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    Newbie OrangePeel's Avatar
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    Question ME playing in background

    Another thing I've noticed... Although you can leave MP3s playing and move over to external apps and launch gps software etc, when the gps is running (sync) the remote cannot control the music back in ME, and also the song does not automatically progress. It simply plays to the end of the track then stops.

    How am I supposed to listen to music and have GPS at the same time with ME?

    Also if you leave a song playing, then run external app, and later switch back into the audio player, it's showing the wrong song as the current song...

    It'd be helpful to have the ability to bind a remote button to minimize ME too...

    Just my few cents
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangePeel
    Another thing I've noticed... Although you can leave MP3s playing and move over to external apps and launch gps software etc, when the gps is running (sync) the remote cannot control the music back in ME, and also the song does not automatically progress. It simply plays to the end of the track then stops.
    Well, you've just pointed out why we don't support leaving audio playing while switching to external apps. I'm guessing you're using girder or some other app that's sending keystrokes to the currently active application, and if you launch another application, MediaEngine is no longer the currently active application. The "ability" to switch to external apps from the touchscreen button is in fact, a bug. Unfortunately, so many people think it's the intended functionality that even CarComp had to ask why. Don't do it, ok? Just don't do it.

    Quote Originally Posted by OrangePeel
    How am I supposed to listen to music and have GPS at the same time with ME?
    Wait for the upcoming release with built-in GPS support. It'll work the way it's supposed to then. We do this in our spare time; if you're impatient we could be better motivated if the UPS guy dropped off some donated GPS receivers and other carputer related items at our homes...

    Quote Originally Posted by OrangePeel
    Also if you leave a song playing, then run external app, and later switch back into the audio player, it's showing the wrong song as the current song...

    It'd be helpful to have the ability to bind a remote button to minimize ME too...
    Two more reasons why we don't leave audio playing when you launch external apps.
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    Fair enough... I didn't realise

    By the way, I'm not using girder, I'm using the built-in CIMR100 support. I guess when the program is inactive it drops the serial port, or simply stops checking for remote events.

    I probably won't be able to use the built-in GPS support, because I can't use mappoint (it has no data for New Zealand).. But oh well. I'll live.

    If I was rich I'd send lots of gps receivers and whatnot.. But I spent about 3 weeks pay on my touchscreen :P
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    • D-Link USB radio wired to power antenna

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    We may enable you to leave music playing while launching / switching to external apps in a future release, but we feel at the moment it would involve a lot of code changes that we wouldn't be able to test out thorougly and get to you in a reasonable time frame.

    About your request for a button that minimizes M/E, how about switching to the already running task when you select the program's entry in the external apps menu?
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    That would be ok. I'd just like a way to get to my GPS when I need it, in some way that I can leave ME running.

    Seems like it might be simpler for now just to play mp3's in winamp or something when I'm in the GPS software, and use ME for dedicated MP3.

    Thanks for your effort though You guys are doing a damn fine job!
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    • SB Live
    • Opus 90W
    • CIMR100 remote
    • Deluo serial GPS
    • D-Link USB radio wired to power antenna

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