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Thread: FM/DAB digital radio - THAT WORKS!!

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    Actually I have the wave volume maxing out bug as well and have included that in my bug report post a few pages back. My CPU runs at 100% when runing the plug in which I believe is from the device turning on and off. This makes the computer so slow that it becomes un usable.

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    has anyone else had this issue in CF? plug everything in and appears fine, no error messages or anything. But using the buttons in the app the 'flash' to indicate they have been pressed - and that is all. I assume that when you hit 'tune/scan' you are supposed to get a progress bar, and that SOMETHING is supposed to happen when you use the other buttons. I get nothing.

    The standalone application has the same results. can connect, but after that nothing does anything.

    Have tried
    windows 7 ultimate 64 bit (standalone and radio app only)
    Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit (standalone and radio app plus CF 3.1)

    same on both

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    Taxi Aerial As DAB Aerial tests

    Hi

    Confirmed this weekend in a poor signal area that my magimount Taxi aerial (10 off ebay) beats, the on glass kinetic (http://www.dabonwheels.co.uk/Kinetic...ar_aerial.html) by some margin. Had signal errors of 40 with the Kinetic, reduced to 10 with the taxi aerial. All you need to do to the taxi aerial is trim it to about 31cm, and fit an appropriate connector

    Nigel

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigbrass View Post
    I'm going to say it is because that isn't designed for DAB. The 5 and 6 star ones from http://dabonwheels.co.uk/DAB_car_aerials.html work best with this unit. Also, they come with an SMB connector.


    You can purchase from http://www.coolapplab.com/ultimate_c...ona/index.html
    United States is not listed under Availability

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitiara View Post
    has anyone else had this issue in CF? plug everything in and appears fine, no error messages or anything.
    Perhaps check to make sure you are on the .net framework 3.5? I assume being on W7 that you are, but its worth a check.

    Craig One other potential bug with the CF plugin that discovered the other day is that when using the sat nav to navigate a route and no music playing (either MP3 or radio) and the radio turned off, after a direction is announced by CF the radio starts up on its own. It happened to me 3 or 4 times yesterday

    When navigating with the radio ON, I have also noticed that there is a fair delay after the turn instruction is said and the radio coming back on. It's longer than when playing an MP3. This doesn't really concern me too much at all, but worth noting.

    Obviously with first version of stuff we expect bugs and that is why we are hear to post them, is there a timeframe for the next release of the plugin? And perhaps an official buglist that can be posted?

    Oh yeah, I also had the voltage / current warning when plugging the radio into my Lenovo t60 - but not into my carPC. On the Lenovo it just flashed up and went away, it performed normally after that.

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    I have .net 4. Was the first thing I updated when I had problems

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    Hi

    .Net apps usually target a particular version of the framework. While .Net V3.5.1 contained versions 3.x, 2.x and 1.1, .Net4.0 does not include previous versions (MS decided that at 300MB, the download would be too big!). As such, if you need 3.5.1 (and earlier) and also 4.0, you have to install 2 completely separate packages.

    Also, for .Net 4.0 apps, it should also be noted that 4.0 comes in two flavours, 'client' and 'extended'. Client often provides all thats required, but its missing ASP.Net so the stuff to connect to a database is not present in 4.0 Client Profile. I've seen some poorly executed .Net4.0 pre-requisite checking that only checks the registy for the V4.0 key, not whether both the client and extended profiles are present.

    Nigel

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    For the people with problems with not enough power to the radio, try getting one of those splitter cables so you can use two USB ports to power it. That will work fine.

    The reception is excellent, unfortunately, the CF plugin is needing *alot* more work before it becomes usable. I'll post up my bugs in that in a separate post.
    A lot of the issues are machine specific as it works fine on my machine bar a few small bugs. The next build should fix the lot. Expect it this week.

    1) It keeps setting the WAV volume to maximum. I would like it to leave well alone since such behaviour wakes up the neighbours!
    Not one I can replicate but try the latest build when released.

    2) It has a habit of turning on/off quickly many times when I first goto plugin screen
    Fixed.

    3) It is loading the scrolling text into the CurrentMedia.Artist and CurrentMedia.Title fields as well as the track field. I have a modified skin to display the album and artist, these get filled with scrolling text too so I see 'Radio 1' scrolling in three places at the top of the screen. Can it not just use the one field and leave the others blank?
    The track position scroller isn't easily removable. It will be in 3.2 thanks to an update by CF to allow us to do this. We will fix the scroller drop down for now though.

    4) Plugin is not able to properly control the audio source/destination. The audio quality when using the plug-in is really awful. I have the 'source audio device' set to 'Asus Xonar U1 Audio Device - Line In' with the 'playback audio device' set to 'Asus Xonar U1 Audio Device - Volume Control'. These are the same settings as I use with Andy's plugin on the V5 where they work fine.
    Latest build should fix this.

    5) Very high CPU use. Centrafuse sits at 30% when playing an MP3 but it sits at 75% with the radio turned on. This is possibly due to all the scrolling text etc. Can the PC not optionally disconnect from the radio when the ultimate radio screen is left, leaving the station name present, and the radio playing the last selected station. Can it also, optionally be told not to scroll the text, or display DAB scrolling text stuff. All i'm personally interested in is the station name! I have confirmed, by using the dab_master.exe app that it is definately the plugin causing all the CPU load. dab_master will control the unit with little CPU activity.
    Never noticed that as I haven't been monitoring if I am honest. Will check tomorrow.

    United States is not listed under Availability
    USA doesn't have DAB. FM will work fine, though.

    Craig One other potential bug with the CF plugin that discovered the other day is that when using the sat nav to navigate a route and no music playing (either MP3 or radio) and the radio turned off, after a direction is announced by CF the radio starts up on its own. It happened to me 3 or 4 times yesterday
    Fixed in the latest build.

    .Net apps usually target a particular version of the framework. While .Net V3.5.1 contained versions 3.x, 2.x and 1.1, .Net4.0 does not include previous versions (MS decided that at 300MB, the download would be too big!). As such, if you need 3.5.1 (and earlier) and also 4.0, you have to install 2 completely separate packages.

    Also, for .Net 4.0 apps, it should also be noted that 4.0 comes in two flavours, 'client' and 'extended'. Client often provides all thats required, but its missing ASP.Net so the stuff to connect to a database is not present in 4.0 Client Profile. I've seen some poorly executed .Net4.0 pre-requisite checking that only checks the registy for the V4.0 key, not whether both the client and extended profiles are present.
    CF 3.2 will install either 3.5 or 4 out of the box anyway which will resolve this in the future but for now, 3.5 or above needs installing.

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    Hi

    Aye, I guessed many of these would be PC specific, its a wonder PC's work at all given all the hardware permutations!

    The wav volume thing is 100% repeatable on my setup, as soon as I select the audio sources, and switch to the radio plug-in, the WAV volume goes to maximum. Its possible that some folk have this, but don't notice since wav is maxed out beforehand. I'm on a USB soundcard (the infill's built-in amps are poor), this will complicate things, but as I mentioned it works fine with Andy's V5 plugin.

    My CPU is slow which is why I'm noticing the CPU usage. If ever an 'Infill G5' or similar comes out, i'll upgrade!

    Is there a document/include file for the DLL? I'd quite like to start tinkering!

    Cheers for your update on this, looks like you are on the ball.

    Nigel

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