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    Quote Originally Posted by jheissjr
    I am having a problem getting CF to use your skin. When I change the skin to be your new skin under CF’s settings window, I get an error window and CF has to be closed. When I try to open CF back up another error window pops up and CF will not open after I close the error window. The only way to fix the problem of CF not opening after I set it to use the new skin is to reinstall CF. Does this have something to do with the .xml file? I tried downloading the new 848 x 480 skin.xml but the link is broke. Any ideas?
    You are right. The link was screwed up. Should work now. Try this: 848x480 skin.xml. You might want to try the "Right-click, Save As" instead of following the link directly.

    I'm not 100% sure, but I have seen error messages pop up when I've screwed up something in the XML file and CF can't find the info it's looking for, or if there is an image file missing that CF expects to be there. It's likely one of the 2.

    After trying the above XML file, if you still get the error message, can you post what it says?

    Also, you don't need to reinstall CF necessarily. You can copy/paste the default /skins/848x480 directory over the "bad" one, overwriting everything, and CF should start up just fine, allowing you to change back to the 'real' default skin, then deleting the bad directory in the /skins folder.

    Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by execute
    Meta, any plans on making a PhoneControl brushed metal skin to match CF's?
    Yeah, that's the next step. I started working on some ideas for "BrushedAluminum" as a "day skin", as, after finally seeing BrushedMetal in the car, the dark screens have a pretty heavy glare/reflection on my Xenarc. But then I figured I had better finish BrushedMetal before starting on something else. I should be able to finish the PHONE pages this week and call it done.

    As for BrushedAluminum, here's a quick peek, again using Feb's images and styles.



    Anyone care for such a beast?

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    Meta, sweet so after you finish the phone pages, you'll enable the phone button on the lower right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meta
    Yeah, that's the next step. I started working on some ideas for "BrushedAluminum" as a "day skin", as, after finally seeing BrushedMetal in the car, the dark screens have a pretty heavy glare/reflection on my Xenarc. But then I figured I had better finish BrushedMetal before starting on something else. I should be able to finish the PHONE pages this week and call it done.

    As for BrushedAluminum, here's a quick peek, again using Feb's images and styles.



    Anyone care for such a beast?
    Me like it. Where/when can we have it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by execute
    Meta, sweet so after you finish the phone pages, you'll enable the phone button on the lower right?
    I thought I read previously that the PHONE would only be accessible in future versions from the Main menu. I was reserving that empty button the right for a global Power button. I guess it depends on what David makes available in the next rev.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asci01
    Me like it. Where/when can we have it?
    I'm going to shoot for the end of February.

    The brains of my carputer (a new M10000 in a Morex 3688 case) will hopefully arrive Wednesday. My plan is to finish the BrushedMetal, release BrushedAluminum, then complete my own install in time for Spring. After that,I think I'll retire... at least until next winter. hehe.

    Ya gotta drive the thing, right?

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    Thanks Meta! I put in the new xml and it works great. Do you have plans for putting in buttons for external applications? I want to make a scrolling LED sign for displaying out the back window (yes I know its technically illegal) and have a small program to control its text, maybe even have it voice controlled (say a phrase and it will be displayed on the sign). I also want to put in an HVAC control program, and I also had the idea for a PA system. I looked for a place that already has the option to set up launching external applications like MediaCar does, but I donít see anything like that on CF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jheissjr
    I want to make a scrolling LED sign for displaying out the back window (yes I know its technically illegal) and have a small program to control its text, maybe even have it voice controlled (say a phrase and it will be displayed on the sign).
    You bastage!! I wanted to do the same thing but haven't found a reasonably priced display. Let me know if you find something. http://www.mobileled.com/ ?

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    Hey 2j!2k4 I have a Mustang too, its just a 96 coupe though Do you have any pictures of your install. I would love to see them.

    I was going to make my own sign. I did a Google Search and it turned up some helpful information. One good site is http://www.nutsvolts.com/PDF_Files/LEDsign.pdf which is from a magazine I subscribe to.

    I am thinking about controlling the sign with a PIC so I could simply send it the text to be displayed through the RS-232 port and leave it up to the PIC to do all the scanning. This would produce less over head on the computer and as is a more 'professional' design approach in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meta
    I'm going to shoot for the end of February.

    The brains of my carputer (a new M10000 in a Morex 3688 case) will hopefully arrive Wednesday. My plan is to finish the BrushedMetal, release BrushedAluminum, then complete my own install in time for Spring. After that,I think I'll retire... at least until next winter. hehe.

    Ya gotta drive the thing, right?
    Absolutely. Sounds good to me.

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