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Thread: I think I'm done with the CarPC Deal

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    Wall of text.

    You say that it takes 15-20sec to resume from hibernate and it's way too long?
    Have you tried standby mode? It's faster, but you'll run the risk of draining your battery.

    You say you want your files sorted by ID3 tag.
    I sort mine into a folders for the artist and then subfolders for the albums. File management isn't something the computer does. It's something the user does.

    You didn't want to shell out the extra coin for a daylight-readable (aka transflective) LCD, and you want to complain that you can't read it in sunlight...
    Ummm. OK.


    You want physical volume control, then implement an EQ or headunit that has a volume knob. There other options, but that is the easiest solution in my eyes.

    Automatic wireless sync is a breeze if you configure it right. Can't say for an iPod Touch, since I don't use one. I bet you run iTunes, too.
    Hate it for ya. The general consensus is that iTunes sucks ***.

    Honestly, it sounds as if you're bent out of shape because you dind't get out of it what you want.
    Why didn't you get what you want? You didn't plan the project to completion to make certain you could get what you want.



    So you're faced with two options:
    1 - Give up, sell your gear and buy a Kenwood deck and look like everyone else with an overpriced deck.
    2 - Take a step back, breathe for a bit and try to tackle your issues one by one. You may get what you want. You may not. Nobody said the process would be simple.

    Time to fish or cut bait.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Car computers can be frustrating.

    I deal with that often as I insist on using linux, period, and frontends and mapping software are both in short supply and limited in ways. (Though NGhost and LinuxICE get better all the time!)

    I've had mine in my car for about a year now and it still is not JUST the way I want it.
    And it may never be.

    Nobody (well, few folks anyway, lol) will think less of you if you give up on it. It is not for everybody.
    It's a niche market, just like overclocking, watercooling and even my os of choice, linux.

    If it isn't something that you enjoy, screw it man! Get the head unit and be happy.
    For the pure functionality I myself need, I know I would be better off with a Garmin and a good head unit.

    But I still enjoy my car computer.
    And I like the extra stuff I can do with it beyond the basic functions.

    But I would suggest you hold off on junking all the work you've done so for immediately- give it a bit of time before you make the decision final and spend any money or sell anything off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdawg View Post
    Ok guys if you have a better solution let me kno. Here is my story.

    When it comes to my music, I keep everything I have organized for my ipod touch. I have put countless amounts of time into fabing a dash and making everything work just to have a CarPC that takes way too long to load(even coming out of hibernation takes a good 15-20 seconds), can't read worth **** in daylight, and will no even sync with my ipod touch. I still can't get it to sort my music on my hd the way I want it with the id tags, I did set it up to automatically sync wireless when I turned my car on...yet the second I get it in my car it doesn't work. So here I am with a dash that doesn't look good, no physical volume control, when I first start RR up and change the volume it automatically turns all the way down, and I don't have an easy way to put a CD player up front because my computer is in the trunk. Honestly I want to just sell my parts off and get the Kenwood DNX5140...I just think this project for me has been a complete waste of time.
    1. i guess everyone has their opinions but 15 secs for me is not that long, my car-pc takes 16 secs to boot from hibernate, by the time i put on my seat belt and press the clutch music starts playing, cold boot takes 45 seconds by the time i finish reversing music starts playing, as DP said you can always resort to standby which might give you 5 second boots, just keep in mind i have seen alpine avic units that take about 30 secs to boot while it loads.

    2. the daylight thing i'm not touching but if you did custom fabbing you could have resed the screen or angled it so the sun wouldn't hit it so bad.

    3. as far as syncing the touch, you can configure itunes to sync automatically then just point your front end to the itunes folder (c:\docs and setts\user\my docs\my music\itunes), that way when the touch syncs your front end will sync

    4.as far as sorting just configure itunes to sort your music the way you want it to that way the front end only reads and itunes does the hard work.

    5. as far as the wireless sync, what do you use? i use goodsync it monitors my wireless network when my car-pc connects goodsync detects the network folder and syncs the car-pc with my server, when it finishes it sends a net send message to my car-pc so i know it's done.

    6. for physical control you can use a rotary control with fusion brain, or use a griffin powermate.
    http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/powermate/

    7.the volume thing has been answered

    8. you can use a usb cd player, even better you can mold it into the dash, but the whole point of a car-pc is to not have to use a cd player, i molded 2 usb ports into my dash so that i could use a thumb drive instead of cds, you don't have to mold them you could just buy this in the cig lighter
    http://store.mp3car.com/Automotive_M..._p/com-040.htm

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    Everyone, thanks for all the info. I guess I will hold off on selling things just yet and try to plan it out a little bit more. I like the idea of pointing the front end to the itunes folder and using itunes...I will give that a try.

    I used Windows Live Sync, it worked perfectly when I had everything in my room but I was so mad when it wasn't working in the car I never tried to fix it yet.

    I mean money wise I havn't invested a huge amount, the screen is a Xenarc 700ts , and I am using a older P4 1.8Ghz computer so that is prob. a big issue on the slow return from hibernation.

    Still anymore input keep it coming I welcome it all no matter good or bad.

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    well that's your problem right there, Windows Live Sync, give AllawaySync a try, it's free and you can configure it to monitor network drives, when a drive is plugged in, or even time based.

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    All i have to say is, Dude its a computer in a car. By the way F### front ends i just use winxp works also and you have to get a transflective screen for the sun. i have spent about 2k on my setup that includes sound system also only 1 screen. Like others say its for some people and other its not, but i have had countless problems but in the end when i fix it, it is way worth it just feeling the accomplishment of fixing it is great. Also how many people do you know that have a full computer in there car.

    CAR PC ALL DAY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hachacker5024 View Post
    All i have to say is, Dude its a computer in a car. By the way F### front ends i just use winxp works also and you have to get a transflective screen for the sun. i have spent about 2k on my setup that includes sound system also only 1 screen. Like others say its for some people and other its not, but i have had countless problems but in the end when i fix it, it is way worth it just feeling the accomplishment of fixing it is great. Also how many people do you know that have a full computer in there car.

    CAR PC ALL DAY.
    do you even know what a front end is? it runs on windows, you need windows for the front end

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdawg View Post
    I have put countless amounts of time into fabing a dash and making everything work just to have a CarPC that takes way too long to load(even coming out of hibernation takes a good 15-20 seconds).
    My friend has just purchased a brand new Mitsubishi Lancer, and the stock navi/radio takes just as long to boot up, while it does its diagnostics/GPS lock and whatever else.

    As has been said already, if you start your car, put on your seatbelt and put your car in gear, your music should have started already.

    I don't know about you, but I usually wait about a minute or so before I start moving anyway, as I like to let my car warm up a little bit before I head out.

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    Antoher option for quick and ready booting is to trigger boot up from your power locks (unlock) signal. This way, it starts booting as you are approaching your car and hit unlock on your key fob. By the time you're sitting down, it'll be coming up and playing. Nice and seemless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CraziFuzzy View Post
    Antoher option for quick and ready booting is to trigger boot up from your power locks (unlock) signal. This way, it starts booting as you are approaching your car and hit unlock on your key fob. By the time you're sitting down, it'll be coming up and playing. Nice and seemless.
    you'll want to add a relay so that it only triggers when the engine is not running, otherwise if you lock your doors when you try to unlock the the pc will shut off

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