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    Hey guys. I'm getting slightly frustrated with my mp3 project here and was wondering if you could help me out. I have the PC box mounted in the trunk and the LCD screen (out of a laptop) mounted in the passenger sun visor. Now I know there's people out there with this same style of setup, how did you get the two to interface??? I've looked everywhere for solutions to this and really haven't gotten very far.

    I contacted Sage Inc. a while ago about their S550 video card with laptop screen output. Apparently, the cable that goes to the laptop screen can be a maximum of 12 to 18 inches before data loss occurs. I was instructed by them to sell the screen and try and find one that uses LVDS since a cord for that can reach 15 feet, no problem. Well, one problem with that, no one makes a cheap LVDS laptop screen.

    So how do you guys do it? Is there something I'm missing here?

    Thanks for the help!
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    You need a controller card. You can find them at www.flat-panel.com . I am not sure if they have one that will work with your screen, so email them and ask.
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    k, so which controller do I get? The one that mounts into the PCI slot or a stand alone one that runs off a VGA source?

    Oh, BTW, I don't have any ISA slots on my MB so I'm kind of limited there. All the places with cheap controllers are always ISA boards.
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    I would email them telling them what screen you have and that you have no isa slots. They should then be able to tell ya what you need. Unfortunately these controllers cost big money.
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    There are LCD controllers that just have a VGA input on them. That would allow you to use your existing video card, run a VGA cable up to the front and then mount the controller/LCD setup in the front.

    I am not sure what they call these and I dont know where to get them. If anyone knows anything more about these I'd like to know
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    Originally posted by dan0myte:
    <STRONG>Apparently, the cable that goes to the laptop screen can be a maximum of 12 to 18 inches before data loss occurs. I was instructed by them to sell the screen and try and find one that uses LVDS since a cord for that can reach 15 feet, no problem. Well, one problem with that, no one makes a cheap LVDS laptop screen.

    </STRONG>
    Guys,
    He's already found a controller card, his problem is with the data loss that occurs over a long run of cable. Unfortunately, I don't know anyone that has run an LCD cable from the trunk to the visor. Most "front mounted" LCD screens have the controller card in the center console so there is a short run of cable from controller to screen.

    Falcon may have an answer there, but I haven't seen it done this way before.

    G'luck!

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    It may be possible to make a buffer like I have heard people have done for IDE cables to prevent data loss. There was a topic about it awhile ago, but i couldnt find it when i searched.
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