There are lots of laptops that meet that criteria.
What do you mean by "native power"?
I'm thinking of going Ebay diving for an old laptop with a broken screen that I can use for my carputer.
What's everyone had the best luck with for a carputer?
No great amount of CPU power is needed, I think RAM is much more important. (around 1Ghz seems ok)
I'm thinking these are the priorities:
1. MUST have USB (USB 2 if possible)
2. has to go above 384 Meg RAM (1gig would be nice)
3. should have one serial port native
4. native power would be nice (but been a long while since I've seen a laptop want 12-13V)
5. line-in would be nice
6. being able to do a 7" screen's native res would be a bonus
Anyone have a laptop that fit most of these?
Car native power
12-13 volts DC.
I had a nice IBM unit that did that, but it seems they need more like 20 volts these days.
Many laptops these days have car adapters available, and there are 3rd party models available too.
For a serial port can't you use a USB to serial adapter? I'm sure you can pick one up on eBay.
Look for something less than 3 years and it should meet you criteria.
I'd prefer a real serial port, always had better luck with them. (except for having to remember to disable the serial mouse detect with XP)
So noone's had any problems with any laptops a few years old?
(esp trying to do 800x480 video?)
800X480 is tricky & hit or miss, especially on an older laptop built in video. if that's important then try to search for a sucessful laptop install at that resolution & try to get the same one, cause more than likely, I wouldn't count on it running 800x480 without adding like a villagetronics video card or something. 800X600 doesn't look too bad as reasonable comprimise I guess ...
Look for success with a particular graphics card, as if someone has had success with 800x480 on another laptop with the same graphics card it is very likely the same will be true with others.
Get a thinkpad... I think the T series is what you would want...
T series are nice
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