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Thread: 1994 Dodge Ram Van B250 Vanputer

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    Future Ideas:

    Continue to refine the look of the console to look more OEM and not a hodge podge of PC peripherals.

    Add another monitor facing the passenger compartment and use it for media etc. while on trips.

    Add indicator lights to the console.

    Re-install the original cup holders and install a new ash tray for the passenger.

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    Lightbulb Another update...

    Here is some updated pictures of the modifications I have made to the console as of late...
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    Another Picture Update

    I was able to scrap the gamepad and replace it with a plane jane mouse. I fabricated a custom mouse pad for the mouse using MDF and thin guage sheet metal. I attached the mouse pad to the console using an old articulating automotive fan mount.
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    A little side not. I eliminated all RFI and EMI noise in my system by grounding the DC to AC inverter to the PC ground and then grounding the PC ground to a seat bolt in my vehicle. When I say all I mean ALL. I am sorry do not mean to sound silly but this was a real battle. I know I could of went out and bought a GLI and called it done but I did not want to put a bandaid on it.

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    Update: I have just added a USB backup camera to my system. I purchased a USB 2.0 PCI adapter card and USB WebCam for $20 from the local computer store and hooked it up last night. It works great, real easy to install in comparsion to the other things I have done. I will post pictures as soon as the USB cord to my camera re-materializes!

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    Backup Camera Pictures

    Here are the pictures of the backup camera setup...
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    Decent looking setup. We need more vanputers.
    Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

    Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
    - Edit skin to liking.
    - Get compatible phone for mobilephone.net.
    - Facilitate HVAC control.

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    I actually like this. You know if you build this out of high quality materials, I think you have an item you can sell. Alot of construction owners do their business from the truck. This would be good to sit their laptop on. ....
    Nirwana Project, the Android/Win 7 hybrid system!

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    It really does look like a portable office, rather than an in car pc.

    Kinda feel bad for the passenger though, they just get to look at the back of a humongous PC monitor . Maybe a smaller monitor mounted above the glove box would give them something to look at .

    Overall, it's very nicely executed. Way too large for most in car applications, but for a full size van, it fits pretty well.

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    You could use 2 smaller monitors in a V shape and keep the passenger happy

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