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    running a LCD 17" screen in car

    HI
    ive tried searching and ok

    I have a friend and he put like a 17" LCD monitor in his car and i think he powered it using a AC inverter but the only problem is that is brought in lots of noise into the system.

    so he took it out.

    My question is that is it bad to put a 17" LCD monitor in your car to use as your display?

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    Is it bad? Are you looking for moral guidance?

    A 17" brings complications, such as power, size, and placement, but if you can do it successfully then what could be bad about it? It's all about your personal requirements.

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    I'd assume that a 17" LCD would look good in a SUV/Truck, not in a compact 4-door sedan/wagon.
    Plus, it might be more challenging to find a touchscreen if you'd be going that route. If you do put a touchscreen there, tell your index finger to pack its bags, because it's going to do a lot of travelling.
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    i am not looking to use the 17 inch for a touch screen.

    if i want a touch screen ill just get one of the 7 inch touch screens from MP3car.com

    thank you for your reply

    so basically your sayin its not bad to have it running through the AC inverter?

    Quote Originally Posted by RawsonDR
    Is it bad? Are you looking for moral guidance?

    A 17" brings complications, such as power, size, and placement, but if you can do it successfully then what could be bad about it? It's all about your personal requirements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raichu626
    so basically your sayin its not bad to have it running through the AC inverter?
    I have a 15" screen which I plan on mounting in my car. When I plugged it into my inverter, I noticed wavy lines in the display. However, when I used my friend's inverter the display was perfect. If you can power the screen with a DC-DC power supply, it would probably be best. However, an inverter can work, it will just require some potential troubleshooting. I haven't messed with my inverter yet but I still feel I may be able to fix the noise through grounding, shielding, or simply getting a new inverter.

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    i got a 12 inch. think it works out perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 84RegalRider
    i got a 12 inch. think it works out perfect.

    What did you use to power it???

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    I have a 14" screen in my truck (pics are in progress thread..link in sig)

    It works perfect, aside from the wavy lines going through it. The problem is that I'm using a modified sine wave inverter, if I were to get a pure sine wave inverter, I don't think I would get the lines. Either way, the lines really aren't bad, and don't bother me. But down the road, I might think about upgrading to a pure sine wave inverter or, if they eventually offer one big enough, a DC-DC power supply.

    To answer your question: there is nothing bad about putting a bigger screen in your vehicle.
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