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Old 09-06-2004, 10:41 AM   #1
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Hook a laptop to a car?


I have a friend at work who is really into cars and to a much lesser degree, computers. He recently bought a early 70's Mustang and is slowly working on it. He mentioned trying to see if there was a way to hook his laptop up to it.

I asked why and he didn't know, just wondered about it.

It got me thinking, what would be the point? For someone who is really into their car I could see having it connected to sensors for constant updates regarding performance, even log results but what else?

any ideas?
 
Old 09-06-2004, 10:57 AM   #2
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If you get a gps unit you could run a navigation system http://members.cox.net/onstar/

You could run it through the car's speakers and just run your mp3's etc

Of course, I dont think while speeding down the road at 90 mph you should be playing with your computer

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Old 09-06-2004, 11:03 AM   #3
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bad idea. Sure, you can pipe music through and use it as a GPS unit, but come on, you don't want to have a hard drive attached to the car and go over too many railroad tracks. I thing I saw them hook a laptop up on Pimp My Ride, but I wouldn't recommend doing so, just find a power adapter and be happy when you're parked, if there are any out there.
 
Old 09-06-2004, 11:25 AM   #4
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you don't want to have a hard drive attached to the car and go over too many railroad tracks
Thats true, however you could run the system off of a flash drive or something
 
Old 09-06-2004, 03:43 PM   #5
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Thats true, however you could run the system off of a flash drive or something
technically, but it wouldn't be cost-effective. It would cost a LOT to get enough storage media that can read and write at the same time (ruling out tape and cd/dvd), and it would also require basically a custom BIOS just to be able to boot off of the cards (even if you used a boot-floppy, I'm not sure if you could have enough space on the floppy to load everything required to use the flash media right away.) Long story short, technically, it's possible if you pump enough money into it, but it's not realistic.
 
Old 09-06-2004, 10:12 PM   #6
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you could boot off of a cd or you could just put a normal computer in the trunk with cord extensions and put the hdd in a spring loaded or fluid suspended caddy
 
  


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