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    Quote Originally Posted by intuitionsys
    Took a look. Great job! Since you're still deciding on your power regulation, although the M1-ATX I have now works fine, I can't say I'd recommed them. I had a flakey one that killed a motherboard and (possibly) a hard drive. I haven't used the Opus PS(es) but that's probably what I'll use in my next project.

    Are you using anything to play movies or are you mainly interested in the MP3 player, radio, etc.?
    About the M1-ATX. My only complaints are that the shutdown timer has odd settings, and that a "Suspend" instead of "Power Off" isnt an option. Other then those I have been happy with the M1-ATX.
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    Quote Originally Posted by intuitionsys
    Took a look. Great job! Since you're still deciding on your power regulation, although the M1-ATX I have now works fine, I can't say I'd recommed them. I had a flakey one that killed a motherboard and (possibly) a hard drive. I haven't used the Opus PS(es) but that's probably what I'll use in my next project.
    Thanks.

    Also, thank you for the datapoint. What put you off the M1-ATX in particular - just the mobo killing or were there functional issues?

    I wasn't sure about the Opus gear. Was also browsing the CarPC stuff. Haven't researched it thoroughly enough to start leaning in any particular direction yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by intuitionsys
    Are you using anything to play movies or are you mainly interested in the MP3 player, radio, etc.?
    I don't have any movie playing configuration desires at this point although it would be easy enough to plug in given my architecture.

    My take on movies in car is that it is potentially too distracting for a cockpit console. The case/mobo combination I am using does not allow a separate secondary display card and monitor set to be routed to the back. As you know the EPIA has composite out. I may stick a display in the ceiling for the kids to watch the moving map setup. The kids can use the Powerbook for movies if they so desire.

    Also, our road trips may have us travelling jurisdictions that have banned movie playing in vehicles. The last thing I need is to get pulled over and then detained by an unsympathetic police officer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reece146
    Also, thank you for the datapoint. What put you off the M1-ATX in particular - just the mobo killing or were there functional issues?
    Well I can't complain about the one I've been using other than what pkg mentioned about odd timing options but I'm still PO'd about it frying a motherboard

    Quote Originally Posted by reece146
    I wasn't sure about the Opus gear. Was also browsing the CarPC stuff. Haven't researched it thoroughly enough to start leaning in any particular direction yet.
    One thing I can say in favour of the M1-ATX is that at least with my particular setup in a C137 case it fits like a glove (with some creative engineering )

    Quote Originally Posted by reece146
    Also, our road trips may have us travelling jurisdictions that have banned movie playing in vehicles. The last thing I need is to get pulled over and then detained by an unsympathetic police officer.
    I know Ontario only allows viewing movies on the dash (or anywhere visible by the driver) only when the vehicle is stationary. A few years ago I had a Pioneer system with a fold out monitor. I had a DVD going and got stopped but luckily I quickly switched it back to the Nav display before he got to my car so he let me off. He probably knew I was B.S.ing him about it just being a navigation system but he was mainly looking for speeders and at the time it was a very rare occurance anyway. From that point on I decided it was better to watch them stationary anyway - at least at night

    My car already has a DVD system and overhead monitor for the rear but doesn't allow playing anything on the front screen. I got around that by tapping the composite signal from the harness under the console and feeding that to a Hauppage PVR card. I just pipe the MPEG2 stream to Xine and bingo, movies in the front. I usually play movies straight from the HD anyway (when stopped of course - really ) but it's nice to have the option.
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    I like the appearance of your frontend. What toolkit are you using for your gui? Is it homebrew?

    I'm just wondering because I had to develop a gui toolkit from scratch for mine (nothing else suited my purposes). After writing over 8K lines of code for the gui I'm finally ready to start working on the mp3 player :-/ Not something I would recommend doing unless you had to...

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    Quote Originally Posted by intuitionsys
    I know Ontario only allows viewing movies on the dash (or anywhere visible by the driver) only when the vehicle is stationary. A few years ago I had a Pioneer system with a fold out monitor. I had a DVD going and got stopped but luckily I quickly switched it back to the Nav display before he got to my car so he let me off. He probably knew I was B.S.ing him about it just being a navigation system but he was mainly looking for speeders and at the time it was a very rare occurance anyway. From that point on I decided it was better to watch them stationary anyway - at least at night

    My car already has a DVD system and overhead monitor for the rear but doesn't allow playing anything on the front screen. I got around that by tapping the composite signal from the harness under the console and feeding that to a Hauppage PVR card. I just pipe the MPEG2 stream to Xine and bingo, movies in the front. I usually play movies straight from the HD anyway (when stopped of course - really ) but it's nice to have the option.
    I've never been able to discern what is the compelling reason to have DVD output in the front in a vehicle. I can't see why people would want to watch a movie while parked or otherwise.

    Is there something useful other than "bling"? Maybe I'm just getting too old?

    EDIT: Ugh, just re-read that. Don't mean to come off cranky, probably need another coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLlama
    pkg: Hypnotoad rules.
    Unless that's a reference to Futurama that went over my head...
    Quote Originally Posted by reece146
    I've never been able to discern what is the compelling reason to have DVD output in the front in a vehicle. I can't see why people would want to watch a movie while parked or otherwise.

    Is there something useful other than "bling"? Maybe I'm just getting too old?

    EDIT: Ugh, just re-read that. Don't mean to come off cranky, probably need another coffee.
    I always need coffee But yeah there is the bling factor I admit but it is very handy when you have to wait for someone like your wife in the fabric store.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheLlama
    I like the appearance of your frontend. What toolkit are you using for your gui? Is it homebrew?
    I'm using Qt but several things are subclassed and overridden, like the QListViewItem instances are subclassed with an overridden paintEvent() so I can draw them with fancier graphics.

    Oh man you wrote your own GUI toolkit? Cudos to you my friend
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    I guess I should have noticed the avatar. All hail the hypnotoad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by intuitionsys
    I always need coffee
    mmm... coffee. Coffee and beer control my sleep cycle.

    About video in the car:
    I suppose it all depends on what you build your carpc for. It's not a one size fits all sort of thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by intuitionsys
    I'm using Qt but several things are subclassed and overridden....
    Oh man you wrote your own GUI toolkit? Cudos to you my friend
    Yeah, I sort of wish I used Qt, but it is a little too bulky for what I'm doing. I would of had to do some strange stuff to get it to display on my vfd screen. Now, with version 4.0 it wouldn't be as hard. The toolkit is pretty full featured, but still beta. Once all the classes' interfaces are steady I will release a beta. The design hasn't changed much in the last month, but I am implementing it in an iterative fashion. It would be impossible to foresee every single design detail.

    Anyways, it will all be released open source with a less restrictive license then GPL even. I want people to be able to tear it apart and use it for whatever purpose they need. It is designed to run on X11, Windows, Framebuffer, VFDs/LCDs, and SDL. Only X, FB, and VFD is implemented right now. It's worth it though, I got a grant for parts from my school to write the gui. I should have a project page up in just a couple of days since I got my webserver back up.

    uuuughh, I'm tired.

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