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    After searching the board and reading for about an hour, I couldn't draw any conclusions about this.

    1. I am using an old DELL p200mmx and its motherboard has its own VGA out integrated right onto to board. Does this mean I still need a All-In-Wonder, or should I get something like the TV wonder? Not one ebay description of the tv-wonder says that it comes with composite out...I don't know why people were considering it.

    2. Does the IRMAN act just like a mouse as in you push the right button and the pointer moves, or does it more or less replace keyboard functions? I ask this because when I am using the album list plugin for winamp, there is no way to switch between the album list window and the song list window with the keyboard, I need to use the mouse to make the window active, and then I can use the keyboard hotkeys. Is the IRMAN a solution to this? or should I get that finger trackball?

    Thanks for your patience with me, I owe my whole setup to you guys.

    Grand AMplifier Project 1.0:
    http://drive.to/cliffsgrandamgt/
    http://www.astallaslions.com/carmp3/
    --------------------------------
    -Eden 800 mini-itx motherboard
    -5.6 NTSC TFT-LCD
    -80 gig hard drive
    -128 MB RAM
    -MPBS1 DC-DC PSU
    -PB Remote /w Girder
    -Media Engine & Windows XP
    -Playstation II also added
    -Steering Wheel Buttons modified for Control.


  • #2
    The TV wonder is simply a video capture card, no tv out. The all-in-wonder is a video capture card AND has a tv out.

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    • #3
      I've yet to explore all the stuff you can do with IRMAN, but in general it is more like a "keyboard", with the winamp plugins you can asign hotkeys to the IR remote that your using, or you can asign winamp functions directly to the buttons, ie play, next track etc. There is also a function in the IRMAN plugin which allows you to cycle thru play lists at the touch of a button. I hope that helps. It might be worth downloaing a copy of the IRMAN plugin and having a play with it to see if it does what you want, before you buy a unit.

      Rob
      And you say people actually pay money for M$ Windows?
      www.mp3mini.co.uk (Does what it says on the URL) www.openclassic.co.uk (The new car, with zero rust!) www.rob-web.co.uk (My other site)
      Total re-design underway: on the whole progress is very slow as the car is taking up too much time :)

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      • #4
        hey guys the IR software on my site lets you do more than anything.... it controls the startup and shutdown and also the volume control .... ect check it out its a great software ...

        www.mastero.tk

        Mastero

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        • #5
          ok cool thanks for the responses. So I would be safe with a PCI card such as the all in wonder, even though my motherboard has the VGA out built into it?

          Grand AMplifier Project 1.0:
          http://drive.to/cliffsgrandamgt/
          http://www.astallaslions.com/carmp3/
          --------------------------------
          -Eden 800 mini-itx motherboard
          -5.6 NTSC TFT-LCD
          -80 gig hard drive
          -128 MB RAM
          -MPBS1 DC-DC PSU
          -PB Remote /w Girder
          -Media Engine & Windows XP
          -Playstation II also added
          -Steering Wheel Buttons modified for Control.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Cliff
            ok cool thanks for the responses. So I would be safe with a PCI card such as the all in wonder, even though my motherboard has the VGA out built into it?
            Yes, but you may have to disable the VGA in your BIOS.
            http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/Maveric/ M.A.V.I.C. System
            Asus MB, PII 266, 192 MB Ram, 6.8" LCD, 6 Disk CD-ROM, 21 Gig HD, All-in-Wonder Video w/ TV Tuner, Irman, Windows ME, Winamp, Cobra III -- All in a custom acrylic case.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Maveric


              Yes, but you may have to disable the VGA in your BIOS.
              see thats the thing, I have no idea how to access the BIOS on this dell machine. On bootup, it doesn't say "press F5 for setup" or anything like that, and I have pressed a much of different keys (guessing) and nothin seems to work.

              Anyone with a DELL know how to access the BIOS?

              Grand AMplifier Project 1.0:
              http://drive.to/cliffsgrandamgt/
              http://www.astallaslions.com/carmp3/
              --------------------------------
              -Eden 800 mini-itx motherboard
              -5.6 NTSC TFT-LCD
              -80 gig hard drive
              -128 MB RAM
              -MPBS1 DC-DC PSU
              -PB Remote /w Girder
              -Media Engine & Windows XP
              -Playstation II also added
              -Steering Wheel Buttons modified for Control.

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              • #8
                It's a right pain in the backside accessing the bios with some of the Dells, I've found the easiest way is to disconnect all the drive from the motherboard and then boot. However I think some Dells have the bios on the hard disk (or something weird like that) so it might not work, but anyway, thats the way I do it with mine.

