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    Tablet PC's

    Do tablet PC's have a "VGA in port", this way I can hook up my carputer to the tablet (and use it as a monitor)

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    Smile Huh?!

    No they don't...and why in the world would you hook up a FULL computer to ANOTHER full computer to use the monitor?

    You already have a computer (the tablet PC), just use THAT as your car computer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yuprules
    No they don't...and why in the world would you hook up a FULL computer to ANOTHER full computer to use the monitor?

    You already have a computer (the tablet PC), just use THAT as your car computer!

    OK...here's the deal. I am an auto tech at a car dealer. I brought my own PC to work so I could look up Tech Bulletins, track my repair orders and more, like 8 Gigs of music)
    I now want to put this PC in my truck. I was looking at the Lilliput for a display. but that leaves me without a pc at work. (which is really helpfull).
    I am looking at eBay and saw this Simpad SL4 here: http://cgi.msn.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI...487763638&rd=1
    I could use the Simpad at work to get online etc, then put it in the truck and use it as a display, use all the software (music etc.) from the "main" pc.
    I'm just trying to find the cheapest way to do this while having the useage of a PC in my truck and at work.
    Any ideas?

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    Sorry...nope.

    Nope, no cheap way of doing that short of going back to square one:

    A "Tablet PC mounted" in your truck or a "Touchscreen VGA LCD with PC".

    And frankly that 339.00 is a rip off for a Windows CE based tablet PC, you can easily buy many parts required for a Car PC for that cost (minus the LCD of course) and use REAL WINDOWS XP.

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    i think some people just like saying no.

    yes it can be done, but any touchscreen/digitizer control will not be intact without a USB touchscreen overlay (can be found for under $150). or you could just use a mouse/kb/touchpad connected to the main PC. there are PCMCIA cards ($50-150) that allow video-in. i don't know of any that allow VGA-in. you can get a VGA-to-video converter ($50-100?).

    http://www.shopping.com/xPO-Par_Tech..._Capsure_50600
    http://www.ramelectronics.net/html/PC-TV_GTM-2000.html
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/sear...earchid=338409
    http://www.digitalww.com/b3.htm

    the prices i found are for new products, after minimal searching. i'm sure better prices are out there. especially if you look on ebay.

    anything is possible.

    edit- also, that Simpad is a bit too expensive for what you get. for the same price, you could get a much more powerful Fujitsu Stylistic. or, you could get the Stylistic 2300, which is slightly more powerful and has 2 PCMCIA, which will run XP and maxes out at 160mb RAM. look them up on ebay. there's a guy selling them maxed out for about $270, i think. that Simpad doesn't even seem to have a harddrive, wtf?

    these guys have a good reputation, and some pretty good prices. http://jksalesinc.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=26 you will most certainly find better prices on ebay, though.

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    I guess it could be also done through a remote control software, such as RAdmin
    The Tablet you are looking at is a rip-off. My Pocket PC runs Windows CE and it's twice as fast (cost me twice cheaper).
    Buy a real tablet that runs XP. Here are some affordable options:
    http://search.ebay.com/tablet_W0QQsa...sortpropertyZ3

    With a wifi connection in your car, all you will have to do is fire up your trunk pc and then click twice to connect to it. You will have full control of your PC from your tablet (full-screen control that is) without wires. Basically it will feel like you have a wireless monitor
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yuriy
    I guess it could be also done through a remote control software, such as RAdmin
    The Tablet you are looking at is a rip-off. My Pocket PC runs Windows CE and it's twice as fast (cost me twice cheaper).
    Buy a real tablet that runs XP. Here are some affordable options:
    http://search.ebay.com/tablet_W0QQsa...sortpropertyZ3

    With a wifi connection in your car, all you will have to do is fire up your trunk pc and then click twice to connect to it. You will have full control of your PC from your tablet (full-screen control that is) without wires. Basically it will feel like you have a wireless monitor
    great minds think alike.

    as i told muldrick in a PM, a program like tightVNC would let him control the main PC from the tablet, wirelessly even. i use tightVNC to control my server from my desktop. i haven't used RAdmin, yet. but i'm looking into it, now.

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    a REAL tablet pc cost around $2000 plus dollars:-P like the Compaq Tablet PC 1100
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    Quote Originally Posted by kandyman676
    a REAL tablet pc cost around $2000 plus dollars:-P like the Compaq Tablet PC 1100
    if by 'REAL' you mean 'NEW' then yes.

    my Stylistic 2300 runs XP and all the software i need, and i only paid $100 for it.

    if you wanna pay 20x the price for only 4x the power.. you go right ahead.

    you need to quit sippin' on that haterade, y0.

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    Exclamation Yeah right!

    $100? Yeah right. It runs Windows XP...for $100? The thing is a P233, I wouldn't call that "running Windows XP" properly.

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