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  • Why not just use a laptop?

    I see how everyone on here puts together computers for their car.... but why not just buy a used laptop off ebay for 200 bucks? The case would be even smaller, and fit very easily underneath a car seat. Then just get one of those 7" screens to put in your dash and your set.

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    because that would be too easy


    ...plus it would be gay
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    • #3
      Gay? Seems more sleek to me.. unless you are wanting to show off the case and have one of those neon rigs for your trunk, the more hidden the better imo.

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      • #4
        You think you got all the answers eh? Take a look at what the specs are for the pc's we have, what we add to them, and then ask yourself why we dont just use a 200 dollar laptop from ebay.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by dotjosh
          Gay? Seems more sleek to me.. unless you are wanting to show off the case and have one of those neon rigs for your trunk, the more hidden the better imo.
          How are you going to turn it on and off? There's solutions out there, but they take away form the decidedly sleek look of it.
          There are other issues, as well. , depending on the laptop.
          But hey. Go with it if that's what you want.
          Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
          How about the Wiki?



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          • #6
            Easy, guys! It's posted in the Newbie section.

            Search on terms: "laptop vs desktop" for some answers.

            Quickly:

            1. Auto power on

            2. Expandability

            3. Speed

            Laptop is a solution for some but one size doesn't fit all, I'm afraid.
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            • #7
              Buy a vowel, the newbie section is only a little protection against the 'search' flames.
              Post a better question, get a better answer.
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              • #8
                You misunderstand ibrennan. Being from New Jersey, anything that (s)he doesn't agree with is "gay". Its a Jersey thing.

                //can state for a fact, having grown up in Roxbury Twp.

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                • #9
                  Speed? I think my p4 2.4 ghz 256mb, 60gb hdd compaq laptop bought without lcd for 100$ will be a lil faster thn the epia mb.
                  Auto-on? With a lil knowledge of electronics this can be done easily
                  Expandability? USB - Firewire enough for me. But OK, you win (maybe :P )

                  So I think its indeed not one size fits all
                  Dont look @ my ****ty english plz.

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                  • #10
                    Just an example of how sleek a laptop integration can be... http://www.mattlocked-carputer.tk

                    I Used my old toshiba satellite P III 800Mhz with 256 MB, 8 GB internal HDD, an external USB 2.0 60 GB HDD, bluetooth, Sirf GPS, mini Keyboard, 802.11G wi-fi adaptor, joypad... and whatever I may like... With a skimmed OS like windows 2000 pro. you can run virtually anything on it... Besides easier and lower power supply/consumption... less trunk space required... and easier roll back in case you change your car....

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jurjen
                      Speed? I think my p4 2.4 ghz 256mb, 60gb hdd compaq laptop bought without lcd for 100$ will be a lil faster thn the epia mb.
                      Auto-on? With a lil knowledge of electronics this can be done easily
                      Expandability? USB - Firewire enough for me. But OK, you win (maybe :P )

                      So I think its indeed not one size fits all
                      where did you get that for 100 bucks... ebay?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by dotjosh
                        I see how everyone on here puts together computers for their car.... but why not just buy a used laptop off ebay for 200 bucks? The case would be even smaller, and fit very easily underneath a car seat. Then just get one of those 7" screens to put in your dash and your set.
                        I have one hting to say:

                        One problem with laptops and a 7" screen - they cant do 800x480

                        There are lots of problems. Ihave to say a laptop install causes more headaches than an epia install. Trust me, i started out using a laptop.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by rubicon
                          You misunderstand ibrennan. Being from New Jersey, anything that (s)he doesn't agree with is "gay". Its a Jersey thing.

                          //can state for a fact, having grown up in Roxbury Twp.


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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Scouse Monkey
                            I have one hting to say:

                            One problem with laptops and a 7" screen - they cant do 800x480

                            There are lots of problems. Ihave to say a laptop install causes more headaches than an epia install. Trust me, i started out using a laptop.
                            there isnt a way to force a different resolution?
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by reiner15
                              there isnt a way to force a different resolution?
                              Oh for god sake!!! It depends on your grpahics card and most laptops have onboard graphics that cannot do custom resolutions. Only newer, expensive ones with GeForce and ATI mobile GPUs are liekly o be able to do it.

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