First off great site!
Second, I'm thinking of installing a car pc but I want to use a laptop. I haven't seen much on this site about that. What do I need for power, remote turn on/shutdown. I'm thinking about going with a Xenarc 7" tsv. I don't want to remove my factory sound system.
I'm buying a Dell 9300 or XPS fully loaded.
Give me some tips and let this newbie know what's up.
Common guys, I'm not finding any good examples of people's laptop carPC's. Help me out. What do I need?
search button is ur friend!!
you will need basicly the same **** just prolly not a dc-dc power supply insted an inverter and ac brick u gotta read bout it man
first off m8.. welcome to the forums :-)
Jezz.. thats one major laptop your going for ! I dare say the last thing you will want to do is start pulling it apart and soldering wires to it. This is needed to power on / off the laptop remotely. The option I would advice is grab yourself a cheap docking station (ebay poss) These come with a power button, so instead of hacking your comp up / u can play with the docking station instead. Now then... the fun starts. You will need to get yourself a startup / shutdown controller, you can go for something dead simple like 1 relay / 1 cap / 1 resister to do this.. basicly the 12v from your ignition goes live it flicks the relay and presses your power button, the cap fills up, which simulates a 1/2 button press. once the cap is full it cuts the power to the relay.. the resister is there to drain the cap once power is removed. .. so thats a easy way. You will of course need a power unit of some sort.. A inverter is an easy option but not the most efficent. A DC - DC psu owuld be better. Dell do there own aircraft charge type thing, which is what I use myself. At the top of the forum u will find a search button, have a look for 'laptop shutdown' or even just 'laptop' there are loads of posts to look at, just take your time and draw up a plan.
hope some of this info helps