Tested in my car tonight (D945GCLF2, so dual core 1.6ghz atom 330, integrated graphics). Logging every step I take here:
Booted from CD no problem.
Was prompted to select a wireless network immediately - nice!
My lilliput eby701 touch screen doesn't work. Unplugged GPS from extension cable to plug in keyboard, but the keyboard doesn't do anything. Plugged in a mouse - now I'm able to navigate past the home screen.
No sounds played by the UI (not sure if there should be or not).
Clicked the GPS button, got a blank nav screen. Unplugged mouse, plugged in GPS. Nothing seemed to change, but I am inside the garage so that's not a valid test. Plugged mouse back in instead.
Nothing in the music library. Found the terminal emulator, mounted my hard drive. Used the file manager to open an mp3. Mplayer opened up and played successfully. The volume slider at the bottom of my screen did nothing. Tried to adjust the mplayer volume, missed and clicked on something else and got a fatal error: "MPlayer interrupted by signal 11 in module: key_events" followed by 3 other error messages. Closed errors and MPlayer.
Copied the mp3 to the Music folder via the file manager. It still didn't show up in the music library. Not sure how to test the built in media player.
Opened the copied-over mp3 from the file manager again. Missed the volume slider in mplayer again, and this time got a garbled box (probably was an error message) with random lines going across it instead of text. Can't get back to the home screen anymore - MPlayer is stuck open at a black screen. Can still open the file manager and OSK though using the nav bar at the bottom though.
Can't get to the power menu, so I hit the power button. CD spat out and I had to press enter before the computer would turn off - not acceptable for us who only run touchscreen.
Powered back on... Tried to hibernate, but it didn't work - something pops up underneath the shutdown menu (maybe a confirmation dialog?). Then my car battery died and my m2-atx shut down the computer instead.
Dead tired. I'm going to bed.
Plugged the battery charger in. Played with hibernate/hybrid-sleep/shutdown buttons - the popups all appear beneath the shutdown menu, so I can't tell what they are. It also seems like you can open up whatever that popup is multiple times. Then my computer shut down, though it said that "powering off NOW" thing several times in the console.
Can't turn the computer back on anymore (not sure why), so I'm really going to bed this time. Next time I test, it may be with a Zotac ION D-E instead, because this is my 3rd D945GCLF2 that's had problems - first it was the shutdown problem (which may not have been a board issue), then a dead USB port, and on this one the CMOS keeps getting reset. I'm hoping the extra graphics power will fix the choppy playback problems I have with some of my anime.
This observation is mostly aimed at nghost...
When playing music from a folder it seems that mplayer is restarted with each song. The problem with this is that the volume is reset to the initial mplayer volume. With my setup, I have lirc + pulseaudio to control my volume -- so I would perfer a method to set the mplayer volume to 100% and leave it there. Is that possible?
Thanks for the input. I'll look and fix those issues.
nasa: Mplayer shouldn't be reseting between songs. I'll have a look at that as well. You should be able to set mplayer's volume up to 100% and leave it there forever.
Okay, now that I have a little more time I'll reply more in detail.
GuySmily: touchscreen and hibernate won't work with the livecd until post-install and after you run iceinstall & icetouch. The livecd will also prompt you to press ENTER before you shutdown. This won't happen after install either.
I'm curious to see if GPS works when you are outside. I'll have a look at touchscreen setup and make sure that works fluidly. I'll also make sure nGhost sees music when it's added.
Looks like despite my hopes, there's more work to do. Thanks guys!
If it'll work on a LiveUSB I'll take a look at it for you. No CD drive in my car.
LiveUSB should work. I installed on my atom board via liveUSB (although, i kept on getting 'boot error' messages... eventually it worked). I used the usb recovery tool that comes with ubuntu.
How do I know if it sees my GPS or not? I got no reaction from anything with the car parked outside. If I can check through the terminal, let me know what to do.
Makes sense what you're saying about post install. Since they're on your test list, I'm willing to install on my carpc for a day or two since I'm formatting and swapping mobos anyway.
you can listen to dbus-monitor:
Originally Posted by GuySmily
if you get a bunch of stuff from /org/gpsd then it's working. You can also use xgps, which should show you the same stuff in a GUI.
I know I talked about this the other day, but...
The biggest thing I dislike about linuxICE so far is having to log into it. It's an appliance, just start X, and automatically log the user in. That login screen means that to use linuxICE in my car, I would *have* to have a keyboard plugged in, which kinda sucks.
That's odd. I didn't have to log in when I tried it. I used the 20091021 image, and the beta2 dvd image. Sorry I can't provide any useful tips, unless you downloaded from the link on page 1 (see below).
Sorry I haven't updated you on the GPS thing. I'm waiting for my Zotac board to arrive in the mail, since Fry's doesn't carry it.
Also, I recommend updating the link in the first post. I started my download there as I was reading, but it wasn't until I got all the way to page 3 that I realized I had downloaded an ancient copy because you changed servers.