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    let's try to be effective...

    Hi all,

    Since most of us have, or are working on having, a car PC in our vehicles I think effectiveness is something really dear to us.

    So, I think it would be great to see a little more of that effectiveness in the
    forums.

    For example, phonecontrol.net: a really amazing and usefull piece of software. Except that most of us had to learn freakin' programming to make it work. (Now I can open my own ITcom business after successfully configuring it!!!)
    So, when someone figures out a way to set it up with this or that phone, this or that dongle, etc, etc... make sure it's really working, the links you're posting are active and when I'm looking for a driver for PhoCo don't tell me to google it and I'll find it 'cause I might be stupid but I don't need someone to tell me to look for something I'm already looking for!!!

    Also, SKINS!
    Please!!! when you post a skin could you add to your post a list of the features that are working/not working on it because it's frustrating to get a beautifull looking skin with a (for example) phone button that doesn't work. I know what you're gonna say, go in the code and set it up yourself... well, I don't know how to do that, which is the reason why I'm not posting skins!

    Well I guess you get my point and don't go angry mob on me
    I'm just trying to suggest a few things that could make the completion of anyone's dream car PC a little faster and easier.

    Cheers all!

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    and for the love of god, help all of us CDMA users out... damn sprint..
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    well as far as phoco goes, there is an entire subform for Phoco setup, it even has its own form site for support issues from the developer, both of which have tons of info on issues and seting up your phone. RR forum really isnt the place for figureing out how to get your phone to work.
    If your RR Skin has .skin files for phoco and you set the path to phoco in RRConfig.exe thats all you need to do as far as RR is concerned, but your phone needs to already be working with phoco standalone first.

    As for skins etc, well i can understand your beef, esp if you dont know how to fix the skin to make something work or skins that dont have a skinbrowser so you have to use RRConfig to change the skin (i hate that).
    Personally every button in my skin does what it says on the box and theres no guessing if something is supported or not, WYSIWYG.

    On the same note though, i would bet that most new users rarely read enough post in the skins thread and most people just grab the downloads and try to figure it out instead of reading. I know this is mostly somewhat true because even after i write extensive step by steps and readme's ect for my skin, people still ask the same questions over and over and i hate to be sterotypical (i realy do) but its usualy those with low post counts or too lazy to move there eyes left/right for extended periods of time. Not directing that to you though.
    I would say the average skin does include a list of what features are supported etc, usualy the guys newer to skinning maybe not but give those guys a break.

    When in doubt, just post and ask what features are supported. Im sure you'll get a reply saying what works and what dosent. Even if someone says to search, if you still cant find it, post again. But be polite and Someone will help you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeep642 View Post
    Hi all,

    Since most of us have, or are working on having, a car PC in our vehicles I think effectiveness is something really dear to us.

    So, I think it would be great to see a little more of that effectiveness in the
    forums.

    For example, phonecontrol.net: a really amazing and usefull piece of software. Except that most of us had to learn freakin' programming to make it work. (Now I can open my own ITcom business after successfully configuring it!!!)
    So, when someone figures out a way to set it up with this or that phone, this or that dongle, etc, etc... make sure it's really working, the links you're posting are active and when I'm looking for a driver for PhoCo don't tell me to google it and I'll find it 'cause I might be stupid but I don't need someone to tell me to look for something I'm already looking for!!!

    Also, SKINS!
    Please!!! when you post a skin could you add to your post a list of the features that are working/not working on it because it's frustrating to get a beautifull looking skin with a (for example) phone button that doesn't work. I know what you're gonna say, go in the code and set it up yourself... well, I don't know how to do that, which is the reason why I'm not posting skins!

    Well I guess you get my point and don't go angry mob on me
    I'm just trying to suggest a few things that could make the completion of anyone's dream car PC a little faster and easier.

    Cheers all!

    You are right, it would be nice to know what is and isn't working in a skin, though that changes quite often, as Skins are developed and finished. These are not "commercial" releases, they are done by people on the board. Most often because they want a special skin for themselves, and since Skin Maker A doesn't use PhoCo, he won't make a PhoCo skin, or an XM skin, etc.. It would be nice to know this in advance. In fact, all you need to do to find out is DL the skin, and look at the files in the skin. Does it have XM, does it have PhoCo? Then you know.

    I'd also like to add, if you want a product that will work out of the box, with out any setup, or minimal setup, and that RR and the Skins requires too much work to setup, then please look at purchasing a Commercial product like streetdeck.

    RR, and for the most parts, the "hobby" of carputing isn't for the person who just wants to buy something, have it work, and be done with it. That just isn't what this is about. That is mostly because what you and I need out of our computers, and the different options and hardware that you and I are using, are MOST LIKELY different. Additionally, the button for your phone may not work because your path is different then my path to the PhoCo program. Because my carputer and your carputer are setup differently. Luckily for people like you who want that completely setup, nothing to do setup, the "hobby" has progressed to a point where there are several commercial options for both complete built carputers and Front End software.

    Basically, it boils down to, Either pay or learn to do it yourself.

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    Did I say ---

    Quote Originally Posted by Custommx3 View Post
    <-- Blackberry users have no support either

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    Quote Originally Posted by Custommx3 View Post
    <-- Blackberry users have no support either
    LOL, im not sure what thats about, but it sounds funny.
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    blackberry = email/pda/phone hybrid by RIM... i guess they mean that the blackberry phones arent supported on phoco
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    no i just thought it was funny that he would chime in to say just that. I know what a crackberry is
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    You know what a cr/blackberry is cause I taught you in post #8
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