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    Post Using LCD from broken laptop in car

    I have a 1988 Honda Prelude Si. I would like to install a computer for GPS, games, and general reference (phone numbers, etc.) Maybe even internet access via my cell phone. I have an MP3 player for my music (a Genica Roopaq) but no stereo yet.

    My sister broke her TI Travelmate, a P120 laptop, by dropping it. She gave it to me. The hinges are broken, and the screen is hanging on by a thread. That gave me the idea that this screen, which is pretty decent, could be used in my car, instead of spending several hundred on an LCD. It's also a decent size, I think 10" or so.

    I was considering mounting it in place of the passenger's sun visor. Would this be practical? And then for now, using the TI for the computer, until I could get something better. Maybe install the base beneath the glove compartment. Eventually I would like to use the LCD with a beige G3 Mac desktop. Would this be too much of a power drain for a power inverter?

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    Click the link in my sig for basic info on using laptop LCD's in car.

    You'll have the best luck getting a datasheet if it is a Sharp LCD. Feel free to go ahead and pull the LCD out of the broken laptop and find the manufacturer and model number and post it here...maybe someone will be able to help you out.

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    I don't know why, but of all the "newbie"ish questions that I see everyday, this is the only topic (laptop lcd's) that makes me want to stab people
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    It's amazing how many people ask this question. Hell, on the hardforum I saw 3 or 4 of these threads, all on the first page. People didn't even look at the other posts, just assumed that a question like that had never been asked before!

    ok, I'm done.

    Yeah, get the model number and maybe we'll help you

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    I can understand getting bored of the same questions, but I fail to see why it makes people so upset that they write a useless response. If the problem is filtering through postings to find new or relevant material, then posting gripes does nothing but make it more difficult. Meatballman's response could have ended the thread, nicely.

    Frankly, I used to read these forums for a long time (several years) before I actually signed in and started posting. Most of the typical information that's posted here hasn't been new since then. If nothing else, repeated questions keep people focused on improving solutions and suggesting new ideas.

    Yes, there's a search feature. What makes this bulletin board more interesting than a static website is that there's some interaction. If you don't like the content of a post, don't interact. What's so difficult about that?

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    p.s. If there's a moderator listening, I suggest a "Newbie" forum. Maybe new members have to post a certain number of messages in that forum (or read a certain number in the regular ones) before they can post the to main forums. Maybe this would help new people to become acclimated to general knowledge. Last, I realize there is a "Suggestion" forum, but this post seemed more relevant here.

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    Here Here!!

    I totaltaly agree with you yakirz, I've been around here quite some time used the search feature more than I can remember, but sometimes it's simmply not "good" enough... Sometimes I just don't seem to be able to find the answer I'm looking for.....

    on the other hand maybe I'm just dumb......


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    Originally posted by Gruneun
    I can understand getting bored of the same questions, but I fail to see why it makes people so upset that they write a useless response. If the problem is filtering through postings to find new or relevant material, then posting gripes does nothing but make it more difficult. Meatballman's response could have ended the thread, nicely.

    Frankly, I used to read these forums for a long time (several years) before I actually signed in and started posting. Most of the typical information that's posted here hasn't been new since then. If nothing else, repeated questions keep people focused on improving solutions and suggesting new ideas.

    Yes, there's a search feature. What makes this bulletin board more interesting than a static website is that there's some interaction. If you don't like the content of a post, don't interact. What's so difficult about that?

    Brian

    p.s. If there's a moderator listening, I suggest a "Newbie" forum. Maybe new members have to post a certain number of messages in that forum (or read a certain number in the regular ones) before they can post the to main forums. Maybe this would help new people to become acclimated to general knowledge. Last, I realize there is a "Suggestion" forum, but this post seemed more relevant here.
    Yeah man, I dont know why people get so "*******-ish" about people asking a question? So fricking what... just don't post an answer... dont even bother to read it. It just does not make sense to me. But, my friend, this is a loosing battle. I've been complaining about this for some time now and I don't think it is going to change. Don't get me wrong, I mean.. I love this board and the people are great. I just dont understand why they get so anal sometimes?
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    I wasn't trying to be "***-hole-ish", and Im sorry if my post came across that way, its just that its one of those things that irks me here (and especially at the hardforums, which has a giant lcd faq stickied). Its just that it seems that searching would be the first logical choice. i think i would have reacted differently if he came in and said he had searched, here was the screen part number, anyone know anything about it, and what should he do next.
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    Don't get your panties in a wad, people

    I asked a question someone else did. So sue me - if you don't want to help me, don't answer the ******* question...

    Sometimes these kinds of responses make me wonder why I bother asking questions.

    When I have a chance, I try to read posts before I post myself. But I didn't see any posts about taking an LCD out of a broken laptop, so I asked.



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    P.S. Thanks, Meatballman, I will take the lcd out of the case as soon as I find my Torx screwdriver - I haven't needed it since I sold my Powerbook 520c back in 1999.

    I was kind of hoping to keep it in the bezel - if I remove the TI Travelmate sticker, and the intel inside and Designed For Windows stickers, it should go nicely in my car.

    I want to do some of these projects, but I AM a "newbie" when it comes to physically installing things in cars, and to electronics. I've been using computers for 20 years, and can do basic hardware installs, etc., but I know next to nothing about the electrical system in a car, mine or anyone elses.

    I try to read about it, but car manuals seem to be oriented to those who already know what the hell they're doing, instead of people trying their first modifications to their cars.

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