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    Possible Aftermarket In-Dash Conversion

    Hey guys. Do you think it *might* be possible to swap out the LCD in popular Kenwood, Pioneer, etc. head units for a Lilliput, Xenarc, etc. I know there's been a lot of discussion on this forum about motorized LCDs and CarPCs. If that was possible it *might* be possible to run a VGA input into the unit. I'm relatively new to modifying electronics, so it's just a suggestion.

    P.S.: I have spent countless hours reading posts on various forums about CarPCs and touchscreen LCDs. I could not find (maybe I don't know where to look) information about this process being attempted.

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    What would be the purpose behind doing that?

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    The purpose would be to increase the display resolution so that the navigation input could be used for PC input and wire the touchscreen control to control the PC when it's in navigation mode, but still keep the capabilities of the original stereo. This might be useful for those of us that don't have the cash to spend on building or buying a PC for the car. I would like to integrate my laptop into my car stereo and yet still be able to use it for school.

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    the amount of work, custom fabrication, knowledge in wiring and some small electronics, just isnt worth it...you can buy motorized lilliputs and such, a much easier option.

    Rigging a T/S into a pioneer, kenwood, etc just isnt worth the time..

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimfast1623 View Post
    The purpose would be to increase the display resolution so that the navigation input could be used for PC input and wire the touchscreen control to control the PC when it's in navigation mode, but still keep the capabilities of the original stereo. This might be useful for those of us that don't have the cash to spend on building or buying a PC for the car. I would like to integrate my laptop into my car stereo and yet still be able to use it for school.
    It's not worth the time...car computers really don't require that much processing power (after all, it's a glorfied MP3 player), and so you can actually use relatively old and inexpensive hardware...there's really no need to buy anything brand new.

    I was able to pick up a 2.0 ghz P4 Dell in a desktop case (GX240) on eBay for ~$75, which included the complete system minus a hard drive. All I really needed then was a power supply, and I bought a DS-ATX for $190 (which I am very happy with...but there are certainly cheaper options). You could also consider a laptop with a damaged LCD screen, as you'd only be using the video out, which would also be cheap on eBay, and would require a less expensive power supply.

    Finally, if your headunit offers a video input, you can use RCA output from a computer/laptop. It's not ideal, no, but it's not nearly as bad as some people would lead you to believe, and it's certainly usable. Although the touchscreen wouldn't be interfaced, you could fairly easily rig up an alternative method of control for your nav software (Griffin Powermate, mini wireless keyboards, and hacked joysticks come to mind). That really wouldn't be such a bad solution either, as you'd likely set the nav destination while stopped, and could then simply toggle to the video input to see the nav directions while in motion (which wouldn't require further input). It's a sacrifice, yes, but you are trying to save money, so you'll have to make some sacrifices somewhere.

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