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    Quote Originally Posted by stevieg
    also just like to say I'm not a fan of X, so FB support would sell it to me!!!!!
    SOLD! I just tested it with Qt/Embedded using the framebuffer and it works perfectly (after some tweaks to the source code). Actually it seems to run a bit smoother and of course doesn't require the loading of an X server, so from a cold boot you can start listening to music a lot faster. There is a minor issue with video playback taking over the entire screen (no control panel), but I am about to try out directfb instead of fb. This should make it easier to run multiple windows at once (so the control panel will work).

    I will check in the code changes to CVS as soon as I get the video control panel working with directfb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoPistonPC
    I really didn't model it after MediaCar. I actually modeled it after feb's brushed metal skin. I figured it would be better to make use of existing skins rather than defining yet another skin format. It means less work for febsperanza. I'm actually going to change over to FrodoPlayer skins since they allow for more functionality than the MediaCar skins. Actually, I will probably use the MediaCar main menu skin and frodo's player and playlist editor skins.
    Wow! I'm honoured

    I would really like to try Linux because I heard it's more stable, boots faster and all, but haven't got the time and enough motivation. But yeah, I'm open to skinning. Just let me know when. And I hope you will finally port it back to Windows for people like me

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    if your just curious and/or want to play with linux, you can install MSFT's virtual PC - which is part of MSDN for free and then download Fedora Core 2 and get that installed to the virtual pc, then you have linux, hosted under windows, so you can use it only when you want to play. Its not as fast as bual boot, but you can 'see' the windows drives via samba and move files back and forth easily..
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    Daren,
    How hard is Linux? People say it's just a matter of time that I'll get used to the concept and gui etc. But I really got intimidated by it. Which distro do you think is best for CarPC? I mean in term of speed, size and ease of use? I don't really need GPS. I need to play videos (DVD and DivX), MP3s, radio, and use cell phone. Sorry for being such a noob in Linux.

    Do you think it would help if I watch some Lizzie McGuire or American Beauty when I am learning it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoPistonPC
    SOLD! I just tested it with Qt/Embedded using the framebuffer and it works perfectly (after some tweaks to the source code). Actually it seems to run a bit smoother and of course doesn't require the loading of an X server, so from a cold boot you can start listening to music a lot faster. There is a minor issue with video playback taking over the entire screen (no control panel), but I am about to try out directfb instead of fb. This should make it easier to run multiple windows at once (so the control panel will work).

    I will check in the code changes to CVS as soon as I get the video control panel working with directfb.
    Sounds good Then thought about GPS, the WINE stuff wouldn't run, would it in the framebuffer? Or would it? Or could it be 'hosted' in a hidden X session? I really need to get a test box set up so I can play with what you've done so far!
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    XDirectFB provides a layer for X applications to run under DirectFB.

    XDirectFB Site

    List of supported Video cards / Modules

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    AHH THE MADNESS! Feb's that's the fourth lizzie miguire reference I've heard you say, or has been directed towards you. LOL, what's the story behind that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoPistonPC
    1.3 liters of rotary power! (and one apex seal that's seen one too many detonations )

    Yeah Qt is big. Did you make sure to include all the configure flags listed in the INSTALL file? The important ones are -plugin-sql-lite and -pthread. Also for xine-lib make sure you --enable-sdl. Good luck!
    No I didn't... dam. How would I go about adding those? (I'm not very good with Linux. I can install a tarball file, but adding configure flags is beyone me. WHen i do ./configure, should I just do ./configure -plugin-sql-lite instead?
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    Pudge, you got it. But you'll need more flags than just that. If you read the INSTALL file, you'll see the complete configure command should be:

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    ./configure -sm -thread -stl -system-libjpeg -largefile -qt-imgfmt-{jpeg,mng,png} -system-libmng -system-libpng -lpthread -xft -render -fast -plugin-sql-sqlite
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    Yea i see that, thanks, reinstalling QT, hey check your PM.
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