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    Input device idea (from IBM ThinkPad) has anyone done this?

    Well, here's an idea I had. I have an old broken Ibm thinkpad and I have mouse input device like this:



    I was wondering, how awesome would it be to fabricate it somewhere on a dash or every one a steering wheel.

    Has anyone done this?
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    Instead of trying to do something with your broken keyboard, just buy one of these:



    It is really cheap ($9.99) at Meci . I bought three of those for another project, and they are perfect:thin, light, and they come with a cable with a PS2 connector that you plug in any mouse port.

    Works like a charm!

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    If you search, someone actually grafted one of those into a gearshift knob.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Quote Originally Posted by andrel
    Instead of trying to do something with your broken keyboard, just buy one of these:



    It is really cheap ($9.99) at Meci . I bought three of those for another project, and they are perfect:thin, light, and they come with a cable with a PS2 connector that you plug in any mouse port.

    Works like a charm!
    Thanks, I might buy this.



    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert
    If you search, someone actually grafted one of those into a gearshift knob.
    Did search before posted, didn't find anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert
    If you search, someone actually grafted one of those into a gearshift knob.
    I'd love to see that. I was thinking of doing the same but couldn't find anything that'd work (that was cheap enough - see below). I ended up buying one of those eraser mice setups from MECI. Haven't installed it yet though. And also, it's a serial mouse, it just comes with the serial-PS2 adapter - but it still has the DB9 connector(s) in the middle of the cord because of it...

    At one point I did find the company that made the thing, and they do have a USB version, but new ones direct from the company are like $150. They also have an eraser mouse without buttons (what I was talking about above that was too expensive) that had the eraser and a board about the size of a dime that probably could have been molded into a shifter, but was also like $150. Too rich for my taste...

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    I think you could work with this one:



    figure out some way to mold it. I might do something once my computer up and running.
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    I couldn't find it. I remember seeing it.

    I did find this, though: http://www.mp3car.ws/vbulletin/attac...?postid=107767
    That's a joystick with all sorts of controls that can be mapped to do anything. If your car is outfitted with machine guns and SAMs, all the better!

    Then there's this, which is a trackball integrated into a shifter: Mouse built into shifter
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    That's crazy don't want anything like this I like stealth miniture design that looks almost like stock.
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    Yeah. Those are cool in their own way, but certainly not stealthy at all.
    What I remember was a white shifter knob that looked aftermarket. It had a blue trackpoint sticking out of the top of it. I don't remember button locations, though.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    anyone in the uk do these? shipping is expensive for just one item. i am happy to split costs if anyone in the uk is looking for something similar?

    dave bev

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