                Rob
                And you say people actually pay money for M$ Windows?
                www.mp3mini.co.uk (Does what it says on the URL) www.openclassic.co.uk (The new car, with zero rust!) www.rob-web.co.uk (My other site)
                Total re-design underway: on the whole progress is very slow as the car is taking up too much time :)

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                • #9
                  I have no problem with my Dell. I just hit delete and it goes to the bios.
                  http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/Maveric/ M.A.V.I.C. System
                  Asus MB, PII 266, 192 MB Ram, 6.8" LCD, 6 Disk CD-ROM, 21 Gig HD, All-in-Wonder Video w/ TV Tuner, Irman, Windows ME, Winamp, Cobra III -- All in a custom acrylic case.

                  http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/listings/ MP3car Listings - Please add to it! :)

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                  • #10
                    Re: more quick newbie questions

                    Originally posted by Cliff
                    2. Does the IRMAN act just like a mouse as in you push the right button and the pointer moves, or does it more or less replace keyboard functions?
                    techniaclly the IRMAN is a hardware device, the software is irrelevanet the the description of this little marvel.

                    the IRMAN converts received IR signals into 6byte codes which are then sent down the connected PC's serial port. Software on your computer can then read these received 6byte codes an react in anyway it sees fit.

                    In my case, I wrote my own software to read the codes, and on receival performs the various functions in my custom mp3car player application. Other programs like Girder, etc... may read the signals then simulate the pressing of keyboard keys/mouse movements in windows to fool programs into thinking that the user themselves made the input - to give remote control capabilities to existing software packages... its a fantastic little hardware device.... and alot of good software supports it, and writing your own is a sinch too...


                    clear things up?
                    Project - GAME OVER :(

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                    • #11
                      BY the way, don't buy the TV Wonder. It's crap.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Re: more quick newbie questions

                        Originally posted by magnetik


                        techniaclly the IRMAN is a hardware device, the software is irrelevanet the the description of this little marvel.

                        the IRMAN converts received IR signals into 6byte codes which are then sent down the connected PC's serial port. Software on your computer can then read these received 6byte codes an react in anyway it sees fit.

                        In my case, I wrote my own software to read the codes, and on receival performs the various functions in my custom mp3car player application. Other programs like Girder, etc... may read the signals then simulate the pressing of keyboard keys/mouse movements in windows to fool programs into thinking that the user themselves made the input - to give remote control capabilities to existing software packages... its a fantastic little hardware device.... and alot of good software supports it, and writing your own is a sinch too...


                        clear things up?
                        Yes very well thank you! I'd like to write my own software in it, but I am only second year comp. sci major and need to be shown everything but the writing of the code =) I think there is plenty of software out there that will prevent me from asking even more questions hehe..

                        Grand AMplifier Project 1.0:
                        http://drive.to/cliffsgrandamgt/
                        http://www.astallaslions.com/carmp3/
                        --------------------------------
                        -Eden 800 mini-itx motherboard
                        -5.6 NTSC TFT-LCD
                        -80 gig hard drive
                        -128 MB RAM
                        -MPBS1 DC-DC PSU
                        -PB Remote /w Girder
                        -Media Engine & Windows XP
                        -Playstation II also added
                        -Steering Wheel Buttons modified for Control.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Aaron Cake
                          BY the way, don't buy the TV Wonder. It's crap.
                          Yeah, ok thanks for the warning. I want to get the ATI - ALL IN WONDER but I can't get one for less than $20. I read that the tridents are less than 20, do you know where I can find them for that? On ebay I am coming up with nothing..

                          Grand AMplifier Project 1.0:
                          http://drive.to/cliffsgrandamgt/
                          http://www.astallaslions.com/carmp3/
                          --------------------------------
                          -Eden 800 mini-itx motherboard
                          -5.6 NTSC TFT-LCD
                          -80 gig hard drive
                          -128 MB RAM
                          -MPBS1 DC-DC PSU
                          -PB Remote /w Girder
                          -Media Engine & Windows XP
                          -Playstation II also added
                          -Steering Wheel Buttons modified for Control.

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                          • #14
                            To get into the bios try pressing either: delete, esc, F1 or F10 MOST computers use one of those for bios access.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Cliff


                              Yeah, ok thanks for the warning. I want to get the ATI - ALL IN WONDER but I can't get one for less than $20. I read that the tridents are less than 20, do you know where I can find them for that? On ebay I am coming up with nothing..
                              A All-in-wonder for $20?? Not bad at all actually. Must be an older model, but hey, TV out hasn't advanced much since they were released, so like it matters. Even though I own a few, I have to can say that ATI have the worst drivers.
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