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    Question extending a laptop screen

    Has anyone succesfully extended a laptop screen from the actually system. ie. system under seat and screen in dash?

    Just wondering if anyone has done it, how they pulled it off and how well it works?


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    I have sort of a weird set up in my 97 dodge ram. I have a pentium 100 desktop system under my seat and a laptop behind the seat. I ran a null modem cable from the desktop system to the laptop and am using PC Anywhere to control the desktop system from the laptop. This way I can just have a slow laptop with a small drive and have still have a huge drive for MP3s. I made an extended ribbon cable for the laptop display and made a mount so I could hang it on the dash. It works "ok". It does get the job done, but it isn't what I want. So to answer your question, you can extend the display, but it is a pain to make it.
    A 97 Dodge Ram pickup with a 14" LCD running at 1024x768. A Dell desktop PII 400, 128MB Ram, 8GB & 20GB Drives, TV tuner, Cd Burner, Garmin legend GPS, Mappoint 2002, win98, and winamp.
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    How far did you extend it? Like feet wise... and did you use just straight ribbon cable or was it sheilded?

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    a while back some people figured out you could extend an IDE ribbon with twisted pair network cable...kept the interference down evidently....i dont see why this wouldnt also work for a laptop lcd ribbon connecter...but it would be a pain to solder....

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    I guess it is about 5 feet in length. It is from behind my seat to the dash. I ran it under the floor mats. I used standard ribbon cable. I just took an old laptop and took out the connector that runs from the motherboard to the lcd display, and cut it in half. I had to use two 5 foot peices of ribbon cable that had 25 wires in each because there is about 48 wires in the original connector. I then soldered all 48 wires from one end of the ribbon cable to the 48 wires on the first half of the original connector, then repeted for the other half of the original connector. After I had that working, I then cut the ribbon cable and added a male and female db25 to each of the ribbon cables so I could quickly and easily dissconnect if I needed to.
    Took about 8 hours to just make the cable. Like I said, it was a *****.
    A 97 Dodge Ram pickup with a 14" LCD running at 1024x768. A Dell desktop PII 400, 128MB Ram, 8GB & 20GB Drives, TV tuner, Cd Burner, Garmin legend GPS, Mappoint 2002, win98, and winamp.
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