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    Quote Originally Posted by lostreception
    nm i ed and found the specs (i think) but the monitor i found wasnt as slim as yours it looked larger

    heres the monitor i bought:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...s=pc&n=1068288
    (i bought mine from newegg for $150)

    I bought the full monitor with the casing and everything. I just took the casing off to save space (i didnt need the trim on the sides, or the speakers)

    You said you found the dimensions and everything..but just to give you an idea of what i have:

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    This shows how much floor space the monitor takes up with the angel it's mounted at (5.5")


    Height (12") and width (9") (measurments include the metal trim around the screen)


    (sorry i had to post it in 2 posts...i've tried about 5 times to post this and it keeps hanging)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doshen
    I like to case as well, nice work on the art. With the size screen you have are you going to be looking into using the whole screen for the main front end app or separating it into two front ends for more information. I saw some talk on this forum about trying to get two front ends or apps to come up in the same position each time.

    I'm not too sure what i'm going to do with the screen. Being that the bottom of the screen is blocked alittle bit, i'm thinking of just either using the whole screen for everything and not dividing it at all, or using just the top portion of the screen for the front end as well as gps and other info, and maybe the bottom portion for movies and such.

    I'm also thinking of trying to move the center console back a bit, to make the bottom more viewable. Though, it's not blocked that much..

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    how is the brightness and glare on it let me know once you have it installed.
    did you just get lucky with this 14' lcd or do they all typically come out of the casing that clean
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    Quote Originally Posted by lostreception
    how is the brightness and glare on it let me know once you have it installed.
    did you just get lucky with this 14' lcd or do they all typically come out of the casing that clean
    i've tried the screen plugged in in my driveway (but the screen wasn't rotated) and it seemed plenty bright in the daytime sun. Though, there was shade covering parts of the screen..but i tried to get it in direct sun to see if it was viewable during the day. From that breif test, i thought it'll work out fine in the sun. I'm not too sure how else to describe the brightness of the screen..it's not dimly lit, but it's not too bright either. I think it'll work out fine for me.

    As for glare, it's not reflective or anything like that. It doesnt seem like the sun is going to make the screen not viewable during the day. And the way i have it sitting right now, the driver and passenger can both view the screen fine (but i looked at this when the screen was sitting normal, not rotated the way i have it now)

    Being that i don't have the computer in i can't really give you an accurate description of how the screen is. Hopefully what i typed gives you some idea though.

    This is the first LCD screen i've ever taken apart, so i'm not too sure about others. But this one was real nice in that after the casing was taken off (a few screws and plastic clips), there were 2 seperate parts, the actual screen, and the controller and power boards. The boards were already in a metal enclosure, which i'm still going to be able to use.

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    rocky whn u hook it up again let me know how the viewing angle is from side to side after its flipped vertically specs say 50 degrees vertical viewing angle. and it says it has a 110vac power supply are you gonna be using an inverter im assuming?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lostreception
    rocky whn u hook it up again let me know how the viewing angle is from side to side after its flipped vertically specs say 50 degrees vertical viewing angle. and it says it has a 110vac power supply are you gonna be using an inverter im assuming?

    yup, im going with an inverter (which i still have to order). I'm still in the process of mounting everything in..which i pretty much completed today. Also, i took pink insulation foam and put it around my computer case and i'm going to shape the foam, then fiberglass around it. Though, i should have everything up and running within the next 2 weeks, and i'll get back to you about the viewing angle and such then.

    Sorry it took so long to reply, and it might take awhile before i can answer your question. I'm not moving as quickly as i would like to on this project due to work (and having a girlfriend..hahah)

    Tomorrow i'll post some pics up if anyone is interested to show some of the progress i've made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky388
    Tomorrow i'll post some pics up if anyone is interested to show some of the progress i've made.
    ..well that never happened

    but heres some pics:

    Case prepped and primed (1 coat)


    Cover prepped and primed (1 coat)


    side pieces prepped. These were made out of fiberglass, and will go on the sides of the screen to cover up the open space.

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    Base prepped and primed (1 coat). The case gets bolted to the base, and the base gets bolted to the truck.


    Base, diffrent angle


    Trim piece prepped. This fits over the whole computer case.


    Trim piece

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    That's it for the fiberglass pieces. I didn't take pictures of anything after it was primed, or painted, but they are finished.

    Heres some shots of the computer being tested..
    You can't really see how the whole case came out. But just to give a general idea of everything:








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