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    Post V1 Virtual Display v0.9 bugs / suggestions / ideas

    I wanted to start a new thread to discuss the above since people are starting to receive the devices.

    Please post any questions about the software/hardware here.

    Thanks.

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    Here we go! A minor hitch with the driver install, but otherwise good news=)

    I did a test-install of the device on my desktop first and discovered that I would need an additional .DLL file not included with the drivers:

    - Installed the V1VD software
    - Connected the V1VD hardware: Windows detected "V1 Virtual Display Device"
    - When prompted for drivers, I selected the ones located in the software install's "\application\driver" directory
    - Fired up the V1VD software and received a bunch of errors referring to being unable to find "ftd2xx.dll"
    - Downloaded FTD2XX.DLL and copied it to %windir%\system32
    - Fired up the V1VD software again, and voila, errors gone. =)

    Then I discovered that I for some reason didn't have any four-conductor telephone cord , but a quick trip to Radio Shack solved that problem and let me test the V1VD on the way back.

    Unfortunately it's raining and the stang is sloppy on anything other than dry road, so it was only a brief test, but the V1VD software pops up when it should, and appears to be displaying the correct amount of bogeys (an issue that I noticed when using SoftwareOne and the CT-29A cable previously).

    Here's a really blurry shot of it in action:

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    btw - if i didn't say it already, thanks for putting this all together, zPilott..

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    Quote Originally Posted by tj!2k4
    - Downloaded FTD2XX.DLL and copied it to %windir%\system32
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    hmm, okay I'll take a look, it shouldn't be looking for that file anymore (I am assuming you are using v0.9.1 that I put up on tuesday).

    Please take a look at the driver details for the device (control panel->system->hardware->device manager->USB controllers->V1 Virtual Display Device->Driver->Driver Details...

    V1VD.inf
    V1VD.dll
    V1VD.sys
    V1VDUNIN.EXE

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    Quote Originally Posted by tj!2k4
    btw - if i didn't say it already, thanks for putting this all together, zPilott..
    I'm just glad i'm not the only one who thinks it is a cool idea

    Now I just need to get a lot more people using them, so we can do cool with with GPS and a live internet connection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zPilott
    hmm, okay I'll take a look, it shouldn't be looking for that file anymore (I am assuming you are using v0.9.1 that I put up on tuesday).

    Please take a look at the driver details for the device (control panel->system->hardware->device manager->USB controllers->V1 Virtual Display Device->Driver->Driver Details...

    V1VD.inf
    V1VD.dll
    V1VD.sys
    V1VDUNIN.EXE
    I got whichever one was linked to the "Download Latest" link.

    I can't check the versions like that, but if I check the version on the files in %windir%\system32, here's what I come up with..

    V1VD.dll - v3.0.5.1
    V1VD.sys - v1.6.20.1
    V1VDUNIN.EXE - v3.0.4.1

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    Quote Originally Posted by zPilott
    I'm just glad i'm not the only one who thinks it is a cool idea

    Now I just need to get a lot more people using them, so we can do cool with with GPS and a live internet connection.
    I had a crazy idea where it would be possible to do a client/server type thing: say you're travelling in a convoy with other carpc users (ok, I won't lie, it was the prospect of the national meet that got me thinking about this)..

    .. whoever's at the head of the convoy could have a V1 and be acting as the server, and anyone behind that car could be running a client.. not sure about how exactly to provide the link, but I was thinking WiFi might work if the distance wasn't too great..

    .. like i said, it was just a crazy idea..

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    If you got the downlaod latest today, then that should be fine.

    I wasn't really looking for the versions, just the dlls that the driver is reporting using (the only way I know how to do that is the method I mentioned).

    The convoy thing might work (WiFi would be a bit iffy) but that is basically what I was thinking, except on a bigger scale (the alert data is uploaded to a server and sent out to anyone in the near vicinity who is running the software, even if they don't have a radar detector). Of course, there aren't enough carPCs on the road just yet to make that practical (except in the case you mentioned), but hey, a guy can dream.

    It would also be nice to know that at X lat/lon there is 3 false signals, so that it can auto mute, unless you get 4.....

    The sounds that are in there right now are just some ones that I was playing around with. I almost crapped my pants the first time I heard the Ka sound in my car, since I had forgot all about it.

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    I got to do some more testing in the past two days and had a couple of more thoughts:

    Since the V1VD software can make use of the GPS, it would be cool to have a skin which also displays your speed.. Since you're already looking at the monitor to see where the signal is coming from, it would helpful to see your speed at the same time.

    Perhaps there could even be an option for "overspeed limit," where it'll flash your speed in red/white alternating numbers if you're overspeed and stay solid if you're cool. Of course the speed limit would vary from street-to-street, but i'm thinking mainly highway here.

    Also.. how do I mute the V1 now? The V1's hardware button doesn't do it, and I can't figure out how to make the V1VD software mute the radar detector..

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    I could probably put something into the skin to allow it to display the speed, though like you mentioned, there isn't a good way to know the actual speed limit of the road you are on.

    The hard ware buttons should work like normal, and you can mute the V1 by clicking anywhere on the skin (you don't need to press the mute button on the skin).

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