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  • Optimizing XP MCE

    Well, I finally got my system together and running. It's still a little buggy, but it works none the less.

    One problem I've been having in particular is OS optimization.

    I've used Nlite to cutdown the OS. But for some reason I can only get it down to 420MB. Size is a factor because I'd like to be able to install it on a 512mb Compact Flash Card. I've used minlogon and bootvis and my boot times are still up at 30+ seconds.

    If anyone has any suggestions or an nlite setting file that can help me to cut it down more, or anything to help boot times, help would be appreciated.

    The system I'm running is as follows

    Windows XP MCE 2005
    1500+ Athlon 4 Mobile
    256mb PC2100 DDR
    133mhz bus (as reported by bios)
    10GB 7200RPM Western digital HDD
    Sound Blaster Live! Value
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  • #2
    i don't think you'll get MCE much smaller than that. i'm running it on my desktop system and it's a bit of a hog (just the MCE part, the rest is just XP Pro), so I think 30 second boot is the best you'll get. i'm assuming you've gone through all the usual optimization steps like tweaking services, etc. right? i don't think MCE is the best choice for a CarPC system.
    EWF, HORM, MinLogon on XP.

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    • #3
      Yah, I did optimize all my services, etc.

      The only reason I'm stuck with MCE is because of the remote I'm using. It only works with MCE. Anyone know any way to make it work not using MCE or to cut out the media center part so I just have mce and allow the remote to work? That way I could use a different front end with my remote.
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      • #4
        Try to use girder with the remote. If it works in MCE, then it will work in PRO.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by 0l33l
          Try to use girder with the remote. If it works in MCE, then it will work in PRO.

          Since I don't know what that is. . . I guess I'll have to for it

          Edit:

          I just looked it up. So, girder allows me to use the MCE remote with any operating system and remap the buttons to perform the functions I want?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by S11D336B
            Since I don't know what that is. . . I guess I'll have to for it
            Girder is basically an app that allows you to control a lot of system functions using different things. For example you could hack up a trackball mouse to be your volume controller. But for you, you'd just need to configure it to use your remote
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            • #7
              Originally posted by 0l33l
              Girder is basically an app that allows you to control a lot of system functions using different things. For example you could hack up a trackball mouse to be your volume controller. But for you, you'd just need to configure it to use your remote
              wow, very useful. . . thats awesome!!! I could use this to control my volume from a knob!

              But will it work for the MCE remote? From what I have seen, other versions of windows don't have the proper drivers to use the remote.

              According to their website it will work. So I'm buying it. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks
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              • #8
                Originally posted by S11D336B
                wow, very useful. . . thats awesome!!! I could use this to control my volume from a knob!

                But will it work for the MCE remote? From what I have seen, other versions of windows don't have the proper drivers to use the remote.
                With Girder, you don't need drivers for the remote. Girder becomes the driver. Then you are able to use frotnends like Frodoplayer or RR with the remote.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 0l33l
                  With Girder, you don't need drivers for the remote. Girder becomes the driver. Then you are able to use frotnends like Frodoplayer or RR with the remote.

                  Thanks!! I just bought it. Sounds like a worthwile product. I'll let you know how it goes.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by S11D336B
                    Thanks!! I just bought it. Sounds like a worthwile product. I'll let you know how it goes.
                    Have fun configuring it
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 0l33l
                      Have fun configuring it
                      Yah, seems to be pretty str8 forward after you read the intro on the online help.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 0l33l
                        Girder is basically an app that allows you to control a lot of system functions using different things. For example you could hack up a trackball mouse to be your volume controller.
                        Now there's an interesting idea... Must go investigate...
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by S11D336B
                          Yah, seems to be pretty str8 forward after you read the intro on the online help.

                          Originally posted by Arathranar
                          Now there's an interesting idea... Must go investigate...
                          Yep. A member has done it. Forgot the name though. He's got an MR-2 Spider.
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                          • #14
                            I have 2 tiny trackballs lying around. I had given up on them since I went the touchscreen route. But suddenly they are far more interesting again . I'm pretty sure I can write the software to interface with them too since it's just an input device.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Arathranar
                              I have 2 tiny trackballs lying around. I had given up on them since I went the touchscreen route. But suddenly they are far more interesting again . I'm pretty sure I can write the software to interface with them too since it's just an input device.
                              Yep
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