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    Initial impressions

    Finally found time (1:00AM friday night) to install SD and give it a whirl. The biggest first impression I have is what StreetDeck is truely being sold as: a complete package that doesn't require fooling around to get it to work.

    It took me longer to get my peripherals installed (USB Creative Sound Card, TimeTrax adapter, etc) than it did to have them all working in StreetDeck.

    I truely believe that if I had every part I needed (DC-DC power supply, long awaited PAC-AAI-NIS2 adapter, etc), I could have this in my car and fully running in a matter of a few hours tops.

    I am really really digging it... after spending 14+ hours a day working with computers for my living, the last thing I want to have to do is "fiddle" with a computer when I get home. I like for them to just work so I can spend my time enjoying them, rather than "fixing" them.

    SD seems to be fitting that to the T so far. Of course, I've only been using it for about 1.5 hours, and on my desk and not in my car, so this could change. But so far, so good!

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    My impressions werent very positive

    The 3D interface may look nice (sometimes) but its slow and inefficient. I had two hardlocks and I would consider them graphics related. The program may run fine on a beefy P-M machine but Im running an M10000 (which is more than enough for a car setup)

    I also dont care for the music interface at all. I expected to be able to select music in the fashion of Artist->Album but was unable to do so only being able to look through all an artists songs or every single album I had. I also find it annoying how album art shows up next to every song and the delay for it to show

    The navigation is lousy but I didnt expect anything more than that from MapPoint (which is not really a GPS application).

    The program since it runs in a 3D environment is completely uncompatible it seems with hibernation. After resuming from hibernation youre no longer in the 3D environment and everythings screwed up



    I think theres potential but the UI needs to be improved and the MapPoint navigation needs to be scrapped

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    Quote Originally Posted by aoLhaTer
    My impressions werent very positive

    The 3D interface may look nice (sometimes) but its slow and inefficient. I had two hardlocks and I would consider them graphics related. The program may run fine on a beefy P-M machine but Im running an M10000 (which is more than enough for a car setup)

    I also dont care for the music interface at all. I expected to be able to select music in the fashion of Artist->Album but was unable to do so only being able to look through all an artists songs or every single album I had. I also find it annoying how album art shows up next to every song and the delay for it to show

    The navigation is lousy but I didnt expect anything more than that from MapPoint (which is not really a GPS application).

    The program since it runs in a 3D environment is completely uncompatible it seems with hibernation. After resuming from hibernation youre no longer in the 3D environment and everythings screwed up



    I think theres potential but the UI needs to be improved and the MapPoint navigation needs to be scrapped
    I don't think its fair to write a review based on your hardware. The M1000 is way too slow for streetdeck. That's why it runs on an celeron M and not an SP13000.

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    Just thought I would throw in my experience with SD on VIA boards here.
    I used to run it on an M10K. Just turn the FPS setting down to 10 or 15. Its still very usable.
    I am currently running it on an SP13K. That board has zero performance issues. SD will run at 60FPS on that board. The only issue I have with the SP13K is that the video chipset seems to overheat and lockup. That's my theory at least. It doesn't happen if I take the cover off my C134 case.
    So to keep it covered in the car, I turn it down to 20 ro 30 fps.
    It runs perfectly.

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    I am running it at 100fps and it is flawless. It is running on this machine:

    http://www.cappuccinopc.com/slimpro-sp620.asp

    Pentium 4 3.2ghz HT, 1GB memory. I realize it's "overkill" for a carPC, but that's what I was going for- the "wow" factor or the "that's just excessive" factor. I wanted my carPC to be faster than most people's home computers.

    And the fact that it runs StreetDeck perfectly is just icing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aoLhaTer
    My impressions werent very positive

    The 3D interface may look nice (sometimes) but its slow and inefficient. I had two hardlocks and I would consider them graphics related. The program may run fine on a beefy P-M machine but Im running an M10000 (which is more than enough for a car setup)

    I also dont care for the music interface at all. I expected to be able to select music in the fashion of Artist->Album but was unable to do so only being able to look through all an artists songs or every single album I had. I also find it annoying how album art shows up next to every song and the delay for it to show

    The navigation is lousy but I didnt expect anything more than that from MapPoint (which is not really a GPS application).

    The program since it runs in a 3D environment is completely uncompatible it seems with hibernation. After resuming from hibernation youre no longer in the 3D environment and everythings screwed up



    I think theres potential but the UI needs to be improved and the MapPoint navigation needs to be scrapped
    At first i had the same problems with StreetDeck on the MII10000 but i found that upgrading to 512MB ram and now it starts in half the time and runs like it should.

    I dont have any probelems with standby or hibernate.
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    I'm also running SD on a VIA SP13000, but I am using a PCI NVidia 5500 graphics card. It runs beautifully with this combo at 60 fps. I never even tried the VIA onboard video as I already had the NVidia in my carpc when I installed SD. I'm using the NVidia card for it's multiple video outputs, not so much its perf.

    I'm finding that the interface and functionality suit me perfectly. I love the ease at which I can select music, for example. I'm usually playing the exact music I want with just two or three clicks. As can be seen in any of the front end forums, the music interface is definitely a personal thing. There clearly isn't one that suits all, but I for one love the SD interface.

    Also, for me, the NAV ranks right at the top of all the other commercial packages I've used (iG, Copilot, Dest., and a bunch of Pocket PC apps). The 3D effect here is fairly important to SD NAV's usability given the transformations being performed on the 2D Mappoint maps. It works beautifully for me.

    I'm amazed at all that SD can do especially considering this is still beta v1.

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    ok, 5 PPL report running streetdeck, on non-SD hardware... is it out or are these the in-crowd?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 0l33l
    I don't think its fair to write a review based on your hardware. The M1000 is way too slow for streetdeck. That's why it runs on an celeron M and not an SP13000.
    His comments dont have much to do on the hardware, they have more to do with the software and its usability, Hibernation, and GPS.
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