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Thread: What's the best choice for a laptop carputer?

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    Question What's the best choice for a laptop carputer?

    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?

    Sky

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    There are lots of laptops that meet that criteria.

    What do you mean by "native power"?
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    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.

    SKy

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    So get a Carnetix.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    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.

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    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?)

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    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 ...

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    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.

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    Get a thinkpad... I think the T series is what you would want...

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    T series are nice
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