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    If you can solder, use something like this connector and connect all the wires to a comparable female plug.
    You can hack up an old VGA cable and use that, if you know the pin-outs. I'm sure that can be found w/ a quick Google.


    You can get the cable to fit in a very tight space.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
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    sorry thier is no board in the vga i just wanted the picture of the connector and the other pic their will be no risistors on the connector either, you should need to cut the cable atall. you hould b able to get creative with a craft knife to remove the ferrite and rubber molding

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    If you can solder, use something like this connector and connect all the wires to a comparable female plug.
    Just wanna make sure that I understand everything here. I buy the two connectors you linked to (which shoud be rather small) and just solder each end to a cat5 network cable? Electromagnetic interferience and such will not be a problem here? I've read about people wanting to cut a VGA cable and jointing it (beeing a couple of inches two short for example), I read that this would probably cause interferience and that the cable have to be properly shielded and stuff...

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    if you where going to buy connectors and solder them i would use a standard vga cable and chop the ends of, then remove the freittes and solder the conectors back on


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    Quote Originally Posted by Plecto View Post
    Just wanna make sure that I understand everything here. I buy the two connectors you linked to (which shoud be rather small) and just solder each end to a cat5 network cable? Electromagnetic interferience and such will not be a problem here? I've read about people wanting to cut a VGA cable and jointing it (beeing a couple of inches two short for example), I read that this would probably cause interferience and that the cable have to be properly shielded and stuff...
    I can't tell you there would be no EMI.
    You can get shielded cat5 cable and that may help reduce interference from EMI.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
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    I used one of these for my VGA cable. No soldering required...

    http://www.btx.com/default.aspx?page...mcode=CD-MX15M



    http://www.btx.com/default.aspx?page...e=CD-HD15MEZBR



    I doubt your VGA cable has any circuitry in it. It looks too small.

    For the USB, it is just 4 wires, so you could just solder the 4 wires to one of the small PCBs inside of a normal USB connector and kind of ghetto-fab your own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coreyspeed View Post
    if you where going to buy connectors and solder them i would use a standard vga cable and chop the ends of, then remove the freittes and solder the conectors back on

    That's how I did it. Got the VGA connector piece like DP suggested, cut the other end of a VGA extension cable and soldered the wires on, then dumped epoxy on the whole mess to keep it from detaching.

    It's still working 4 years later.
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    I just soldered a cat5e cable to two of these VGA plugs. It got a neat and tidy look and it works just great on my home-computer but not on my carputer! The touchscreen pops up with a "VGA" in the top left courner every time I plug it in, so it is finding something, but then a second later it sais "no signal". I had a regular vga cable to test back and forth with and it is most deffinitivly something with the cable I made. What would make a vga cable to work with one computer, but not the other? I used this guide:

    http://myhometheater.homestead.com/vgacable.html

    Edit: I also went through every pin with my multimeter and the contact is exactly where it is supposed to be on every pin.

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    Is the problem with your car PC or your screen? In other words, when you say that cable works, you mean it worked on a pc in your house on a monitor in your house, right?

    1. Does the new cable work with your PC and your car pc monitor? If so, the issue is in how the signal comes out of your car pc and NOT your cable. If not, it is a monitor issue

    2. Does the cable work with your car pc and your HOME monitor? If so, the issue is not with the cable but with the car pc signal.

    I seem to recall there needing to be resistors in some cases. Take a look at the picture in post #5. He's got resistors in addition to wires.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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