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MuddyPaws
July 25th, 2005, 10:21 PM
Ok, here is what I have done. I took a laptop that I had sitting around and thought about what I could do with it. So I said to myself....self, wouldn't it be cool to have a laptop in the Jeep to run a full screen, moving map GPS? And with that, it would have the ability to run DVD's and store videos from past wheelin trips, and tons of pictures. Wow, with a wireless card it could be used to access the internet from any hotel parking lot. Ya know what else? It also can hold thousands of mp3's and can be interfaced with the stereo that is in the Jeep for great sound. So self said back...get-er-done. So I did.

I have had this installed since the Troll Run. The only issue I have run into is heat. Last trip to Turtle Ridge it shut down because of heat. I have to mount some fans under the mount and cut some cooling holes. No biggy. We'll get it.

I really love this thing. Large, easy to read screen...mapping software, tunes...

http://eup.k12.mi.us/~tstrader/jeep-tech/laptop/IMG_1140.JPG

http://eup.k12.mi.us/~tstrader/jeep-tech/laptop/IMG_1142.JPG

http://eup.k12.mi.us/~tstrader/jeep-tech/laptop/IMG_1143.JPG

Yea, that's Shrek 2 playin there. :P

Ok, this is a side look at the mount.....

http://eup.k12.mi.us/~tstrader/jeep-tech/laptop/IMG_1144.JPG

I mounted a 350 watt inverter to the rear speaker pod and direct wired the inverter. I can also run a small 4 cup coffee maker off that baby. :D Rocks when i'm out bird or deer hunting.

http://eup.k12.mi.us/~tstrader/jeep-tech/laptop/IMG_1145.JPG

2 outlets lets me charge digital camera batteries and video camera batteries and runs the laptop.

http://eup.k12.mi.us/~tstrader/jeep-tech/laptop/IMG_1146.JPG

I use the Microsoft GPS Software (http://www.microsoft.com/streets/products.aspx)...came with this slick GPS thingy made by Pharos.

http://eup.k12.mi.us/~tstrader/jeep-tech/laptop/IMG_1147.JPG

Got this little FM modulator thingy from Wal-Mart. Actually outputs dolby 5.1 and it works great with a DVD.

http://eup.k12.mi.us/~tstrader/jeep-tech/laptop/IMG_1150.JPG

Had to secure the screen from flopping around so I simply added some velcro.

http://eup.k12.mi.us/~tstrader/jeep-tech/laptop/IMG_1151.JPG

Another shot with it hooked to the dash.

http://eup.k12.mi.us/~tstrader/jeep-tech/laptop/IMG_1152.JPG

Great mod...but big. I am gonna look into interfacing my iPAQ to the Microsoft GPS thingy. iPAQ has a smaller screen, but it is full color, smaller, and can hold many many mp3's also....no DVD player though so we'll see.

Nvrenuf
July 25th, 2005, 11:11 PM
Tim
How do you like the Microsoft GPS software? I have been thinking about that kit.

Steve

MuddyPaws
July 26th, 2005, 12:36 AM
I like it quite a bit. There are some things that it doesn't have that would be nice, like voice prompt directions for highway driving or round town stuff, but I can live without it.

The maps are very good...even shows many of the forrest trails complete with numbers. Has the ability for you to go in and draw roads also so you can then either email the map to someone or print it. Tracks position good...and grabs a signal fast. It's a 12 channel and it grabs more sat's than my hand held GPS12. Does the "bread crumb" thing so you can tell where you have been....great for criss crossing 2 tracks.

And the price is not bad. The GPS thingy is made by Pharos and is compatable with all kids of GPS software like DeLorm and all those. I think i'm going to get topo usa and see how that is. They say it has more 2 tracks on it. I would really like DeLorm to come out with a software that was based on their Gazateer map book. That's my favorite map book in the world.

offroadracer99
July 26th, 2005, 03:03 PM
It looks great! I got a laptop and have been thinking about putting mine in the truck as well for a long time. I don't know if I will do it anytime soon, but who knows. Anyways good job! :D

Brian
July 26th, 2005, 03:17 PM
Looks great I think I seen the notebook mount at the spring opener

MuddyPaws
July 26th, 2005, 08:35 PM
Originally posted by Brian@Jul 26 2005, 03:17 PM
Looks great I think I seen the notebook mount at the spring opener
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Yea you did...had problems with the laptop then but didn&#39;t know what the problem was till later that night....it came unplugged from the inverter :<img src=:" border="0" alt="mad.gif" /> ....duh. LOL

Roadhouse
July 27th, 2005, 07:05 AM
I saw your write up on this on MJ last winter. I&#39;m still considering doing it in the ZJ and the Suburban. I have an older Compaq Presario sitting around I should put to use. :D

WhiteRhino
July 27th, 2005, 08:39 AM
I like the idea. Seems to take up more space than I have available. I would love a 5x7 screen.

I am running the Garmin GPS with the topo maps. They work great&#33; Show every stream and hill.
I carry my laptop with me so that if needed, we can look at the big screen.

MuddyPaws
July 28th, 2005, 03:59 AM
Yea, it does take up space for sure...that&#39;s why I just ordered the cables to hook the microsoft GPS to my iPAQ 3715. Might be easier to use but then I lose dvd and music. The kid likes the dvd player...if I could find another donar laptop, i&#39;m going to see if I can output the screen to smaller lcd screen. WOuld be nice to have touch screen....trying to get work to buy me a tablet pc...that would be the ticket.

lgottler
July 28th, 2005, 07:51 PM
I tried that GPS thing with a borrowed laptop....don&#39;t do it unless you don&#39;t care about your laptop or you own it&#33;&#33;&#33; I spent about an hour blowing out all the dirt and dust from every crevise in the laptop&#33; and it was in its case&#33;

I like the idea, I&#39;d like to hook up a 4" or 5" screen to my GPS....Garmin made some GPS/fishfinders with large screens which were tempting for sure&#33;

Lucas

Nvrenuf
July 28th, 2005, 09:50 PM
I like the idea, I&#39;d like to hook up a 4" or 5" screen to my GPS....Garmin made some GPS/fishfinders with large screens which were tempting for sure&#33;
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A depthfinder could be a great addition to keep your seat dry. :lol:

Roadhouse
July 28th, 2005, 10:50 PM
Originally posted by Nvrenuf@Jul 28 2005, 09:50 PM

I like the idea, I&#39;d like to hook up a 4" or 5" screen to my GPS....Garmin made some GPS/fishfinders with large screens which were tempting for sure&#33;


A depthfinder could be a great addition to keep your seat dry. :lol:
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Ya and put a trolling motor on the back&#33;

MuddyPaws
July 29th, 2005, 01:17 AM
I just hit the laptop with compressed air at the end of a trip and all is fine. A month ago the 3 1/2 year old dropped it off the counter onto the tile floor and knocked the crap out of it. Popped the keyboard off and all that so I had to take it all apart to put it all back together and other than a little dust....no probs.

I would agree to not use your brand new work laptop :P I had this Compaq sitting around....it&#39;s about 3 years old but tough as nails. Gotta love Compaq stuff. My new Gateway for work sucks. I went through 3 laptops, all gateway&#39;s, at work this past school year.