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    front ends that actualy work

    I have spent a very frustrating evening trying out all the front ends.

    So far the best I can get is imeedia working. But it looks like I will have to edit the xml file to get full functionality.

    I had high hopes for the i3 one, but when I click the icon nothing happens.

    If only I could get my hands on the one in that land rover install.

    It looks like I can do all I want with the mini, apart from a simple front end.

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    i3 is just a launcher

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    They're a little slow in coming but they'll get there. I've been working on one of my own due to the lack of alternatives. But it only plays music at the moment.

    BenjaminS' holds promise. I think that at the moment, some of the folks who are likely to code this stuff are finishing up with school finals. I'd expect more activity after that.
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    As Bugbyte said, its getting there. We are at the ground floor for Mac Car PCs for a long while. The Mac Mini has helped in this scene in getting a bit more attention for development.
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    With Tiger now out, and the mini getting good reviews, I see this time next year (summer 2006) as when the mac mini in a car will be something not just doable, but easily done.

    By then the specs will be places we cant dream (think about 1 year ago, what was the fastest G4...) and the frontends will have had plenty of time to be debugged and tweaked. GPS and ODBII will prolly have something to look at...

    Give it time, dont jump the gun, us Mac folks need to show dem PCs how its done, and doing it this minute without a decent front end, is putting the cart before the horse.
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    http://prj.perquin.com/obdii/

    That site seems to have quite a bit about the protocol. It looks like a good place to start looking for information if someone were to start coding an interface on the Mac.

    http://freediag.sourceforge.net/

    This includes source in C for a command line based Linux application. I'm not sure about differences between serial drivers in Linux and communications programming over USB on the Mac, but much of this code would help any effort.


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