2003 Dodge Ram 4x4 Laramie
Hi fellow tech heads and mod'ers. I had struggled on how to put a monitor in my truck since I bought it in December. My last Carputer went into a 99 Dodge Ram and was powered with an inverter and I had my 10.4" ELO Touch screen mounted too low and just out of reach to be effective while driving. Allthough it wasn't Ideal I managed to use it without many problems for two years.
Version two was destin to succeed and Here I share with you all:
The Lexan Case...
Carpeted Sheet Metal Surround...
With the Cup Holder Down...
I put the ITPS behiend the outlet so I can just bring the CPU inside and connect to a regulated DC supply that I picked up at Wallmart on sale. I ran an external wire from the ITPS to splice into the power button circuit so it can be disabled or bypassed if needed or used indoors.
The GPS was an old earthmate that I removed the battery compartment and re-packaged into a smaller project case that mached the look of the vehiecle (not yellow).
I use my SprintPCS phone with unlimited Vision to access the internet. They've improved thier download speed in my area at least.
Delorme Street Atlus 2003 works fine for me and I don't see a reason to upgrade to 2004 yet. I've upgraded every time they've come out with a new release and it's cost me 50 bucks a pop. I also have the Topo USA for off-roading. I like the 3-D view, it makes you feel like you're in a fighterjet.
Got all Laptop components crammed in that 1/8" Lexan box 7"x7"x3.25" along with a PW-70 and ATI Stereo TV Tuner card. I was jazzed when they started making these cards in a 1/2 height. Slim-Slot DVD/CDRW saved me space and makes DVD loading a snap. 40G 2.5" HD will store loads of movies and tunes. My co-pilots like watching the Girls Gone Wild marathons on river trips. Haven't made one in this truck yet. Can't wait though.
Of course I went MINI-ITX to keep the footprint smaller than my cupholder.
Wireless Keyboard was from my buddies at internetishop.com for like 30 bucks. A great inexpensive RF device.
USB WiFi and Bluetooth dongles makes transfers a snap to and from my home computer and IPaq.
Windows XP Home is my OS of choice. Who needs MediaCar when you can use icons and Active Desktop web objects to do anything you need. I'm an aplication designer and haven't seen the need for any front end.
I have a rear-veiw camera that I mounted in my trailer hitch cover. Sleek hidden design. 12V camera is powered by the reverse lights in the tow harness.
Headliner antenna for TV reception. I still get a lot of interferance from the unsheilded power supply in the case.
Used a microphone stand at radio shack with some mod to attach the standard video mount. Clipped it with 1/8" Lexan to the dash for stablilty. When I want to re-position it, I can with just grabbing it and putting it where I want. I had all sorts of plans on motorizing this and settled on this. Now I got spare linier slides and a stepper motor I can sell.
Tell me what you guys think?