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    volume slider

    well i just came in from the garage and got my first carputer up and running. It's nothing new to anyone here but it's totally blowing MY mind.

    One thing I'm having trouble with is the volume buttons. They work but they are very slow. I think a slider might work better. My touchscreen works pretty well but it takes so many taps to change the volume 1 out of 5 touches is bound to go astray. Several times I unintentionally paused or skipped tracks while trying to adjust volume. The amount of time it takes to turn down the volume is too long.

    I'm just thinking if I was riding with people and i wanted to turn it down real quick or just a bit so we could talk it would go something like this:

    "hey man, remember when..." "what? hang on let me turn it down"

    tap tap tap tap tap.... tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap

    tap tap

    tap

    "ok, what?" "nevermind, i forgot - turn it back up!"

    tap tap, etc.


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    Quote Originally Posted by danwheeler View Post
    well i just came in from the garage and got my first carputer up and running. It's nothing new to anyone here but it's totally blowing MY mind.

    One thing I'm having trouble with is the volume buttons. They work but they are very slow. I think a slider might work better. My touchscreen works pretty well but it takes so many taps to change the volume 1 out of 5 touches is bound to go astray. Several times I unintentionally paused or skipped tracks while trying to adjust volume. The amount of time it takes to turn down the volume is too long.

    I'm just thinking if I was riding with people and i wanted to turn it down real quick or just a bit so we could talk it would go something like this:

    "hey man, remember when..." "what? hang on let me turn it down"

    tap tap tap tap tap.... tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap

    tap tap

    tap

    "ok, what?" "nevermind, i forgot - turn it back up!"

    tap tap, etc.


    you know you can hold those down and they get faster and faster...

    make sure you have right-click disabled in your touchscreen software... this also goes for fastforward and rewind...

    should never have to tap tap...

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    thanks, i turned off my right-click and it works better but it's still slow and unreliable.

    I may end up putting a physical volume control on my RCA pre-amp line out or maybe I can find a small box that converts SPDIF to analog and has a volume control on the pre-amp out.

    good volume control is just one of those things that is really important to me.

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    I am REALLY having trouble with the volume buttons. They are way too slow to react. Is there anything that can be done to improve volume response? I really think a slider would be better suited in that location. It would allow you to tap your finger to get roughly where you wanted the volume then roll your finger on the touch screen to get it exactly where you want it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danwheeler View Post
    I am REALLY having trouble with the volume buttons. They are way too slow to react. Is there anything that can be done to improve volume response? I really think a slider would be better suited in that location. It would allow you to tap your finger to get roughly where you wanted the volume then roll your finger on the touch screen to get it exactly where you want it.
    not sure... just not fast enough for you? they work fine in my car... and I usually use an external volume knob a lot, but not always...

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    Talking of sliders, something like a progress bar would be handy as well, but im sure thats probably in your big o'le todo list of doom, down the bottom somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veetid View Post
    not sure... just not fast enough for you? they work fine in my car... and I usually use an external volume knob a lot, but not always...

    david
    yeah, it's just super slow. especially for fine adjustments. It seems like it takes forever for it to get going and moves slowly once it does. It also doesn't help that the volume indicator bars are not granular enough to represent finer volume control. Its hard to tell if its moving or not.

    i do have right click turned off

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    after playing with this some more I would go so far as to say it simply doesn't work right. I can't believe I'm the only one having trouble with volume. It's very inconsistent. Often times I can be jamming my finger into the screen and nothing happens. It's possible it's my touchscreen but it works just fine for everything else. It will highlight blue, then not, then back again and sometimes the volume will go up even if it's not highlighted. Hate to say it but its just not usable.

    I dont mean to dog the software - but I want it to be better and i want it to succeed on a mass scale for average users. These are the kinds of little things that will turn people off.

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    do you have the same problem with ff or rew? if you do then its your TS. ive got no volume problems. just hold your finger on the button and it will slowly get faster. i kinda like it.

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    Well, i can find myself in this problem. It's not that annoying, but i do agree the volume may go faster. From 0% to 100% volume takes about 5 secs (just a guess) and that's a long time if you want the volume to go down. By the way, i never tap, but hold the button, and yes i agree it goed much faster then, but not enough in my opinion.

    I think a slider for volume isn't a good idea. It's too complicated to adjust, especialy when you drive. If you go over a (small) bump, it will go crazy.
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