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    Well I kinda have a van, lol..... My undestanding is that the Dodge Durango is made up of several platforms. The front is Dodge Dakota, the rear is Dodge Caravan, based ontop of the Jeep Grand Cherokee chassis.
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    So yours is a van wannabe. Sorry, you don't quite make the cut! Jk. Got any pics?
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    Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
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    Quote Originally Posted by stonestatue View Post
    So yours is a van wannabe. Sorry, you don't quite make the cut! Jk. Got any pics?
    Yea, in my worklog!
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    I beleive their should be an off shoot of the "car pc" mainstream and it should break into other areas given the vehicle. You could have a thread for cars, trucks etc. I beleive each type of vehicle has it's own unique challenges. Take my van for instance. Compared to most SUV and vans on the road now-a-days my van has an interior volume of a cave! Seriously I could put a 17" LCD in their and you probally would not notice. You could also go even further and catagorize threads per complexity. My van again for example, Chrysler never forseen in 1994 that people would want a PC in their vehicle and the dash and or interior was by no means compatible with such a setup so to implement a setup as ours it is truly a work of art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leo_bergamo View Post
    I beleive their should be an off shoot of the "car pc" mainstream and it should break into other areas given the vehicle. You could have a thread for cars, trucks etc. I beleive each type of vehicle has it's own unique challenges. Take my van for instance. Compared to most SUV and vans on the road now-a-days my van has an interior volume of a cave! Seriously I could put a 17" LCD in their and you probally would not notice. You could also go even further and catagorize threads per complexity. My van again for example, Chrysler never forseen in 1994 that people would want a PC in their vehicle and the dash and or interior was by no means compatible with such a setup so to implement a setup as ours it is truly a work of art.
    Well one thing we has going for us is that DODGE makes its cars very simple. When I had to remove my interior, I was amazed how most panels were held in with these snap on devices. Then big panels only had like 1 or 2 screws and you pop it out. I am sure your van works the same way, since its used for fleet applications.

    As for screens, you could actually put a 19" inch for about $348 that flips down and has VGA. I do not think that will be noticable in your car either. I plan to get one, to replace the 15.4 inch i broke.
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    Great install. I like that you set the monitor so it can swing over and be viewed by someone in the passenger seat. My buddy is installing his truckputer and is still trying to figure out an acceptable setup for swiveling the monitor in his Ranger.

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    Wel thank you for the compliment. If your buddy needs any help feel free to ask. I have tackled alot of things in regards to my vanputer. Trust me it was all trial and error. I have no skills persay just a little common sense, though I lack that at times. LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    Well one thing we has going for us is that DODGE makes its cars very simple. When I had to remove my interior, I was amazed how most panels were held in with these snap on devices. Then big panels only had like 1 or 2 screws and you pop it out. I am sure your van works the same way, since its used for fleet applications.

    As for screens, you could actually put a 19" inch for about $348 that flips down and has VGA. I do not think that will be noticable in your car either. I plan to get one, to replace the 15.4 inch i broke.
    Well I am sure Dodge does make interior modification simple. Too bad the previouse owner of my van installed a after market alarm. Man you should see under my dash! It is sphagetti. When I set my systme up I made it a point to stay far away from it.

    You must of shed a tear when you broke the 15.4". I at one time unmounted the LCD from my computer and it was attacked by a metal bracket I bumped off a seat accidently. Put a couple of scratches in the top layer of the screen. I was so ****ed, at myself.

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    Update 4/2010...

    Ok here are some new pics as of 4/2010. I have simplified the setup a lot. I now look back and think, man when I started this I way over complicated things. More to come...
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    Hibernation and Resume Videos

    I thought someone might like this. It is a testament that hibernating a system based off of Window is the way to go with a car PC setup. My system is based on a Pentium 2 @ 400Mhz with 640MB of RAM.

    P.S. Please excuse the shaky video it was caused by coffee jitters...
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