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    Quote Originally Posted by danielkh View Post
    My company supplied EVDO cards. When I just had a laptop, I would go around to hotels and hook up free. Not the safest plan. The EVDO cards are really fast. It's nice being linked in the middle of nowhere. Also, something to keep in mind, USB ports. If you are using a laptop, you don't want anything in the PCMCIA slot other than more USB ports. My company switched to another phone service so I was able to go to a USB EVDO. Here is a list of possible ports you will need.....

    1) DVD drive
    2) Satellite radio
    3) GPS receiver
    4) Hub for external jumpdrives, phone charger, etc.
    5) EVDO Network device
    6) IPOD
    7a) Volume control knob. Touch is nice, but not fast enough.
    8) OBDII device
    9) USB Microphone
    10) Sound card
    11) Touchscreen
    12) Bluetooth
    13) Wireless

    and if you are going to add it....

    14) Radio hardware
    15) Bluetooth phone






    Thank you for taking the time to coach me a little here.


    1) DVD drive
    Built in Laptop
    2) Satellite radio
    Don't own one yet
    3) GPS receiver
    I'll pick up a middle of the road receiver.
    4) Hub for external jumpdrives, phone charger, etc.
    Definitely want one, have to pick one of those up also.
    5) EVDO Network device
    Not sure if I'll get one
    6) IPOD
    I have the bigger Ipod, the one with the small screen and like 30 gig hard drive
    7a) Volume control knob. Touch is nice, but not fast enough.
    OK, I'll have to take your word for that.
    8) OBDII device
    Honestly not sure what that is. But I bet I'll have to get one.
    9) USB Microphone
    Mic's are cheap enough so I'll pick one up. I would think the built in one wouldn't work because of placement.
    10) Sound card
    Built in unless I should change it.
    11) Touchscreen
    Digging those 10.8 or something around that size.
    12) Bluetooth
    Phone is bluetooth so yes that would be a nice feature to have. I would need that as well.
    13) Wireless
    Not real sure I'll do that but maybe

    and if you are going to add it....

    14) Radio hardware
    That would depend on what I buy but I'm with ya.
    15) Bluetooth phone
    Phone is blue tooth so I'm ok there.


    So with this alone I have a basic shopping list of things to round up. My van has been parked for winter and in the next moth or so I'll be getting it back out and back on the road. Winter and gas prices suck around here and it has been parked while I drive a winter beater (a Saturn) 35 bucks fills the tank. Anyhow I need to get busy rounding things up.

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    I think I ask this in another thread but what about the cd try? Will I need to take it out of the laptop and mount it in the dash or would it be better just to buy another one and install that in the dash?

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    Actually, the only thing I have suggested other than a keyboard is......

    PCMCIA 4 port USB card......$5 on e-bay. lol

    All that other stuff was to show a need for it. The absolute best idea is to take your time, buy what is necessary, then try it. You will see quickly what you do and do not need.
    My opinion is my own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielkh View Post
    Actually, the only thing I have suggested other than a keyboard is......

    PCMCIA 4 port USB card......$5 on e-bay. lol

    All that other stuff was to show a need for it. The absolute best idea is to take your time, buy what is necessary, then try it. You will see quickly what you do and do not need.

    I hear ya but a lot of the stuff really isn't a ton of cash. With a full size van you think a 10 or so inch screen would be the ticket?

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    I don't recommend anything I haven't tried. But I will tell you what I'd do. Do a search for Van and see what they are using. I went with the monitor I have (xenarc 700TSV) because everyone that had done 350Z's said it was a perfect fit. So try to find people that have already done what you want to do. When you get into touchsceens, the price goes up really fast with size. Heck, I just found a $100 device that almost wipes out the need for a touchscreen altogether.....

    http://www.soundgraph.com/Eng_/Produ...=1&leftMenu=26

    It's got 5 programmable buttons, which cover the main screens like: Navigation, Music, Satellite Radio, pictures, and I programmed the 5th button just to go to the home screen. It's got fast forward, rewind, play/pause, previous song (works with music and radio), next song, volume, mute, and a scroll knob to go through music or stations. It's not perfect, but for a budget, would work fine while mobile. However, mounting it is a bear as it's made for a desktop and not a radio hole. Another problem with it, in your plan, is that it has to be tied into the motherboard power. Not sure how you could do it with a laptop. But even then, could it be more cost effective to get a carputer, larger non-touchmonitor, and an Imon? Or go with the laptop and and a smaller touch.

    Come to think of it, since I have installed the Imon, I don't remember ever using the touchscreen while driving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danielkh View Post
    I don't recommend anything I haven't tried. But I will tell you what I'd do. Do a search for Van and see what they are using. I went with the monitor I have (xenarc 700TSV) because everyone that had done 350Z's said it was a perfect fit. So try to find people that have already done what you want to do. When you get into touchsceens, the price goes up really fast with size. Heck, I just found a $100 device that almost wipes out the need for a touchscreen altogether.....

    http://www.soundgraph.com/Eng_/Produ...=1&leftMenu=26

    It's got 5 programmable buttons, which cover the main screens like: Navigation, Music, Satellite Radio, pictures, and I programmed the 5th button just to go to the home screen. It's got fast forward, rewind, play/pause, previous song (works with music and radio), next song, volume, mute, and a scroll knob to go through music or stations. It's not perfect, but for a budget, would work fine while mobile. However, mounting it is a bear as it's made for a desktop and not a radio hole. Another problem with it, in your plan, is that it has to be tied into the motherboard power. Not sure how you could do it with a laptop. But even then, could it be more cost effective to get a carputer, larger non-touchmonitor, and an Imon? Or go with the laptop and and a smaller touch.
    Makes sense, I can respect that....

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    Not sure you saw it since I added it after you responded, but since I installed the Imon, I don't remember ever using the touchscreen while driving.

    Touchscreens are a great novelty, but in practice, I think buttons are better. Not to say I would give up my touch either. Heck, I broke the touchscreen overlay yesterday and freaked out so bad I made them overnight another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danielkh View Post
    Not sure you saw it since I added it after you responded, but since I installed the Imon, I don't remember ever using the touchscreen while driving.

    Touchscreens are a great novelty, but in practice, I think buttons are better. Not to say I would give up my touch either. Heck, I broke the touchscreen overlay yesterday and freaked out so bad I made them overnight another.

    Yep, I understand there is a degree of the "cool" factor.

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    Exactly, but the Imon looks pretty cool too. Here is a "better" version of my setup. Only difference is my 350Z is a commuter car and therefore, where Mikey's car is polished and pretty, mine is covered in coffee stains and potato chip crumbs. lol

    MikeyZ - 350z install

    Actually, here is my setup before the imon.

    2004 350Z Enthusiast Install
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    Your right a ton of it is what your looking to do. I sure don't want to build something to show, and I do drive the thing like you do. I smoke and have my coffee in there.
    I mean it is a pretty nice conversion van and the reaction when most folks look in is wow pretty cool they way it is right now. It has the nice lighting captain chairs the Large TV. Real nice to travel and party in.
    I just want to tweak it a little.

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