Change of plans, new power switch idea, work update
Although I relocated the docking shutdown/standby switch, It's a chopped up half-*** solution.
Look at it, I can't. It looks crappy, and I don't want to have to hide it in the glovebox or something. What could I do to allow me to have a button in plain site, that I can easily reach? However, it has to blend in with the car. hmmm...
Ok, I already knew the answer. There is a blank switch in the console where the sunroof switch would go. You can try and spy it in the first picture in the post (not my vehicle), just to the right of the ashtray. If the car had that switch, no one would thing anything of it. Actually, it doesn't say sunroof, and you probably wouldn't know what it was unless you actually pressed it.
I bought the switch and just got it this week.
The crappy old switch had 2 buttons. the first turned the computer on or shut it down. The second put it in standby mode.
I am looking to press the new button up, and the computer turns on / shuts down. Pressing the new button down would put the computer in standby mode.
Today I took my continuity tester and checked the back. Just my luck, pins 1& 3 connect when I press one button. Pins one and 4 get connected when I press the other button. Many combinations disconnect, but those are the only ones that connect. There are two outcomes. Maybe I can link them both through pin 1. Worst case is that I only have one switch. It's not the end of the world.
Today's work update:
I reran the information wires properly along the passenger side of the car. The wires include the VGA, USB, RCA & Cat5 (power switch). They are hidden underneath the sill. You can't even tell that they are there.
Monitor mounted by 12-26-05
This would complete all minimum hardware installation. I would be able to turn the computer on/off from the driver's seat, music through stereo, test gps, get temporary power from cigarette lighter.