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    Ok so it was on slashdot.org this morning, a Compaq Ipaq for $99 with LCD screen.
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  • #2
    Nice, but of course, theres the age-old question of how to connect that screen to a "real" computer, as I doubt that the system has enough "balls" to to be really useful (store MP3s, play them, install mapping software, etc..

    Its amazing that so many companies are doing the exact same thing others have failed at. Building a system that "only" works with one spacific ISP. the I-opener tried and failed, audrey (was that ISP spacific?) and now the ipaq (MSN). If someone just took a motherboard, paired it with a flat panel, they'd make a fortune!

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    • #3
      gateway had a small system like this but with a touch screen, 10" (i think) lcd and wireless keyboard but using to use only aol internet.

      i think it got hacked to work with a laptop hdd in the end and it worked pretty well with win Me.

      dont know if they are still around they ended up dropping to around $200 i think

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      • #4
        an ipaq has enough 'balls' to play mp3s
        It's well over 200mhz,
        I heard and saw it play mp3s
        There are 1gb cards available for this platform so this device isn't that bad
        If one would store all mp3s on a other computer and let the ipaq connect to this, it's able to play mp3s.
        It's even able to play video's (allthough I don't know the format which it played, but it was very smooth and sharp)

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        • #5
          I have one of these little "I-pucks" as I call them. Its CE, but people have run linux on them. It has media player, so it should play most all the formats. The problem is that the screen is just way too small. Only a few pcmcia cards are supported, the compact flash is handy though. All-in-all, I hate it. I'd much rather use a pilot/visor for a PDA. Even if I hacked the heck out of this iPAQ, it'll still be almost useless.

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          • #6
            Does anyone know if a USB HDD would work on this? That would solve the storage problem. Maybe even use a USB NIC, and connect to another PC stored in the trunk.
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            • #7
              I called Casio and Compaq about hooking up a USB HD to their handhelds. Basically they all said it was a great idea, but it probably cant be done. I found some parts that will convert the CF type to PCMCIA...
              From there you can get a PCMCIA hard drive.

              Check out this web page
              for a few options, but they are pretty pricey

              Also check out this
              thread that I started but didnt get much info back.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by PaulzY:
                <STRONG>gateway had a small system like this but with a touch screen, 10" (i think) lcd and wireless keyboard but using to use only aol internet.

                i think it got hacked to work with a laptop hdd in the end and it worked pretty well with win Me.

                dont know if they are still around they ended up dropping to around $200 i think</STRONG>
                i checked up on these again
                http://www.linux-hacker.net/cgi-bin/.../UltraBoard.pl

                looks liek u can get em for abotu $100 now, and can be hacked to hold a laptop hdd, 2 com ports, parallel, vga as well as the 2 usb and is a 400mhz tran...something and can hold 2 mini-pci cards (modem/ethernet, wireless networking.)

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                • #9
                  So can you EASILY connect a VGA or Composite cable to the 99-dollar, 10-inch LCD screen, and ditch the rest????

                  ~m
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                  • #10
                    Why would you want to pull the LCD out when you could just add a hard drive to the Gateway Touch Screen and have an all in one mp3 system?
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                    • #11
                      Because VGA input panels are hard to find, and the GCT sucks.

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                      • #12
                        Yeah, I actually have a GCT (and a WebSurferPro, a Virgin Webplayer and an ePods). I was just looking for a cheap screen with a simple (or easily-hackable) video input.

                        Any other suggestions, anyone?

                        ~m
                        PII 266, 512 MB RAM, 10 Gig, 36x CD-ROM, 16x DVD, DeLorme GPS, 5.6" LCD Screen, Dschmidt power controller, Keypower ATX DC-DC Supply, PowerAmp Macro controller, Dauphin mini-Kbd.
                        Sony Head Unit, Sony Unilink input selector, rear deck Kenwood 6x9's, stock door spkrs... All in my '96 Civic, of course :}
                        BC ROCKS!!!

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                        • #13
                          ^bump for reply... please...
                          ~m
                          PII 266, 512 MB RAM, 10 Gig, 36x CD-ROM, 16x DVD, DeLorme GPS, 5.6" LCD Screen, Dschmidt power controller, Keypower ATX DC-DC Supply, PowerAmp Macro controller, Dauphin mini-Kbd.
                          Sony Head Unit, Sony Unilink input selector, rear deck Kenwood 6x9's, stock door spkrs... All in my '96 Civic, of course :}
                          BC ROCKS!!!

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