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    Just discovered DriveLine -- love it so far.

    Can anyone tell me how to make it use a different soundcard? I have two, one on mobo and one is an external USB soundcard. In Windows, the mobo is set to be the default but I would like DriveLine to use the USB soundcard. I can't change the Windows default soundcard because that affects other apps, most notably, Windows Media Center which the kids use to watch movies in the back with headphones.

    Thanks,

    Tim

  • #2
    Hi glad you found this great front-end! Clockwork should be able to tell you how,if it can be done. I know it see's my different sound cards (you need to know their names for each input/output) I know it does separate screens just not sure how refined it is. Might be a nice little project for him if it doesn't support what you need. SNO

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    • #3
      It's not actually separate screen I need (although I tested that and it works great). In my case, I just want one screen but want to choose which soundcard to send audio to. You said it "sees" your different soundcards... can you elaborate on where you see them? Thx

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      • #4
        When I choose what device to use for what radio hd or xm. Thats why I say it might be needed to be added. Wait for Clockwork to chime in, it's his baby SNO

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        • #5
          I will have to dig into the audio question over the next couple days.

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          • #6
            It might be easiest to have on screen 1 (sound card 1) screen 2 (sound card 2/sound card1) as you can have screen 2 as primary Just a thought SNO

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            • #7
              Another (related?) issue is when I configure my Directed HD radio (Comm port, baud, Line In) it works -- sort of. I can tune channels, and observe the Artist, Title and other data from the channel. But no audio. So I opened up the audio mixer tool that came with the soundcard, I notice that "Line In" volume is set to 0. If I increase this, then I hear the Directed HD radio. BUT.... now I hear the HD radio ALL the time, even when muted on DL, and if DL is playing an MP3, it will be mixed with the HD radio audio. I am guessing that I'm not supposed to mess with the Line In volume in Windows, and just let DL take care of it. But I can't get HD radio to work any other way.

              When I start up DriveLine, I get a "No Media Loaded" message and when I go to Now Playing, there is no media there. However I have added the directories containing my MP3's and videos in Settings-->Home Folders. Is there something else I am supposed to do?

              One final question would be is there a way to use a different media player such as WinAmp?

              Great front-end. I am looking forward to digging into the source someday when I have more time. For now, I need music for a cross-country RV trip in to weeks!
              Thanks in advance
              Tim

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              • #8
                Regarding your HD unit, go into DriveLine--Settings--Radios--HDRadio--PC Audio Input Line. Make sure this is set to the correct LineIn.
                (note: I've had reports that some audio-mixer software may conflict with DriveLine. You may need to try disabling the audio-mixer software.)

                No Media Loaded means your playlist is empty. If you go to the Playlist screen, you can add media files to the playlist.

                DriveLine is limited to Windows Media Player. In the early days of DriveLine, I considered WinAMP. I even still have the code I was working on for it. But integrating WMP (especially the visualization) was a much more streamlined solution.

                Thanks for your interest in DriveLine. I've put a lot of time and code into it. If you find something that doesn't work, we'll make it work.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ClockWorK View Post
                  Regarding your HD unit, go into DriveLine--Settings--Radios--HDRadio--PC Audio Input Line. Make sure this is set to the correct LineIn.
                  (note: I've had reports that some audio-mixer software may conflict with DriveLine. You may need to try disabling the audio-mixer software.)
                  Uninstalled the sound card drivers, which leaves windows to manage it. Same results. If you go to Control Panel-->Sound-->Recording-->Line In-->Properties-->Listen and check the "Listen to this device" checkbox then it works. But I think this isn't how it's supposed to work. For one thing, it ALWAYS plays the HD radio when you do this, even if DL is not running. I think what this does is pipe the Line In straight to the Line Out, which would explain then why the radio plays all the time.

                  Originally posted by ClockWorK View Post
                  No Media Loaded means your playlist is empty. If you go to the Playlist screen, you can add media files to the playlist.
                  So you're saying there is no way to just browse by Artist or browse all music, it is designed such that you must add tracks to the Playlist for anything to play?

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                  • #10
                    What is your mainboard sound and your usb sound device called? In windows your main sound device is your onboard? SNO

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                    • #11
                      I think what you want to do is check 'Listen To This Device', and in your windows Mixer, set the volume of that recording device to zero. Then, open DriveLine, and adjust the volume in there. When DriveLine closes, it will restore the volume to zero for that audio line. I'm not 100% on all of this, because my girlfriend has my car tonight, so I cannot verify the exact setup.

                      DriveLine does not index your media files. It just provides an interface to add them to the playlist. You can definitely browse all music. And if your music folders are structure in an Artist\Album style, browsing artists is pretty easy. You can add as many songs/folders to the playlist as you like. My best recommendation is to just play with a bit, see how it works, and decide if you like it.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks, that did the trick! Regarding the multiple soundcard issue, it seems it is a problem on all front-ends and for that matter for anyone wishing to send audio from different apps to different soundcards. Most apps don't support choosing which soundcard to use, they tend to just use the windows default. I solved the problem by using one soundcard as the windows default for DriveLine (music, navigation, etc) and dumping Windows Media Center for XBMC, which DOES let you choose a different soundcard than the default. Hell, I don't know why I was using WMC in the first place --- I guess just because the kids don't need anything fancy, just a way to watch movies.

                        Thanks,
                        Tim

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                        • #13
                          Awesome. So are you square on the media player and playlist within DriveLine for playing media files?

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                          • #14
                            Yeah, I get it. You have to build the playlist by adding music then "play the playlist". You can't for example, just play a song or an album or a single artist -- unless you add it to the play list first. And there's only one playlist, it's not like media players where you can build multiple playlists. All in all a nice fairly simple front end, and works right out of the box, unlike some of the other front-ends.

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