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    You may find a 7" screen to be too small for you. 7" screens are popular with people that replace their radios because they fit into a double din slot easily.

    If you are going to mount this otherwise you may want to look at a 10" or 12" screen. Bigger is easier to read.

    If all else fails and you have room for it you might be better off just installing a laptop mount into your vehicle and mounting a laptop. Easy to remove and there are cigarette lighter hookups available for most laptops. You can also get mounts that allow you to make it difficult to remove the laptop as well.

    All depends on what you want to do. Your cheapest way to go and easiest to upgrade later would be an in car laptop mount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redheadedrod View Post
    You may find a 7" screen to be too small for you. 7" screens are popular with people that replace their radios because they fit into a double din slot easily.

    If you are going to mount this otherwise you may want to look at a 10" or 12" screen. Bigger is easier to read.

    If all else fails and you have room for it you might be better off just installing a laptop mount into your vehicle and mounting a laptop. Easy to remove and there are cigarette lighter hookups available for most laptops. You can also get mounts that allow you to make it difficult to remove the laptop as well.

    All depends on what you want to do. Your cheapest way to go and easiest to upgrade later would be an in car laptop mount.
    i like the Lilliput 12.1" but it is open frame. i want a closed frame. was looking at 7" because i can add a suction cup mount. i know go joto msakes a 04-05 excursion mount but dopnt know if will work with older excursions

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    the open frame stuff is the full monitor with the case removed. You should be able to find the monitor easy on ebay or something.

    I am sure you can find a mount that will work. They have universal ones available too if you need them. You can always fabricate brackets to match up one if it doesn't fit 100%

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    best i can find is a "Lilliput 10.1" Fa1011-np/c/t VGA LED Touch Monitor with Hdmi&dvi Input by VIVITEQ INC". i was looking at the 7" with suction cup becase thought i could put on winshied drivers corneer or center with out obstructing my view. i'm hoping to mount in a excursion but if i cant get one i will be driving a 1971 ford f250. dash is made for post so u can see why i cant do a indash setup. plus i wouldn't know how to control volume to a amp install.

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    Looks like a great CarPC Setup!

    Good day!

    I went over your wish list; I must admit, you did your homework!
    Especially on your choice of HDMI cable; you are going to need something shielded and very-VERY long to do what you need it to.
    As far as the keyboard, I recommend this unit, which not only includes it's own mouse/trackpad, but it's $8 cheaper than the bluetooth keyboard you are interested in. You'll say, "Oh, it's RF/USB" and what not, but depending on how you setup your unit, this may work a bit better!



    I'm also curious as to how you plan to set up this unit in your Montana. From the looks of this stock unit, you probably can fabricate a 10.1" HDMI LED screen and set it up in front of the stock head unit! I figure $50-$75 for the screen, $40 for the LCD controller (both found on eBay), and if you can fabricate the housing yourself, you can spend up to $200 tops for a screen with suction cup that will match the Montana! It's just a thought.

    Best of luck, and let us know how it goes!!
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    i don't have a montana anymore currently i have a 1971 f250, but trying to get a excursion so i can have a ac/tint/ability relocate my wheelchair securely unlike my last 2 cars.

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    So this is your current ride, eh??
    Still looks interesting.
    I notice in your list there's no mention of amplifier or processor to connect to the car's speakers. You will need one if you plan to play music through the car's speakers. And nothing major either, just a decent 4-channel amp with RCA connections will do.
    And when you migrate everything to the SUV of your dreams, the amp you get will still give you better sound than whatever stock you have.
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    i like the Rii keyboards, they come in several flavors, their one like the Favi you posted is good for one handed operation. they make one with the trackpad in the center that is good for 2 hand typing. http://www.amazon.com/Rii-Wireless-K.../dp/B0050GJ9ZQ i prefer the 2.4 Ghz RF ones to bluetooth - they just work, no waiting for them to re-pair or having to manually re-pair sometimes.

    check out http://www.cartft.com/catalog/ml/4 for other display options, they have 8.4" ones that might get you a little more real estate while still fitting in your space. they aren't the cheapest but i had one for several years and it seemed to be quality and was actually a good value for the specs it had at the time.

    also i didn't see any mention of which intelligent power supply you are considering to give regulated power to everything and automate startup/shutdown?

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    i was plainng to us a fm modulator switch power to get sound threw radio. i redid my wish list.

    this is my truck. photos taken with cell phone.

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    Alright; not bad; not bad at all.
    Just bear in mind the sound/music will not be as good as it could be when it's straight to the source.

    Also:
    If interested, I have this HDMI cable that I bought off of eBay. I never really needed the cable because the issue I had was with my controller board, as I'll explain in my worklog soon. Asking price for the cable with shipping is $12.

    Second, how do you plan to power everything? Are you going to use a AC/DC inverter (which would explain the mickey mouse cable on your wishlist), or are you rigging a cable from the battery to a AC outlet? As @theksmith mentioned, you also have intelligent power supplies so you won't risk damaging the computer. Though gut instinct is telling me you'll do AC/DC, you'll need to factor in one that can handle the juice your setup is going to need.
    All systems are a go...
    Currently in "tweaking" mode.

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