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    MP3 software text lcd support

    I've got a via based PC in my car, it's current duties are GPS logging, and time lapse photography, which is nice.

    I'm now wanting to expand on this a little and add MP3 playback, the machine isn't connected to a display at the moment but I've got loads of 2x20 parallel LCDs kicking around that would hook up nicely, my current hangup is the software, I can't find anything that seems to do the job


    Oh, and it's running Debian lenny with no graphics support installed, just text

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beige View Post
    I've got a via based PC in my car, it's current duties are GPS logging, and time lapse photography, which is nice.

    I'm now wanting to expand on this a little and add MP3 playback, the machine isn't connected to a display at the moment but I've got loads of 2x20 parallel LCDs kicking around that would hook up nicely, my current hangup is the software, I can't find anything that seems to do the job


    Oh, and it's running Debian lenny with no graphics support installed, just text
    we've coded nGhost2 with this in mind (headless systems). running nghost -D runs nghost in daemon mode (no gui) and then can be controlled via the nghost IPC protocol. The nghost IPC protocol API exposes methods to play/pause, get current track/artist/album, and more. All that still needs to be done is a client app created to send/get the info from nghost and display it on the lcd using lcd4lin or some mechanism like that.

    Soon, Dbus controls will be available also in addition to the nghost IPC API.

    Unfortunately this isn't a drop in solution for you because some development on a client still needs to be made to fully support lcd output. It shouldn't be too difficult however. If you ask nicely, one of the devs may even do it for you :P.

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    these should be fairly easy to program, can you program in C or so?
    I believe these are driven by hd44780 so there is support in latest kernels.
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    Sounds like you are looking for the software to drive the LCD, right?

    Have you checked into LCDProc?

    I have used it in the past and it does work, but... well, setup can be tricky. This may have changed in the two or three years since I have messed with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kev000 View Post
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    That would be rather nice, if it's a feature that was planned I wouldn't argue if it was accelerated a little

    Quote Originally Posted by dupa2 View Post
    these should be fairly easy to program, can you program in C or so?
    I believe these are driven by hd44780 so there is support in latest kernels.
    http://lcdsmartie.sourceforge.net/circuits.htm
    I do a little programming on Atmel 8bit micros, but every time I look at desktop programming I hear this *whoosh* sound...

    Quote Originally Posted by rogerdugans View Post
    Sounds like you are looking for the software to drive the LCD, right?

    Have you checked into LCDProc?

    I have used it in the past and it does work, but... well, setup can be tricky. This may have changed in the two or three years since I have messed with it.
    I had forgotten all about lcdproc, haven't looked at it in ages, thanks for the reminder

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    Oops, i thought i replied to this... Sorry


    Quote Originally Posted by kev000 View Post
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    cheers
    If thats was a planned feature then I won't stop you guys from hurrying up a little, I've had your software running on a desktop to play with, and I like.


    Quote Originally Posted by dupa2 View Post
    these should be fairly easy to program, can you program in C or so?
    I believe these are driven by hd44780 so there is support in latest kernels.
    http://lcdsmartie.sourceforge.net/circuits.htm
    I can do a fair bit with 8bit microprocessors, in fact thats what I normally use the LCDs with, but when it comes to desktop programming all I hear is a loud *whoosh*


    Quote Originally Posted by rogerdugans View Post
    Sounds like you are looking for the software to drive the LCD, right?

    Have you checked into LCDProc?

    I have used it in the past and it does work, but... well, setup can be tricky. This may have changed in the two or three years since I have messed with it.
    I'd forgotten all about LCDProc, thanks for the reminder, there seems to be a few MP3 players with built in support for LCDProc, but most don't seem to have been updated for some time.




    Thanks for the leads guys

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