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    safest place to place laptop?

    where could i mount my laptop so it would be cool. i pretty much have two choices, my trunk, where i'd attach it to one of the seats. my other choice, behind the passenger seat in the pocket, and cut a hole so it can circulate air.

    i don't want it to overheat, and i also don't want the laptop to sustain a lot of bumps.

    another thing, dvd drive i want to make sure i could extend the cable of this drive if i need to. i'd just need a serial cable right?

    to extend the cable running from the headphone out of the comp to the rca input of the radio, i could just get a cable with rca female plugs on one side and male plugs on the other right? the video cable and power cables or long enough to reach anywhere in the car. also, if i get the touchscreen kit from digitalww, i could extend the usb cable, correct?
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    Yes, you can extend your rca, power, video and usb cables.

    the DVD drive, if it's an IDE cable, is likely not easily extendedable. IDE length limits are very low.
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    anyone know if i can extend the cables of that dvd drive?

    also, what is the coolest, temp wise, place for me to place my laptop? i think the trunk is the best place, i can set it up so if i fold the seat over i can have access to it rather easily.
    project: built, updating software
    comp: 1.67 ghz AMD, 1 gig of ram, 80 gb hd
    software: nlited xp, roadrunner
    screen: TM-701L touchscreen
    bluetooth keyboard
    Sony Xplod cdx-m630
    SB MP3 sound card
    future: gps with and navigation software

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    That DVD drive was not meant to be extended, it is custom on the ends and not a standard serial connection.
    You would be much better off getting a firewire/usb2.0 enclosure and then putting in a slick slot load DVD drive. If you don't have either firewire or USB2.0 on your laptop you could try extending an IDE cable as some have been able to get around 5ft by shielding the cable with aluminum.
    Easiest solution would be to just mount the laptop behind the passenger seat as you were planning) oriented so that the DVD drive you have linked is easy to get to. Maybe even mount it inside the passenger seat so that it ejects toward the middle of the two seats.
    Okay now I'm on a roll, put the DVD drive in the center console and put the laptop under the passenger seat. That way no one sees the laptop kicks it when you have passengers in the back. Also would get great cooling down there.
    Does this laptop run hot? A good way to gauge would be if it gets so hot that your lap starts sweating when you run it. I wouldn't think that a 400 would get that hot. I had a presario 850 that was murder to use on your lap, had to put down a towel to keep from overheating myself Laptops are pretty good at keeping cool if you keep them open across the bottom and sides.

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    tried under the seat, it doesn't fit. wanted to avoid usb so i can get the touchscreen kit from digitalww w/o getting a usb hub, avoiding using more money. it has two pcmcia slots open. the serial, usb, ps/2 slots are all used. i was hoping to use something that would use the pcmcia slots. i was hoping to spend 70 bucks for the external dvd drive, but if i go usb that won't be possible.

    anyway i can still keep it under 70, at least around 70?
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    software: nlited xp, roadrunner
    screen: TM-701L touchscreen
    bluetooth keyboard
    Sony Xplod cdx-m630
    SB MP3 sound card
    future: gps with and navigation software

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    Here's an option, not at $70 though

    PCMCIA firewire Cardbus ~$25
    Firewire 5.25" Enclosure ~$45
    Any IDE drive you want ~$20-40
    Total $100-120

    It depends what you really want and need? If you aren't in a hurry and can wait for deals to come along you could probably get the enclosure for less. The really nice thing about this solution is that you could swap out drives as you please. You could do this same thing with USB 2.0 if you wanted. But from what I saw the PCMCIA USB 2.0 cards are $15-20 more and the USB enclosures are $10-15 less then firewire. But if you buy a new laptop, USB 2 may be a more likely port then firewire.
    Good luck.

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    i can wait the summer. just wondering if an enclosure will fit in my center console? i think mounted against a seat in the trunk will work best for the laptop i have. i'll post the dimensions of my center console tomorrow.

    if i get these three things, i'll be set?
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...&category=3754
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...&category=3757
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...&category=3710
    project: built, updating software
    comp: 1.67 ghz AMD, 1 gig of ram, 80 gb hd
    software: nlited xp, roadrunner
    screen: TM-701L touchscreen
    bluetooth keyboard
    Sony Xplod cdx-m630
    SB MP3 sound card
    future: gps with and navigation software

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    Originally posted by cubanmoses
    tried under the seat, it doesn't fit. wanted to avoid usb so i can get the touchscreen kit from digitalww w/o getting a usb hub, avoiding using more money. it has two pcmcia slots open. the serial, usb, ps/2 slots are all used. i was hoping to use something that would use the pcmcia slots. i was hoping to spend 70 bucks for the external dvd drive, but if i go usb that won't be possible.

    anyway i can still keep it under 70, at least around 70?
    I put a dell inspiron 4150 with a dockstation underneath the passenger's seat. It doesn't fit initially and I have to lift the seat by an inch or so(purchased some longer bolts from Strauss Auto).

    The nice thing about using a dock station is that the notebook can be removed easily and used somewhere else. Talking about reducing the cost of ownership:-). Access to DVD driver is not difficult too in this case.

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    The links you listed there should do it.
    Good luck.

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