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    Crazy Laptop with 15inch Flat Screen

    Ok.. so here is what I did.. I have been using Cobra.. and I have these parts....

    Toshiba Tecra 8000 Celeron 233 with NTSC out and VGA out
    Docking Station
    Power adapter designed for Toshiba
    Wireless receiver and Mouse Remote by x10
    15inch Viewsonic Flat Screen (looking to purchase)

    So here is the plan.. I have a 93 Isuzu Rodeo and I started this project about 6 months ago and never wired up my 2X20 lcd

    I hollowed out the back seat so that the docking station and the laptop fit under the folding part.. wires run under the carpte.. x10 reciever mounted on dash.. so the plan is to run VGA into the 15 inch monitor...

    You are probably thinking.. nuts.. that is huge.. and gonna get stolen?

    Well.. mounting it to a pivot on the ceiling.. so that it folds down.. and using a quick disconnect jack.. (designed to hang on a wall) it can be brought inside or folded to the ceiling.. laptop can come inside....

    Here is the great thing.. Laptop in win2k goes to powersave after power is turned off the car for five miuntes.. but after powersave.. boots up in 10-15 seconds.. the only catch.. is that I have to hit the enter button when it prompts for pword (blank)

    Why am I using a laptop?.. broken LCD Screen.. costs $700 to replace.....

    So what do you think?

    I need some serious grilling on this one.. 15inch screen costs $299
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    How you gonna run the vga to the laptop screen, the laptop screen cable is flat like an ide cable, i think it has 15 wires like the standard vga cable so your gonna have to find out which is which,

    Mav,

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    Hey gumby_smiles,

    You shouldn't have to have the password prompt coming out of standby....this is a shot from WinXP, but I think it's the same in Win2000.




    Check it out - that way it should just come straight out of standby.

    BTW, how are you bringing out of standby? I have a Dell Inspiron and was trying to do the same thing, but I have to hit the power button to bring it back up, which is a hassle with the screen closed. Thanks...


    Hemi

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    I have a 14.1 inch LCD mounted in my dash. It came out of a desktop LCD panel and after rebate it only cost $220, so my set up is pretty close to what you have planned.
    It sounds like everything should work fine. You could use an external keyboard to get around the hitting enter problem. We have a lot of those tecra 8k's where I work and they seem to be good laptops. I think you can turn off the password checks, for coming out of resume.
    I don't understand MAV's comment though. VGA cables can be flat or not, I don't see how that matters. And if your just coming out of the laptop on the external VGA port, and going to a standard external LCD then you should have no problems. I would use a good quality VGA cable though. I have a total VGA cable of about 12 feet long. I was also very worried about theft, but I sort of hope that once a theif sees all the crap they would have to take apart on my dash that they would just give up. Hopefully not tearing apart too much in the process.
    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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    One thing you might want to keep in mind is how to power the LCD. I am using the 120V AC adapter that came with mine plugged into an inverter. I will eventually hook it up to a DC-DC power supply though.
    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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    Sorry not many people do understand me :-), So your saying you can run the vga cable from the laptop's screen into a normal graphics card from a desktop computer,

    I thought the connections were totally different,

    Mav,

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    I guess I should have mentioned this also Mav... There is a converter board that comes with the desktop LCDs. It converts from VGA to whatever the LCD needs. You can get the same boards from earthlcd, but the board alone is $300 from them. I got the LCD, converter Board, and everything for $220 when I went with the desktop LCD. I guess I just think of the converter board as being a part of the LCD when it really is a seperate peice of hardware.
    Here is a link to the LCD I got.
    So this kind of LCD just basicly plugs into a normal VGA card and acts like any other external monitor because it has the converter board inside the monitor case right next to the actual LCD. I also have a couple of pics on my site that show how my LCD monitor looked when I took it out of the monitor case, and then a couple of how it looks mounted in my truck. 14 inches of 1024x768 resolution sure is nice too. :-)
    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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    Cheers mate, Thats helped me a bit, and i thought it was gonna be easy, :-)

    Mav,

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