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Need A Laptop For Motorhome Entertainment


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#1 MickKnipfler

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Posted 14 November 2005 - 02:03 PM

I need to get some non-power hungry AV entertainment for my Motor home. When I'm not on a campsite, I only have leisure battery power (plus inverter if necessary).

I would like to be able to:

Surf the internet using WLAN
Watch TV (Prefereably Freeview)
Watch DVDs
If possible watch satellite (although only when hooked up to 230v so separate digibox OK)
Play games
Run Windows apps

Would I be able to install a PC to do this or maybe a 17" widescreen laptop would be a better solution.

Any ideas? Also where? Which model?

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Posted 14 November 2005 - 10:57 PM

Have you thought about rigging a second Hi-amp alternator under the hood? You could do it for about $250. A 100 amp GM alternator is about $100 rebuilt. They only have one hot wire and a low voltage pick wire to work the regulator. That way you don't have to cut corners. Just plug in your Power inverter and enjoy ( you have to route the altenator thru a battery before the inverter). I did this with my van so I could run two TVs and a Game Cube for the kids.
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Posted 17 November 2005 - 10:18 AM

I wonder if it's easier to just but a laptop...

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Posted 17 November 2005 - 07:28 PM

I wonder if it's easier to just but a laptop...


I thought you meant AV componants. Yes a laptop with all the bells and whisles would the way to go. Use the audio input with XM or Sirrus satilite for your tunes. A auto track dish for DirecTV, Dish Network, and DirecPC for the internet. Use the S-out for connection to your TV.
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Posted 18 November 2005 - 07:04 AM


I wonder if it's easier to just but a laptop...


I thought you meant AV componants. Yes a laptop with all the bells and whisles would the way to go. Use the audio input with XM or Sirrus satilite for your tunes. A auto track dish for DirecTV, Dish Network, and DirecPC for the internet. Use the S-out for connection to your TV.
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I guess so yes. The new Toshiba Qosmios look nice (if expensive), especially with the 17" screen

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Posted 18 November 2005 - 07:49 AM

Yes the toshiba is a very nice notebook. I have own the new one over the years.
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