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Thread: Laptops in car

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    Jul 2005
    Wythenshawe and Altrincham in Manchester

    Laptops in car

    could all the people with laptop installs please explain what they actually did or have to do? do you need a docking station? how about hibernation? wakeup? etc... any in depth detail would be great also any such this as a universal docking station???

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    Jun 2005
    I carry mine out, plug in a VGA, two USBs, sound, and power. Then I turn it on and cram the laptop between the passenger seat and the console. Its set to hibernate when battery is low. If its hibernating, I un-wedge it from between the seats, press power, and shove it back in there.

    Im sooo waiting for the cash to buy me an Opus and an MII board....

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    Nov 2004
    NY tri-state
    I used a port replicator for my X31 that I got from ebay for cheap. The port replicator is secured to the floor of the trunk, and it takes care of all the connections (audio, vga, usb, etc).

    I can either leave the whole thing in the car if I want to, or undock the laptop and take it in the house if I have to work on it or something.

    I took care of the power button by hard-wiring a switch to the port replicator and running it to the front of the cabin along with the rest of the cables. That way I can turn the thing on remotely, and usually whatever front-end I'm using has an option for hibernate/stand by.

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    Raw Wave kickercivic1's Avatar
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    May 2003
    I just got doing my laptop install. I am using sell c840 with a docking station..

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    Newbie LostCosmos's Avatar
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    I went with a docking station option just because I did not want to mod the laptop itself for power on, etc.. You can see my laptop install here:
    2000 Honda Civic EX Coupe
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    Maximum Bitrate jusatry's Avatar
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    Nov 2003
    dell docking stations just have a little plastic screw panel behind the power button setup. I unscrewed that, played with my multimeter till i found the wires which shorted when you push the on button, and wired my remote power button to them. Then with the help of a glue gun i put it back together so my docking station has pigtails.....

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    Maximum Bitrate kiltjim's Avatar
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    Feb 2004
    PA, USA
    No docking station, I just plug everything into the back. Opened the case, soldered a small connector to the power button. I rarely have use for the laptop, so it doesn't matter that it takes me a few minutes to get everything disconnected. A docking station would just make it much easier.

    Hibernation is handled through software, mostly I just put it into standby. My motherboard doesn't have on power-on settings, so its only handled through the switch.
    2000 Subaru OBS

    Dell P3 @ 900 Mhz
    7" Lilliput TS w/DigitalWW in-dash mount
    80GB External HD

    I am Zero Bitrate....

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    Newbie jaymatic21's Avatar
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    Aug 2005
    I'm thinking of doing the same

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