laptop screen

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Can any one pass on ideas to hold a laptop screen in place so that is will not wobble or shake and damage the plastic hinges when on rough roads?

Thanks for any help Terry
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Reply By: V8Diesel - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 00:14

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 00:14
I've been working on that one myself but I'm considering a different path now.

By going into 'control panels' and selecting 'Intel Extreme Graphics' on Windows XP, I can use an external monitor on my laptop. The problem with this is that on my pooter there's a tiny switch near the hinge which puts the computer into 'sleep' mode when the screen is closed down.

I am thinking about removing this switch so the computer is always running and setting up an external flat LCD monitor on the dash. This will mean I can keep the laptop stored safely and dust free out of the way on (or under) the back seat when travelling. To 'page up' and 'page down' for magnification of maps etc I'll just use an external $5 keyboard which won't matter if it gets 'dusted' or beer spilt on it. I'm a 'window down' driver so the interior gets dusty which is the reason for this.

I have not done this so I don't know if it works, but it seems like the go and is on my 'to do' list.

Jaycar sell LCD screens that fold away neatly into the dash but I think they'd be too small for practical purposes.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 00:35

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 00:35
You should be able to disable your pooter shutting down when the lid is closed.

control panel/power options/advanced/When I close the lid.........
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn P (SA) - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 00:42

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 00:42
Hi V8Diesel

I run a laptop with a Lilliput screen built into my rear view mirror, the little switch on the lid can be disabled. If you go to display settings either in control panel or just right click on your desk top. Go to screen saver, at the bottom of this box you have power save options, click this and go to advanced, you will see you have choices for the screen when shutting the lid, also go to hibernate and turn this option off.

I can supply screens but you should be able to get them in nearly an good PC shop now, they range from 5" right up to 9" wide screen.

Hope this helps.
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Follow Up By: BenSpoon - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 01:36

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 01:36
Might be worth you looking into a new wireless mouse. The newer slightly more expensive ones now come with additional buttons on both sides as well as the scroll wheel and you can get programs that will assign functions to these buttons- eg if you get a 3-button mouse you can set the middle button to page up and the right button to page down, the buttons on the sides for switching applications etc- Run the whole show with a mouse. I've had my M$ wireless one in thunderstorms before and after drying it out it worked fine.
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Follow Up By: V8Diesel - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 17:16

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 17:16
Niiiiice... thanks for all the info guys, much appreciated. My bit of fluff gets real cranky carrying the laptop all the time so this'll be a 'win win' (and look cool too)
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Reply By: Pedro14 - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 08:45

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 08:45
A "Lapramp" won't stop your problem but will make it a lot easier to view and operate , in all situations.
See details at

It costs about $20, and my friends who use it are rapt in it.

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 09:24

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 09:24

I bent a piece of one inch aluminium flat, slid one end under the back of the computer, and the other end supported the screen. A strip of velcro means it will go nowhere even on the corrugations.

My laptop was secured to a carpeted plywood platform with velcro as well.

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Reply By: pjchris - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 09:28

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 09:28
There are 'RAM' mounts available for laptops and an optional extra is the

For links: Laptop Screen Support

GPSOz keep the RAM mounts for PDA's so they can probably get the support for the Laptop.


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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 14:53

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 14:53
External monitor. Disable 'sleep when lid shut' in power options.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 17:21

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 17:21
One of them cHeap Lilliput screens off ebay work well.

there is no real way to keep a laptop monitro from shaking to death.. Since people like them at differnt angles, its easier to just as other say, close the case, and use an external monitor -
EG: 8-10inch ones ..
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Reply By: Groove - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 21:37

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 21:37
My laptop live under the drivers seat and I have a small lilliput touch screen in the dash. It works great.

I modified the lilliput screen to fit into an in-dash houshing that had sent over from the US

My motivation for this was becasue of the complaints from my girlfriend when having to sit thelaptop on her lap.

Check out the pictures here

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Follow Up By: desert - Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 21:43

Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 21:43
Looks ace! What model Lilliput did you use and what model in-dash carrier did you have sent over? Also, what mapping software are you running?
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Follow Up By: Groove - Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 22:11

Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 22:11
I forget the model of the Lilliput but its a 7 inch touch screen model. I got it via ebay.

The in-dash housing is availalbe from There is only one. They also sell them pre assembled with the lilliput but that is a bit more expensive.

I use ozi explorer, and Destinator

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