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    Help, I have a few questions

    Ok, I have a few questions. I want to hook up an old p166 in my car to play mp3's and I want to use a 20x4 lcd as my display, and hook up a couple of buttons to control winamp. My questions are: How do you get winamp to start playing right away when the computer starts. I know how to make winamp load up on startup but I don't know how to make it start playign music. I also was wondering how you get the computer to turn off? Anyone who has used a lcd from crystalfronts or of that kind, how did you do your install? How do you control the entire comp using only a lcd?

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    If you are going to use an OLD computer with just a char LCD then don't use Windows and Winamp, you will be moving at a snails pace. Search the forums for DOS and MXPLAY.
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    Originally posted by Maveric
    If you are going to use an OLD computer with just a char LCD then don't use Windows and Winamp, you will be moving at a snails pace. Search the forums for DOS and MXPLAY.

    really? Its not that slow at all actually. It boots up rather quickly and winamp loads quickly and plays just fine.

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    BTW where in cincinnati ohio are you located at?

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    Oakley/Hyde Park area...
    It is just that there is no point in wasting your system resources when you don't need to. Since you will not need a graphical display with a 20x4 LCD, it would be best to use DOS. Trust me it will take alot less time from pushing the power button to playing music with DOS than with Windows. It takes about a full minute with my 266Mhz processor before I hear music, it should be about half that time with DOS. But I will answer your Windows questions, but keep in mind I have never used a char LCD, and what I say is from memory of what I have learned here.

    How do you get winamp to start playing right away when the computer starts.
    You can get a Winamp plug-in called "Resumer". I believe it has a setting to automaticly start playing. Or you can add Winamp to the start up folder by making a shortcut to Winamp, then editing its properties, and in the "path" section add the location and name of the playlist you want to play. (IE. "C:\Program Files\Winamp\winamp.exe" "C:\Music\playlist.m3u") It will start playing that playlist. Or you can just add the playlist to your start-up folder.

    I also was wondering how you get the computer to turn off?
    Some people just turn off scandisk, and "flip the switch". Some people have had problems with that and some havn't. Since you are just playing MP3s and not writing any data to the HD then it may work for you. Some BIOS's let you state what you want the computer to do when you press the power button (IE. Shutdown, reboot). You can also buy shutdown controllers that will do it for you when you turn off your car. There are other ways too, but these are that main ones.

    Anyone who has used a lcd from crystalfronts or of that kind, how did you do your install?
    Like I said I havn't used a char LCD, but go to the MP3Car examples and search for a setup like you want and see what other people have done.

    How do you control the entire comp using only a lcd?
    Mostly external buttons (like COMControl for Winamp), or they use IR remote controls.

    The best thing is to use the search functions of this forum, many questions on these topics have already been answered for you.
    http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/Maveric/ M.A.V.I.C. System
    Asus MB, PII 266, 192 MB Ram, 6.8" LCD, 6 Disk CD-ROM, 21 Gig HD, All-in-Wonder Video w/ TV Tuner, Irman, Windows ME, Winamp, Cobra III -- All in a custom acrylic case.

    http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/listings/ MP3car Listings - Please add to it! :)

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