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Mini LCD Monitor

That_GuyThat_Guy I don't wanna be that guyRegistered User regular
I am trying to get an old laptop hooked up in my car for use with a USB GPS adapter I have laying around. The only problem is the 15in monitor is way to big for dashboard use. I am looking around for a mini LCD I could hook up to the VGA out port on the laptop. I was hoping for something in the 7in to 8in range. I figure with that mounted to my dash, a trackball mouse and a mini keybord would be all I would need. Do you all have any idea how I could go about setting this up on the cheap? I would think something like an old LCD picture frame or Playstation LCD screen addon might would, but how would I go about getting that hooked up via VGA?

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    DenadaDenada Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
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    yalborapyalborap Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Don't suppose any of those goodies are known to handle SD inputs well? I've been looking for something small I could stash in a corner to play my older games on.

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    ViscountalphaViscountalpha The pen is mightier than the sword http://youtu.be/G_sBOsh-vyIRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    yalborap wrote: »
    Don't suppose any of those goodies are known to handle SD inputs well? I've been looking for something small I could stash in a corner to play my older games on.

    There are some that do 15khz arcade resolutions. You might just find an inexpensive 14/15inch lcd on ebay or locally for that though. I still would like to rebuild a 486 and/or a Pentium machine just for that. I should see how dosbox likes this E8400 though.

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    TrentusTrentus Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Have you thought of getting a little Eee PC or something and mounting that to your dash? It just seems like it would be a more compact, simpler, and possibly cheaper solution. Plus you'd wind up with a cute little notebook to take around with you. You could almost construct a sort of dock station for the machine and then mount that to your dash, so you just slide the machine into it, plug in the power, and off you go. You could find a way to get the audio to play through your car stereo, letting you take a couple of gigs of music with you if you wanted. So many possibilities!

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    zanetheinsanezanetheinsane Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I've come across this a lot and you'll see the PSOne LCD recommended and for good reason. It's got a sharp resolution compared to the third party knockoffs and is relatively inexpensive and comes with all the input ports you should need.

    psoneLCD_front.jpg

    There are many posted instructions on modifying it for VGA input as well: http://www.bit-tech.net/modding/2004/07/07/psone_lcd/1

    Edit: Also if you do decide to edit it, make sure you know whether or not you have an NTSC or PAL as the wiring for the VGA is different. Check the mp3car forums, they have this come up a lot and have plenty of information on it: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/lcd-display/

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    ViscountalphaViscountalpha The pen is mightier than the sword http://youtu.be/G_sBOsh-vyIRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I've come across this a lot and you'll see the PSOne LCD recommended and for good reason. It's got a sharp resolution compared to the third party knockoffs and is relatively inexpensive and comes with all the input ports you should need.

    psoneLCD_front.jpg

    There are many posted instructions on modifying it for VGA input as well: http://www.bit-tech.net/modding/2004/07/07/psone_lcd/1

    Edit: Also if you do decide to edit it, make sure you know whether or not you have an NTSC or PAL as the wiring for the VGA is different. Check the mp3car forums, they have this come up a lot and have plenty of information on it: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/lcd-display/

    These are like the second coming of the commodore 1702/1701 monitors that everyone used and modified for their needs.

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