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  • What about using Windows 8 :fear:

    I installed windows 8 this weekend and have been using it as a frontend
    Looks good but needs a recent touch screen in my opinion.
    Plus I cannot switch from music app to metro easily as the start menu is hidden on the right side and requires the use of the mouse to get that far...
    The UI is good... And the keyboard springs up when you open a text box. still does not spring up when I fire a search for an address in Garmin but can be easily called from the task bar and does send the characters I type in Garmin text box in realtime...

    But I still use DriveLine

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    It really needs multi-touch to get full use and also 7" screen is too small for win8. It's great on a exopc with it's 11.6" screen, very fast on the atom. You can get start8 to get the start button back. Driveline work's fine under win8 so far in my tests.. SNO

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    • #3
      I had problems with Metro's resolution requirements too, setting it to 1024 x 768 to run Metro apps, but found that the Metro apps annoy me with Bing adds and popups. I was so frustrated with the whole MS wannabe Android that I installed Start8 on my computer too.

      Then I discovered that even if I am in Driveline, if I move my trackball to the bottom right corner of the screen, a popup springs from the right side of the screen and I can get to Metro apps even while in Driveline. So I tested with a stylus, and found that also lets me popup to Metro.

      So how does this help you? It's don't BUT, I think it's possible to program a metro shortcut in Driveline under the shortcuts screen. You should be able to link to any Metro apps you want.

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      • #4
        I'm doing some reading on using the metro ui withtouchscreen :-)
        What annoys most is there is no way of controling the sound volume in the music app !!! if you use the sound keyboard hotkeys a small menu pops up with volume controls.
        but i just read that if you swipe down inside the app you can get a context menu with the app setting in there !!! not sure about sound controls. will test on the way back home.

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        • #5
          I have 3 methods of controlling the volume on my carputer, all through USB. 1st is steering wheel controls programmed through the Joycon EXR, 2nd is the USB programmable buttons that came with my D-DIN case, and 3rd is a Griffin Powermate knob that looks just like a home stereo receiver's big aluminum tuning knob. It glows a cool blue at the base too.

          What I did was to set the volume in all of the programs I use be at the same level, then use the USB based devices to raise or lower system volume.

          My car is too bouncy to use the touchscreen while driving, so I use the steering wheel buttons, and the Griffin Powermate is so passengers can turn down the volume, or click down to mute, when they want to talk to me...(a requirement of my wife).

          I would recommend getting one of the USB volume knobs. There are so many out there to choose from, I am sure you can find something that suits your needs.

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          • #6
            rray, are you on XP? I'm asking because my Powermate has been collecting dust since I moved to W8. It won't work with RR.
            My 2007 Ford F350 Work Log located HERE

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            • #7
              For the powermate, I saw a write up somewhere where they used it as a housing and reloaded it's internals with a USB mouse, I've been saving mine for that, just need the time.
              TruckPC - gutted, being used for test setup
              BoatPC - All in 1 in cuddy, N7 using VNC on dash, RR
              BlazerPC - Nexus 7 with Timur's USBROM

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              • #8
                To tell the truth, I have not tried my Powermate while in Driveline, because I had been getting my steering wheel buttons going, but it does work in Windows 8 32 bit. I'll try it on the way home from work this afternoon.

                I just won an eBay auction for a black Powermate to better match my car interior.

                Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk 2

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                • #9
                  I think I just solved it. I tried using 2.0.1 drivers and selected "Run as Admin" and it actually works now. Volume/mute work perfect, I'm trying to set the other 3 functions for scrolling up and down in the music menu and selecting with a dbl left click but I'm not sure yet it it's going to work out or not. At least the volume is working finally!! I haven't used this thing in over a year due to this. Now it looks like it was a simple fix.
                  My 2007 Ford F350 Work Log located HERE

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                  • #10
                    Teamwork makes the dream work.

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                    • #11
                      I'm starting to like windows 8 :-) and the keyboard is cool :-) Volume control in Metro Apps is a pain though

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                      • #12
                        maybe because I have an 8 inch screen !

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                        • #13
                          ^ What I ended up doing is getting a potentiometer and running it inline to the RCA from the computer to my amp and installing the potentiometer as a volume knob next to the screen. No more Windows 8 volume issues

                          (PS: I use Windows 8 as a full frontend and, other than volume issues, find it works fairly well for my own uses)

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                          • #14
                            Clockwork, what about a floating volume control for windows 8 like the one you have for DriveLine with the home and keyboard apps? Do you think It is possible to create a volume slider that will stick over the Metro Apps? There is something for windows xp and 7 here : http://codesector.com

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                            • #15
                              I will have to play with Metro a bit. It would be easy to just add a volume control to the floating Home/Keyboard buttons. But I'm not sure how Metro apps interact with the desktop versus normal desktop apps. It might be possible to add the volume controls to that weird slide-out on the right-hand side of the Metro UI.

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