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    Xenarc 7" TouchScreen Under Mac OS

    Anyone had any luck using the Xenarc (EELY) touchscreen under any version of Mac OS?

    thanks for any help,
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    Why would you want to do that? It should be easy tho, being OS X is *BSD based, you could compile a *BSD driver for it and re-compile X to work with it.. Just like in Linux/*BSD!
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    bw, is there anyone w/ a CarMac?
    some pics would be nice

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    There is someone that has a mac laptop stashed in the car, connected to a docking station(!). Can't recall who though...

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    I have a mac-based setup in my '95 tahoe.

    I don't have a website yet and I had posted some pictures to the board, but they don't show up anymore.

    You can see one picture here.

    http://www.upstairsefx.com/mactahoe/carputer2.jpg

    By the way, there are drivers for the eely controller that work with OSX, but they are veery expensive (the developer has a driver that is universal, but wants $200 for it!!)

    BTW, the mac is great for car use, especially the laptops as they wake up in seconds and OSX has good software for music and DVD. I have had a mac in my truck for about 3 years now and it works very well.

    I run windows under emulation for GPS. You can see copilot running on the LCD screen in the center and the GPS on the dashboard.

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    >SiGmA_X wrote:
    >Why would you want to do that?

    SiGmA_X, I don't understand your question...


    Thanks Wally - I did contact Dave at Touch-Base and got some eval OS X drivers, but I'm still looking for OS 9 drivers that work with the serial version of the touchscreen I have. I did call EELY (yes, on the telephone) and they said they would send me (yes, by US Mail) some serial drivers that work with 9 - but I have a feeling they're gonna be the USB drivers.
    BTW - after reading this forum I have come up with a lot of ideas to add to my home control system - ie: sync my iTunes library with my Jeep when I pull in the driveway, get the GPS track so I can view it on any TP in the house (glad I don't have a wife), send forecasts and tide charts to it in the morning - start it - track my mileage and notify me of service intervals - all from my web site...
    Got your copy of Frontier yet

    thanks!
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    Why are you using a Mac? You could get a faster, cheaper i368 box to use instead.. I used to be a hardcore Macie, until I found Linux and used it instead of OS X on my iMac. Then I needed more speed, so I bought a custom AMD-based i386 box to run Linux. I have WinXP on there now because of some 802.11g support issues, but am going to go back to Linux in a little while - setting up my in-room network again to work how I want it to.

    What is a "TP in the house"? Also, how do you plan on doing mileage? I thought that the OBD-II codes for tank level were not released..?
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    I use a mac because I like the interface, because it wakes up very quickly, because we have tons of them in my company and because I just like it. As faster machines come out, the slower ones trickle down to other uses such as my car!

    I see a lot of posts about dealing with power supplies and ground loops and hibernation and other problems on the pc side so I feel the mac does a pretty good job of it.

    That's why I like it.

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    and a touchscreen is great since you only need the one button

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredenfromswede
    ... get the GPS track so I can view it on any TP in the house (glad I don't have a wife
    Toilet paper?

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