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Thread: BMW IBus control for Centrafuse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPM_VR4
    You could interface it directly to the PCs Parallel Port, or you get get a micro-controller board that interfaces over serial or USB. Then you need to write a program that receives the hardware data and issues Key-Stroke-Macros.

    A better idea would be just use Girder with a Parallel Port plugin, or write your own Girder-Plugin for a serial/USB input device. There is a ton of source code for Girder-Plugins including a generic-serial-port plugin.

    FYI: I am currently using Girder with just an IR-Man and I found a device that converts my Steering-Wheel-Controls to IR. I also use my Pioneer hand-held remote control for controlling the PC as well as adjusting the volume of my head-unit (and the steering-wheel controls can adjust head-set volume too since they send IR).
    These look as good ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by RPM_VR4
    ...some day I would like to finish my SiLabs C8051F064EK board project ($25 on DigiKey). I have made it talk to my Pioneer head-unit as a CD-Changer, my On-Star Mirror buttons, my steering wheel controls, and receive/transmit IR.
    Do you mean CD Changer emulation?? If yaes, that would be great
    _________________________________________
    _Pioneer_| <--4--- |______|<---3----|
    Head Unit|________|SiLabs|________|PCCAR
    ________|---1--->|______|----2--->|
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    1 & 2 : when press/long press buttons left,right,up,down from Pioneer HU, it commands CF for Previous/Next/FF/FR track & Up/down Folder
    3 & 4 : PCCAR send via Silabs CD text informations like Artist, Album, Song

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    Yep. You've drawn it out exactly. The SiLabs board is great for that be cause it connects to the PC and is full powered by USB.

    That project is a bit down the road though. My IR solution works well enough that I'm not gonna mess with it until I have a lot of free time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPM_VR4
    Yep. You've drawn it out exactly. The SiLabs board is great for that be cause it connects to the PC and is full powered by USB.

    That project is a bit down the road though. My IR solution works well enough that I'm not gonna mess with it until I have a lot of free time.
    I told you that because we are many people waiting for a guy names JBORS wich manufacture some HU to PC adaptators. He has done for alpine and other but not for Pioneer
    look here
    M-Bus CD changer adapter for car pc integration

    For Pioneer IPBUS, I have tried to do it with PICs but they are not fast enough...Obliged to use ATMEL chips but don't know them

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    I appreciate all the discussion, but none of this is relevant to the thread topic

    Anyone with a BMW that uses the IBUS controller module to send steering wheel commands to Centrafuse, and if so, can they post what's in their Ibuscomm.ini file?

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    I still don't see what the trouble is. I assume your I-Bus to PC adapter thing can map iBus signals to key-strokes right? Just look in hotkeys.xml for all the CF key-strokes and you should be set. Maybe you could post a link to your device so I understand how it all works?

    coucouillu: To decode Pioneer best, you need an LVDS chip that converts Bus+/Bus- to TX/RX. The bus is 40us a bit. 1=50%/50% 0=75%/25%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPM_VR4
    I don't see what iBus has to do with CF. If you have a PC iBus interface, you should be able to use Girder to make it control CF through its hot-keys. I am working on a Pioneer IP-Bus to PC interface that will have a Girder plugin.
    You can send signals directly to the applications running thru ibus. RR has it's own class for ibus commands like "RRPREV" "RRNEXT" which makes it easier and keeping software in foreground or running additional software (girder) are not necessary.

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    Has there been any progress on this? It seems a waste to have to buy another program (Girder) just to send some key commands to Centrafuse. Has anyone got this working? I was running Road Runner and it was working fine, so I know the interface and everything is working.

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    I'm with Hark/Rtaxerxes..

    David, can you please address this, and/or address the questions on flux's forums:
    http://forums.fluxmedia.net/showthre...highlight=iBus
    http://forums.fluxmedia.net/showthre...highlight=iBus
    http://forums.fluxmedia.net/showthre...highlight=iBus

    We've very eager to find out a workaround.

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    I can look into it as soon as I have a chance to order one of the devices, but without one I have no clue what it is doing different...

    I have 4 other keyboard controllers like this and they all work fine, as well as just added support for the Infill hardware buttons and remote and they work as well...

    Centrafuse uses standard windows hotkeys, they should be working...

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