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    Laptop-all-in-one system

    I want a computer in-car, but don't have the $$ right now for a screen and such. Has anyone tried to roof-mount a laptop? How hard would it be?

    I have a inspiron 8600...the screen is a little large but as long as I could flip it up when not in use it would work for me.

    To elaborate further the idea is to roof mount it with the back of the computer facing the windshield, so the screen flips down like a normal roof mounted flip screen...then use the display software to flip the screen 180.

    Bad / good idea? Seems like a lot of work to build the mount for it but should work if I could.

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    just a shot

    industrial strength velcro

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    possible if u can find the software and make the mount but i would hate to have that monster come and hit me in the head lol

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    Sounds like a very good idea to me, not sure where the wiring would go though.

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    Well all I would need for wiring are power and a headphone jack for sound...video is already there. I don't think I'd trust the velcro, and yes that would suck if it fell..I'd be worried more about my $2500 (at the time) laptop then my head.

    The Ati (9600 pro mobility) display drivers has a rotate option built in, so that's no prob.

    I am thinking about using the clips for the docking station on the back and a strap for the front.. anyone have any input? I'd like to be able to full close the screen.

    How does one mount something to the roof of a car anyway?

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    I'd consider two straps going across the chassis/keyboard.

    have you considered how you were going to control this system? you may want to run an usb wire too.

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    typing would be a pain...

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    Yes I would need USB, I'm hoping to use a (wireless) trackball on the center console....maybe a mini-usb keyboard, but typing would be minimal.

    I don't think I can do a strap across the top of the keyboard, the keys are very close to the top of the screen and it would block the dvd drive.

    I'll have to try and fabricate something....never done that before...I'm scared.

    I'm kind of suprised no one has done this before.

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    Try going the other way. Fit a streap between the lcd and the chassis.

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