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    Hi all,
    @vicne, finally I've try the last version of the Emulator, it works very fine! I've only noted that for example when I change more track 20-30 for example, the display visualize strange track number, for example:
    I play track 35, press next to go to track 36 the display says 23, after 1/2sec 35 after 1/2 sec 36. If I change album and re-start from track 1 all ok, but when play track 30 etc the problem appears.
    What do you think? Is a buffer problem? Is Java more slow?
    soo I've note that the track don't change in sequence some time I press one time but RR change 2 tracks, and the logs of Emu is full of "Double frame, Ignoring frame" or similar.
    Do you want to test some other?
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    Quote Originally Posted by peppuz79
    You have reason I not have pubblished my work, but I have implemented a dummy interface with 16f84 (with only max232) that enable the CDC emulator and after the success
    Wow, you already have a working PIC implementation ?
    I'd be glad if you could make it public somewhere so that I can point people to it. I know several people would like to activate SPDIF IN only to connect a mp3-capable DVD player with SPDIF OUT, for example...
    I have asked my self now? the SPDIF audio? then I'm searching
    new way to encoding/converting/emulating the SPDIF audio, for example using old standalone mp3 player but for now no good news.
    Also work with Yampp3/USB (www.yampp.com) but the same problem SPDIF Source?
    Well, I think many people would be happy with something like a combination of 5331AKS and a CS8405A, like the Connects2... But I know you're much more in the mp3 decoder field :-)


    Well, we could bypass the head unit and try to connect directly to the display, but this is a completely different project
    I'm interessed too.
    New thread discussion?
    Why not ? But I'm afraid I won't be of any help...
    All I have for now is the pinout of the yellow connector to the "central control unit" at the back of the HU, but it looks like a synchronous bus connection (CLK / DTA / IRQ), so I definitely don't have the hardware to connect to it. However, here there's no need for a CDC so anybody with a Renault can start hacking...
    The other way would be to connect between the "central control unit" and the display, but the display is different if you have a Carminat GPS option, while the yellow connector seems the common part of all setups, so it would probably be more universal...

    Anyway other solution in my mind is the follow (any suggestions are aprreciated):

    MP3 Player based on:

    ATMEL128L,MAX3587S(mp3 decoder with spdif output), USB Controller (MASTER mode ) and some LCD (like Nokia color/grayscale).
    The decoder that I'm using now doesn't support the Digital output (VS10XX more info www.vlsi.fi).
    So you can put your usb key in the mp3 player and listen the music in a car.
    I see, I see :-)

    Definitely not my way, but put an ad for that on planeterenault forums and I bet you'll find tens of interested people in a few hours :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by peppuz79
    What do you think about a frame that when sent to HU switch,it changes the audio input signal from the SPDIF to Analog?
    Not sure I understand what you mean...
    Are you looking for a frame that would be sent by the HU to the emulator, that would instruct it to activate an analog converter or something ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicne
    Wow, you already have a working PIC implementation ?
    I'd be glad if you could make it public somewhere so that I can point people to it. I know several people would like to activate SPDIF IN only to connect a mp3-capable DVD player with SPDIF OUT, for example...
    Sorry, I actually never thought about it, give me some days and will publish a piggy version(I do only piggy version :-)).

    pep

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimmegane
    Hi all,
    @vicne, finally I've try the last version of the Emulator, it works very fine! I've only noted that for example when I change more track 20-30 for example, the display visualize strange track number, for example:
    I play track 35, press next to go to track 36 the display says 23, after 1/2sec 35 after 1/2 sec 36. If I change album and re-start from track 1 all ok, but when play track 30 etc the problem appears.
    What do you think? Is a buffer problem? Is Java more slow?
    Mmmh, that's strange. Can you make sure you don't have the LogicalPlugin still active ? This plugin changes the values of the track number on its own, and the RRPlugin also changes them, so they may overwrite each one's values. Normally, the configuration I suggest now is disable all plugins except RRPlugin. You can also leave the GUIPlugin activated if you like to have feedback, but it only slows down the startup...
    I admit I still haven't tested with more than 12 or 13 tracks in the playlist... I am building a hardware interface these nights to be able to use the actual car PC and not the hybrid setup I had until now (I currently tested with serial port from desktop PC and SPDIF from carPC).
    Tell me if it still happens with only RRPlugin, ok ?
    soo I've note that the track don't change in sequence some time I press one time but RR change 2 tracks, and the logs of Emu is full of "Double frame, Ignoring frame" or similar.
    Yes, that's weird, that's exactly what we discussed with Pippolippi : the HU sometimes sends the same frame multiple times.
    Each time I'm getting the same frame ID twice, I discard the second frame and print it on the console.
    The symptom you describe may be due to 2 things :
    - I don't discard some duplicates correctly, although I see no error in this file (search for "duplicates").
    - The HU retries more and more - so I'm still thinking of a perf problem even at 9600 bps - up to the point where it increments the frame ID (the CDC logs I had when I blocked the returning acknowledges showed that the same frame was retried 3 times, and then the frame ID was incremented...). Of course, if the same message is sent with 2 different frame IDs, it's considered to be 2 distinct messages.
    Can you describe your hardware a bit (CPU speed, RAM) ?

