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    Strange dimensions

    Alright, I was making a huge write-up of what I want from my carputer and I realized that I have space for a second screen. Problem is, it's goofy dimensions.
    The space is 2.5" high x 4.25" wide. I may be able to use a screen that is dimensionally larger and just cover a portion of it, but that's obviously not what I care to do. Does anyone know of a screen this size?
    I cannot even seem to find places that sell computer screens instead of those stupid junk "dvd" screens that have RCA only. I did find one computer screen retailer that offered small screens, but none were wide like I need.They were all 4:3 aspect, I think...
    So - any ideas?
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    they do have usb-controlled basic screens--some with color backlights, but all are black/white(i have not seen any color screen displays in these dimensions yet)...

    i have a similar opening in my car, and have been thinking about doing this also-- primarily so that i can see what songs are playing, and the current time...

    maybe something like this:
    http://www.crazypc.com/products/90610B.html

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    At first look there I thought that it was just what I was looking for, but upon further reading it is not. Too bad, I really thought that you had nailed it right off the bat.
    I should clarify, the opening is that size, so the viewable portion can be that size. The mount for the screen can be up to 4" tall by 4.75 wide. The width would be a really tight fit, so just slightly less than that width would be ideal, but it could work. So I have a space measuring 4"H x 4.75"W with a viewable opening of 2.5"H x 4.25"W.
    I would like a color screen (although it will be used basically in monochrome) because I need to use a custom color to look as right as possible. Once in the car it will likely display song information, time, and a digital representation of an analog tuner.
    So are there any more ideas or for that matter sites that sell screens I should know about? Most of my Google searches bring up crummy car screens with RCA inputs and no resolution.
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    this is what i searched for:

    usb 5.25" bay color backlight lcd screen

    it seemed to pull up more results than 'usb color screen'


    i have seen other units(those search terms pull up most of them), but there is little to no info on the programming software used with them-- the unit i linked is the only one i could find a review of that included the operation of the programming software(it sounds easy enough for even me to do it!)

    but sadly, i have not seen any full color screens that would fit those dimensions..

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    Yeah, it did look super easy to program. The problems are the dimensions aren't quite what I was looking for and they are not color. Again, the color is not the biggest deal...
    After you linked to that I found several sites offering similar bay screens, but that would be the best unit if I had to go that route, anyway.
    Does anyone else know where I could look for a different screen or how easy/difficult it might be to set a larger screen (with part of it covered up) to display what's important in only the viewable area?
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