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    Nice little infrared hardware hack for Lilliput owners

    I really felt like sharing this one -- It has turned out to be VERY easy to hookup the lilli's internal infrared sensor to your carputer's serial port. It will allow you to control your PC with whatever infrared remote control you have lying around, including the otherwise useless remote that comes with the lilli itself.

    All you need is a program like Girder (www.girder.nl), an unused serial port, a 9 pin female D-sub connector and a single shielded wire. Girder has become payware, but earlier free versions can still be found. I got mine from http://www.gibbsdesign.co.uk/support/girder329.exe (Thanks, BenG )

    Ok, as for the hardware, open up your lilliput, locate the infrared "eyeball" and solder your shielded wire to the 2 pads as shown in the picture below. Wire up the D-connector accordingly and that's it. The lilli eyeball is very responsive to whatever remote I'm firing at it, so you might prefer this hack instead of building your own interface from scratch.

    Girder requires a well known plugin by Igor Cesko, which can also be found on BenG's site (http://www.gibbsdesign.co.uk/support/IgorPlug.zip). I find Girder to be a bit difficult to configure, but that's merely due to its versatility. There are plenty of howto's available. Igor Cesko's page http://www.cesko.host.sk/girderplugin.htm is a good place to start.

    Enjoy!
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    CarPC status: HW all done, SW needs tweaked.
    Hardware: VIA MII-12K, 512MB, 60GB 2.5", CW-8123 DVD-CDRW, 7" Lilli ts, Opus 90W, BU-353 GPS, 802.11b PCI, USB bluetooth dongle, AverMedia AverTV Cardbus Plus, Morex Cubid 3677
    Software: RR, MM/FD

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    you are the man.....but now i'll have to open my lilliput , oh well this will save me a good $20-$30
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    one thing bothers me though.......why dont we see a picture of yours already soldered?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peoples
    one thing bothers me though.......why dont we see a picture of yours already soldered?
    If you insist -- the bottom pic is a screenshot of Girder after teaching the mute button of the lilli remote. Also notice the orange leds to match my dash lighting.
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    nice
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    sweet

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    Awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RS3RS
    Awesome!
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    Notice the wiring being different from http://www.lirc.org/images/schematics.gif. Forget about that Lirc interface. The ones on Igor's page won't work either. The link between pins 1 and 3 is essential.

    Girder is so cool -- I am controlling mplayer with the remote of my 15 year old vcr as we speak
    CarPC status: HW all done, SW needs tweaked.
    Hardware: VIA MII-12K, 512MB, 60GB 2.5", CW-8123 DVD-CDRW, 7" Lilli ts, Opus 90W, BU-353 GPS, 802.11b PCI, USB bluetooth dongle, AverMedia AverTV Cardbus Plus, Morex Cubid 3677
    Software: RR, MM/FD

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    suprised this thread isnt getting more attention.....was hoping someone else would do it before I got around to doing mine
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    Does any1 know if there is something like this for the Xenarc 700tsv?
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    Via M10K
    512mb Ram
    60GB HDD
    Souund Blaster Audigy2 NX
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