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    Question my ideas- comments please!

    Ok, Here are my ideas for my system. My main problem is display and control.
    I know I want to get a mp3ondemand controller. Now, should I get a embedded board that can handle a amd k6-2 or a celeron that has a build tft controller? If i get a built in tft controller, can i use an old laptop screen on that? if no, how would I interface a laptop screen with a nornal computer? Or should i just get one of those 6' or 4' screens from eio and do a output from a card to it. If I do that I will set sonique as my shell in windows so that is the only thing shown on my screen. If so, does anyone know of a smaller screen that only need to display sonique program. Anyways, let me know of what you think.
    -Shaxs
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    1964 Ford Falcon powered by a 1993 Mustang 5.0 EFI, AOD transmission, with disc brakes up front and more mechanical goodies
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    Gone! Soon goign to repalce the screen based system i HAD with an iPod. http://mp3falcon.crazyshaxs.com

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    I doubt that a TFT controller would drive all TFT screens.. you generally have to get a card that is specifically designed for the type of laptop TFT you are using.. and they usually cost around the $200-$300 mark.. best bet is to get a 6" TFT from EIO.. 4" is probably a bit small.. but some people use it and think its fine.. I have a 12".. and its too big.. don't get one of those

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    Lightbulb

    Most embedded PCs have universal LCD controllers in them that can drive just about any type of LCD -- all you need is the correct cable and maybe a BIOS update from the company.

    The story with a normal PC is different -- you will *always* need a special video card costing several hundred dollars to get it to work, unless you use an external A/D converter that accepts a standard VGA signal.

    I would recommend not using the Sharp 6" or 4" NTSC LCDs for a computer. The effective resolution of the Sharp 6" is only about 320x240, which makes even 640x480 look blurry and hard to read.

    The Sharp NTSC LCDs are best used for viewing TV signals or connected to NTSC video cameras for rear-view applications. For a PC, a TFT VGA or better display would be much clearer.




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    To a certain degree i agree with you, a VGA is so much clearer than a comparable sized NTSC screen. However, and this shows off my cheap-assed "most bang for the buck" nature.. i think that the Sharp 6" is still a terrific deal for those looking for a budget priced display, and with windows (my mp3 OS of choice) properly tweaked with large fonts and some accessability features enabled still displays a strain-free image. I wouldn't want to word-process by the sucker, but for automotive purposes, i have no complaints about it, considering the relatively low price of the unit. Now, if one didn't have to jump through hoops with eio to ensure timely delivery.. but thats another topic entirely.

    Bill
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    Originally posted by jjohnson:
    I would recommend not using the Sharp 6" or 4" NTSC LCDs for a computer. The effective resolution of the Sharp 6" is only about 320x240, which makes even 640x480 look blurry and hard to read.

    The Sharp NTSC LCDs are best used for viewing TV signals or connected to NTSC video cameras for rear-view applications. For a PC, a TFT VGA or better display would be much clearer.



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