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.
No, someone does not have to make a longer cable for the quick dock.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?)
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.
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?
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?Honestly, I think the doc is a waste of time & energy, and will likely be more hassle than it's worth.-- 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)
I seriously doubt you'll find an extension for the dock. You might be able to make one, though.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)