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    I went to the netremote/girder website before but I have no idea what its trying to do and how to set it up. I think it lacked the screenshots.

    Basically what I need would be something along the lines of netremote, but able to play .avi's on the PC, with the video showing on the ipaq but the sound coming from the PC.

    Like VNC, but VNC is too slow

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    I'm wanting to do a similar thing. I have a 7" in dash composite screen. Iwant to use my pda (ipaq 1910) as the main interface with the carpc (through active sinc).

    I know the screen isnt ideal, But I think it will do for my requirements.

    What I though of doing was setting up dual screens from the video card (composite and vga), set media car to run on the seccond screen (composite) from boot, and use some sort of program on the primary screen through VNC on the pda.

    Ideally I'd like to use a dedicated application on the pda to control media car, possible?

    Afew posts back someone said they woul write a flash based program..... has this happened, coz it would seam perfect.

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    Sorry to bring up an old thread (well I guess not too old, since cnidus posted in November..), but I'm just really happy. I just got this working. The instructions might seem a bit long, but it'll take you like 5 minutes to set up (especially since you don't have to do the research and trial and error.)

    The only downside to this is that it is a little slow in its response, but other than that, it's pretty cool.

    Back up your data!! Adding ANY program to a palm has the capability of crashing it. (Mine has crashed a few times, but everything is automatically backed up in the Palm Desktop, just make sure the next time you sync, you set the desktop to overwrite the palm.) So...Hotsync often!

    Here's what I used:

    Windows XP

    an M130

    PalmVNC2 (Make sure you get PalmVNC2, since you need the loopback capability of it.)

    Mocha PPP

    and a serial hotsync cable (since the cradle it comes with is a USB connection, and the Mocha PPP only works for serial connections)

    So setting it up is pretty easy.

    On the palm, open up Prefs in the System folder, then go to Connection.

    Make a new connection called PC (or whatever). Go to Edit.

    Change Connect to: to "PC", then Via: to "Cradle/Cable". (This might be extraneous, but like I said, it worked.)

    Then Ok. Then go to Network.

    Change Service to "PC" (I think this can actually be anything, but again..it works). Leave User Name and Password blank. Change Connection to "PC". Now go to Details and make sure Connection type is "PPP", Idle timeout is Never, Query DNS is checked, IP Address is checked as "Automatic".

    Click on Script... This should just say End. Hit Ok 'til you're out of there.

    Get to the Palm VNC program on your palm. Click on the drop down icon. Go to Connect.... Either make a new connection if one isn't present, or click on Edit... for one that is there. Connection name is unimportant. change the Server name or IP Address is your computer's IP Address. (If you don't know how to find that, go to Start->Run->cmd, then type ipconfig.)

    You'll need a password for the VNC, so under Server Password set one.

    (This next step is if you have problems with the connection... go to Advanced and set the Base port to 80. Hit Ok).

    k now for the computer part.

    You have Mocha PPP and PalmVNC installed on your computer by this point (I hope...you can figure out the install, right? Lot's of Ok, Ok, Ok, Ok...heh)

    To set up Mocha PPP:

    Open it up. It should bring up a configuration screen. The only real thing you should have to change here are the COM port the palm is plugged into.
    Hit OK, and minimize it. This has to be open so that the Palm can connect to the PC.

    To set up Palm VNC:

    Open up the Ultr@VNC Server (App Mode).

    Right click on the tray icon and select Properties. There are a lot of options here, so I'll just go over the ones to change. Make sure Accept Socket Connections is checked. Here is where you'll need that password you set earlier.

    (Remember how I said to click the Advanced up there if you were having problems? Well, here's another part of that step. Change the Display Number or Ports to use from Auto to Main: 80 and Http: 80.

    Go down to the Misc. section and make sure Allow Loopback Connections is checked, and hit Ok.

    That should be it! Now just go to Connect... on the Palm VNC program, and it should connect.

    Hope this was useful.

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    is there a reason not to use bluetooth... i bought a semi expensive book all on blueeooth + java just to take on the task of writing a bluetooth remote control proggy for my pda. Hp rx3400 series..

    i always thought wifi was alittle effy since windows isnt too smart in handling the connections... atleast for me.

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    @Question:

    Thank you for bringing this back up. So what PC features can you control from your Palm? Is this similar to initiating a PCAnywhere session?
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    @tdevil: I don't see why not...I just used this route because I had an m130 (got it on ebay for like 50 bucks a year ago).

    @edikp: You can control anything as far as I can tell. I haven't used pcAnywhere, but I'm pretty sure that that is just another VNC client, so yes. I've been playing with it and it seems to control everything so far, the only annoyance is that it is a little slow. But still, a cheap alternative for a screen until I get to that point/get the money for it.

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    @Question: So it would show some kind of a mini desktop of your PC on the m130? Or you would have to configure some kind of icons on the m130 which you'd use to control applications on your PC?

    If it's not too much troubles, would you mind sharing some pictures of it?

    TIA.
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    The foreground is obviously my palm, and the background is my laptop screen.


    You countrol it directly as if it were a small touchscreen monitor. You can also scale it (1/1 is what it is now, you can scale to 1/2, 1/3, 1/4. The focus on my camera sucks, so I couldn't get a good pic of it scaled...1/2 seems to work pretty well. You can still read the text for the most part at 1/2).

    Have I mentioned how much this rules? I'm having so much fun playing with it.

    There is another program called PebblesPC which comes in second place for cool programs on the palm. It allows you to use the screen as a mouse (though you can't see the pc's display through the palm with this program) and has another program to make little button icons which allow you to run programs, or whatever. It's pretty cool too...you can "train it" to do a sequence of keystrokes by doing them on the PC. The palm then learns those keystrokes for whichever button you assign them to. It comes with one built in for WinAmp (I believe the makers of PebblesPC might have been the creators of PalmAmp, though I might be wrong).

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    btw, the cable I got off ebay has a serial and usb connection. Though the connection is through the serial port, I also have the USB cable plugged in to keep it charging so that it doesn't run out of batteries. Rocks.

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    That's very cool.. Thanks for the picture. It's even focused at the right section.

    I've been looking for a decent interface for controlling audio volume that's why I put a lot of interests in your project. Tried Pebbles before but couldn't find the commands to control the audio volume so I just stopped using it all together.

    I guess it's time for me to hunt for a decently priced Palm device. I'm a PocketPC user so maybe finding a similar protocol that works for PocketPC is more worthwhile.

    Thanks again for sharing us your project.
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