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Thread: A little tease about whats coming to Driveline!

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    Will it play a divx/xvid file? Maybe thats a route you could go and rip your dvd's. You could then put them on a flash drive. Just a thought SNO

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    Honestly, I would upgrade. Thinking about it now, I don't think that thin client even meets the requirements for DVD playback without dropping frames. And I imagine navigation software being pretty hard on that little machine too.

    I used to run a low power PC in the car, but now you can easily go dual core and keep the power requirements reasonable. My current CarPC is AMD dual core at 3GHz, 4gigs RAM, and SSD, running Win7 32bit. You don't really need 64 bit in the car. I'd stay with 32bit, just to avoid any potential software/driver issues. But definitely SSD all the way. Nothing benefits an entire PC's performance like an SSD. My setup is just a 64gig SSD, and it's more than enough to install Windows7, apps, and 10,000 songs. And I've got a 32gig thumb drive if I need more music space.

    In WMP, if you got sound but no video, make sure you turned the visualization back on. I believe WMP treats any video playback as "visualization". But really, do we need DVDs playing in our cars? (i know, i know, for the family, or kids, or friends, or just for the hell of it.)

    A lightweight front-end leaves more RAM and CPU power available for navigation apps, or other crazy stuff we do in our cars.

    OBD through DriveLine won't use up much CPU at all. The serial devices we use (GPS, OBD, radios) don't require much processing. It's mostly just monitoring the data coming in and occasionally sending some data to the unit.

    If you go with the Mini-ITX, just remember that there is no such thing as "too many USB ports". I think USB hubs are garbage. Plug as many things directly into the motherboard as possible. Also, a motherboard with newer/better integrated graphics will be able to offload some video-processing onto the graphics chip.

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    Suggestion for XM after using for a few days in truck, need to make the available station list to be 4 or 5 stations at a time, to hard to pick with such small lines. Then you would have room for station icons. Also did you setup RDS? Just curious. I don't receive any but would be a nice touch. SNO

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    SNO, Good call. Since I've only used the radios on my desktop PC, I haven't had the "in-car" experience yet. Easy to change. If you want to change yours right now, the setting is in Skin_Frame_Visualization.XML and the setting is called "VisibleRows". Just make sure the node you're changing is under the ListXMChannels object. Right now it's set to 9. With the text being larger, it will also fit fewer characters horizontally after changing this, so 6 might be a good start.

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    Yeah, I agree about the update.I already have the new machine built. I'm just kind of in a flux stage because I don't have a monitor. SO, I flip around between low power and high power stuff.

    Currently on my desk is the desktop machine.
    AMD Quadcore 3Ghz Dual Monitor SSD 4G Ram.

    The Thin Client

    The previously constructed carputer, an AMD Dual Core, 4G, 120GB SSD, Win 7 64 bit

    Raspberry Pi running Raspbmc.

    But now I've ordered my monitor, so soon I'll be ready to go!

    I do appreciate all the assistance this week. I can only hope that at least I have given some good feedback, maybe made you think of a few things. As far as my experience goes, writing software may be hard, but it's MUCH harder to make it goof-proof, idiot-proof and so that it works for everyone. You've got a great thing going here.

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    I will leave the mods to the professionals, I can wait for a build to try. Just passing off my observations. Thanks SNO

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    Clockwork I sent you an email with the files needed for TPMS. Hopefully that will be enough to get started. Enjoy SNO

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    Thanks SNO. This one should be fun.

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    Clockwork is the most current build sept 12th? SNO

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    I just put a new one up here on mp3car in the "Latest Build" thread. Mostly fixes to DAB, some skin changes, and changes to better handle configuring of radios.

    Can you let me know if the radio presets are still word-wrapping on your display or if that is now fixed?


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    Also, is XM still working for you? I'm only getting the Radio ID and station #1 now. But it still says "Activated". Pretty sure I didn't break anything.
    Last edited by ClockWorK; 09-15-2012 at 07:32 PM. Reason: Because I like editing every post I make.

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