMW one if I don't drive one.

                          Don't wanna be a poser.

                          Peace,

                          Rafster
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Rafster
                            LOL, what else can I put there. I'm not gonna put a Lexus or BMW one if I don't drive one.

                            Don't wanna be a poser.

                            Peace,

                            Rafster
                            Change skin. DUH!

                            Or put a rotating peice of poop.
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                            • #15
                              I bought something while I'm waiting for money to buy Chita79's Lilliput.

                              You will all see my gangsta install at the meet on Sat. Nov. 5! You know how us Mexicans do! I will put pictures up once the meet is over.

                              I don't wanna spoil the surprise!

                              Peace,

                              Rafster

                              P.S. Chita79, XdjXclusiveX, 0l33l - Don't ruin the surprise!
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