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    New to carputers. Suggest a monitor?

    I am no stranger to configuring and tweaking computers, but I have never attempted to put a computer in my car before. I decided to go the cheap route and bought a Raspberry Pi to use as a media center and game emulation suite (for the passengers, of course). My biggest concern is that the Raspberry only has 2 video outputs; single-cable composite video and HDMI.

    So here is what I am ideally looking for:

    • My car is nothing special. It's a '99 Dodge Neon with only a single-DIN slot that contains a simple radio. For this reason, I am looking for an in-dash motorized monitor so it won't take up much space.
    • If I have no other choice, I will be okay using composite video, but I would really love a screen with HDMI input.
    • Touchscreen is not necessary, though I realize that almost all motorized screens are touchscreen.
    • I am looking to spend up to $150, but I am willing to go as high as $250 if I can find a really good option.


    I've found a few models that look pretty good, but none of them seem quite right.
    http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PLTS77DU-...productDetails
    http://www.amazon.com/Lanzar-SDINBT7...orized+monitor
    http://www.amazon.com/Naxa-Motorized...orized+monitor

    Looks like there are no HDMI motorized displays. This puzzles me.
    So what do you think? Do you know of a display that would fit my needs?

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    If I were you and it had to be a single din slide out.I would get a cheap one...like really cheap gut it and toss the lcd and driver board in the bin go and grab a good tablet ips screen and hdmi driver board and fit it in its place.there are a couple of threads here reguarding open frame lcd/ boards.they are for sale on ebay out of china.the other thread I started is a ips screen with hdmi and capacative touch it will work with rasp pi and linux/windows.there are a few of us waiting for it so mabee wait for a reveiw.there are some other links over there for the china screens too.don't think you will find a good hdmi slide out unless you build one..

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    Thank you very much for your reply. That is a fascinating idea and it sounds like fun, but that looks like much more work than I am willing to put forth. It's a project for another day, for sure.
    Well, if it is that involved of a process to meet my specs, I think I'll be fine with composite video for the moment. I think I can handle the shopping process from here. Thanks for the pointer, though; I may look into that in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthony62490 View Post
    I am no stranger to configuring and tweaking computers, but I have never attempted to put a computer in my car before. I decided to go the cheap route and bought a Raspberry Pi to use as a media center and game emulation suite (for the passengers, of course). My biggest concern is that the Raspberry only has 2 video outputs; single-cable composite video and HDMI.

    So here is what I am ideally looking for:

    • My car is nothing special. It's a '99 Dodge Neon with only a single-DIN slot that contains a simple radio. For this reason, I am looking for an in-dash motorized monitor so it won't take up much space.
    • If I have no other choice, I will be okay using composite video, but I would really love a screen with HDMI input.
    • Touchscreen is not necessary, though I realize that almost all motorized screens are touchscreen.
    • I am looking to spend up to $150, but I am willing to go as high as $250 if I can find a really good option.
    HDMI is pointless. For one, you don't need audio signals going to the screen. For two, you won't see any differencen between an HDMI, component video or VGA connection on a screen of that size (Typically 7" diagonal 16:9).
    The only true benefit I can see for an HDMI connection is the smaller connector.

    Motorized flipout screens are mostly garbage. They are cheap units from China that have low build quality and lots of plastic parts for the mechanicals that wear out rather quickly.
    Search around here on the forums and you'll find the experiences of different owners.

    The other thing about a flip-out screen is that they look "aftermarket", which is more attractive to a thief who may want to do a smash & grab. To the casual observer, this will look like another headunit, which could bring a hundred bucks or so at a pawn shop.
    That would be a nice little bender with lots of beer and crack!

    None of these units have the capability of controlling the PC w/ the touchscreen without some serious reverse-engineering.


    Looks like there are no HDMI motorized displays. This puzzles me.
    Doesn't puzzle me at all.
    This is a small niche market, and a 7" screen isn't well-suited for hi-def video signals, so why would HDMI make any sense?

    So what do you think? Do you know of a display that would fit my needs?
    They exist, but IN MY OPINION, none of them are worth it. A couple units to look into: Xenarc 700IDT (non-motorized), Lilliput GL701. Get to Googling.
    Fair warning: These aren't going to fit in your budget of $150-250.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Okay, that clears up some things I didn't consider. I suppose that HDMI would be pointless on such a small screen. That 700-IDT actually looks pretty good and I might be able to convince myself to drop the cash for it. My last question, though, is: If motorized screens are a prime target for thieves, what is it about the non-motorized 700-IDT that makes it different? Is it not as noticeable? I mean, it looks fairly plain from the front, but it's still pretty expensive.

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    HDMI isn't pointless if it is way only way to get the signal to the screen. Such is the case with what camo.b was suggesting. It has nothing to do with the quality of the signal, it's just becoming the norm.

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    The norm is for sure.I'm at the point where I have a great screen but no hdmi out on my carputer.I need to upgrade the motherboard ....extra cost again....everything is hdmi..and if it isn't it will be soon..I think you need to keep future mods and variations in mind when buying parts.as the screen and pc might not always be fitted to your car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthony62490 View Post
    Okay, that clears up some things I didn't consider. I suppose that HDMI would be pointless on such a small screen. That 700-IDT actually looks pretty good and I might be able to convince myself to drop the cash for it. My last question, though, is: If motorized screens are a prime target for thieves, what is it about the non-motorized 700-IDT that makes it different? Is it not as noticeable? I mean, it looks fairly plain from the front, but it's still pretty expensive.
    Understand that I've owned none of the fold-out screens for the same reasons I listed above. (Well, that and the additional expense).
    The 700IDT doesn't look like a fancy high-dollar headunit. When closed, it honestly looks like an ugly black plastic wart on your dash. It sticks out a bit (an inch or less), and could interfere with other stuff on your dash like cup holders, HCVAC controls or hat have you. All depends on your dash layout.

    The other thing about the 700IDT: It is NOT motorized. It's a manual unit.
    That means instead of pressing a button and watching the monitor un-origami itself from your dash, you have to pull it out yourself by hand.

    For some builders, this is unacceptable. For others, it's just fine.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    I had a 700IDT for many years and enjoyed using it until some dickless prick went into my car and snatched it

    Anyway I went to Xenarc's website and noticed they appear to not sell these models anymore is this correct? How do the newer 7" displays from Xenarc compare to the 700IDT in terms of brightness?

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    There's 2 on ebay right now SNO

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