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    Got an old laptop from work I'm mounting in the car and was wondering if there's any way to extend the wires connecting the LCD screen to the base unit to mount the LCD in the dash?

    Does anyone know if this is possible or if there's too much interference/signal degradation? If you've done it, what cabling did you use?

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    Oh, poor, poor kittens.

    The answer ye seek awaits ye here.

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    • #3
      Not to sound like a jerk or anything but
      heh.
      1999 Plymouth Voyager (That's right, big-pimpin' in a minivan.)
      PC built into console
      worklog with pics: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=46359

      Some of my music: http://www.myspace.com/markquestion

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      • #4
        I'm well aware of the standard "using an laptop screen on a desktop" but that's not what I'm trying to do - this is specifically extending the existing internal connections of the laptop. I didn't find any reference on the forums to what gauge/type of wire you lot have used, maximum length or anything like that.

        Perhaps I just don't know what keywords to search for.

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        • #5
          Ahhh, much better. Specific questions/details will not only help you but the community in general.

          Anyho, I don't know much about what you want to do, but this seems to be a similar discussion, found by searching for "extend laptop"

          http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...=extend+laptop

          Also, Google loves you! Especially the usenet search.

          Here's the first result on a search for "extend laptop screen cable"

          http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=e....edu&frame=off

          Hope either of these two help ya. If not, search around some more (your laptop model + screen cable, etc) and come back if you have more specific questions. That will make everybody's life easier.

          Good luck.

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          • #6
            Cheers mate, the brand of laptop is a Dual (who?) and a quick glance didn't reveal any branding on the display itself, i'll have a more detailed look tonight.

            The connectors are many and varied, but it looks like one for power and two for the display itself.

            The two display connectors feed into a single braided, shielded wire which runs to the display. I like the IDE cable idea, the newer UDMA IDE cables would probably work slightly better too. Don't like the idea of spending 8 hours making it though....

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