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    I'm glad everything is working out. Fortunately, I've written all of this in such a way that it's fairly easy to maintain and apply fixes to. The word 'elegant' is often used when describing good code or programming solutions. So that is what I strive for. Of course, elegance isn't always an option. Which is why we also have the term 'ugly hack'. Fortunately, no ugly hacks were required this time. I'll be adding the same code changes for XM Radio and DAB radio.

    I'll take a look at those apps you mentioned over the next couple days.

    That demo video looks good, and I can't wait to see the write-up come together.

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    Glad you like the analogy. I thought it was fitting. I did the video for my car buddies, so it isn't instructional, just a feature demo.

    My wife is very impressed with the carpc now. Not so much before. lol

    Just to follow up on the code change, the volume of the HD radio is still audible on the computer's first boot up from shutdown UNTIL I press the HD radio mute/ pause button. Once that is done a single time it is good forever until the pc shuts down again.

    I just power it off with the HD Radio on (when I remember) and it isn't an issue. Otherwise I might hear 2 things playing when it comes to life.

    If you were looking for an absolute fix, it isn't quite 'perfect'. I don't mind it as it is, but thought you would want to know.

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    Something else comes to mind that I think describes why this is and will continue to be a successful project.

    "If you try to please everyone you end up pleasing no-one."

    Do what you know you can do well, and be happy with the result.
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    I'll fix the initial radio muting. That's easy.

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    I'm ready to update to the new version now. I have a problem on the older version where whenever I reboot, the layout of the main page icons revert back to the original layout. it's like the settings don't stick when I change them around. I want to have Pandora at position 7 and Phidgets at position 12, and move the other icons to page 2. After changing them, it is good for that session, but upon reboot everything goes back to default.

    The way I have my carpc setup is the m2-atx supply turns on and off the PC, so on at keyswitch, and the power supply shuts down windows when I open my car door or 10 minutes after killing the ignition. When windows shuts down, Driveline is running, then music stops and the exit windows screen pops up, then off. Is this good for Driveline or do I need some kind of other setting for the power supply?

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    rray, your current setup should be fine. DriveLine should save all settings when Windows is shutting down. Try the new version and see if your issue with the reordered icons persists. I've been meaning to ask you if you've made any changes to your skin in the last few months? I went through it and added some things that were missing from all of the skins. Like button highlighting on the Now Playing buttons, and just general clean-up things that I wanted to clean up in all of the skins.

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    I have not changed the skin but I did make a few new buttons, and background screens. I'm going for an Umbrella Corporation theme this time.

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    Installed tonight, and all went well. I rebooted and all the reordered icons stayed in the correct spot. Next I downloaded 2 months worth of windows updates and rebooted a few more times with Driveline starting at boot, no issues. Then I downloaded the 4.51 .net framework and IE 11, and rebooted... still OK.

    So I tested everything and only found 1 minor issue, if I am playing mp3's then switch to Pandora, I have to go back to the media page and mute there or both mp3 and Pandora play. Also, any energy on fuel prices yet?


    Thanks for the great Driveline update, It's real nice and all in all years ahead of the Chevy Mylink Nav!

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    The Pandora functionality is something I added a long time ago, and haven't really given any attention to since then. Ideally, I think it should be on the same screen as the other media sources. But, it's a bit trickier than the other sources. Since I'm just accessing the Pandora website and not a real API, the volume control in Pandora (which I'm not sure even works), controls the volume for DriveLine as a whole. In fact, when running under XP, I think it controls the system volume. So I can mute it, but I can't pause it. I don't know what's actually playing, so I can't display it in the status bar at the bottom, and since I don't know what's playing, I can't look up the lyrics. And of course, fitting a 5th tab on that Media screen might get a bit tight.

    On an unrelated note, I think Yahoo updated their Weather API to provide a 5 day forecast now. But I'm only displaying Current conditions and a 2-day forecast (today and tomorrow). I wonder if I should start thinking about expanding the weather display. I just don't want to make each day so small that it's hard to read. Maybe an Extended Forecast tab....

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    On the pandora tab maybe you could have a settings menu choice to remove either dab or hd as if you are using 1 you will not be using the other, then you will still only have 4 tabs at top. For weather maybe keep it to 5 bars like fuel prices. That way it keeps some consistancy. Just my 2 cents SNO
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClockWorK View Post
    Since I'm just accessing the Pandora website and not a real API, the volume control in Pandora (which I'm not sure even works), controls the volume for DriveLine as a whole.
    I'm not versed in what an API is, but on my home pc I use Pandora's desktop app instead of a browser. You have to have Adobe Air loaded, and then you install the app "pandora_2_0_8.air" and that creates a folder under program files where the Pandora.exe app is. When you run the pandora.exe app, a small window opens up on your desktop that has all the stuff you need, station selection, thumbs up/down, and volume.

    That little windows has an application.XML file:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <application xmlns="http://ns.adobe.com/air/application/1.5.1">
    <id>com.pandora.desktop</id>
    <version>2.0.8</version>
    <filename>Pandora</filename>
    <copyright>version 2.0.8

    Copyright (c) 2008 Pandora Media, Inc.
    All rights reserved.
    </copyright>
    <initialWindow>
    <content>desktop.swf</content>
    <width>255</width>
    <height>429</height>
    <systemChrome>none</systemChrome>
    <transparent>true</transparent>
    <visible>true</visible>
    <minimizable>true</minimizable>
    <maximizable>false</maximizable>
    <resizable>false</resizable>
    </initialWindow>
    <icon>
    <image16x16>src/images/icon/icon-16.png</image16x16>
    <image32x32>src/images/icon/icon-32.png</image32x32>
    <image48x48>src/images/icon/icon-48.png</image48x48>
    <image128x128>src/images/icon/icon-128.png</image128x128>
    </icon>
    <name>Pandora</name>
    </application>
    Does this stuff look like something useful for making screen that would use the desktop app?

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