1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Using PC in car

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by icefox, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. Aug 12, 2010 at 4:47 PM
    #1
    icefox

    icefox [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2009
    Member:
    #24772
    Messages:
    154
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Fridfinnur
    Iceland
    Vehicle:
    Toyota Hilux
    38" tires,3"lift,diff lock fornt and rear
    I need to update my GPS unit, I am using a Garmin 172c.
    I use routes, way points and tracks to navigate. Descend Garmin unit costs allot and most of them have small screens and small resolutions.

    In stead I was thinking of using a laptop with 10" screen on a RAM stand or fix a mini PC and use a small touch screen.

    Any thoughts on this, is anyone using a PC in there car?
    Searching the forum i found someone using IPad I an not sure If the maps are god enough.
     
  2. Aug 12, 2010 at 4:52 PM
    #2
    Burgman

    Burgman I KEEEEEL YOU

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2009
    Member:
    #16072
    Messages:
    26,682
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Stephen
    Ric VA
    Vehicle:
    08 PreRunner TRD sport Silver
    K&N intake, Boston Acoustic SL 60 6.5 components up front, Rockford Power T16 6.5 in rear, Pioneer P4100 HU, Soon to be Pioneer Prs 4200f
  3. Aug 12, 2010 at 5:47 PM
    #3
    wing103

    wing103 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2008
    Member:
    #7807
    Messages:
    1,130
    Gender:
    Male
    Boston
    Vehicle:
    Tacoma TRD Sport / Dark Gray
    Grill Craft upper & Lower Grill WetOK Seat Cover, Devil Horn, Bug, Windows Deflector, Side step Bar, HID 55W 8000K Headlight, HID 35W 4000K Foglight, Fog Light Mod, Interior LED Map Light Mod, Electric Tail Gate Lock, Leer Cab, Key ring light, Bed LED lights Mod, Kenwood DNX5120, Signal Mirror with Heat
    i believe the money that uyou spend on this pc will be way too much, instead i will put a navigation dvd system on it!!!
     
  4. Aug 12, 2010 at 5:53 PM
    #4
    Jason'sLawnCare

    Jason'sLawnCare Prepared for Bambi

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2009
    Member:
    #15878
    Messages:
    12,365
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jason
    Jacksonville Florida
    Vehicle:
    08 4x4 Double Cab TRD Rugged Trail
    CBI Moab 2.0, CBI Trail Rider 2.0, CBI sliders w/kickout, Superwinch EPi9.0S, OME sport shocks w/886 coils, OME n182, 1.5" aal, JasonBuilt 3/16th full belly skid, BuiltRight uca, Body Mount Chop, 285/75/16 km2's, Rear cat delete, exhaust crossover rerouted, Fog light anytime, Locker mod, Rear leaf tsb, Debadged, Uws Tool Box, Electric Exhaust Cutout, AFE Pro Dry S, Kiwi Wifi, Diff Breather Relocated, Grom Ipod Adapter, Dual Diehard platinum batteries isolated by BlueSea marine switch
  5. Aug 12, 2010 at 6:40 PM
    #5
    Taco Gunner

    Taco Gunner Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2010
    Member:
    #33608
    Messages:
    488
    Gender:
    Male
    Arizona
    Vehicle:
    2006 Access Cab TRD Offroad
    I am running a 12" touchscreen laptop on a ram mount and am pretty happy with it.

    I run three programs, all tied to the GPS:

    Delorme Street Atlas
    Overlander (Spatial Minds)
    Topo (National Geographic)

    It is a lot more expensive than a stand alone GPS but I have a laptop at the end of the day.
     
  6. Aug 12, 2010 at 6:43 PM
    #6
    Jason'sLawnCare

    Jason'sLawnCare Prepared for Bambi

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2009
    Member:
    #15878
    Messages:
    12,365
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jason
    Jacksonville Florida
    Vehicle:
    08 4x4 Double Cab TRD Rugged Trail
    CBI Moab 2.0, CBI Trail Rider 2.0, CBI sliders w/kickout, Superwinch EPi9.0S, OME sport shocks w/886 coils, OME n182, 1.5" aal, JasonBuilt 3/16th full belly skid, BuiltRight uca, Body Mount Chop, 285/75/16 km2's, Rear cat delete, exhaust crossover rerouted, Fog light anytime, Locker mod, Rear leaf tsb, Debadged, Uws Tool Box, Electric Exhaust Cutout, AFE Pro Dry S, Kiwi Wifi, Diff Breather Relocated, Grom Ipod Adapter, Dual Diehard platinum batteries isolated by BlueSea marine switch
    Any pictures of your setup? That sounds awesome.
     
  7. Aug 12, 2010 at 7:47 PM
    #7
    bdwsrjoe

    bdwsrjoe Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2009
    Member:
    #23352
    Messages:
    315
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Joe
    Rio Hondo, TX
    Vehicle:
    08 Tacoma Double Cab TRD Offroad 4X4
    K&N Cold Air Intake, Magnaflow Catback Exhaust, 3" ToyTec Lift Kit, JVC InDash DVD Player with Backup Camera, 2 10" JL Audio Subs, 8K HID Headlights, 8K HID Foglights, N-Fab Nerf Steps, In-Channel Ventvisors, springfield xd40v10, mossberg 500 12ga.
    anyone heard of a gps unit that has video & audio outputs? so i can connect it to my in dash screen.
     
