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    Ok, after installing windows 2k and media engine I thought i'd start a fresh with windows XP and RR, thinking the extra knowledge I had gained would get me towards having a 100% working carputer.

    The fresh nLite'd install seems to have been a bit bumpy and theres just little annoying problems all over the place.

    1.The music visualisations dont work
    2.GPS wont open in non std skins
    3.RR crashes when i go into the phone control browser (not even configured yet)
    4.Videos dont play all the time
    5. .mov and .wmv files dont play...although with the same codecs they do on my desktop


    Is it possible to have a working carputer, i've have monitor cables break, regular crashing, freezing, slow booting and more.

    To think i've spent every single night over the last week or so sitting here searching, reading, researching and tweeking is sickening...i cant help but think i could have spent 1/10th what I have done and had a cd player working 6 months ago....

    Sorry to whinge but i seriously need some words of encouragement to help me through, i'd hate to sell up because then i'd have been beaten and i'd have lost ***** loads of money!!

  • #2
    Wow, you do seem frustrated. Just think of how superior you will be to all those poor slubs that pay someone tons more money to install a system with a fraction of the features. It's only a week. Try spending the better part of 8 months doing this same thing for other projects, and then having the video card die on you...yeah, happened to me. Keep it going, post some worklogs and maybe people here will be able to help you out.
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    • #3
      I would try doing a Full xp install first, and seeing if you have the same problems. At least then you know its it syour nlite or just something your missing. I have learnt over the last couple of yours that the simpler your install can be the better. My M3 install was the dogs, it never went wrong and I could be 99% sure it was going to be there everytime I turned the key. As for my latest install, its slow but its nearly at that same standard. I will be looking into horm soon as I think thats defo the way to go :-)

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      • #4
        Specially if you're starting at this stuff, I'd strongly suggest a full XP install at first. I still run a full XP install in the car, never had any issues with the OS whatsoever, sure it takes a little longer to boot, not much longer though -- specially since most of the time I just hibernate/resume.

        Your visualization issue may be as simple as having the right settings in RRConfig and making sure that the skin you're using has support for it -- You should do testing with the BMV2 skin then (after you know it works) test it with whatever skin you'd like to use. If your GPS opens on standard screens, then most likely the problem is with your "non-standard" screens. I'd suggest again setting it up as external GPS with the standard screens of the BMV2 skin, and if it works, then you can try whatever skin you'd like. RR has a lot of prevention as to trying to use devices that are not present/installed/setup, so going into the Phoco screen should never cause it to crash (Specially if phoco isn't running) -- but I'd not attempt to run RR with phoco installed but impropperly setup. Videos are normally a codec issue -- using nlite may very well create issues with codecs that need standard OS files/features.. to play .mov, you should install the quicktime alternative codec (the QUICKTIME by APPLE skinks), for .wmv you should download the latest windows media encoder or Windows Media Player 10 (again nlite may screw this up for you).

        If you follow the above on a FULL XP install, and RR crashes/freezes, then most likely you could be having either a driver or hardware issue.
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        • #5
          Ok, as much as i've been avoiding it I think i'm gonna have to wipe the slate again and test things on a full XP install. One thing i'm learning is not to rush these things. People keep asking when it will be done and I foolishly answer with "a week or 2" which is always a bit optimistic. I need to commit myself to lots of testing and nail something that really works so i can enjoy it when its finally in the car.

          Worst case scenario......it makes a cool hi-fi sat next to me right now

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          • #6
            Just so you know, I found a little issue that would freeze up the Phoco screen when it's not setup (and only on some machines) -- so that wasn't your fault.. It's fixed for next release.
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            • #7
              you could always try sticking an XP disk in and boot on it then go all the way through to the install XP screen. On this screen you will see repair an instalation click that. This isnt the automated recovery, it basically installs components that are missing or corrupt. Idea being it will save you installing RR and everything else again but should replace the files that were missed out with the nlite.

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              • #8
                To be safe I'd just format and start again with a fresh full XP install.... I've never had good luck trying to repair an install.
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                • #9


                  Repair sometime work very well, but in this case, a full format and a fresh install is better.
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                  • #10
                    Yes I would agree fresh is best but it might have been a quick fix to get things up and running. Still doing the fresh install although taking longer cant really go wrong.
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                    • #11
                      dont worry, i got the phoco freeze too, and that was just on my desktop. i dont even have mine (carpc) put together yet!! so you are way ahead of me!getting the bugs out of something that you created from scratch is one of the things you do, that makes the end result all that more rewarding.
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                      • #12
                        I haven't been on here much recently, just took a break from carputer tweeking as it was doing my nut...hence this post

                        Anyway, i stuck a fresh xp install on and things seem to be working pretty well, theres still a few little niggles but more importantly, hibernate works and boots in around 40 seconds to music playing so i'm pretty pleased, its certainly usable!

                        Thanks for the words of encouragement in this thread, a week or so of testing and i might dare put it back into the car.

                        Cheers,

                        Lewis

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                        • #13
                          The best thing is just take your time, make sure it works outside the car. Ive has a clutter of crap all over my desk and Ive been working the software nonstop, tweaking it here and there just to get it right. Its a lot of work, but i think that in the end, its worth it. Once its in the car its a pain in the butt to tweak things!
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