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    I'm contemplating a project in my '03 Toyota Tacoma extended cab. I'd want the carputer to do more than just dish up MP3s.
    I'm also a gamer. Soooo.

    1) Using a traditional ATX setup with a decent AGP 3D card. Anyone have any experience?

    2) Also, I'd like to do some sort of dual-monitor setup, possibly using ATI's dual-head solution. One would be a smaller touchscreen near the dash to control the system, and the other would be a larger display for GPS navigation, MP3 visuals, DVD output, etc. Do any of the overhead monitors accept SVGA or DVI input?

    3) Some sort of LCD display on the dash for control. I'd also like USB ports on the dash, as well. The Matrix Orbital products look good, but space may be an issue. Any input?

    4) I'm also looking into some sort KVM switch (using only the video) to be able to plug in a regular monitor. Thoughts? Ideas?

    The concept is to be able to drive up to a LAN party, plug into the network, plug in a monitor and game on. The idea of an RJ-45 behind the gas filler door sounds cool, as well.

    There's a well where the tools reside presently behind the passenger seat. I think I may be able to squeeze a micto-ATX board and components in there. The cover would make a handy template for a plexi window, with some lights behind it, I think.

    Like I said. Right now, it's just concept, nothing more.

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    For dual monitors, you could use 1 AGP Video card as your primary video adapter, and another cheap PCI Video Card as a Secondary video adapter for displaying the other information. I believe Windows can do something like this and it will only use your Primary Video adapter for playing the games.

    There is my 2 cents!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fox_Mulder
    My First Post!

    For dual monitors, you could use 1 AGP Video card as your primary video adapter, and another cheap PCI Video Card as a Secondary video adapter for displaying the other information. I believe Windows can do something like this and it will only use your Primary Video adapter for playing the games.

    There is my 2 cents!
    Windows' dual monitor support is very poor. You cant have seperate desktops they share the same "space" when you play a game at lets say 1024x768 it will appear only on your primary adapter however if this is not the same as your desktop resolution on the primary your secondary monitor will become "distorted" and windows will get moved when your desktop adjusts for the change in resolution overall between the two monitors.

    Also it is not possible to actually manipulate the other monitor when playing most game. You will get to the edge of your main screen and it will just stop. Some game do have multimonitor support and will allow you to display information on a secondary monitor but those are few and far between. All in all its not really worth having two monitors for gaming because you'll rarely get to use it. However with two monitors desktop applications such as photo editiing can be enhanced by two monitors because you CAN move the mouse freely between the two monitors.

    On a side note if you have an nVidia card with DVI and VGA you can run both at the same time with 3D acceleration. nVidia's nView driver subset improves upon Microsoft's native multimonitor support but it is still not to the point where it can be widely used in games. nView will however prevent MOST new windows from being drawn in the middle and being cut in half on the two monitors. Personally this is what I have, I usually have web pages or winamp up on my 15" full screen and have a word processor, mp3car.com or some other application running - Its great for multi-tasking.

    Okay so i rambled, ill post it anyways...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maeveth
    On a side note if you have an nVidia card with DVI and VGA you can run both at the same time with 3D acceleration. nVidia's nView driver subset improves upon Microsoft's native multimonitor support but it is still not to the point where it can be widely used in games. nView will however prevent MOST new windows from being drawn in the middle and being cut in half on the two monitors. Personally this is what I have, I usually have web pages or winamp up on my 15" full screen and have a word processor, mp3car.com or some other application running - Its great for multi-tasking.
    That's kind of what I was thinking, too. The smaller touchscreen would have whatever dashboard and the larger one would display 'big stuff' for lack of a better term.
    The question is output. You've got VGA & DVI. VGA can go to the 7" Touchschreen. Can an overhead 10" accept DVI signal?
    Or can the 7" touchscreens accept DVI and then have VGA go to the overhead...

    I'm thinking a micro-ATX motherboard with a P4. A good 512MB of RAM or so.
    In the area I'm thinking about, cooling shouldn't be an issue. Must take measurements tomorrow.

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