I haven't died - I've just been busy with uni work n web development ( http://www.virtuallyevolve.com ) things - apologies to those who I haven't had chance to reply to. This thread is getting a bit long-winded. It would be nice to condese all the knowledge/troubleshooting into a new FAQ somewhere along the line.
They say no news is good news, right? Well my personal good news is since I last ripped the carputer out and changed the settings etc my carputer has been running like a dream: It takes about 10 secs to shutdown (hibernate) and then about 25 secs to turn on (come out of hibernation). All music / GPS / radio / video / DVD / TV (tho 5hite reception) are all working tremendously and each screen loads up instantaneously (where b4 it would be really slow switching screens). As a suggestion for speedy screen switchin' I suggest having RR preload all the skin files (an option in the config files) - ur system will take longer to cold boot up but when its up and running its all instant switching between the skin's screens. Also, if you're having issues with ur GPS receiver during hibernation, install Xport - an amazing little app built to share the GPS data but it also cures all USB GPS misbehaviour.
I would love to have the time to add all the goodies you lot have been adding over time to it but I also just don't want to upset the nice ecology of my smooth running system. One thing I'd really love to get round to is integrating my phone with the system. I have a mic and eveything ready but last time I checked my T-mob MDA Pro wasn't compatible with Phoco so its been a no go. Would love tru handsfree capability tho. Google Earth positioning would also be cool. And perhaps traffic cams from the BBC. All stuff on "The List".
I do however have a lot of other issues with the car which need attending to more promptly (like my AC blowers have given up!) so now I can't see out when it mists up! Jeez - the joys of motoring, eh?!