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3. Automotive Video Entertainment > 32. Connect a Car PC to Your Factory Screen

Connect a Car PC to Your Factory Screen

Almost any factory screen can be connected to your in-car computer with the right adapter.

Usually, in the U.S. market at least, auto manufacturers are too cautious to enable DVD features on a dash-mounted monitor, even if the car is not in motion. Thus, one of the most popular aftermarket hacks is to connect DVD players and video games to these screens with a video AUX-input adapter. Some of the vendors listed in “Get Computer Audio into Your Head Unit” [Hack #14] also make adapters for factory screens, but as new vehicles and screen configurations are coming out all the time, it’s difficult for the manufacturers of these adapters to keep up.

The factory rear-seat entertainment screens in most vehicles are easier to hook up to play DVDs. There are fewer product-liability concerns with these screens, and because they don’t have to integrate with a navigation computer, they use the more conventional composite video signaling and readily connect to DVD players, video games, and car computers.


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