I just realized that what i'm trying to do and what sama is trying to do is very similiar in attack, but differnt in our intended end results. The key difference s taht i desire the PPCto be the primary front end with a secondary system still connected to the car puter. Sama just wantts the PPC and that's it (plase correct me if i'm wrong)
I Agree RD is not the best for streaming audio, but the problem isn't as simple as low bandwidth (if that applies), for the pocekt PC. I have use RD on the PPC and an R51. On the PPC, it claims that the sound drivers are not correct or not installed, which it obviously will as PPC sound drivers aren't installed on the computer, although that may or may not be the case. However, on the R51, it plays fine.
The two solutions for that woudl be to have to computer render the stream using windows media encorder/the above mentioned programs or whatever or have a seperate folder with PPC sized content. Both will do the job. Still, the audio needs to come from the computer.
One thing you have to remember, and this is the most important part of the project is that the pocket pc is just a wireless screen/input device.
That should satisfy Sama's needs. Now, sama, if you want me to make my own thread, i shall, but i didn't want anyone double posting because wat' good for you is also good for me and viceverse, so if you will let me share you thread, that would be amazing One other thing Sama...
If you have wifi and GPRS internet access and the like, and want the pocket PC to be your ONLY computer, then i would state that you are doing it through wrong way and should rethink a few areas of your project (my opinion). If you open up a port through your router, you can remote connect to your PC at home and have it stream and do whatever form there. Now, instead of sprining for all the PC equipment and whatnot, you can also plop in a 2-8GB memory card or have a USB harddrive in the car to store any movies and music you want on call, ie without the streaming or computer's help (this will allow you to have more capable control over the media. Then, just run your audio through a head unit and you're done. That's it. I mean, with a phone PPC, unless you're un-able to take a call while on the internet, then your'e good to go. And if you have to disconnect, your PC is always aon call to recoonect at any time as long as its on. The benifits of this are as follows
- Your boot up time is virtually instant
Your boot up time for your secondary content is about as long as it takes to log into to your computer
You don't have to worry about hacking up your sound system, which youv'e already done though
Your carpc is mobile, easily powered, and still almost a fully functional computer
You get all the afroementioned benifits that you wanted above, and none of the cons really change either cause if you're mugged...that sucks. The only other benifit i can think of is if your car is stolen or in an accident, your Phone PPC MUCH cheaper that a full carputer system and probably replacable by insurance
No matter what cool trick you come up with, the speed of the device is the bottleneck for the speed of the computer as your preceive it. At that point, you might as well save space and log in remotely. My suggestion. Honestly, part of me wouldnt' take it as maybe one day, if i were you, i'd attach a cheap LCD in the car anyways.
Also, Mechanic, then this front end would be superb for him with the voice activation when coupled with maybe another program or two.
Now on to my design...
The problem that we face in building a system is not streaming it to the pocket PC, whcih defeats the purpose of putting a mid or large system in there, but having control of the desktop while having the audio and video play on the computer. If the pocket PC had a blank screen during playback, except for the control buttons, that would actually be preferable, in my eyes.
The reason for that is that if i wanted to stream video, there's NO WAY i'd want a video that was meant for an 800x600 screen to be rendered and played on a low power device with a 320x240 or 640x480 screen. Even on an SD card, playing a clip larger than 640x480 on my old x5, with its 400mhz processor, was visually painful at times. BMW, with its movies, made a PPC sized version that was less than a tenth of the size of the version used for the desktops. It played wonderfully, although there were occasions when it was choppy. If i wanted it streamed, i'd encode all the video to that size (which i've done and there's a DRAMATIC difference).
Honestly, the best way i see it is this: When i open up a media program, be in Windows Media, Media monkey, Creative Player, the computer sends an instruction to open up a player control on the Pocket PC with the normal buttons OR streams the media, at pocket PC size, WHILE playing the file on the desktop. WHen the player controls are minimized on the pocket PC, the media window is closed or minimized or taken out of focus (preferable), until it is needed again (brought back into focus). Power may be an issue, but seriously, not here with a Centrino 1.5 Ghz system, so i perosnally don't care. I'll just have to juice up the RAM a bit.
Basically i want seemless contorl via pocket pc WITH the ability to input and view data like a regular carputer. There are reasons for this
@nkotch, i'l try that in a few minutes, i JUST read what you had posted. THANK YOU. I'll be connecting over an Ad hoc LAN AND i'll be conntecting abgain to the home conputer over the internet, but then, in that case, i wouldn't need to shut it all off.
The best tutorial i've seen on remote desktop as it basically covers EVERY situation. For other software, see the things mechanic and toerhs have sent you.
If you really want me to start my own thread (i dont' want to hijack your thread wiht my perosnal questions and needs), i shall, if people will comment and suggest as they do on yours.
TO all: i just wanted so say thansk alot for your help thus far. Atleast for me, you're REALLY helping this project come along with your input and suggestions. Just know, when i challenge what you say, its kinda like a debate in ancient Athens, because i do the same thing to myself when i come up with an idea. I just want to wieght the pros and cons, get a great feel for everything, and get the functionality i desire/orignally imagined. Once again, thank you and keep em coming