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    Sonicxtacy02 - I'll be following this build very close because this is just what I was wanting to do. I'm just programming challenged. For the screen and touch as well as a case would something like this work for your build?

    2DIN IN DASH 7" Samsung HDMI Touch Screen Monitor

    To me the price looks good and you get the screen, touch, and case. I've sent the manufacture an email to see if they can do one with a capacitive screen instead of resistive. I'll report back when I hear something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whteglve View Post
    Sonicxtacy02 - I'll be following this build very close because this is just what I was wanting to do. I'm just programming challenged. For the screen and touch as well as a case would something like this work for your build?

    2DIN IN DASH 7" Samsung HDMI Touch Screen Monitor

    To me the price looks good and you get the screen, touch, and case. I've sent the manufacture an email to see if they can do one with a capacitive screen instead of resistive. I'll report back when I hear something.
    The owner of that eBay account is a member here but he hasn't been active in a while. You can see the long thread about that particular monitor/enclosure here.
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    Yes, awhile back Derrick sent me an open-frame demo of that screen which I reviewed here. I believe its the same screen, but the controller board looks very much different. I also notice that the case doesn't have room for a power supply and doesn't appear to come with a mount to mount the power above the motherboard, nothing that would cause me a problem with my build, but for other people who might want it as an ITX solution.

    I worry that the case may be a bit too deep for my shallow dash, but if there's genuine interest I can see if mp3Car could reach out.
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    Hey Sonicxtacy, I was wondering if you could help me out. Read your way of powering the Android board and was wondering, did you connect the 12v unregulated to the dc-dc board > Anker Battery Pack > Android board?

    Have you had any issues with the Anker battery pack?

    It's just that I am trying to do something similar but keep CCTV cameras recording 24/7 instead!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BiG K View Post
    Hey Sonicxtacy, I was wondering if you could help me out. Read your way of powering the Android board and was wondering, did you connect the 12v unregulated to the dc-dc board > Anker Battery Pack > Android board?

    Have you had any issues with the Anker battery pack?

    It's just that I am trying to do something similar but keep CCTV cameras recording 24/7 instead!
    That's exactly how I hooked it up. And I've had no issues with the Anker battery pack quite frankly the thing is awesome as a means of portable charging. I've gone on 3 day weekends using tablets and a few androids and letting the battery pack be the sole manner of keeping devices charged. No regrets on that purchase.

    And as a followup, I replaced my 6 year old Kinetik power cell with a new one and now the ODROID-X2 and components remain in always on state. The only thing I have to wait for at ignition is the dreaded blue Lilliput "No Signal" screen to get out of the way
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicxtacy02 View Post
    That's exactly how I hooked it up. And I've had no issues with the Anker battery pack quite frankly the thing is awesome as a means of portable charging. I've gone on 3 day weekends using tablets and a few androids and letting the battery pack be the sole manner of keeping devices charged. No regrets on that purchase.

    And as a followup, I replaced my 6 year old Kinetik power cell with a new one and now the ODROID-X2 and components remain in always on state. The only thing I have to wait for at ignition is the dreaded blue Lilliput "No Signal" screen to get out of the way
    Thank you for the reply! I only asked because you made it seem too simple.... a bit too simple, so I got a bit suspicious! I have a Veho Pebble 3000mah external battery but that doesn't charge and power a device at the same time....and it auto switches off when it senses the phone battery is full. So to anyone reading avoid this external battery, it's not suitable!

    I'll be keeping my Win8 setup for now, I like saying I have a quad core 3.2Ghz processor in my car with an AMD 6550D Graphics chip lol Oh and I use a printer in my car but I wish Android development would speed up a bit because it would be freaking awesome if we had a plug'n'play system as android is perfect for a automotive point of view, especially the apps you can get for android!

    I have my fingers crossed that Windows RT takes off as well, as RT shows a lot of promise!

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