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    Character LCD + Low Spec Carputer + Headunit

    Visual - 2x40 Character LCD / 4x20 Character LCD
    Input - Small Keypad, Play/Pause/Stop, Up/Down(Directories), Skip Left/Skip Right, Volume up/down. Scrolling Titles, ID3 Tag.
    Computer - 433mhz/128k ram, 8gig Hard disk. On board sound. In glovebox.

    Now, I'm not sure on Visual/Input. I have been looking at CrystalFontz USB lcds, as they would be the easist for me. As for the input, I'm not sure what to use either. I have found this keypad, would this be alright?

    Tips/Thoughts/Opinions/Ideas?

    Here's my dash...

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    That sounds just perfecto. You might want to use a keypad, http://froogle.google.com/froogle?q=keypad for input.
    For displaying the stuff on the lcd, I recommend this winamp plugin:
    http://www.markuszehnder.ch/projects/lcdplugin/

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    Thanks for the recommendation on plugin, looks good.

    I don't want to buy from the US, I need somewhere in the UK. All I have been able to find is this lcd, but it looks like I'd have to do some wiring up myself?
    I like the CrystalFontz lcd's, as all I'd have to do is plug in the serial cable.

    Could you recommend a lcd + keypad?

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    I'm using a crystalfontz LCD (USB Version) and the Markus Zehnder plug in. works great! If you plan on using a serial LCD, you'll also need a 5v power source (the USB version gets power from the usb port).

    for input I'm using a KeySpan digital media remote. it's a little pricy, but it's nice and compact and comes with software to program the buttons for any app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -he-
    Thanks for the recommendation on plugin, looks good.

    I don't want to buy from the US, I need somewhere in the UK. All I have been able to find is this lcd, but it looks like I'd have to do some wiring up myself?
    I like the CrystalFontz lcd's, as all I'd have to do is plug in the serial cable.

    Could you recommend a lcd + keypad?
    Check out Matrix Orbital: http://www.matrixorbital.com/pages/default.asp.
    they have one that's designed for a 5.25" drive bay that has buttons on it for selecting different functions. And they are USB

    I'm looking at one that will show MP3 track info, and I can switch back to some ODB-II information, like gas mileage, temps, That sort of thing.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Thanks dudes.

    No UK suppliers ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by -he-
    Thanks dudes.

    No UK suppliers ?
    CrystalFontz only sells direct, so you have to call or order from their webpage. Matrix Orbital has distributors world wide though: http://www.matrixorbital.com/pages/distributors.asp

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    u might also want to consider mpxplay (http://mpxplay.cjb.net) and this front-end http://membres.lycos.fr/screamers/mlt/
    its for DOS..so it will boot fast..and u dont have to worry about shutting it down properly..
    AT mobo
    Intel Pentium MMX 233mhz
    ESS Solo PCI soundcard
    Linksys NIC
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    I like the sound of that. As that'll mean cheaper! Just use a simple inverter and switch carputer on when car is running.
    (Y)

    Quote Originally Posted by toadster123
    u might also want to consider mpxplay (http://mpxplay.cjb.net) and this front-end http://membres.lycos.fr/screamers/mlt/
    its for DOS..so it will boot fast..and u dont have to worry about shutting it down properly..

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