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    So this is what I want to do-- but I need help (dock HP to my headunit)

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    I have a pretty nice JVC 7" monitor/headunit in my car. I plan on using this they it is intended, AM/FM/CD/MP3/USB/SD/DVD/DIVX etc...

    It also has an AUX input for audio and video.

    What I want to do is be able to "dock" my HP to my car so that I can listen to internet radio (Verizon Wireless Card), play movies, and mp3s off my hard drive.

    So, since its an HP, what I want to use is the HP Quick Dock.

    I will connect video and audio from the quick dock to the headunit as well as a wireless 'trackman marble" mouse. I do not see the need for a keyboard as all I have to do is open up internet explorer or winamp for music (perhaps I'll add one some day)


    I've done some searching and I see that I can use this Carnetix thing to power the quick dock (which charges the computer)

    But I have a few questions:

    1. I haven't figured out where I want to "place" everything. The quick dock cable is VERY short and so thats going to have to be in the interior of the car (where I plan on keeping the computer) -- unless someone can help me figure out how to obtain an extension cord for the QuickDock, (HP Doesn't sell one but someone has to make a universal one out there no?)

    2. From what i'm gathering from reading here, the Carnetix thing should take care of the "alternator whine" from a bad ground that I normalyl get when I charge my ipod through the car and have it connected to the headunit at the same time. Am I right?

    2a. How hot does the Carnetx thing get? The power brick for my computer usually gets REALLY hot and I'm afraid to stash that somewhere in the center console or under the seat/carpet-- I know that the carnetx thing will replace the power brick that comes with the charger for the computer, but where do people usually keep the carnetix thing? In the console? Under hood? In the trunk?

    -- My whole comptuer setup the way I see it will all be IN the car beacuse the quick dock cable is just too short to have everything in the trunk.

    I think tahts all my questions for now.

    So just to recap an idea of my whole diagram (dont have to read this if you dont want to this is just me talking out loud

    Carnetix runing power to my center console between my seats some how which will go into the quick dock. The quick dock will have the audio out going to my headunit, and the video out also going to my head unit (S-Video to "Yellow RCA (dont know what the technical term is) the only thing that will actually stick out of my console will be the Expansion Slot cable that goes from the quick dock to the computer (just wish I could find a way to make that cable longer)

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    So far I think the port is: PCI-X expansion slot 3, 64 bit/133 MHz, Bus B

    So that being said i'm not sure if i could use that information to help find me an extension cord for it (one side male and one side female)

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    Quote Originally Posted by starbai View Post
    Ok

    I have a pretty nice JVC 7" monitor/headunit in my car. I plan on using this they it is intended, AM/FM/CD/MP3/USB/SD/DVD/DIVX etc...

    It also has an AUX input for audio and video.

    What I want to do is be able to "dock" my HP to my car so that I can listen to internet radio (Verizon Wireless Card), play movies, and mp3s off my hard drive.

    So, since its an HP, what I want to use is the HP Quick Dock.

    I will connect video and audio from the quick dock to the headunit as well as a wireless 'trackman marble" mouse. I do not see the need for a keyboard as all I have to do is open up internet explorer or winamp for music (perhaps I'll add one some day)
    Honestly, I think the quick dock is a waste of time, money & energy.
    Granted, your quickdock is better than most "universal" docks that connect to a USB port... However, it's just taking up space and you're not getting any significant additional functionality out of it.
    After perusing specs for your quickdock, it appears that there might just be value in using your quickdock, so ignore any further nay-saying.


    I've done some searching and I see that I can use this Carnetix thing to power the quick dock (which charges the computer)

    But I have a few questions:

    1. I haven't figured out where I want to "place" everything. The quick dock cable is VERY short and so thats going to have to be in the interior of the car (where I plan on keeping the computer) -- unless someone can help me figure out how to obtain an extension cord for the QuickDock, (HP Doesn't sell one but someone has to make a universal one out there no?)
    No, someone does not have to make a longer cable for the quick dock.
    There may be one that exists, but I seriously doubt it. Most laptop makers use proprietary connectors for this sort of thing. As such, there aren't off-the-shelf parts for a cable maker to use to make an extender for these sorts of cables.

    2. From what i'm gathering from reading here, the Carnetix thing should take care of the "alternator whine" from a bad ground that I normalyl get when I charge my ipod through the car and have it connected to the headunit at the same time. Am I right?
    No.
    A lot depends on your own due diligence when running power & signal cables. Granted, teh Carnetix is far less likely to induce EMI-based "noise" into your audio system than an inverter, it's no guarantee, either.

    2a. How hot does the Carnetx thing get? The power brick for my computer usually gets REALLY hot and I'm afraid to stash that somewhere in the center console or under the seat/carpet-- I know that the carnetx thing will replace the power brick that comes with the charger for the computer, but where do people usually keep the carnetix thing? In the console? Under hood? In the trunk?
    -- My whole comptuer setup the way I see it will all be IN the car beacuse the quick dock cable is just too short to have everything in the trunk.

    I think tahts all my questions for now.

    So just to recap an idea of my whole diagram (dont have to read this if you dont want to this is just me talking out loud

    Carnetix runing power to my center console between my seats some how which will go into the quick dock. The quick dock will have the audio out going to my headunit, and the video out also going to my head unit (S-Video to "Yellow RCA (dont know what the technical term is) the only thing that will actually stick out of my console will be the Expansion Slot cable that goes from the quick dock to the computer (just wish I could find a way to make that cable longer)
    Honestly, I think the doc is a waste of time & energy, and will likely be more hassle than it's worth.

    I think the port is: PCI-X expansion slot 3, 64 bit/133 MHz, Bus B

    So that being said i'm not sure if i could use that information to help find me an extension cord for it (one side male and one side female)
    I seriously doubt you'll find an extension for the dock. You might be able to make one, though.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Well if I didn't want to have to connect the video, audio, usb wireless mouse/keyboard, and power every time.

    This way only one cable does it. Why is it a waste of time?

    Also, someone in another thread was talking about how to connect the carnetix to an HP laptop. The same power connection to the HP laptop so whatever I would normally need to connect the carnetix for power to teh comp is what I would need to connect it do that quick dock.

    What do I need?

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    The carnetix has a built-in fan but requires that it have breathing room.
    If you intend to go with the hp quickdock, another good reason to go with it is the fact that there is a power button on the quickdock. So you can open up the quickdock and solder the power button connections there instead of opening up the laptop.
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