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    Cheap way of adding buttons

    Hi everyone - I'm working on a replacement for my HU, and I just bought a screen. I'd like to fill in the sides with a few pushbuttons (play/stop/etc). I'm using forodoplayer but I want to switch to winamp because the LCD screen I have has a plugin for it. What's the most affordable way to do this? Hack an old keyboard?

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    That's what I'm doing. It's pretty easy to get a hold of cheap keyboards. If I were you, I would go by some yard sales and see if you can pick up an old one for (almost) free.

    Also, Frodoplayer has built-in compatibility for key presses on a keyboard... you don't have to switch to winamp if you don't want to.
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    Yeah but my new display has a winamp plugin. :-/

    Don't think It will work with frodoplayer.

    I already pulled apart an old keyboard. Gotta figure out how I want to do it. Should I run the bkeyboard circuit to the front in my dash? Or should I leave the keyboard in the back and just run wires for each button?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyleYankan
    Yeah but my new display has a winamp plugin. :-/

    Don't think It will work with frodoplayer.

    I already pulled apart an old keyboard. Gotta figure out how I want to do it. Should I run the bkeyboard circuit to the front in my dash? Or should I leave the keyboard in the back and just run wires for each button?
    I was wondering the same thing.

    I wanted to put some in my console, I have no place to hide a full keyboard. I was then gonna use Gravis usb Gamepad pro, until I read somewhere that the dont work very well after being hacked.
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    Is there a way to do this with a mouse?
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    Open up the keyboard - the actual circuit is oly the size of a credit card. The buttons are just a matrix linked to it. I just want a PS/2 splitter so I can leave my keyboard attached.

    Are there any ways you know of to remote desktop to a machine, and when nI disconnect - NOT have to type my pass back in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyleYankan
    Open up the keyboard - the actual circuit is oly the size of a credit card. The buttons are just a matrix linked to it. I just want a PS/2 splitter so I can leave my keyboard attached.

    Are there any ways you know of to remote desktop to a machine, and when nI disconnect - NOT have to type my pass back in?
    I believe I have a ps2 splitter, if you have something for trade.
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    check out centrafuse, it has lcd support for the popular hitatchi controller used in many lcd screens
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    several popular mice allow you to 'program' a click to a specific key.

    The example off the top of my head is the intellimouse from MS or the similar one from logitech
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    Personally what I would do is I would mount a chord keyboard into the center just a little behind the floor shift. Although I would have to learn how to type on one of those, it would definately make the carputer easier to use by allowing for a smaller keyboard and one handed use.

    For those that don't know, a chord keyboard is a keyboard that consists of only 6 - 8 buttons (depends on the type you get). All the keys on a regular keyboard are pressed by pressing the appropriate "chord."

    http://www.chordite.com/ This site has all the info you need to make one of your own. And with a little modification to his code you can also add in extra keys such as a play button.

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