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    Check out the operating system optimization forum here. There's detailed instructions on install your OS on a compact flash card which is basically shock proof. Your main point of interest will be it's really small, even with the ide-cf adapter. I'm talking less than a centimeter tall and about an inch shorter than a laptop drive.
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    Very cool idea using the old head unit but i have one suggestion - use the tape slot for something too. Like have usb connectors behind it or add some more buttons.

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    thanks for the suggestions fellas. I would love to try the CF boot idea but unfortunately, my resources have run dry for the moment.

    knubile - Is CF working out well for you? I've read that the performance is nearly as good as a conventional HD, is that true? What about read/write limits on static media? Is that a concern?

    This week, i'm going to add an external drive for media. I might keep a backup image on that drive in case the original disk gets hosed.

    Scouse Monkey - I was actually toying w/ the idea of dumping in a media reader in there or having a removeable CF boot drive in the tape drive, but unfortunately, the way I've mounted the motherboard prevents me from using the slot for anything useful; its blocked off by the IDE cables.

    Truth be told, I'm really waiting for the nano-itx's to come out so I can experiment with those... I think I can expand on the project much further when they're available.

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    I initially thought CF reader too but suspected your mobo was up against the back of the slot.

    Damn good install!

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    if the left volume knob is still nonfunctional, have you thought about getting another phidget and encoding it for your pc volume? Pushing it in could be the mute button. I plan on doing this in my install but I don't know how to program it. I'm gonna need help with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imprezive one
    if the left volume knob is still nonfunctional, have you thought about getting another phidget and encoding it for your pc volume? Pushing it in could be the mute button. I plan on doing this in my install but I don't know how to program it. I'm gonna need help with that.
    Most phidgets have multiple inputs. The 8/8/8 one, which I think silencery uses, has 8 analog inputs. That's enough for 8 knobs - if they have a momentary push then that could got to the digital inputs.

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    thx scouse I'm pretty happy w/ it!

    imprezive one - I actually did try using another phidget for volume; that was actually my initial plan. Unfortunately, I can't seem to get both encoders working at the same time (an encoder is a sort of a momentary switch, but much better; it can detect the speed at which the knob is turning as well as direction, and sometimes absolute position - a griffin powermate is basically a big knob on an encoder).

    I got the girder script from the promixis forums. Look for a post by mikec, he had a premade script for certain phidgets devices. All I did was modify the code to create events appropriate for my usage (detect CW turning, CCW, pushed in, ect). Unfortunately, his script didn't work for my particular situation with two encoders... I'm not quite sure why. Taking a cursory glance at the code reveals that it was actually meant to handle more than one phidgets encoder. I haven't had the time to actually learn LUA script yet so I'm pretty sure it can be done when I get around to it.

    By the way, this is the phidget i'm using. For it to work w/ the stock knob, I had to desolder the encoder that came from phidgets and resolder on the encoder that came w/ the stock radio to the PCB.

    it actually didn't occur to me to get the 8/8/8 phidget, but that probably would have been pretty helpful... haha.

    I just ended up building my own serial interface and using girder to map the inputs which turned out to be a damn pain in the a$$ (building the interface that is).

    Most of the newer (2000+) Toyota models come w/ the same headunit, so if any toyota owners are interested in doing the same thing, i'd be glad to share what I learned.

    0l33l - I'm probably going to take down the carputer sometime in the next two weeks to do some work on it and measure out the factory LCD space. I'll be sure to post results if I can get the serial LCD to work out successfully

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    Quote Originally Posted by silencery
    By the way, this is the phidget i'm using. For it to work w/ the stock knob, I had to desolder the encoder that came from phidgets and resolder on the encoder that came w/ the stock radio to the PCB.

    it actually didn't occur to me to get the 8/8/8 phidget, but that probably would have been pretty helpful... haha.

    I just ended up building my own serial interface and using girder to map the inputs which turned out to be a damn pain in the a$$ (building the interface that is).

    Most of the newer (2000+) Toyota models come w/ the same headunit, so if any toyota owners are interested in doing the same thing, i'd be glad to share what I learned.

    0l33l - I'm probably going to take down the carputer sometime in the next two weeks to do some work on it and measure out the factory LCD space. I'll be sure to post results if I can get the serial LCD to work out successfully
    Oh, I though you used the 8/8/8 to convert the stock encoder to USB. Heh... it would've been easier

    Good to hear about the LCD

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    Quote Originally Posted by silencery
    Unfortunately, I can't seem to get both encoders working at the same time
    Phidgets have unique ids. You should be able to get them both to work.

    Give me a link to what you used to get them working in girder and I can take a look.
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    wow, i appreciate the help frodo!

    If you've got the chance, you can see the LUA script here:
    http://www.promixis.com/download.php?id=611

    Here's the OP where I found the link:
    http://www.promixis.com/phpBB2/viewt...hlight=encoder

    I tried programming unique events for the unique ID's but it seems to be a problem w/ the way the LUA engine is loading the phidgets objects themselves. When I plug in a second encoder, it automatically takes precedence and the phidget that was originally plugged in only sends events some of the time... it all gets really weird....

    I describe the problem a bit more in that thread, but i'm still not sure if I'm making any sense =p

    If you can help me out, that would be great

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