Lilliput touch screen

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 09:57
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Further to my post 23737 10 June 2005.

Just got back from our central Aus trip with the touchscreen velcroed to the dash. Worked well as just a monitor with the mouse. BTW the screen did not budge even after going through horrendous stretches of heavily corrugated tracks, smashing into ditches and plowing through ponds on the road. The laptop on the other hand was not that forgiving and shut down a few times - but no damage.

Regarding the touchscreen drivers:
Thanks to Groove and BenSpoon and to Alex from eGLALAX Inc, I loaded the appropriate driver, deleted a corrupt file that loaded on from the first try using the disk supplied (thanks Alex) and finally got it going. It took a few nights cursing and retrying, but in the end it WORKS. Now to work out how to tidy up the leads etc. Also after the trip, I have worked out how I want to mount the PC so that it won't go nuts on us and will also be easy access.
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Reply By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 10:06

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 10:06
Have you got any pictures of how you mounted it exactly? I'm interested to know as I am currently looking for a way to mount my LCD.

cheers,
Sam.
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Follow Up By: pprass - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 10:11

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 10:11
Yes - i have a picture or two. Can I load a picture here without being a member? If not then give me your email address and I will send it to you.
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Follow Up By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 10:54

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 10:54
thanks for that

you can fling them to hall_sa_99 at hotmail dot com

cheers,
Sam.
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Follow Up By: Vince NSW - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 12:45

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 12:45
When you get them sam, any chance of putting them on your rig info so that we can have a look as wekk
Vince
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Follow Up By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 12:55

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 12:55
Provided Peter doesn't mind me doing so, I'll whack them up in my gallery
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Follow Up By: pprass - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 16:49

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 16:49
That's OK Sam to load them onto your gallery.
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Follow Up By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 17:41

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 17:41
okies

they're all loaded up now
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Reply By: BenSpoon - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 11:41

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 11:41
dont keep us in suspense... where is this spot you found for the laptop?
With the leads, grab some flexi conduit from repco etc. I've got my LCD power, signal and GPS cables running through this going up the dash and under the dash mat, coming up behind the monitor thru the demister holes.

Grab a cheap USB hub from a computer store (harvey norman- $15), and double side tape it to your centre console- That way you only have to plug power, VGA and a USB into the lappy then stash it and you still have easy access to plug in stuff like digital camera, mice, etc
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Follow Up By: pprass - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 17:01

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 17:01
The ideal spot for the laptop in our situation is right behind the centre console. I will be making a stand with a drawer top that flips open. This will sit on the rear passenger floor right between the two front seats i.e. right behind the centre console. It will be at the same level as the console and the drawer will be lined with egg shell foam - top, bottom and sides. The back and front of the drawer will be open to allow for leads and some ventilation. The intention is to have the laptop firmly in place when the lid is shut - kind of a sandwich without stopping ventilation. I am hoping that this arrangement will allow the passenger (and driver in some situations) to simply twist around, open the lid and access the PC to switch on or do some typing etc.
Regarding the USB hub, that is a good idea and I will work on that.
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Follow Up By: V8troopie - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 00:36

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 00:36
pprass, what else is needed in addition to the lilliput screen (as it comes out of the box) to get this idea to work? A bloke I discussed this gadget with rekons the laptop needs a 'docking station' to allow it to work with its lid closed.
I had a look at a lilliput sellers website, it certainly looks like a neat way to get a screen up onto the dashboard. Did you get the 7" or the 8" model?

klaus
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Follow Up By: pprass - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 09:08

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 09:08
Klaus,

I got the 8" as I wanted the largest possible without being too obtrusive and heavy so as not to be able to attach it to the dash without falling off every time we go over a pothole. Also I thought if I went too small I may as well just stick to the GPS screen or set up my PDA.
Theoretically there is nothing you need to do or buy (apart from velcroe) to get you going assuming you have a laptop with appropriate OS. I have Windows XP Home Edition. However as noted above, you need to download the drivers that are on eGALAX Inc's web site and not use the disc supplied.
Regarding using the laptop with the lid down, you just need to change a Display setting.
Control Panel>Display>Screen Saver>Power>Advanced, then change the setting to the question - "When I Close the lid on my portable computer" The answer of coarse is "Do nothing" the default is "Stand by"
We had the laptop running with the lid shut for 7 hours at a time, however I think there is a "Wait" setting you also need to change in the Screen Saver tab of the Display.
Hope this helps
Peter
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 16:52

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 16:52
Have read in places where instead of using the touchscreen, a wireless mouse is used. Did you find the touch screen sensitive enough to allow you to use it travelling or did you use it when stopped (as in wondering which way way to go and changing zoom factor)

Thanks for the info, I am thinking of using a laptop plus LCD screen. Was yours placed in front of the driver or in the centre of the dash? I was also thinking about putting on the sunvisor or would that be too close your eyes?

Alan
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Follow Up By: pprass - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 17:15

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 17:15
Alan,

We didn't use the touchscreen as I couldn't get it to work prior to the trip. However all is well now and using it this morning you get tremendous control.
Regarding the mouse (wireless or wired) - it is difficult to use under rough conditions. Even if you steady your hand on something solid you get pushed around all over the place. Operating the touchscreen is more direct and accurate.
I placed my touchscreen right in front of the passenger on the dash. (GU Patrol) Sam from above post has the photo's and will be loading them onto his gallery. Otherwise give me your email address and I'll send them to you.
The sunvisor option didn't suit me as firstly I wanted a Lillyput touch screen and at least 8" - don't think you can fit an 8" screen on the front visor and accessing the screen up above you with the stylus would be difficult..
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Follow Up By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 17:42

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 17:42
photos are loaded
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Reply By: Gunnell - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 21:19

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 21:19
Thanks, I just had a look at the photos...is there an airbag behind the panel?
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Follow Up By: pprass - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 21:31

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 21:31
No.
I am still playing with the angle of the screen to work out what is the best to avoid light glare.
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