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    What is the best OS for an mp3car computer?
    Right now I have win98 and Ive heard that win 95 is faster in certain areas and win2000 is good in certain areas, and I have no experience with linux (programming knowledge is needed to install it)

    So what really is the best or close to the best??
    .:@m֧p:.winamp.win98.pentiumII.10gig

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    Windows 95 or 98(I use windows 95)
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    • #3
      Dos IMHO. Windows is too much of an over kill for a sole mp3 player. Fair enough it's a different story if you want to run a GPS or incorporate DVD. For my future install i will be running Dr-DOS. with the right addons for MPXPLAY you can have a nice graphical Character bassed LCD too.

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      • #4
        DOS is great, but you have no native networking, it doesn't support long file names, and your stuck with 2GB partitions.

        For this reason, I feel that Win95 is the best way to go.

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        • #5
          Linux.... VERY customizable, very fast boot time, dont have to worry about proper shut downs, open source mp3 players....

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          • #6
            Windows all the way. Dos will limit you, it is that sime. Linux...well that is a different story.

            hey Scott_92RS: i agree with ur first statement, but the last three i don't. And who told u can't shutwindows down without having to worry about improper shutdown.

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            • #7
              I'd say linux if you can get it set up right...i can't get the drivers for it on my computers argg...if you know windows stick w/ it, you might be intrested in the $15 upgrade...98Lite it takes out some of the crap from either ME or 98 and speeds up everything, cut over 15 sec off my boot time (amd k6-2 500mhz, 64ram, and no tweaking) it booted in just over 1 min w/ ME, lite did a good job...

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              • #8
                <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">DOS is great, but you have no native networking, it doesn't support long file names, and your stuck with 2GB partitions.</font>
                Dr-dos.. it comes with netware personal edition which lets you do the networking.. Actually if you do a windows install and then just have it boot to DOS you can use the NET command to connect to SMB shares easily...

                You can also get long file name support utilities for dos.. (back to that windows install booting into dos)

                Dr-dos (and the command.com from windows 98) will support fat32 partitions which are larger than 2GB..

                Windows is my preference, but DOS can be quite quick if all you need is a char LCD..

                [This message has been edited by Callahan (edited 01-27-2001).]
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                • #9
                  windows is great winme is ok it boots up fast in like 20 seconds. Whistler win2001 sounds great thou with winamp and boots just as fast to bad its a beta.

                  but ppl here claim linux is great cause u dont have to shutdown linux well u can get a shutdown card for 25 dollars for windows to shutdown windows after you turn your car off so then windows becomes the best in my eyes.

                  http://www.dschmidt.com/ get the shudown card here.
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                  • #10
                    You "should" shut down Linux just like Windows.. ever just flipped a Linux box off? Have fun waiting 5 minutes for a fsck. The only advantage in Linux is that you can make your file system read only and THEN you can just flick it off..

                    Too bad there is no way in windows to do this, but windows writes just too often in boot up and for everything...

                    As for shutting windows down properly, I don't think my car box has EVER been shut down properly and it works fine.. All that is open is Winamp.. it wont cause a problem just to shut it down..

                    [This message has been edited by Callahan (edited 01-28-2001).]

                    [This message has been edited by Callahan (edited 01-28-2001).]
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                    • #11
                      Win95, definitive answer...it gives you the flexibility of winamp with all its plugins without the overhead of win98 or me...

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                      • #12
                        <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by cenwesi:
                        Windows all the way. Dos will limit you, it is that sime. Linux...well that is a different story.

                        hey Scott_92RS: i agree with ur first statement, but the last three i don't. And who told u can't shutwindows down without having to worry about improper shutdown.

                        </font>
                        With Linux, you can rip stuff out of the OS that is not necessary to run an MP3 player, hence a faster boot time. I know you can use a shutdown circuit, otherwise you will just power-off the system. I've never really had a problem with it, but I dont do it a few times a day like you would if it were part of my stereo system. Maybe open source was the wrong word, how about "license-free".

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                        • #13
                          Has anyone used Linux and a 16x2 character display? Like the Mike Lynch LCDisplayer plugin for Winamp?

                          I wanna switch to Linux (having started to play with it) but I want drop it into my Win95 box, without mods, so I need it to be compatable with what I'm currently using?

                          I've found IR support for the UIR, it's just the screen

                          Any ideas?

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                          • #14
                            I think linux is a good choice. As far a just shuting down a system, if you have the partitions mounted as read-only this is not a problem. Although there is the pesky problem of getting the mp3s on the system. (I am personally going to use a cd-rom to do this)

                            Also a project that I am working on for work I have linux in an 8meg DOC.
                            Here is a pointer to the distro that I started with:
                            http://www.linux-embedded.com/
                            go to the link about lem.

                            As far as LCD displays take a look at:
                            http://www.home.unix-ag.org/nils/lcd.html
                            for info on interfaceing a programming.

                            Linux will take some work to get to do what you want it to, but there are features that will make life easier. It also sounds like there are some people here that have take some time to customize windows to work like they want it to. Time wise the same, easy to do I can't coment.

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                            • #15
                              BJ:
                              I use lcdproc to drive my lcd.
                              See: http://lcdproc.omnipotent.net/
                              It supports matrix orbital and crystal fonts serial displays and Hitachi hd44780 based displays on the parallel port. I use a 24x2 HD44780 display. The system is driven with IRMP3: http://manhattan.dpotter.com/irmp3/

                              If you mount your linux patitions read only by default at boot time then flipping the power switch is not a problem.
                              If you need to upload new songs, just telnet in (or use the console) and remount the partiton.
                              eg. mount -n -o remount,rw /dev/hda1
                              and
                              mount -n -o remount,ro /dev/hda1
                              to remount as read only.

                              Chris

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