What are you using in Windows that you don't have on Linux? Are you using any special drivers for it on Linux?
Would you mind sharing what info you have on the the protocol or any other info?
PM me an email address, and I'll send you the protocol description as I have it so far.
I'm curious, has then been any updates or progress? I know it won't happen overnight.
I run Xubuntu Gusty Gibbon on my Thinkpad T41p and was able to control my Visteon tuner and adapter cable through Windows via VirtualBox and a USB-Serial adapter; worked perfectly.
I am still waiting. I ordered my radio with the "Buy It Now" option on eBay and the seller took forever to send it, lying to me all along about having already sent it. I finally filed a claim against him through PayPal and *AFTER* that he sent it to me, but since the claim was pending, the seller was a slimeball, and I had found cheaper ones on eBay, I refused delivery, got my money back (PayPal settled the claim for me), and now someone else on Amazon claims they shipped the radio on 2/11. They're in Maryland, I'm in VA and I've never seen any package take longer than 3 days to get to me from Maryland.
When I get it, I'll try something.
In the meanwhile, what kind of USB-Serial adapter were you using and what software? Were you using the serial pad and software from the web site linked to in an earlier post on this thread?
In the meanwhile, I've been working on the overall concept. I'm retro-fitting this into my 1985 Mercedes 380SL. I just obtained one of the original radios and I'm trying to get info on some LCD display drivers so I can control the original display for this radio from the carputer. I think I'm going to go a different route for my controller and use a PDA with a wifi connection for VNC so I don't need a control panel hooked up through VGA.
I'm using a Prolific-based USB-RS-232 serial adapter and the software that's referred to in this thread. I'm not a programmer though, I just find things and put it all together. I say any more than that and I'm going off-topic.
I've managed to tune/seek to stations and see the RDS info coming back, as well as setting the radio volume level and other functions.
All this was using a perl script on linuxice, with a USB-->Serial adapter. I'm trying to get a friend to code up a Serial port daemon to send/receive data over the serial port. We'll eventually make that update a state object of some kind, then drive UI from the state object.
Progress...slow but steady.
That excellent. I'm really looking forward to trying this out on linuxice. I've been playing with it via VirtualBox and it's definitely promising. nGhost2 looks even better.
I've been working on figuring out the protocol as well. I wish I would have seen this thread sooner and maybe I could have saved some time. Oh well. I have published what I have found so far at the below address and will continue to update it with anything new that I discover.
If any of you would like to share any information with me, please do; I'm sharing what I know. I've figured out enough to make the radio usable, but I have a feeling there is more to this radio than appears at first glance.
Miatacarpc, how did you discover the ability to change the volume levels of the radio? The included control head doesn't seem to have any functionality like that.
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