  8. Aug 12, 2010 at 7:49 PM
    #8
    tx_shooter

    tx_shooter This place is a cesspool of bfo and spacer lifts

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2010
    Member:
    #39745
    Messages:
    7,736
    Gender:
    Male
    I have a friend (its true) that used to drive over-the-road truck and he used a laptop with Microsoft Streets for his road guide. This way he was able to track his mileage and expenses really easy while having a GPS the whole time.
     
  9. Aug 12, 2010 at 7:59 PM
    #9
    SCFirefighter

    SCFirefighter on idiot patrol ;)

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2010
    Member:
    #35670
    Messages:
    1,640
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Stephan
    Cary, NC
    Vehicle:
    Silver 2010 DC TRD Sport 4x4 5'
    MagnaFlow Performance Exhaust, ScanGauge II, Map, dome and license plate LED's, Custom Fire/Rescue decals, Weathertech deflectors, Removed mud flaps, Rear spring TSB, Spidertrax spacers, Tinted windows (5%/27%), Black Tacoma badges, 5100 Billstein x4, ToyTec Coilovers, ToyTec TSB AAL, Devil horns, Hose clamp tailgate mod, OEM bed mat, HomeLink module, Hardwire GPS, Weathertech digital fit floor lines, Front Diff drop, Rear Diff breather mod, 4xInnovation welded sliders, Pioneer AVH-X5800BHS+SiriusXM.
    How about using a netbook?
     
  10. Aug 12, 2010 at 11:52 PM
    #10
    Taco Gunner

    Taco Gunner Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2010
    Member:
    #33608
    Messages:
    488
    Gender:
    Male
    Arizona
    Vehicle:
    2006 Access Cab TRD Offroad
    I will tomorrow.
     
  11. Aug 13, 2010 at 6:18 AM
    #11
    Dave333

    Dave333 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2010
    Member:
    #34390
    Messages:
    209
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dave
    Loganville
    Vehicle:
    06 PreRunner TRD long bed dbl cab
    Borla Exhaust, D/T LT, TRD CAI, Hella Rallye 4000, ARB, M/T Sidebiters 16", 265/75/16, Stubbs HD SKO Sliders, OME 3" lift with 886, Dakar Rear leafs, Satoshi
    Check mini-box.com for their complete systems or build your own. I've built mine with a SSD and HDMI touchscreen for $700 and it's boot time is faster than my wife's Avic or her OEM system in her Dodge Charger. Centrafuse software. Install will be next month but the PC is built and will fit under drivers seat. These are far better than stock head units because you can upgrade as technology advances. Good luck.
     
  12. Aug 13, 2010 at 6:46 AM
    #12
    T0LLPHR33

    T0LLPHR33 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2007
    Member:
    #2817
    Messages:
    1,596
    Gender:
    Male
    S1N C1TY...(from Hilo, HI)...
    Vehicle:
    BSP TRD Off-Road
    APR X-1 | TRD CAI w/Clear Cover | TRD Short Shifter w/ TRD "RED" Shift Knob | SGII w/Blendmount| Snugtop SL w/KeyLess Entry | 5% Tint | Pop-n-Lock | Bosch Icon WB | S2K Antenna | HRM | LS 8K Projectors w/BSP HLM & 8K Fogs w/FLM | Debadged |Tinted Tails | Black Weathertechs | MX RGM & RBM | Optima Red Top 35 | Gatorback Belt |
    i have my laptop connected to my X-1 that way I can monitor all parameters of the engine...:D...

    I can patch my Moto DROID into my laptop and run the GPS...if I have my laptop on while on road trips and/or wheeling...it tracks my route using google maps...FTW!!!
     
  13. Aug 13, 2010 at 6:50 AM
    #13
    Evil Monkey

    Evil Monkey There's an evil monkey in my truck

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2007
    Member:
    #2352
    Messages:
    8,337
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Robert
    Escondido, CA
    Vehicle:
    07 4x4 DC SR5 TRD Off-road
    Weathertech front & rear mats, rear suspension TSB, Toytec AAL for TSB, Hi-Lift Jack, Bilstein 5100 & Toytec Adjustable coilovers, Built Right UCAs, KMC XD 795 Hoss Wheels, Definity Dakota MTs 285/75R16, Leer XR, Thule Tracker II & Thule MOAB basket
    Another good source for ideas is http://www.mini-itx.com. There are lots of tiny computer boards that could fit. You'll pay more than a dedicated unit though.
     
  14. Aug 13, 2010 at 8:06 AM
    #14
    SCFirefighter

    SCFirefighter on idiot patrol ;)

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2010
    Member:
    #35670
    Messages:
    1,640
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Stephan
    Cary, NC
    Vehicle:
    Silver 2010 DC TRD Sport 4x4 5'
    MagnaFlow Performance Exhaust, ScanGauge II, Map, dome and license plate LED's, Custom Fire/Rescue decals, Weathertech deflectors, Removed mud flaps, Rear spring TSB, Spidertrax spacers, Tinted windows (5%/27%), Black Tacoma badges, 5100 Billstein x4, ToyTec Coilovers, ToyTec TSB AAL, Devil horns, Hose clamp tailgate mod, OEM bed mat, HomeLink module, Hardwire GPS, Weathertech digital fit floor lines, Front Diff drop, Rear Diff breather mod, 4xInnovation welded sliders, Pioneer AVH-X5800BHS+SiriusXM.
    I'm saving up to buy one of those, load it up with RAM and SSD's and use it for my home theater pc I can control from my laptop or maybe later through a remote control.

    I never bought or setup a touchscreen interface. That might be more workable for a car/truck
     
To Top