Desktop carPC died :((((( Looking to switch to laptop, but I need testimonials!!!
All laptop/notebook carpc users, I need your testimonials and reviews here, specifically on DURABILITY (to me the most important thing in carPC's).
I know that powering the laptop is a big hurdle when using a laptop as a carPC, i haven't done MUCH looking around yet but it looks like you can find a DC/DC solution, either the easy way or the hard way (opening up laptop and soldering wires, etc).
But what I really need is for the laptop users to give me your experience with the durability/reliability of your laptops, also, where do you keep your laptop? Under you seat, in the trunk, etc? Also, what kind of cushioning/mounting system do you use, is there anything you do to reduce shock/vibration from affecting the hard drive? That was my main problem with my carPC was the shock/vibrations, causing booting issues, and finally yesterday i think my motherboard died due to my frustration :( My carPC receives power, the fans spin, hard drive spins, but i get no video out. Maybe it is the VGA port that f-cked up, i'll try using HDMI to see if the motherboard is still functioning and the computer is still booting, but I think i am done with desktops in the car, laptops "SEEM" like the way to go since they were built to be MOBILE.
Thinking about buying a used laptop, anybody know any rugged laptops that would be ideal for vehicles? I remember IBM making a durable line of laptops, problem is i don't think rugged laptops are affordable haha, who knows, i'll have to look around.
Now tell me about your experiences everybody!!!! PLEASE!!! :crutch: