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    Drivesoft

    This is one of the very few sites on the internet where I've seen the Drivesoft computer mentioned. I bought one back in Oct'07 and am just now getting around to installing it in my 2008 GMC Denali. There are no instructions. Does anyone have any tips on hooking it up?
    Concerns:
    Integrating factory Bose, steering wheel controls & XM
    Installing software to use Verizon USB Broadband card
    Installing software to use USB HDTV tuner

    Thanks for any and all feedback.

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    I guess no one is interested in these, but I will post my observations anyway.
    The unit has a great deal of potential. However, I feel like they didn't deliver what was promised.

    That said, I am enjoying the exploration. There are some foundational things that I wanted and I did get those.

    The user interface (skin) is nice, but the more I work it it seems to be clunky. There are some things that could be handled more fluidly.

    Support is very hard to come by, contrary to the posts I read on here from peoplel associated with Drivesoft.

    Features that appear to be built in are not available.

    I overcame my original install issues quoted above, except the HDTV tuner. I can't find a supported HD radio.

    I wanted to integrate the rear audio controls in my Denali.

    It needs to have the ability to use the "extended desktop". This would be a huge advantage. For example, I put a monitor on the drivers sunvisor to read emails. The unit's Nav or a movie, etc. would be nice to continue to display on the head unit or another monitor.

    Speaking of NAV, I don't think it has traffic. In my opinion, this unit should be more of a plug and play to take advantage simple things like my Denali's XM antennae, for example.

    It would not play a commercial quality DVD. I am going to load some MP4's on it this morning to see what I can get.

    The MP3 player must load the songs on the unit itself which has a limited amount of hard drive space. Then the music files must be loaded in the default folders. It would be nice if you could set a path to a USB drive. I have almost 40GB of music that I bought a jump drive for before I figured this out.

    There is no iPod integration.

    As I solve some of my more salient issues, I will try to post more updates.

    If anyone from Drivesoft would like to *help*, please send email or PM.

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    Further update.
    I did get extended desktop working. In theory it's nice as I was going to use a monitor over sunvisor to keep track of emails while keeping Nav displayed on head unit. However, the resolution on my extra monitor is not strong enough for clear resolution. I'll study this further.

    I installed about 10 Gb of music files, everything except .wav files due to the extremely large size. No problem playing music. But to take full advantage, you need all the properties on each file. Otherwise, all you get is the filename which anyone who has 'shared' large quantities of music knows how disfunctional that can become.

    I also had some movies and tv shows that I downloaded. They played well through the video player. I've got to get back to trying commercial DVD's. Maybe it just needs software or a patch. I haven't tried playing through Windows Media player directly.

    Just to see how it performed, I tried to play an episode of "The Office" off of the web. It didn't work too well, although the problem was most likely a bandwidth issue.

    I installed an HDTV tuner. I was able to get it working on the PC without using the Drivesoft skin. However, the software would not run until I changed the screen resolution to 800x600. This caused the skin to shrink as it does not scale. It's not too bad except it shrinks the Nav screen.

    I tried to change the res back and now the option is not available. I assume the the HDTV driver caused it to eliminate the option on display settings.

    This thing has a great deal of potential. To remain viable though, the operating software will have to be updated.

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    Here are some pics of the unit in action.
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    That's pretty spiffy!

    As far as your resolution goes under Display Properties --> Settings --> Advanced --> Adapter --> List All Modes...

    Scroll through the list of modes, find your old resolution, hit OK three times and you should be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpinkerton View Post
    That's pretty spiffy!

    As far as your resolution goes under Display Properties --> Settings --> Advanced --> Adapter --> List All Modes...

    Scroll through the list of modes, find your old resolution, hit OK three times and you should be good.
    Thanks! That fixed the res. Only 287 more things I want to sort out on this unit.

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