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    Question A few general questions about LCD's, Notebooks, Software, Skins, etc.

    Wow, I'm really impressed with this forum! Talk about useful information. I'm in information overload! I was wondering if I could use some of your knowledge to get me started down the right path!

    I have been looking around the site pretty heavily for the past week or so. I own and Audi A6 and was on my audi forum and saw a beautiful install of a LCD Carputer in a A4 and it got me to thinking. I have a spare notebook laying around my house and have been just waiting for a use for it. It is a couple of year's old dell D800. To start with, I'm not looking for an MP3/radio player! I have a really nice after market stereo installed and I might integrate it all later. What I would really like is a navigation system. I currently have a Delorme GPS with both Steet Atlas Pro, and Topo USA software. Enough of the background...now for the questions.

    1. I don't want to cut open my dash! I would be looking to fabricate some way to mount the LCD touchscreen on the dash / cup holder / glove box. I also can't spend more that about $250 on the monitor. What would be my best LCD touchscreen in this price range? I'm kind of leaning toward the 7" Lilliput (619). Have they fixed the touchscreen problem? The SP7 listed in the store also looks like it has pretty good specs, but who knows in real life.

    2. In my search for software I have been looking for a nice Audi skin. I have seen various examples here but can't seem to find the download. I saw a recent post of a really nice skin for an A8, but I couldn't tell what software they were using. I also need something that will run under windows XP.

    3. Finally.....sorry for the long post.....I have wonderd just how I'm going to work the power on - power off with a notebook. I know that this is not the prefered way of doing this but I was wondering if anyone has used a docking station? This would allow for the notebook screen to be closed and yet still funtion. It would also give be a power on button on the outside of the unit, so that I would not have to try the differnt boot on lan, boot on ring, etc.

    Thanks again for any help and guidance that I know is available here!!!

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    Sounds like you've actually searched. Props to you! I have the Lilliput 619 (7" touchscreen) and it has been working great. I really need to update my worklog... I haven't had any problems with the touchscreen since I installed it about a month ago.

    2. Any of the good frontends have lots of skins. Check out http://www.mobile-effects.com/ and click on the "Skin System". You need to register to see all the skins, but they are in there for the "biggies." Unless it specifically says so, they will run on WinXP - that seems to be one of the more popular OSes here.

    3. Soldering. Search around, but basically you need to solder some wires to the points where the laptop power button connects so that you can simulate the button presses with a startup/shutdown controller. I'm not sure if a docking station would help, but there's more information in the posts addressing this issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter5482
    1. I don't want to cut open my dash! I would be looking to fabricate some way to mount the LCD touchscreen on the dash / cup holder / glove box. I also can't spend more that about $250 on the monitor. What would be my best LCD touchscreen in this price range? I'm kind of leaning toward the 7" Lilliput (619). Have they fixed the touchscreen problem? The SP7 listed in the store also looks like it has pretty good specs, but who knows in real life.
    Look for a VESA mount that's close to what you want. I'm reasonably certaint he Lilliput models have a VESA mount. It may not be a plug-n-play operation, but it can certainly give you a starting point.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Thanks for the feedback. I have tought about soldering and wiring to the power button which is one reason I've looked into the docking station. I would rather ruin my $40 dock vs. my $400 notebook! Do you run into problems over a generic VGA computer cable when you try to run it from the trunk? or should I be thinking under the seats?

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