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  • Removeable 6.8" LCD

    A few people asked me how I made my screen removeable....this is just a little hack I did using the Hard drive /cd rom molex connector and the stand I had.


    Pics are self explanatory so surf to:
    http://www.geocities.com/partycar2000/new/TFT_LCD

    and see the pics.

    I would never want a screen showing from outside..that's like saying "Hello...come n get me"

    It's also kinda nice that the LCD and my head unit are the same brushed aluminum =) never expected that.. just a coincidence.

    cost of the LCD= $275 shipped... for those who are wondering.

    [ 08-29-2001: Message edited by: moahdib ]
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  • #2
    I love it! Been looking for some way to be able to easily hide my LCD. I have the same size LCD, the back is almost identical and I have the same stand. I can see plainly how you got the power to it, but what about the signal cable? My cable comes directly out of the LCD, I guess I could cut the wire and put connectors on each end. Is that what you did? Also how did you get the CPU and PC temps in your Winamp playlist?
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    Asus MB, PII 266, 192 MB Ram, 6.8" LCD, 6 Disk CD-ROM, 21 Gig HD, All-in-Wonder Video w/ TV Tuner, Irman, Windows ME, Winamp, Cobra III -- All in a custom acrylic case.

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    • #3
      Look at the pic again Maverik, there are 4 connections on the HD molex...power (+ and ground) and video (signal and ground).

      yeah you can just cut the cable or open up your LCD and solder the wire straight into it. I suggest using the cable. As you can see I didn't mess with the LCD by opening it up like I did with my first one...the 5.6".

      THe temperature monitor is a On Screen Display of Motherboard Monitor 5.0. It's free and as long as your mobo has some kind of temp, voltage sensor... you can display anything you want on screen.
      It's not actually on the winamp playlist... It works like the IRAssistant OSD.
      04 Acura TL w/ core2duo 2ghz laptop w/ 1gb RAM on a docking station.

      Fast car, fast PC. ;)

      http://www.arcdesigns.net/carpc/

      My TL CarPC ver2

      FSR Flash Skin w/ moving weather maps

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      • #4
        Where did you pickup the LCD from
        You gave me fortune, You gave me fame
        You me power in your God's name
        I'm every person you need to be
        I'm the Cult of Personality

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        • #5
          ebay. I can get them for you for same price shipped...$275. Email me: [email protected] if you are interested
          04 Acura TL w/ core2duo 2ghz laptop w/ 1gb RAM on a docking station.

          Fast car, fast PC. ;)

          http://www.arcdesigns.net/carpc/

          My TL CarPC ver2

          FSR Flash Skin w/ moving weather maps

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          • #6
            neat, i have made something semi similar, but i used minijacks two, one for power and one for signal, but it annoys my *** of that they poke out from the screen, i guess ill start thinking about converting my setup, to use ordinary power connectors ...

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            • #7
              What is the actual model of you lcd?

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              • #8
                Is that a VGA LCD ?? Or an NTSC comp. video type ??
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                • #9
                  Its not a VGA...NTSC i believe aka TFT screen.
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                  • #10
                    It is NTSC.
                    04 Acura TL w/ core2duo 2ghz laptop w/ 1gb RAM on a docking station.

                    Fast car, fast PC. ;)

                    http://www.arcdesigns.net/carpc/

                    My TL CarPC ver2

                    FSR Flash Skin w/ moving weather maps

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                    • #11
                      See .. that's me being a dummy =)

                      Thx guys.

                      The reason I asked was because I am greatly impressed with the visual quality. How did you manage to get the winamp playlist to show up so large (and clear) ?

                      .. I never spend enough time fiddling with the apps. I use the most .. I usually end up writing my own =)
                      -James-

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                      • #12
                        "Its not a VGA...NTSC i believe aka TFT screen."

                        Charles you are driving me crazy with this nomenclature stuff. Please picture me tilting at a windmill while reading this.

                        Seriously, this is hardly criminal behavior but spreading this kind of misinformation leads to people paying outrageous prices for screens which have crappy pictures all because of a few buzz words. Ok one more time, same verse as the first:

                        VGA is a video display standard. NTSC is a video display standard. TFT is a physical display type. Active Matrix is a physical display type. Essentially, Active Matrix and TFT mean THE SAME THING. Here is a simple list of best to worst screens:

                        XGA TFT = XGA Active Matrix
                        SVGA TFT = SVGA Active Matrix
                        VGA TFT = VGA Active Matrix
                        NTSC TFT = NTSC Active Matrix
                        Less than 482x330 resolution screens.

                        Thrown in there can be dual scan or passive matrix screens (again, these can mean the same thing basically) which have a poor viewing angle and motion display. These are not ideal for car use.

                        NTSC is a video standard with 525 lines of resolution per second for broadcasts in the United States. The NTSC standard combines blue, red, and green signals with an FM frequency for audio. The resolution of an NTSC signal will depend on the device showing the signal, but TV signals are generally considered to be about 482x330.

                        VGA is a video diplay standard of which allows resolutions of 640x480 with up to 16 colors.

                        Often times we also use these terms to mean the kind of input (NTSC signal or VGA signal) - this is a little imprecise but OK. You can display an NTSC signal on a TFT screen. You can also display a VGA signal on a TFT screen.

                        However, if your screen lacks the correct PHYSICAL resolution and color depth, your picture will suffer. People will scam you anyway they can on this stuff - please keep asking for opinions on this forum before you buy.

                        Here are some definitions from Geek.com

                        Video Graphics Array (VGA) - This is a video standard that allows for resolutions up to 640x480 with up to 16 colors at a time. It also allows for 320x200 resolution with 256 colors. Many older games were written to take advantage of the 320x200 resolution because of the comparatively high color depth. SVGA and XGA replaced VGA, but VGA compatibility remains an important part of most graphics cards. If your video driver is messed up, Win95 and Windows NT let you go in under VGA mode and fix it.

                        National Television Standards Committee (NTSC) - This is a group that is responsible for setting the standard for broadcast and reception of television signals in the United States. The original NTSC standards were set in 1953 and call for 525 horizontal lines of resolution, interlaced scanning and a 60Hz refresh rate. The standard continues to exist until HDTV takes over.

                        Thin Film Transistor (TFT) - This is a synonym for the Active Matrix display. You'll often see screens referred to as "TFT-Active Matrix," or just "TFT" if they're low on space.

                        Active Matrix - LCD panels that are active matrix have a sharper, brighter image than those with passive matrix screens. They can also continue to be seen at much greater angles off of central viewing and cost more to produce. The "active" part of the word describes the use of a transistor or diode that actively controls each pixel.

                        If you still don't believe me, check out Cnet Glossary

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