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    Lightbulb Having a PC in the car

    Quick question about in-car pc's..

    How do you install a PC in your car and control it?

    Can you get transformers that can power a motherboard directly?

    How do you control the PC in terms of a keyboad and mouse?

    Also, can you use a laptop instead and have it permanently mounted somewhere? If so, are there any disadvantages?

    Also, if anyone's done it, do you have any pics?

    Cheers

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    www.mp3car.com really helpful over there

    but you'll want a touchscreen.. and you'll want power.. either a dc-dc power supply or an inverter.

    dc-dc is much better.
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    Cheers for that... I'll look into it...

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    hi mate.Im just in the process of doing this, im having a pc wired through to a touch screen in the centre console, which will basically control everything.

    You can get mouse/keyboard extension cables if thats what you want, so you could still be in control of the pc from the front of the car. You can get power supply units to power an incar pc, these are pretty expensive, and if you have a powerful motherboard/processor etc, you may not be able to find a psu powerful enough to run it. in that case, you may be better going for a mini-itx motherboard, with onboard cpu, which is what im now thinking of doing.

    You could use a latop aswell, not really any dissadvantages, just less room to take up.

    Im going to mount my pc in the boot of my car, under a false floor and some in the spare wheel section. There could be a few issues with cooling etc, but aslong as you have fans in there, you should be ok

    Hope this helps
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    Jonesy

    I know that you can get remote controls with little joysticks on them that you could use to control a PC in a car... much cheaper option than a touch-screen.

    I was thinking about mounting a mini-keyboard in the glove-box and having a Shuttle remote control (with mouse) to control the PC.

    Also, was thinking about writing my own multimedia control app in Visual Basic to make control really easy.

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    I saw this escort at Donny south 2002:



    Now that is cool idea! The keyboard would come down from the door and the mouse was jsut a wireless item then the guy was using on a fold down pad in the car. The screen is also huge as you can see.

    Just a thought!

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    my WIP

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    A tablet pc would save a load of space and solve alot of cabling problems in one go.

    depending on size you could mod the centre console or fit it in the glovebox but that would defeat the purpose if your going to ese it for sat nav etc.
    im bored !

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    WOW Skuzzle! that is gonna be amazing when its done, There is just one thing that I'm can't understand......what part does the Dr Pepper bottle play in the install?

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    thats for keeping the slag happy when she's getting sparks hitting her in the face from the angle grinder... or was it the bottle thats filled with water to solve my overheating problem... 1 or the other.
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