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    My first carputer

    Hey guys I am in the beginning stages of my first carputer. I am doing this on a college student budget so I will be using what I've got or can get cheaply. What I would like to do is start with using my Mac Powerbook G4 12" until I can find a Mac mini for a good price. What i would like to do is use my current in dash dvd player as my lcd. I have a Boss Audio BV9450 with a 7" touch screen. It has rca audio and video in and out. My first idea is to wire a mini dv, dvi, or vga input to the Bosses Innolux lcd. Im thinking maybe a piggyback controller unless anyone knows how to integrate it. Anyone have any better ideas or advice? Thanks in advance.

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    anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 91slowrunner View Post
    Hey guys I am in the beginning stages of my first carputer. I am doing this on a college student budget so I will be using what I've got or can get cheaply. What I would like to do is start with using my Mac Powerbook G4 12" until I can find a Mac mini for a good price. What i would like to do is use my current in dash dvd player as my lcd. I have a Boss Audio BV9450 with a 7" touch screen. It has rca audio and video in and out. My first idea is to wire a mini dv, dvi, or vga input to the Bosses Innolux lcd. Im thinking maybe a piggyback controller unless anyone knows how to integrate it. Anyone have any better ideas or advice? Thanks in advance.
    does your touch screen have wires for external use? Meaning, it would have to have a way to control the pc like how most touchscreens LCD like liliput are USB

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    It has mini usb for charging ipods and such, and it has two ribbon cables one that runs to the dvd drive(16 pin) and another that runs to the main board(26 pin). As far as i can tell the controller is mounted on the back of the lcd, this is where the ribbon cables are running out of.

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    Your only option is to get a composite or possibly s-video output from the PC, depending on what inputs the Boss unit has.
    Image quality WILL suffer and you will NOT have touchscreen control of the PC at all.

    I highly suggest reading the FAQs, as common questions like this are already answered for you.
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advfaq.php
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    I did search the faq's and did find useful info but not what I was looking for. I do have an RCA input but I would like higher quality than that. Basically I want to build a piggyback switch that allows me to switch between the lcd input from the dvd drive to a vga/dvi input straight into the lcd controller. Sort of like those old CRT monitor switches that allowed you to use two pcs for one monitor and switch back and forth between them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 91slowrunner View Post
    I did search the faq's and did find useful info but not what I was looking for. I do have an RCA input but I would like higher quality than that.
    You're not going to get it with that Boss monitor.

    Basically I want to build a piggyback switch that allows me to switch between the lcd input from the dvd drive to a vga/dvi input straight into the lcd controller. Sort of like those old CRT monitor switches that allowed you to use two pcs for one monitor and switch back and forth between them.
    You realize that you're wanting to build a controller to switch between two different types of input, right? Good luck with that.

    Considering the resolution of that Boss unit isn't going to support even the lowest VGA resolution of 640x480, yu will never get crisp, clear PC video on that screen.

    Short answer: It's a TV. PCs don't display well on TVs.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Its an Innolux AT070TN01 lcd.

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    Mate, ditch the Boss, it's not going to give you VGA/DVI. If you want VGA buy a Lilliput off eBay, you can pick one up for under $200 on eBay. Either that or use composite to pump an image to the monitor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 91slowrunner View Post
    Its an Innolux AT070TN01 lcd.
    http://www.lcdsolar.com/EmpGoog/INNO...070TN01V2.html

    480x234. Give it up, buy a proper screen.
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