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    I have an old laptop that I want to use with a carpc with a 7" touch screen lcd. i know that i need to run a vga cord to the laptop from the screen. how do i get the sound to work. i have a pioneer deck in my car now. what do i need in order for this to work. i read somewhere like rca from the headunit to the laptop. any responces are appreciated. thanks!

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    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advfaq.php
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    • #3
      i went there and couldnt find what i need i am using a laptop that will be removed after each use and i want to use the jack in the front. any diagrams or can anyone point towards a thread that talks about this?

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      • #4
        If you couldn't find the answer to this question in the FAQs, then you're not looking very hard.

        I will link you directly to the FAQ that answers your question: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advf...iew&advfaqid=7
        Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
        How about the Wiki?



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        • #5
          what i wanted to know is if the aux in is the headphone jack on the computer or is it somewhere else

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          • #6
            every computer and head unit is completely different. for some computers, you can change what the output jack is assigned to, others, you can't. some head units have aux in's, or support a add-on module that will take a aux in, and some models don't.

            i re-read your responses a couple of times and think that darques answer was more than adequate(sp?), being that you originally asked only how to connect the computer to your stereo.

            you will need to give us model numbers for the equipment:

            generic info: most laptops have a headphone jack output-- use this for sound.
            if your pioneer head unit does not have a front or rear aux input, the only ones that you can add one to will be ones with model numbers starting with DEH-P_ _ _ _. any other models will not support pioneers P-bus adapters.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by redbeauty2012 View Post
              what i wanted to know is if the aux in is the headphone jack on the computer or is it somewhere else
              The headphone jack on the laptop is an OUTPUT.
              It would go to the auxilliary INPUT on your headunit.
              Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
              How about the Wiki?



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              • #8
                That answers what I was looking for thanks. I do have aux input on my headunit just didn't know if the headphone jack would work. I am new to this kind of stuff so hopefully I will get better in the future.

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                • #9
                  alright another problem i ran into... i have been searching to find out a way to autopower on my laptop with a switch/button/etc... when it comes to the part where you solder the two pins on the power button i am completely lost. how do you know which pins to solder i saw something about closing but not understanding.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by redbeauty2012 View Post
                    alright another problem i ran into... i have been searching to find out a way to autopower on my laptop with a switch/button/etc... when it comes to the part where you solder the two pins on the power button i am completely lost. how do you know which pins to solder i saw something about closing but not understanding.
                    And that is why laptop installs are more of a PITA than desktop installs.

                    You have to do some research into your make/model of laptop to find schematics and other documentation to find what you need.
                    I'd start with the manufacturer's website.

                    Other options are using WoL or WoR.
                    If your laptop supports resume from a USB device, that may be another option.
                    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
                    How about the Wiki?



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                    • #11
                      The way you can test this is to use a digital multimeter and check for continuity across the pins, then press the button and see if you get continuity. If you do, those are the pins.
                      Originally posted by ghettocruzer
                      I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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                      • #12
                        for power would a charger that plugs into the cigarette lighter work? or would it not have enough power/be dangerous? i am going to take the laptop out everyday and charge it during the night and just need something to charge it if i absolutely need it.

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                        • #13
                          it should work ok. if you are going to use a inverter, and then use the power cord that came with the laptop, you might run into noise issues from the inverter-- but the only way to know would be to try it and if you do have noise problems, look at solutions at that point
                          My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
                          "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


                          next project? subaru brz
                          carpc undecided

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