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    SD beats everything. So there. danielkh's Avatar
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    So I guess where I am going, and going, and going, is....

    1) Have fun! There are 1000's of ways to spend a lot of money here! lol

    2) It doesn't have to cost $1000 to look like it did.

    3) Never lock yourself into an idea. Always look at changes. I would love to lock my monitor down with something like epoxy, but knowing it might change, everything is held in with silicon. Handles vibration well and can easily be removed.

    4) One big difference between laptops and carputer is vibration. I used to ride with a laptop mounted on a stand. Went through 2 harddrives before I gave it up. Probably be ok if you put some isolation under it. Another downside to laptops. Not very upgradable, limited ports.

    5) Upside to laptops is minimal space required, made to be fast in a compact size, and you already have one.

    6) On a monitor, I watched e-bay for months and when I found the monitor at over $100 less than everywhere else, thats when I started my build. I think on a van, a bigger screen would really cool, but I'm not recommending it.

    7) Furnish your garage. Once you get started with this, the wife will send you there to sleep often! But dang, is it fun!
    My opinion is my own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielkh View Post
    So I guess where I am going, and going, and going, is....

    1) Have fun! There are 1000's of ways to spend a lot of money here! lol

    2) It doesn't have to cost $1000 to look like it did.

    3) Never lock yourself into an idea. Always look at changes. I would love to lock my monitor down with something like epoxy, but knowing it might change, everything is held in with silicon. Handles vibration well and can easily be removed.

    4) One big difference between laptops and carputer is vibration. I used to ride with a laptop mounted on a stand. Went through 2 harddrives before I gave it up. Probably be ok if you put some isolation under it. Another downside to laptops. Not very upgradable, limited ports.

    5) Upside to laptops is minimal space required, made to be fast in a compact size, and you already have one.

    6) On a monitor, I watched e-bay for months and when I found the monitor at over $100 less than everywhere else, thats when I started my build. I think on a van, a bigger screen would really cool, but I'm not recommending it.

    7) Furnish your garage. Once you get started with this, the wife will send you there to sleep often! But dang, is it fun!






    One big difference between laptops and carputer is vibration. I used to ride with a laptop mounted on a stand. Went through 2 harddrives before I gave it up. Probably be ok if you put some isolation under it. Another downside to laptops. Not very upgradable, limited ports.
    Would it be wise to mount it on top of a layer of foam rubber after I figure out where and how I'm going to mount it? Something to add a little cushion?




    Not real sure what I'm getting into on the way I'll mount it but I did see a few of those Plexiglas cases and thought about building one of those , putting a layer of foam rubber on the bottom and a fan or two blowing into the box. Maybe mount one on the side and one on the top. Where ever I need to cool is where I'll place the fans.

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    SD beats everything. So there. danielkh's Avatar
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    Ask around how other people are doing it, or if is even such a big deal these days with the improvements in hardware. Plus, I would think a van would have better suspension than a small car (with a computer stand going right to the frame).

    I have heard that people are having better luck with hdd's mounted verticle rather than horizontal.

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    Anyone have a comment to share on there thoughts of mounting?

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    Check post #2 of the thread in my sig. I built a foam-padded mount for under the seat. Although mine is a PC, as opposed to a laptop, there's no reason you couldn't do something similar. The foam is surprisingly good at absorbing shock.

    I considered building a "cage" type mount for the unit, where it was held in on both top and bottom by foam-covered tubing, but decided it was unnecessary for my application.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdholtz View Post
    Check post #2 of the thread in my sig. I built a foam-padded mount for under the seat. Although mine is a PC, as opposed to a laptop, there's no reason you couldn't do something similar. The foam is surprisingly good at absorbing shock.

    I considered building a "cage" type mount for the unit, where it was held in on both top and bottom by foam-covered tubing, but decided it was unnecessary for my application.
    Thank you, outstanding thread, just full of knowledge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PittsburghProud View Post
    Thank you, outstanding thread, just full of knowledge.
    That's what I was saying the other day. Rather than make mistakes, ask around to the people that have already made them.
    My opinion is my own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielkh View Post
    That's what I was saying the other day. Rather than make mistakes, ask around to the people that have already made them.
    Oh I agree with you totally, I was reading threads before I ever posted but now I'm finding some threads are better than others.
    Still limited in finding folks that have done vans, did a search here and looked around the web a little.
    I'll get it all in time.... I'll have everything figured out. The hell from all you guys is awesome.

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    lol... that is why I stay around here.
    Working on my Comp TIA training.

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    If I took the money I wasted on parts that "went away from the concensus of the board", only to find out they wouldn't work, I could probably buy a second touchscreen. Learned quickly that repeating other peoples mistakes is not the way to go. lol

    Now the BAD side of it is.......now that everything is working nicely together, I'm looking at a $1k upgrade to make it "better". lol

    It really never ends.
    My opinion is my own.

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