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Thread: Hmm, to Laptop or not to laptop?

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    Those are good reasons for not using that particular laptop...
    ...but they are not good reasons for not using any laptop.

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    Smile

    nighthawk has a vehicle that is an antique, so i'm guessing that aesthetics is a primary concern with his build.

    With that said, could you point him in the direction of laptop installations that look spiffy, or attractive.

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    How's "tolerable?"

    http://www.legacygt.com/forums/showp...51&postcount=2

    It'll be spiffy and/or attractive when I get the wiring cleaned up.

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    Pretty decent setup NSFW. I like the stock look of the console. My friend has a similar setup in his Mazda 3, except he had to relocate the factory headunit (which is not standard double-din) to the glove box. The laptop's sound runs through the AUX of the factory headunit, which is probably how yours works too.

    I'm leaning more towards the mini-ITX system since I haven't got an old laptop lying around. Whichever method I choose (laptop or mini-ITX), it'll be a brand new system. I've seen a lot of people discuss the pros and cons of a laptop-based car PC. I still haven't fully decided because some people say laptops are problematic in car PC installs, while others say it's much better because of the built-in power management.

    If I was going to use the Eee PC, I'd modify it so that the screen is the other way around. The screen will face the interior of the car as normal, and the keyboard part will be behind it. Then I could connect webmaster's auto power-on module and run a cable from the headphone socket to the amplifier under my seat. I'd need to put some sort of DC-DC controller so the Eee can operate even when the battery is dead.

    Come to think about it, I think the work involved both ways will be much the much. Argh! Back at square one!

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    I really recommend a laptop for several reason already mentioned but the number one is upgrade and removal to do updates and software. As fas as not getting WIFI with laptop get a WIFI extender! My laptop is stripped and installed into spare tire well. All wiring is under carpets. The number 1 reason and this is a major factor infact the only factor as to why.... the processing speed's. I could not find a dual core complete setup for a more beatable price. Think about it buy a dual Core laptop complete with only broken carcked screen comes with AC inverter HD EVERYTHING for under 250. I searched and it's the best deal. I see most guys specs from a built carPC and there kicking 1.3GHZ while I zoom @ dual 2.2's with 2GB of ram. Try buying that for underr 250 in a eePC or anything else for that matter. I mean if you put laptop in car and keep it there there's no reason for a working onboard LCD Right? I mean chrck out just a dual core motherboard MINI ITX and then memory and add H.d. not including another 79.99 for the case and power supply will exceed this now your in the 1100 mark as stated above. I have 10.4" with all the fixings (fusion,OBDII,HDTV,7.1ch) you can muster and still under the $800 mark. Look at your options there's always a better, faster way to approach.
    Did it.. Done it... now I got to keep the neighbors kids away!!

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    I do understand the whole "better faster bigger" thing, but for this build, I don't really need a dual core monster system. 1.3 ghz would be fine for using CentraFuze on a basic xp home install. It's not like I'm really trying to sit there gaming in my car. My main use for it would basically be a "Built-in" mp3 player, maybe some GPS and bluetooth...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitehawk View Post
    I do understand the whole "better faster bigger" thing, but for this build, I don't really need a dual core monster system. 1.3 ghz would be fine for using CentraFuze on a basic xp home install. It's not like I'm really trying to sit there gaming in my car. My main use for it would basically be a "Built-in" mp3 player, maybe some GPS and bluetooth...
    Yeah I agree with you. Mine will be mainly used for MP3s, audio CDs, the occasional DVD, short video clips (youtube or music clips), GPS, bluetooth connectivity with my phone, and some web surfing.

    Ok I've pretty much decided to go with a mini-ITX system. Just need to decide on an LCD.

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    Working on my own laptop install right now in my 2000 Expedition. Although space isn't really an issue, my problem is that there is no "concealed" space. Right now my plan is to build a double hinged box, cover it with either carpet or other material to match the interior of the truck and just leave it mounted behind the 3rd row seat. I'm modeling my install almost completely after what this fellow in Canada did, in fact he was very nice about answering my emails with some questions I had about the WOL solution, which by the way, works perfectly for me. One minor issue that I ran into because it is an older laptop is that the laptop only has one USB port. I was able to resolve that with a powered usb hub running from the 1000 watt power inverter I'm using. Please check out the install that the guy in Canada did here, he did a really excellent job.

    http://www.avbrand.com/projects/carpc/installation/

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    First off, wow, I didn't realize my little bitty thread had managed 2 pages already.

    Second, for that Expedition, you may want to think about right behind the wheel well. If you mount the laptop "spine" down, it should fit in while staying well out of the way. Wallmart also sells "automotive" grade carpeting in black and grey (and I think tan too) for about $9 a roll. Decent quality carpeting, I used it to cover a 2x12" sub box I hand built... People still wonder where I bought it

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