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I'm not familiar with ATI adapter/software. Can you describe the set up and any pro/cons?

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Here's the link to their TV tuner options...
http://shop.ati.com/searchresults.asp?dept_id=27
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Interesting that Surfesq hasn't replied to my response above... hmm... maybe it is a bit too close to the truth for him...

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I am trying to find a dc-dc converter for my Dell laptop so I can run the 12v up to the 20V required by the unit. I am thinking it will save power rather than pumping the 12vdc up to 120vac, then converting it all the way back down to 20vdc. ...? am I wrong? Maybe I am just trying to save a miniscule amount of energy..

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While it may not save a whole lot more energy than going the DC-AC-DC route, it will vastly simplify your wiring and allow you to omit the inverter. A good, inexpensive inverter is still going to be about $100 or so.

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Go to www.amperor.com for a 12v DC voltage stabilizer. Bought one and it works great directly off 12v house battery power to my smaller LCD TV in aft stateroom. Larger LCD in Salon power requirement is greater than 12v. SOL..............
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they do make DC-to-DC stabilized power supplies that output more than 12v... If you are interested, I can see if my friend can tell me what make/model he has on his boat.

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DC Flat panel setup

We use a SyncMaster system with a Tuner built in. The tuner isn't worth much outside the states because our only TV system option in US or Japan and NZ/Australia doesn't work. Even if you don't want TV make sure you get a LCD with AV inputs as well as a PC input. We hook our DVD player (Sony vertical) that runs off 10.5 volts so I added two diodes off our DC-DC regulated supply and all is good. Make sure you use a DC-DC stabilizer, I know others who don't use the monitor while charging and skip the voltage regulation. We also have a small DVD player that we can use in the cockpit, for KT doing Yoga/Aerobics, runs off 12 volts, and we can plug it into the big monitor if we want the size (and can stand the heat below).

Don't use the laptop as a DVD player, especially if it is your navigation computer. In the tropical climates it over heats and causes early failure. We had 5 boats lose their computers in one week in the heat of the Marshall Islands. Make sure you have good airflow, invest in a laptop cooling pad. Passive cooling is fine, a USB fan driven cooler is better but noisier.

Most chart tables have a small bulkhead between it and the saloon. I built a simple swivel that includes a stainless rod, drilled into a hole in the back of the chart table. It goes up to a small block with a slit, that is screwed into the mounting holes on the back of the TV (just match the screw threads which are usually metric). The bottom two bolts have wing nuts that tighten and hold the TV in place. This way I can pivot it toward the chart table for use with the computer, or to the saloon for the DVD player. You can also buy open frame LCD kits with the all controllers on the back from Earth LCD which you can mount in some nice wooden displays. I put mine in a metal picture frame and bolted it to the chart table bulkhead. click here for photo of the LCD mount (the picture frame LCD is in the lower left).

Don't forget a good car stereo (without a removable faceplace) with an Aux or MP3 headphone input and you've got a full "boat theater" system (Don't forget the IPOD).


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I'm going through a similar search. Do your homework, even within good brands some models get poor reviews. Look for trends in reviews, not individual reviews. Weight and mounting location are a consideration for me. I'd like the thru bolt it and that seems to be dictating an articulating arm mount for me. Right now I'm probably going to buy a Sony Bravia 26 inch model. Good luck.
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This one has DVD too.

Just saw this one at Futureshop: http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&sku_id=0665000FS10084066&catid=#=#

Seems like a good price ($600 CDN) for an 26" HD capable LCD TV and it has a builtin DVD player too. Doesn't have DC capability but I have an old TV with DC capability on the boat now and I find I always run it off the AC (shore power or inverter) because it is too much trouble to switch the power cords at the back of the TV for DC.

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