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Old 08-08-2006, 02:24 PM
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Default Shaded instruments, notebook screens

With all the talk about sunlight readable screens, I wonder if it would be possible to position a normal (sub)notebook in the middle of the instrument panel under a hood, shading it from direct sunlight. Kind of like a car instrument panel. Any experience?
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Old 08-08-2006, 02:40 PM
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it will certainly be a great toy, but I have done laptops in vehicles and it is very unreliable, so I would hope that you did not set yourself up to rely on it. One flash of bright sunlight and its completely gone.
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Old 08-08-2006, 02:48 PM
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Would be great at night, but that's about it.
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Old 08-08-2006, 03:01 PM
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Since it's an old expendable notebook, I could perform open heart surgery on it and supplement its puny backlight with a big UCAR 12V fluorescent lantern from my junk-box. So, additional backlight plus shading from direct sunlight should render the thing halfway readable, shouldn't it?
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Old 08-08-2006, 04:49 PM
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it will certainly be a great toy, but I have done laptops in vehicles and it is very unreliable, so I would hope that you did not set yourself up to rely on it. One flash of bright sunlight and its completely gone.
I'm with Steve here. I use my laptop in my car pretty often for GPS on long trips and it is next to impossible to read, even without direct sunlight on it. Shading it helps a little, but it is still a strain to read.

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Since it's an old expendable notebook, I could perform open heart surgery on it and supplement its puny backlight with a big UCAR 12V fluorescent lantern from my junk-box. So, additional backlight plus shading from direct sunlight should render the thing halfway readable, shouldn't it?
It should help, yes.
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Old 08-08-2006, 08:37 PM
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I have used notebooks in cars without too much problems, both to play on a GPS and working on long trips with Jana driving. Yeah, sun will wash it out some, but I have still found it usable. The 7 inch Lilliput that I am planning to use as suplimental GPS screen is designed to be used in a car. It is also shaded...also, a Velocity is not a bubble canopy with dark tinting, so I do not expect it to be quite as big a problems as the bubble canopy guys.

Both the Dynon EFIS and the Lilliput are 400 nits, IIRC. Dynon just announced that they are upgrading their system to 800 nits and providing an upgrade to current users for either $200 or $300 (depending on the condition of the unit)

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Old 08-10-2006, 11:32 AM
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Indeed, Kate has been saying that it might be possible to take some old laptop's panel and put a brighter backlight on it. We haven't tried yet though. Have to try if it works. But not today. Today is a sanding day .
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