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Old 03-20-2006, 10:29 AM   #1
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Any suggestions for a small, dedicated computer I can use for a utec? It won't be used for anything else.
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:34 AM   #2
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I might have an old laptop laying around I'd be willing to trade for parts you may have sitting about
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:34 AM   #3
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Any old laptop should be able to work to connect with the UTEC. Just be sure that it has a serial connector. That makes it much easier than trying to deal with the usb-serial adapters. I got a brand new Dell 6000 thinking it would work great, but it only had a USB port, not a serial port. I got it to work with an adapter, but it was a bit of a PITA.

Good luck.
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:45 AM   #4
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Depends how flashy you want to go. You could easily buy an old cheap laptop for $100 bucks at your local garage/flee market sale- or you could go the distance and get a carputer that will have more functions such as GPS, music, movies, internet if you wanted to. That setup can also be relatively cheap if you don't go for a touch screen and lowest brand computer. You should check out www.mp3car.com for that stuff.
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:57 AM   #5
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I used a Presario 2715 (kind of big and clumsy overkill) in the past, using an adapter cable readily accessible so I don't have to mess with the floor plate.

I might just pick up an old IBM computer. Although some kind of stripped down small dell or HP is more appealing. I guess its time for a Google search. It would be nice if I could use a hand held of some kind.

However, I don't intend to tune while driving.
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:57 AM   #6
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hit up ebay for laptops
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Old 03-20-2006, 11:33 AM   #7
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....the most basic of basic windows----windows 95 even works....OS'd laptops will work......a friend had a 133 with 128mb ram and windows 95 that worked just fine for his UTEC.....as long as it has Hyperterminal installed(ya can dl it for free) and a working serial plug(or usb)....it will work.

I just found a Kensington dc brick for my laptop at CompUsa for $40.....
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Old 03-20-2006, 05:12 PM   #8
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I have a 10 year old Toshiba laptop Satellite Pro 430 CDT 166 Mhz (original Pentium Processor) with Win 98 2nd Ed. I used it on the UTEC in my '04 WRX with Hyperterminal and I still use it today for browsing the Internet wirelessly around the house.

I'm thoroughly convinced that this laptop will never die as I have NEVER had to change or repair ANYTHING on it other than opening the removeable CD to bend the CD door catch a little so it would keep latching the door properly about a year ago. Even the hard drive is the original unit and it has seen pretty heavy use. It's outlasted 3 batteries, bumps, knocks, and, just about everything else. I now just use it plugged in as the laptop isn't worth the cost of a new battery, but the thing survives like a TIMEX watch is suppose to do.

I'd ALMOST put my laptop up against one of those new Panasonic Toughbooks the police officers and other "rough occupation" guys use. ALMOST...

If you can find an inexpensive Toshiba (I'd recommend an older Satellite Pro or Tecra, not the regular Satellite which tended to be less durable) with a serial port on eBay or someone local, it would make a great "tuning" laptop that you won't freak out about if you get a smudge of grease on it.
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:52 PM   #9
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This isn't cheap, but does anyone have one of these.Overkill - From $1200
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Old 03-21-2006, 04:50 AM   #10
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Is this the end of the carputer ? It was for me.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV1WG...ject%20origami


As far as your question goes any old laptop will do. As far USB/PDA adpters go as long as you get a decent one that comes with a CD rom it should be plug and play. Most older laptops have a serial port anyway. Ebay is your friend here.

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Old 03-21-2006, 07:53 AM   #11
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Thanks to all. The problem is I am addicted to new tech toys.

Since I have a new Desktop, the idea of a new small new tech gadget with a usb port/serial adapter appeals to me. I need to argue with myself on this.

If I stick to logic, Ebay is a possibility. I also found a site that sells refurbished notebooks.
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Old 03-22-2006, 04:03 PM   #12
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I'm using a brand new laptop with 17inch screen... it's way to big and overkill... luckly I use it for homework and programming...

35.00 at best buy and circuit city for a usb to serial adapter

I got mine for 25 at a local computer shop...

personally I'd love something smaller... I have to adjust my driver seat all the way back and then recline to use this thing in my car.
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Old 03-22-2006, 05:40 PM   #13
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+2 for Ebay

50 bones you cant go wrong...lol
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Old 03-22-2006, 06:22 PM   #14
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The Micro Soft Origami is the answer to the power of a laptop and the footprint about the size of a DVD question. It is about three DVD's or so thick I think. I will be trying one out shortly after they release. Windows XP(tablet edition I think) with a touch screen and the bonus of taking it out of the car if you want is attractive to me.
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Old 03-25-2006, 01:35 PM   #15
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I use an iPAQ for datalogging, minor map adjustments, and daily MP3 music playing. I mount it in a cradle next to the radio, then take it into work/home to process datalogs and use as my PDA.
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Old 03-25-2006, 06:02 PM   #16
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I use an iPAQ for datalogging, minor map adjustments, and daily MP3 music playing. I mount it in a cradle next to the radio, then take it into work/home to process datalogs and use as my PDA.

What operating system does the Ipaq use? I think those are Pocket PC . What software and cable set up are you using ? I have seen one image on the web of a Pocket PC displaying the Scooby View digital dash.
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Old 03-27-2006, 11:11 PM   #17
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I believe that the UTEC Dashboard has a mode for palm (and I expect PocketPC) devices. It is a menu option.
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