    I'll also see if I can reproduce this on the Epia (1GHz, 256 Mb) which is more loaded than my desktop PC (1GHz, 512 Mb), and if so, I'll try again with the serial library from Sun, because I don't remember having seen that before I switched to RxTx...

    If you have the log as a file (*), I'd be interested to take a look at it to see how many times the same ID is retried...

    Vicne

    (*) If you don't log to a file, you can do so by editing the bat file and adding " 2> cdcerrlog.txt" (without the quotes) at the end of the line beginning with java...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicne
    Not sure I understand what you mean...
    Are you looking for a frame that would be sent by the HU to the emulator, that would instruct it to activate an analog converter or something ?
    Yes.
    But it's only an idea generated from my desperation to spdif signal...



    peo

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    Quote Originally Posted by peppuz79
    Sorry, I actually never thought about it, give me some days and will publish a piggy version(I do only piggy version :-)).
    No problem. Any information is welcome. If you want, I'd be glad to host it on the SourceForge space of the project...

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    Quote Originally Posted by peppuz79
    Yes.
    But it's only an idea generated from my desperation to spdif signal...
    :-( I see.
    Honestly, I don't believe recent models include an analog input at all. I guess VDO wouldn't build dual analog/digital output CDC models if it was the case...
    I'm bad in electronics, but just seeing the data sheets, the 5331AKS + CS8405A combination doesn't seem particularly complex, just that it's SMD :-(

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    Hi, Thanks for all the info.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vicne
    - Not yet : currently, the only implementations we achieved imply the use of a PC to send serial commands. The hardware part currently is a simple pass-through with level conversion. Several people here have indicated interest in developing a pic-based version of the emulator though, which means a PC wouldn't be needed anymore.
    OK, I see now that there are other people working on a PIC version, we found an ATMEL with 2 UARTS so we'll probably try to bridge the serial ports between the HU and the iPod. I'm hoping it won't be too much trouble since both communication protocols have been documented (so much thanks!).

    Quote Originally Posted by Vicne
    - No : Nothing more than "track number / cd number" can be displayed as far as we know. This seems to be a limitation of the head unit, because even with CDText-capable CD changers or mp3-compatible CD changers, nothing more than track #/cd # is displayed... (Well, we could bypass the head unit and try to connect directly to the display, but this is a completely different project)
    This is plain silly since all LCDs (either built-in the HU or detached) from Renault HU support printing the radio names, so if VDO didn't include a special command to print the track name they're plain silly (which would not surprise me, mind you). But I guess I can live with track numbers, not that it means much in an MP3 world with thousands of tracks...

    Quote Originally Posted by Vicne
    - Sort of : AFAIK (but I might be wrong) Analog to SPDIF converters can be found easily, but they are often targeted at pros, and are neither cheap not easy to power and connect in the dashboard, so not really suitable here...
    I hope it won't be so expensive, but we'll report any progress we have on that front

    Quote Originally Posted by Vicne
    Well, in brief, you have 3 choices :
    - you sell you Ipod and go the carPC way :-) Via Epia motherboards have both the Serial port and SPDIF out...
    I'd love to, but I find the idea of having one portable harddisk with all my mp3s is more handy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vicne
    - you are very good in electronics and want to design and build a hardware interface(*)
    I'm afraid that what I have in mind, I have a friend who's good in electronics

    Quote Originally Posted by Vicne
    - you are looking for the easy solution : an existing Adapter such as the one from Connects2. It should be checked if it forwards commands to the Ipod though...
    I'm hoping to build something like that, only cheaper.
    Btw, for people who have this device, does it relay commands from the HU and remote (pause, etc) ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FroMage
    Btw, for people who have this device, does it relay commands from the HU and remote (pause, etc) ?
    I don't know anybody who has bought the IPod version. I know Mox has the "Aux-In" version.
    Logically, I'd say if they sell different devices, they have different features, I hope, but it might well be a matter of connectors. This can for sure be verified by contacting the company or a reseller...

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