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    more quick newbie questions

    After searching the board and reading for about an hour, I couldn't draw any conclusions about this.

    1. I am using an old DELL p200mmx and its motherboard has its own VGA out integrated right onto to board. Does this mean I still need a All-In-Wonder, or should I get something like the TV wonder? Not one ebay description of the tv-wonder says that it comes with composite out...I don't know why people were considering it.

    2. Does the IRMAN act just like a mouse as in you push the right button and the pointer moves, or does it more or less replace keyboard functions? I ask this because when I am using the album list plugin for winamp, there is no way to switch between the album list window and the song list window with the keyboard, I need to use the mouse to make the window active, and then I can use the keyboard hotkeys. Is the IRMAN a solution to this? or should I get that finger trackball?

    Thanks for your patience with me, I owe my whole setup to you guys.

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    The TV wonder is simply a video capture card, no tv out. The all-in-wonder is a video capture card AND has a tv out.

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    I've yet to explore all the stuff you can do with IRMAN, but in general it is more like a "keyboard", with the winamp plugins you can asign hotkeys to the IR remote that your using, or you can asign winamp functions directly to the buttons, ie play, next track etc. There is also a function in the IRMAN plugin which allows you to cycle thru play lists at the touch of a button. I hope that helps. It might be worth downloaing a copy of the IRMAN plugin and having a play with it to see if it does what you want, before you buy a unit.

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    hey guys the IR software on my site lets you do more than anything.... it controls the startup and shutdown and also the volume control .... ect check it out its a great software ...

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    ok cool thanks for the responses. So I would be safe with a PCI card such as the all in wonder, even though my motherboard has the VGA out built into it?

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    Originally posted by Cliff
    ok cool thanks for the responses. So I would be safe with a PCI card such as the all in wonder, even though my motherboard has the VGA out built into it?
    Yes, but you may have to disable the VGA in your BIOS.
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    Originally posted by Maveric


    Yes, but you may have to disable the VGA in your BIOS.
    see thats the thing, I have no idea how to access the BIOS on this dell machine. On bootup, it doesn't say "press F5 for setup" or anything like that, and I have pressed a much of different keys (guessing) and nothin seems to work.

    Anyone with a DELL know how to access the BIOS?

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    -MPBS1 DC-DC PSU
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    It's a right pain in the backside accessing the bios with some of the Dells, I've found the easiest way is to disconnect all the drive from the motherboard and then boot. However I think some Dells have the bios on the hard disk (or something weird like that) so it might not work, but anyway, thats the way I do it with mine.

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    I have no problem with my Dell. I just hit delete and it goes to the bios.
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    Re: more quick newbie questions

    Originally posted by Cliff
    2. Does the IRMAN act just like a mouse as in you push the right button and the pointer moves, or does it more or less replace keyboard functions?
    techniaclly the IRMAN is a hardware device, the software is irrelevanet the the description of this little marvel.

    the IRMAN converts received IR signals into 6byte codes which are then sent down the connected PC's serial port. Software on your computer can then read these received 6byte codes an react in anyway it sees fit.

    In my case, I wrote my own software to read the codes, and on receival performs the various functions in my custom mp3car player application. Other programs like Girder, etc... may read the signals then simulate the pressing of keyboard keys/mouse movements in windows to fool programs into thinking that the user themselves made the input - to give remote control capabilities to existing software packages... its a fantastic little hardware device.... and alot of good software supports it, and writing your own is a sinch too...


    clear things up?
    Project - GAME OVER :(

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