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  • Newbie Q's about LCD's

    I've got a bunch of questions and would appreciate anyone taking time to answer some or all. Thanks guys.

    I'm still trying to understand just how I would get visual with WinAmp/Win98. I've never used anything else but a regular PC monitor so this whole LCD/TFT/etc thing is new to me.

    Can a "regular" Windows desktop be displayed on an LCD such as this one http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...=4686&CATID=44 ? This would require a TV tuner video card, right?

    I have a really small keyboard...regular type but it's a compact design, and I plan on using that but how would I see what I'm doing if I use something like Nathan Stuart's Ampcontrol s/w? Would I even NEED Ampcontrol if I were to use a bigger LCD display such as the one I have the link to up top? I'd like to be able to choose directories or edit/make playlists but if I use something like Seiko's L4034 I can't see how I could get enough screen/info to do that?
    P4 2.4GHz, Intel mobo w/onboard sound & video, 128MB memory, 100GB Seagate Momentus laptop drive, Xenarc 700TSV 7" touchscreen, IRman using Girder, 150W Opus dc/dc psu, Alpine CDA-9835 h/u, MBQuart speakers, Infinity 15" sub, MTX amps.

  • #2
    It would be just like using a monitor... but a really small monitor that you can't read anything on

    Yes, to use that, you'd need a TV out card.

    If you get a characer lcd, like I have, then you'd use Nathan Stewart's plugin, but not if you're using a full screen LCD. If you're running a full screen LCD, you can just use winamp or Cobra.
    www.arbybean.com

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    • #3
      Arby, actually your's is one of the first few sites I saw that got me into this whole CarMP3 thing. I'll be referencing it a lot, I'm sure, the deeper I dive into this mess.

      If I do go with the Seiko L4034, as I originally planned, can you/how do you navigate between directories or playlists if you've only got that much/little viewable space to use?

      I forgot to mention I've got a few old laptops with LCD screens. Would it be possible to use one of these or do they work totally different than what we need? Thanks.
      P4 2.4GHz, Intel mobo w/onboard sound & video, 128MB memory, 100GB Seagate Momentus laptop drive, Xenarc 700TSV 7" touchscreen, IRman using Girder, 150W Opus dc/dc psu, Alpine CDA-9835 h/u, MBQuart speakers, Infinity 15" sub, MTX amps.

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      • #4
        With a 4" LCD you may (barely) be able to get a readable Winamp. But not much else. You should go with a larger one(IMHO). I have a 6.8" and I have ho problems with it. You can also go with the laptop screens you were mentioning, but it will take extra wiring. You will have to look at some other posts concering laptop screens as I do not know much about their use in this area. As for a char. display (Seiko) I don't think you will be able to make playlists and such with it. You can look at some pictures of my setup on my webpage to get an idea of things.
        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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        • #5
          Well, I was playing around with the P90. Seems I can't disable the onboard video in the Bios. I guess this means I'm either stuck with the 4x40LCD or...I don't know what else. Actually, if I made one giant playlist of all the songs on the drive, this wouldn't be bad. If there was a way to choose playlists via the LCD that'd be cool too. Thanks Maverick.
          P4 2.4GHz, Intel mobo w/onboard sound & video, 128MB memory, 100GB Seagate Momentus laptop drive, Xenarc 700TSV 7" touchscreen, IRman using Girder, 150W Opus dc/dc psu, Alpine CDA-9835 h/u, MBQuart speakers, Infinity 15" sub, MTX amps.

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          • #6
            I just have one massive 2500+ song playlist, and listen to it on shuffle.

            I have 5 buttons: Previous song, Next song, fastforward, rewind and shuffle. With those 5 keys, I can easily navigate through my entire playlist.

            As for the laptop LCD's, you'd have to find the pinouts from the manufacturer, then you'd need a $150-200 controller to use them with the pc
            www.arbybean.com

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            • #7
              lorty's plugin registered will let you choose playlists using the lcd. haven't played around with it much yet though.
              "if everything is under control, you're not going fast enough!"

