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    Oh and kev, it is FREE too.
    True, RR is free (for private use). However, you still have to buy XP/Vista?/7 and Nav. The total cost of ownership is still steep albeit less steep than with CF.

    I personally couldn't get either RR or CF to work in the 5mins I spent trying :P. Then again, the reason could have been that I was installing/running on a beta of windows 7.

    anyway, this discussion shouldn't be about which frontend is easiest to setup because LinuxICE will always win. After all, it's an OS that has the frontend already setup and pre-configured for awesomeness.

    The bottom line is, RR, CF and LinuxICE are all great if you are willing to spend the time to learn the their individual ways of doing things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kev000 View Post
    True, RR is free (for private use). However, you still have to buy XP/Vista?/7 and Nav. The total cost of ownership is still steep albeit less steep than with CF.

    I personally couldn't get either RR or CF to work in the 5mins I spent trying :P. Then again, the reason could have been that I was installing/running on a beta of windows 7.

    anyway, this discussion shouldn't be about which frontend is easiest to setup because LinuxICE will always win. After all, it's an OS that has the frontend already setup and pre-configured for awesomeness.

    The bottom line is, RR, CF and LinuxICE are all great if you are willing to spend the time to learn the their individual ways of doing things.
    I 100% agree............. All are great Front Ends.... The main reason i went with CF is because I designed my setup and CF just happend to work with it. When I found out that CF would have dual zone audio, video, and controls, I was sold. CF does it with no effort, where as RR I have to run multiple instances. I do not know how LinuxICE is in respects to that.
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    I'm more complaining because it has taken a lot more effort than I thought to get things set up and at that Winamp still seems to keep screwing up my EQ and things like that when it restarts. I didn't say I hate or was done with RR just that I was going to give CF a try and see If it was more to my liking. Also where is this CF skin you speak of? Or were you refering to LSX Void

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdawg View Post
    I'm more complaining because it has taken a lot more effort than I thought to get things set up and at that Winamp still seems to keep screwing up my EQ and things like that when it restarts. I didn't say I hate or was done with RR just that I was going to give CF a try and see If it was more to my liking. Also where is this CF skin you speak of? Or were you refering to LSX Void
    Well someone was saying there is a CF skin for RR, then I was asking for a LSX Void skin for CF.
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    CarPC is not for everyone, its only for people who have plenty of time on their hands.

    Even the hardcore carpc fan will lose interest sooner or later. It just that you have lost your interest sooner, nothing wrong with that. Its probably is a wise move if you feel you can do much better things with your time than farting around trying to get it to work right. At the end of the day, you want to enjoy it and not spend alot of time getting it to work.

    Unfortunately its like that with carpc and it only suits certain type of folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    Well someone was saying there is a CF skin for RR, then I was asking for a LX Void skin for CF.
    There is/was "Freedom" which resembles CF and it's L[HL]S[/HL]X Void
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    Quote Originally Posted by JS8531 View Post
    CarPC is not for everyone, its only for people who have plenty of time on their hands.

    Even the hardcore carpc fan will lose interest sooner or later. It just that you have lost your interest sooner, nothing wrong with that. Its probably is a wise move if you feel you can do much better things with your time than farting around trying to get it to work right. At the end of the day, you want to enjoy it and not spend alot of time getting it to work.

    Unfortunately its like that with carpc and it only suits certain type of folks.

    i think this is generally true... from my experience i also think doing the install permanently, with good planning ahead, it can be mostly trouble-free.

    if you start with a newer car, and tear out whatever you need to, so you can get all the wires running with the factory looms and nothing visible. make you you install wires for everything you might need, plus extra for future options. the more you mimic OEM when you do your install, the more enjoyable and durable it will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treetop777 View Post
    There is/was "Freedom" which resembles CF and it's L[HL]S[/HL]X Void
    oops, my bad, lol

    let me go change that so people think your crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JS8531 View Post
    CarPC is not for everyone, its only for people who have plenty of time on their hands.

    Even the hardcore carpc fan will lose interest sooner or later. It just that you have lost your interest sooner, nothing wrong with that. Its probably is a wise move if you feel you can do much better things with your time than farting around trying to get it to work right. At the end of the day, you want to enjoy it and not spend alot of time getting it to work.

    Unfortunately its like that with carpc and it only suits certain type of folks.
    That is 100% untrue. I wish I had alot of time on my hands. Most of the time I am working, and when I am not doing that, I am taking care of my 4 kids (puppies), one of which is dying . Thats why it has taken me almost 1 1/2 years to get to this point. If I had time I would have been finished a longggg time ago. Nowadays my install is even slower, because now I don't have time and funds are low, due to the economic downturn.

    I will say I have lost interest, but once you are without a Car PC after having one, you go back to a Car PC. I could never go back to a head unit, they cant touch what Car PC units can do.

    I promise you though, with all the plaining and money I have spent, this Car PC will some day be just as reliable as a head unit, except I'll have 700 times more features.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    That is 100% untrue. I wish I had alot of time on my hands. Most of the time I am working, and when I am not doing that, I am taking care of my 4 kids (puppies), one of which is dying . Thats why it has taken me almost 1 1/2 years to get to this point. If I had time I would have been finished a longggg time ago. Nowadays my install is even slower, because now I don't have time and funds are low, due to the economic downturn.

    I will say I have lost interest, but once you are without a Car PC after having one, you go back to a Car PC. I could never go back to a head unit, they cant touch what Car PC units can do.

    I promise you though, with all the plaining and money I have spent, this Car PC will some day be just as reliable as a head unit, except I'll have 700 times more features.
    LOL 100% untrue?

    The amount of post you done tells me you have lots of time on your hands. If you take your install more seriously rather than hanging out in the forum you would have been done by now. Why take so long? is not as if you are developing your own hardware/software.

    So how long are you gonna be doing this carpc hobby? 10 years? 20 years?

    Would I see you here in 50 years time? I doubt you be doing the same thing though, a change in career, losing job, a family, marriage, buying a house, moving places could potentially end anyones hobby. Even finding a GF could mean spending less time on the PC.

    You will never get a carpc as reliable as a HU, that will never happens. A home made carpc is too complex and its too patchy for it to beat a highly integrated HU. You could spend a life time in search for a perfect install. Out of those 700 features, how many would work properly and how many are you ever going to use? Are you really that confident you will get this 700 features working as reliable as a HU? LOL

    Like I said, even a hardcore carpc person would lose interest sooner or later. The novelty values wear outs, they would soon realise they just want a unit that does what it says on the tin, no other fancy gimick, just the stuff they really needs. You install it and forget about it, switch on the radio and it plays music. They move on with life and concentrate on other things thats more important to them. And not spend 10 years trying to put the perfect PC in the car

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