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    BMW IBus control for Centrafuse?

    Have any BMW Centrafuse users been able to control Centrafuse using the IBus adapter/steering wheel controls yet? I have it working for Frodoplayer, but for some reason I'm stuck on getting it to work with CF. I'm thinking I have the wrong application window defined in the Ibuscom.ini file - I assumed it would be "centrafuse" since that's what is listed in the task bar and in the task manager.

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    What adapter are you using to connect the ibus controller to the pc?
    Opus case. MB 899 core duo 2.0ghz
    Dual vga out, 400 gb hard drive, Centrefuse front end
    zapco 1000.4 for zapco 6.5 componets
    zapco 1100.1 for 2 13" W6.

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    Ressler's interface - see my work log in my sig. It's just a serial cable.

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    Is your ibus on your steering wheel or in the center console like the newer models? How does yours differ from the newer 05 6 & 7 series controllers? I would like to use the newer 6 & 7 series controller on a pc. Any suggestions?

    Also are you using girder? That should work with your controller.
    Opus case. MB 899 core duo 2.0ghz
    Dual vga out, 400 gb hard drive, Centrefuse front end
    zapco 1000.4 for zapco 6.5 componets
    zapco 1100.1 for 2 13" W6.

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    Still looking for an answer to this - no BMW ibus users are using Centrafuse?

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    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.

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    I have a device that converts IBUS information into keystrokes - so when I press a button on the steering wheel, it sends a keystroke to specific applications. I'm asking how to do this for Centrafuse, since I haven't had any luck programming it with the hot keys that are listed in the Centrafuse settings. This all worked fine with Frodoplayer.

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    It should work fine. All of CF's hot-keys are Ctrl+Alt+HotKey (besides up/down and enter).

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    I have got remote control for the original head unit. It is very simple:
    up
    down
    left
    and right

    There isn't any electronics in it.
    Just 5 wired : 1 commun wire and 4 wires (one for each command).

    I would ask you if you have got a simple systrem to use it via USB or RS232 to remote Centrafuse.
    I know you are trying to do it for BMW IPBUS but what I ask is simple and perhaps someone could help me.

    Have you got a little source code of plugin for next track-fast forward, previous track -fast rewind, volume and volume down.

    Or if you know a link on a project like this

    Thank you for your help.
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    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).

    ...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. I need to write the Girder plugin for it, but I never got around to it since I can still use everything but the On-Star mirror buttons via an IR-Man, the Pioneer remote, and the steering-wheel-controls-to-IR device.

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