carpooter in OLD 1988 Honda Ballade (Civic)
Hi there. I have recently had the misfortune of having my vehicle broken into and have decided that after 3 headunits, I have had enough. Ive decided to go the route of a carpooter. On MY VERY limited budget, I have decided to do one of 2 things, hence this post:
1. I have an old Acer Travelmate 723 TX laptop that has been lying at home for about forever. Its a Pii with 128MB ram and a 10GB HDD. It has no battery and only runs on AC. (We use 220-240 V here in South Africa).
I want to remove the screen, take it apart and turn the screen around such that I am able to roof mount it. That way, I can use the hinges already on its surround and not have to battle with mounting it. I was planning to mount it just in front of the Rearview mirror. That way, I can always just flip it closed when not in use or whenever I need to...
I want to remove the touchpad and build a glassfibre mount for it next to the steering wheel, within easy reach. The keyboard poses a problem...
The problems: I want to mount the rest of the machine under the driver seat so the problem begs: how do I extend the cables and would doing so affect the signal from the motherboard to the screen?? What software/OS do I use? It currently runs MS XP Pro and I really like Quintessential Player for all media files... :)
Another problem I need to overcome is POWER. How do I power the machine up? I know I can use a DC/AC inverter but wouldnt the spikes and troughs generated by the amplifier cause problems??
Another thing: I recently discovered that the CD ROM on the laptop has decided to give up its ghost. Is there any other way I can mount a DVD ROM inside the vehicle, and use it while driving? I mean, if I do find one, and can afford it, wont it jump while driving?
I would truly appreciate ANY and ALL input from you, and plan to keep this thread updated on and progress I make.
FYI: I also have an old Mecer Pentium 2 desktop that a friend asked me to help with. Idiot formatted the HDD and then, out of frustration, threw a cuppa coffee at the machine. luckily, he didnt burn anything and it works quite fine. He doesnt want the dinosaur anymore, so I was wondering what I could do with it. Oh yeah, I dont really go on long trips. I was wondering about bootup times.... Wouldnt waiting for the machine to bootup, which takes about 3 minutes, be really stupid when I could have been at the destination already? Is there any way to have the thing work like those 'instant on' things you always see advertised on TV?
PLEASE HELP A BROKE mutha!!!