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    Rookie question here

    Say I take my older laptop and make it into a car PC. I would have to pick up a touch screen. This is basic of basic here but what do you do if you need a keyboard? Is there such a thing as it coming up on your touch screen? I have no experience with this stuff and have been reading everything I can here but haven't seen that addressed or I missed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PittsburghProud View Post
    Is there such a thing as it coming up on your touch screen?
    If you are running XP, try this:

    Start Menu->Programs->Accessories->Accessibility->On-screen Keyboard

    That answer your question? There are other versions also.
    Old Systems retired due to new car
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    I have a bluetooth mini keyboard/trackball I keep behind the seat. Like the one here.....

    http://cgi.ebay.com/BRAND-NEW-WIRELE...QQcmdZViewItem

    If it's an older laptop that doesn't have bluetooth built in, you would need a usb adapter too. Microsoft or logitech has good wireless keyboard/mice, but I like having both in one unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Withey View Post
    If you are running XP, try this:

    Start Menu->Programs->Accessories->Accessibility->On-screen Keyboard

    That answer your question? There are other versions also.
    Perfect! Yes Running XP and just what I was wondering thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielkh View Post
    I have a bluetooth mini keyboard/trackball I keep behind the seat. Like the one here.....

    http://cgi.ebay.com/BRAND-NEW-WIRELE...QQcmdZViewItem

    If it's an older laptop that doesn't have bluetooth built in, you would need a usb adapter too. Microsoft or logitech has good wireless keyboard/mice, but I like having both in one unit.
    Not a bad option either but I like the windows version at the moment.

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    It is a decent option, however, try this (I found this problem right away). Think of a 7 inch window, then shrink that onscreen keyboard down to fit in that window. Now try to press ONE key. It's not easy.

    Truth is you rarely need one. so even a usb keyboard that plugs into the laptop will work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danielkh View Post
    It is a decent option, however, try this (I found this problem right away). Think of a 7 inch window, then shrink that onscreen keyboard down to fit in that window. Now try to press ONE key. It's not easy.

    Truth is you rarely need one. so even a usb keyboard that plugs into the laptop will work.
    Got ya , like me trying to text message with my tiny @#$ cell phone. But really would you need a keyboard that often? I was thinking something around 10" screen It is a full size van so I can work with a larger screen.
    Very good point.

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    I use a keyboard when I am sitting at a customer site and bored waiting. I'll start surfing the internet. But normal operation? Not really. Just need it for emergencies (lockups or touch quits working). Truth is, with the front end software, all buttons are enlarged to see, but with normal windows, even at 640x480, stuff is too small to read and use clearly (the need for a keyboard).
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    Quote Originally Posted by danielkh View Post
    I use a keyboard when I am sitting at a customer site and bored waiting. I'll start surfing the internet. But normal operation? Not really. Just need it for emergencies (lockups or touch quits working). Truth is, with the front end software, all buttons are enlarged to see, but with normal windows, even at 640x480, stuff is too small to read and use clearly (the need for a keyboard).
    OK, let me ask you this... You surf the web... Now do you have one of those cell phone cards for the machine or do you just suck up wireless when ever you can. I don't think I'd buy the card but I'd know where all the hot spots are.

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    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
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