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  • Just got my screen - Not sure i wanna do this

    Yesterday it arrived.

    About 2 hours before that I was helping a lady of out her car becuase she got hit by a red light runner.


    I temp attached the screen and drove around, not really sure this is for me, im pretty sure im gonna wreck if i have a pc in the car..

    Thinking im probably gonna sell my screen and stuff for this project.
    Chris Armstrong
    www.ChrisAndNat.com

  • #2
    Well, it is definitely not for everyone. Just don't be stupid when you use it-like trying to type an email going 75+ MPH down the highway.
    2005 Black Chevy Impala
    Current Status: Installed in Vehicle/Testing 75%

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    • #3
      mount it properly (in dash) and use responsibly and its no more dangerous than a fancy headunit, you can make it more user friendly with external tactile controls aka powermate or steering wheel controls,

      you probably felt a little intimidated because you dont know your way around the touchscreen software and therefore had to look for the buttons etc, once you have used it for a while its a breeze and well worth the effort
      Nano ITX / 512 MB / 60 GB / Panasonic slot load / M1-ATX / Bu303 / Sound blaster 24 / PPi amps / rockford sub

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      • #4
        of course, if you where watching a movie and driving.......
        -Mars

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        • #5
          a carputer is as dangerous as you want it to be.
          2007 Honda Fit Sport 1.5L SOHC-VTEC

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          • #6
            Originally posted by binary.h4x
            a carputer is as dangerous as you want it to be.

            I completely agree with all of you but my new car isnt much of a "Show car"

            It all comes down to how easy and simple the interface is and not watching videos i quess.

            Pretty sure im not going to sell my parts on ebay:

            1. lilliput 7" touch - 1 day old

            2. Laptop with wireless, etc but bad screen -

            3. Replacement chevy blazer dash -




            Thats what I have bought so far any intrest or know what its going for ?
            Chris Armstrong
            www.ChrisAndNat.com

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            • #7
              Are you a bad driver? Not trying to say you are but I can honestly drive as fast as I want to, operate my carputer and eat a burger all at the same time. If you get one of the interfaces in the software section, it becomes that much easier to play music, movies..etc. Maybe you just need some practice.
              Mine needs to be updated.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by samc
                I can honestly drive as fast as I want to, operate my carputer and eat a burger all at the same time.

                What is written on Samc's tombstone?

                Ill take famous last words for $800 Alex.

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                • #9
                  I guarantee that there are people dead because of this hobby.

                  My system has no video screen of any sort, for exactly that reason. WAY too distracting for in car use. Try a text LCD and a steering wheel mounted remote control. My system is no more distracting than any car stereo (less so than most of the new ones.)

                  http://www.markuszehnder.ch/projects/lcdplugin/

                  http://www.evation.com/irman/

                  http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pn..._35690,00.html

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                  • #10
                    Don't forget tons of new cars come with screens and systems just like the ones we build... They aren't that dangerous unless you're stupid.

                    Simply put, don't play with it while your driving! If it's navigation, make sure it tells you the way so you don't need to look at the screen!!!

                    There are also other factors, such as positioning - mount it in the wrong position and it can be very distracting - and, you also need to get used to it being there.
                    Ford Focus MP3 : www.stevieg.org/carpc Blog Updated 29 January 2009!
                    Car PC Status: Complete - Undergoing Software Redevelopment

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                    • #11
                      and in addition to selling the parts

                      - dont run with sharp objects
                      - always use a pocket protector when putting pens into your front shirt pocket
                      - consider living in a hole
                      - cross the street when there are no cars in sight

                      and the list goes on ...

                      Just like any other appliances your car pc is to be used with caution !!

                      If you ever thought that you can stop the blades of a spinning household fan with your tounge but you thought "nahh I'll better be safe and just hit the off button" you might consider using the same judgement when using your car pc. Same judgement can and should be used when approaching traffic control devices (stoplights, signs etc), merging onto ramps, driving fast on wet/snow covered roads etc etc

                      +2c CAD

                      Migrane, as always checking his blind spot for questionable drivers.
                      ... you don't need eyes to see ... you need vision !!!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by migrane
                        - cross the street when there are no cars in sight
                        thats still kind of risky. you're better off hiring a full time crossing guard to hold your hand as you cross.

                        but i do agree it could be very distracting. just use common sense when driving. if you need to do something where you need to focus for more than half a second on the screen, pull over and do it. or if you are THAT concerned, before you go anywhere, load a playlist and listen to that straight through with your monitor off.
                        rebuilding carpc... kinda..

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                        • #13
                          THe playlist with the monitor off is what I'm planning to do. Not only does it cut down on your distraction, but of the other drivers around you.
                          My Carputer! (More Car Pics at the end)
                          2 Kicker Comp 10"
                          Epia M-9000, 256 MB DDR, 120 Gig HD
                          Lilliput 7" VGA Touchscreen
                          Check it out?!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by samc
                            Are you a bad driver? Not trying to say you are but I can honestly drive as fast as I want to, operate my carputer and eat a burger all at the same time. .
                            heh, that's easy in america, we know all your roads are straight! in the UK we have corners
                            Ford Focus MP3 : www.stevieg.org/carpc Blog Updated 29 January 2009!
                            Car PC Status: Complete - Undergoing Software Redevelopment

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