Toyota 4-Runner Car PC (first attempt)
Hello all, This is my first attempt at a car PC, so go easy on me! My Install is by no means as detailed or elaborate as the setup's I see in this forum, but it does gets the job done. I chose a laptop mainly because of the battery. I bought a DC/DC inverter that converts 12vdc to 20vdc, and if the inverter cuts out during start ups, the laptop battery will take up the slack. I also had the bright idea to buy a docking station and mount that in the car so I can remove the laptop with a slide of a lever without disconnecting any wires. I modified the docking station by connecting wires to the "on" button of the docking station and ran it up to the dash so I can turn on the pc from the drivers seat. I also like the laptop because it is like having two screens in your car! If I'm tailgating, or camping, I can use the laptop screen to play music etc. When I'm done, just close the laptop, and the screen in the front takes over. I like the 10.4 " screen but think it taking up too much room, so I ordered a top of the line Xenarc TSV yesterday and will be selling the 10.4 inch screen. I also want to buy an aftermarket car stereo with the aux input so I connect the audio.
Here are a few photos and will post more when the Xenarc arrives. I bought a SWEET mount at a somewhat famous surplus electronic/ army store here in Orlando called Skycraft, which i'm hoping will fit the Xenarc.
Any suggestions, Ideas?? I would love to get some feedback on how to improve my setup!