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    After a few months of debating, I've decided I want to go with a full blown laptop lcd for my player. I'll only be playing mp3's for the time being, but I'll be upgrading to GPS, DVD, etc., so I figure I'll spend the money now and be done with it. Now I've searched through posts, but there is such a variety of possablities, it just complicated things more. I'm looking for a good setup, but I need some experienced advice.

    My requirments are:

    -Color (enough for decent DVDs)
    -Good motion display
    -LCD Possibly 5' from cpu
    -Within the 6-10" range (it'll be in the front seat of a pickup, so I can't get too big)
    -Very Cheap (yeah, I can't have everything, so I guess this is optional)

    It seems the consensus is the easiest way to go is through flat-panel.com, but I've never been one to spend full price when I can build it myself. So I'd like to look at LCD screen a controller options.

    I found a PCI 32 Bit VGA controller card for $100 that "supports Color STN Single Scan, Color STN Dual Scan Color, TFT Active Matrix Monochrome: Color DSTN VGA & SVGA
    Sharp, Sanyo, Hitachi with internal bias must 10.4, 11.3, 12.1 Color TFT 3 bit through 24 bit VGA, SVGA, and XGA"

    If I get a card like above, and a decent screen, I should be ahead of the game, right?
    My costs should be under $300. It's cheaper that a flat-panel kit.

    Has anyone complied a list of LCD card combinations that one could look for? I'm tempted to put whatever info I can find on this topic on the web for future newbies, but I don't trust my limited knowledge to get it right. Thanks for any and all comments!

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    Wow... There's quite a few people here that would like to know about this controller card that you found for $100!

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    Are you sure this "controller card" really isnt just an ntsc out card?

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    I'm pretty sure it's what I need. It's an EarthVision/PCI card, but used. I think they run about $200 new!

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    If this is the one you're talking about
    http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI...ndexURL=0&rd=1

    Then it should do the trick!
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    Sounds like the one EIO lists in the LCD section on their site, actually.

    This guy is thinking like I was but I had to give up the idea due to lack of space for the screen.

    Wouldn't you still need to buy the power module or does the card do that?
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    i got a isa controller car dto 10" and its self powered, contemplating see if i can parse the signal.. me droools..2x10"..


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    Thats the one Falcon. Hope I get it. Am I correct in thinking the picture quality will be a heck of a lot better than a composite screen? So DVDs, GPS, etc. should work fine.

    Tony S: I thought size would be an issue, but I'd rather have full screen capablities, so I'm going to build a custom center console with the screen setup to flip open when I need it. When its closed it'll look like a standard console.

    So with the card and a compatable laptop screen, what else would I need? Thanks all!

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    FYI: You people DO know that the new ATI Radeon VE has built in Flat Panle suport, and you can get them you under $100 throught Price Watch

    See for yourselves...

    ATI Radeon VE information page

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    Flat panel support for screens that support the DVI. You still need a controller, and I bet the DVI controllers are even more expensive

    The DVI just eleminates the analog between the computer and the lcd.

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