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    Auto Day/Night change using the iBus

    I was wondering... I'm looking for some sort of system to make my skin automaticly change from day to night when I turn the lights of the car on and vise-versa).

    I think it's possible using some sort of input/output board like a phidgets board.

    BUT: I already have an iBus controller so I guess it should be possible using this. If you can use the PC to control lights, doesn't the lights send some sort of message to the iBus also when they're on? If I could find that code I'm in business.

    Obviously this is a question directed to the iBus guru's.
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    find the codes
    I know...
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    I've got it working!!!

    I'm not at home now but when I get I will post the code packages and try to make a video of things in action!

    Me so happy now!!
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    Cool, anything that needs to be adjusted/added to the skin?


    BTW, have you tried Traffic Cams out yet?

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    No, there I didn't have to change anything on the skin.

    Things I did:

    Changed the codes for "< press" and ">press" to the ones send by the lightswitch in Ibuscomm.ini. At first I was trying to add new lines but it won't accept them so I just edited lines I didn't use instead.

    Code:
    [ID:BUT_PREV_PRES]
    MsgTemplate="D005BF5CED00DB"
    Label="< Press"
    Parse=True
    ReplyMsgID=CD_RADSTARTPLAY_100
    KeyboardMap="{e}"
    
    [ID:BUT_NEXT_PRES]
    MsgTemplate="D005BF5CFF00C9"
    Label="> Press"
    Parse=True
    ReplyMsgID=CD_RADSTARTPLAY_100
    KeyboardMap="{r}"
    So these a re the codes for a 1996 E39 525tds Europe specs. "D005BF5CED00DB" and "D005BF5CFF00C9". I don't know if they're the same for other models.

    In the code you can see I've mapped them to "e" and "r" hotkey's. When using this keys you will have to add these lines to your KeyTBL.ini:

    Code:
    69, "NIGHTSKIN"
    82, "DAYSKIN"
    Of course you can also use other hotkey's by changing them in your Ibuscomm.ini and KeyTBL.ini

    For finding the codes I used a Program called Ibus Analyzer and this can be found here. I'ts easy to use, just make sure your Ibuscomm is not running when running this program since they both use the COM port of your iBus module.

    Now for the downsides of it all:

    1) This only works when you turn the lights off/on when your PC is has booted and iBuscomm is running. Since you usualy turn them on when you start your car and the PC has not yet booted, RR will stay in DaySkin.

    2) When you do it when watching video strange things happen. Video stays playing and in your audio browser now are your video files and winamp also plays your video files. This stays this way until you exit RR and restart it.

    Other than that it works perfect and always.

    Now one question. Would it be possible when in Audio for instance to go back to audio after the skin has changed from day to night? Add a comment so it will go to the skin you were in before changing day/night instead of going to the menu screen.

    Video of things in action:

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    BTW, have you tried Traffic Cams out yet?
    No I haven't. Don't see much use of it since there was only one camera available in Belgium I believe and I don't have internet in the car. I will give it a go on my desktop to see what it looks like however.
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    one?


    there are about 40.

    I had to work harder on those ones and had to even add a bit of extra code. :humph:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bimmerstyle View Post

    Now one question. Would it be possible when in Audio for instance to go back to audio after the skin has changed from day to night? Add a comment so it will go to the skin you were in before changing day/night instead of going to the menu screen..
    The current release goes automatically to audio on a skin switch, no matter what screen it was in when the skin switch took place.

    I added this as most of the time I will be in AUDIO.


    Just add AUDIO to onskinstart for the older version.


    Might look at adding a variable to that so htat it can stay in ther same screen or one of a users choosing. Hmmm?

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    The current release goes automatically to audio on a skin switch, no matter what screen it was in when the skin switch took place.
    Oh yeah. Noticed it on my desktop. (Yeah, I know... Should upgrade the one in the car )
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