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In-car computing

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In-car computing

Does anyone have any experience of mounting a touchscreen TFT in a car? Am quite interested in haxing something up into my FTO as the radio that it came with is awful (can barely hold onto an FM signal and the blue screen is way too bright for night driving).
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Re: In-car computing

You can get one that replaces the radio, in a single DIN slot (it pops out).
You'd still need an actual PC somewhere - perhaps based on an Epia mobo.
I'll see if I can find some links..
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Re: In-car computing

I'd like to have something flush mounted to get rid of the old stuff in the double height slots. I have an old laptop that I'd need to put back together but that shouldn't be too hard.
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Re: In-car computing

Speak to these guys
I dealt with them when I built my first CarPC, and they were absolutely brilliant.
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Re: In-car computing

Have a look on eBay at "EONON" car entertainment systems, I bought a great EONON system a couple of years ago and am still very happy with it.
Don't be put off by being locating in Hong Kong, mine arrived about 4 days after I ordered it, although allow £20..£30 import duty.
It is very easy to hook up a PC to one of these -
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/EONON-D1301-7-TV-MONITOR-TOUCHSCREEN-CAR-DVD-VCD-MP3-/260523985193?pt=LH_Defau...
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Re: In-car computing

Are these legal?
I saw a car with something similar, whilst we were parked on the M1 recently.
Stuck in a jam, I hasten to add...

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Re: In-car computing

Totally legal, as long as it's not interfering with the driver's concentration.
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Re: In-car computing

Quote from: purleigh
It is very easy to hook up a PC to one of these -
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/EONON-D1301-7-TV-MONITOR-TOUCHSCREEN-CAR-DVD-VCD-MP3-/260523985193?pt=LH_Defau...

I want something flush mounted so that I can get rid of the old double height stuff like this...
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Also be sure to check out http://www.mini-itx.com as thats quite inspirational and is also UK based. I've never ordered any parts from them but I've heard good things else where.
Also don't use spinning hard drives - they don't like shocks and bumps a great deal. Use solid state hard drives instead (more expensive but shock resistant as they have no moving parts).
Also be sure to check out this site for some inspiration: http://www.in-carpc.co.uk/
Do us a favour though fella... if you go ahead do us an article / topic about it with pics Wink
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