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              • #8
                Well I set up my remote control so I could push 0-9 on the number pad and it would load certain playlists. You don't need any visuals to do this! Or you can make shortcuts for Winamp, in the target line do something like this:
                "C:\Program Files\Winamp\Winamp.exe" "C:\My Documents\My Music"
                This will load the whole dir in Winamp. You can make as many as you need for your directories. Also this way you can add MP3s to your dir and it will automaticly load them, no messing with playlists. Then you can set hot keys for these shortcuts.
                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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                • #9
                  How are you loading the different playlists via #'s? I tried playing around with renaming the playlists tp #'s but that didn't help. The closest I could get was hit the L and then corresponding named or 1-letter playlist filename, then hit enter. You doing that with DesktopX or a plugin?
                  P4 2.4GHz, Intel mobo w/onboard sound & video, 128MB memory, 100GB Seagate Momentus laptop drive, Xenarc 700TSV 7" touchscreen, IRman using Girder, 150W Opus dc/dc psu, Alpine CDA-9835 h/u, MBQuart speakers, Infinity 15" sub, MTX amps.

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                  • #10
                    I don't use the Winamp remote plugin, I use IrAssistant. I pretty much have it set up like the shortcuts I mentioned. I have IrAssistant set up so if I hit #1 on the keypad it executes Winamp and loads the directory. Just make sure that you can't run multible instances of Winamp (in the settings) so when you want to change playlists it opens it in the Winamp open and not start another Winamp. If you have IrAssistant already you can download my settings and see for yourself. You would only have to change the signal.
                    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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                    • #11
                      That's a nice setup, Mav. I thought about the i/r setup. I like the fact you don't need a keyboard and you can install the eye in the display. Sweet!

                      The thing that's really got me hung up now is the damn display. How can I get a workable display just big enough to be able to choose mp3,directories, or drives, like using Winamp on your desktop PC? That's all I want. I don't want to run movies or anything else. I can't disable the onboard video on this Digital Celebris 590 I've got. So, I think I'm going to use that VGA/LCD convertor, like you have up on Ebay, and hook a 5" or 6.5" to it. I can prob'ly open up the converter and install it inside the Mp3truckbox, running a small homemade vga cable from the vga out port to the convertor. Then run some cabling containing the IR and LCD wiring. Sounds like a plan!
                      P4 2.4GHz, Intel mobo w/onboard sound & video, 128MB memory, 100GB Seagate Momentus laptop drive, Xenarc 700TSV 7" touchscreen, IRman using Girder, 150W Opus dc/dc psu, Alpine CDA-9835 h/u, MBQuart speakers, Infinity 15" sub, MTX amps.

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                      • #12
                        I am just now getting ready to put my comp in my truck, but I have been using Girder for a long time. I think Girder works the same as Ir Assistant. I have it set up so that I can change playlists and utilize it with the Car Mp3 Keyboard Plugin for Winamp (lets me press a button the number of the song and the button again to go strait to a particular song). I also use it to control the DFX plugin and everything else. If you don't have enough buttons on your remote, you can choose one button to switch options.

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                        • #13
                          Well Tony it sounds like you have everything planned out. You can set Winamp as your shell instead of explorer and it will load a LOT faster, since that is all you want to use. That size lcd should be fine for just Winamp.

                          Good luck!
                          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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                          • #14
                            Thanks for the support, Mav. While working hard last night I checked out some of the MP3 cars on MP3Car.com that I missed before. One guy had some really nice shots of the 5" LCD and judging by that, I think it'll do the trick. If not, I buy a 20" LCD screen and hang it in front of the back window.
                            P4 2.4GHz, Intel mobo w/onboard sound & video, 128MB memory, 100GB Seagate Momentus laptop drive, Xenarc 700TSV 7" touchscreen, IRman using Girder, 150W Opus dc/dc psu, Alpine CDA-9835 h/u, MBQuart speakers, Infinity 15" sub, MTX amps.

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