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    Using A Laptop As CarPC

    What would I need to make my dell laptop into a carpc?

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    Ummm.... place the laptop on your passenger seat and viola! car pc[/******* response]

    Figure out how to power it. There is probabaly a cig adapter for it someplace. Want a touch screen? Then you need to buy one. Want it to auto start with your car? Then you need to research on adding a relay to the motherboard switch and hooking that up to your IGN lead in your car.

    Some many more answers. Ask specific questions. Don't dont ask ones that already have been. Search you neewbie *** mofo



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    now that you scared him off....

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    It depends how far you want to go, as suggested you can simply get a car adaptor for your laptop (just do a search on google for car adaptor and your laptop model), otherwise if you have more money you could buy yourself a nice touchscreen LCD to mount in the car dash and have a more perminent setup than just the laptop on the passenger seat.
    I would start by getting a car power adaptor, some software, and a GPS unit. From there you can decide how far you want to go and how much money you want to spend.

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    External power switch for laptops

    I have a Dell Latitude c600. i need to figure out a way to add an external switch so that I dont have to reach under the passenger seat (thats where I keep it) to turn it on everytime.

    I opened the casing and the button looks very integrated to the motherboard. I Cant seem to find a way to add a parallel switch to it.

    Any suggestions ? I use it sometimes as an alarm clock in the morning, so as you might have guessed the BIOS will boot up the computer automatically from a complete shutdown state if I set something like an alarm for a specific time. Is it possible to take advantage of this ?


    please help.

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    If it was me, I would buy a compatible one of these: http://search.ebay.com/dell-dock-ii and rewire the switch to a more convenient location
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    but does the docking station really come with a power switch ? I mean the laptop power switch is clearly accessible when the screen is opened, so wouldnt another one be redundant ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anik321
    but does the docking station really come with a power switch ? I mean the laptop power switch is clearly accessible when the screen is opened, so wouldnt another one be redundant ?
    Many full-sized docking stations have a seperate power switch. You slide the laptop in while it's closed, and can use an external keyboard, mouse, monitor, NIC, etc.
    Very handy if your only PC is a laptop. They're not cheap, though.

    I've often thought it would be cool to have a docking station mounted in the dash, so I could just slide it in and go.... Pull it out if I have a business meeting or whatever....
    Too much fab-work for me, thanks.
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    the best way to perform a remote laptop startup is the docking station, bar none. use ebay to find a cheap docking station, break it apart at the power button, and hack there.

    just search for C/Port II on ebay....they support all of the Dell Latitude C series laptops, like your C600. even my old *** CPX runs on those same docs.
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    Jotto Desk makes laptop mounts for specific vehicles if you want a police-style laptop install. http://www.jottodesk.com/
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