I'm still in the beginnings of planning a setup for my 18-wheeler, so any help would be great.
Right now I have this setup:
Laptop (in sleeper)
2 usb hubs - 1 powered (in sleeper), 1 unpowered (in front of truck)
Xenarc 7" TS monitor (in front of truck)
USB Keyboard with touchpad (in front of truck)
USB GPS receiver (in front of truck)
Sprint PCMIA AirCard (in laptop)
Inkjet printer (in sleeper)
Microsoft Media Center USB Remote control adapter (in sleeper)
What I'm wanting to do is to replace the laptop with a CarPC, probably the VoomPC2 starter kit that's sold here on mp3car.com.
Now is where the questions start:
What my main purpose I'd like to do is to elminate my power invertor. I currently run the system on a 400w inverter. However, after an hour or so of playing around on the internet with the truck not running, the low power indicator goes off on the inverter, causing one hell of a noise. I know that I'm going to have to have an inverter for the inkjet printer, but I can deal with that as I only print 2 pages 1 time a day.
The truck has 4 1,000watt batteries in it. They've been checked/replaced and are all fine. I just suspect the inverter is the culprit - getting hot over time and going off.
Also, I can't make any permanent changes to the truck, meaning I have to use a cigarette lighter port in the truck. Where I'm planning on mounting the computer, I have 2 available. Those ports have constant power, except when I start the truck. They shut down while it's cranking the engine. So, I need something that will "ride through" that time period, which is usually under 10 seconds at a time. I don't want the computer going through a sleep/standby/shutdown every time I start the truck. I want to be able to do the "Shutdown" through XP to turn the entire system off when I'm done in the truck for the week.
One thing I've found here on the forums is this item that a user is developing/building:
That looks like it will do the trick for shutting down the system. What's your views on it?
Also, because of the carpc, I'll have to add a larger LCD monitor in the back of the truck. I'll probably go with a 19" monitor to mount at the end of the bunk.
So, is there anything I'm missing here? Any ideas/hints/changes are appreciated.
Thanks in advance.