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    Well, with all the new drivers installed, etc, still no real luck - weird thing is that I was driving, decided to flip on the monitor just for kicks, and it worked. Pulled it into the garage and turned it on - didn't work anymore. I was told that the Lilliput 629 with the 915gm has quirks - so as soon as I get a chance, I will get a new video card and eventually a new sound card....then we will work on the NAVI issue. I would probably disclaimer the 629 with the streetdeck - the bugs with the compatibility issues are not going to be a hot selling point...

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    The Intel 915GM chipset that the MB896 uses is present in many notebooks - I don't think there is anything inherently "bad" in the design. It really sounds like the video output is out of range for the lilliput. Perhaps the registry is corrupted and it is trying to display a resolution that is out of spec?

    If you can get it to work in safe mode, then it really points to a driver issue.

    The MB896 has a way via the BIOS to set the resolution of the LCD panel (I know you are not using the onboard DVI connector, but sometimes the CRT is "cloned" from whatever setting the LCD resolution is set at). I would try adjusting that to 800x600.

    I would also try disabling the Video BIOS caching while you are playing with the BIOS.

    If that fails, then reinstall the video driver by booting into safe mode, uninstall the display driver using device manager, then reboot. It should come back with a generic VGA driver and ask you to install a driver for new hardware found (the video chipset). Try cancelling that and install the version you downloaded. Reboot and cross fingers.

    If all else fails, reinstalling WinXP is an option...

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    So we are a little further now

    Ok, we have gotten a little further now - I am actually writing this from my car (which shows huge improvements) - I got here by purchasing a cheesy cheap nvidia 5200, but don't knock it, it works! HOWEVER now I have other issues:

    1. Streetdeck locks up intermittently
    2. I still don't think I'm having fun yet

    Any ideas on this one that doesn't involve replacing the motherboard?

    oh yeah, and by the way, the bug issue with the 915gm and the lilliput came directly from the research from the support group at streetdeck - they said the response from intel was that this was an issue where if you didn't turn on the monitor at the right time, it wouldn't work. However, maybe it's just me, but I don't think turning on the streetdeck should involve any voodoo magic to get it working (and it probably doesn't normally, it was just the hardware I chose)...

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    So close I can taste it

    ok, so here's the real deal - the audio may not be the problem - streetdeck locks up ONLY when I select the music - I just had it lock up where all I was doing was scrolling on the music and as soon as I chose a song it stopped responding. Now I did set my secondary audio source to a usb 2.5" 100g drive I had hooked up (and it would always say it was reading it up at the top), but I disconnected that drive and just tried selecting some of the music, but sometimes I am able to play a couple of songs before it freezes, and sometimes I can't even start a song, other times it just starts the counter with no music and as soon as it gets to 4 or 5 seconds it gets stuck and either freezes up the entire computer, OR the application just stops responding...

    EDIT: oh and videos do it to (in a really bad way - no picture, a couple seconds of music, then lockup time)

    EDIT #2: Videos AND Music run GREAT in windows media player for HOURS which puts a little more of a smile on my face - this indicates that we have a software issue (Streetdeck) - however mine was kind of wonky for the start, had to install the update just to get it to work. I need access to the full install for my vehicle.

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE....WE ARE SO CLOSE NOW!

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    so what was the resolution?

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    There is a code that the support at mp3 car has for your monitor to turn on when it gets a vga signal (using the remote). Also, I would suggest you do not use the switched power off of the cpu - use the ACC line in the car - I don't know if this had anything to do with it or not because I changed everything at once. I ended up having a custom install done with the subaru kit on the site and everything seems to work fine. The only thing required now to perfect the system would be a monitor that somehow fights the sun glare... Despite the frustration level and other issues, I would say MP3CAR did everything in their power to make this right... kudos

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    you would think that they would qa there stuff before they ship it, on an individual basis, after it is assembled to make sure verything works right so a customer does not have ANY problems out of the box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tj!2k4
    so what was the resolution?
    The buggy audio driver was installed. Installing a newer one fixed the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gameboy
    you would think that they would qa there stuff before they ship it, on an individual basis, after it is assembled to make sure verything works right so a customer does not have ANY problems out of the box.
    Every machine is tested individually before shipping, but theres only so many different things and different configurations that can be tested. Anyone who's ever installed a carputer can probably tell you its not as trivial as it seems and our current product can only go so far in making it easier. This is still a brand new product, so new in fact its still called a BETA product. It is meant for early adopters, for people willing to try things before they are status quo. If everyone hooked it up the exact same way everytime we would have a lot fewer problems, but thats not currently possible. This is still a largely custom product. There are alot of different ways you can install and hook up the hardware and people seem to find new and exciting ways to confuse our support department all the time. We knew this was going to happen, and made sure to include the BETA notice when selling the system and will continue to do so until we can be sure problems like this will only happen with some extrodinary "tweaking" by the end user.

    Yes, mistakes are being made on our part, part of the problem is we are now in a state of constantly upgrading our infrastruture, updating our system image, patching StreetDeck, and changing the way things are assembled in tested to solve past problems. We are learning and have already made changes to make sure the problem in this thread won't happen again, but others certainly will come up. I wish the solution was as easy as oh yeah, we should just test it, its not, we already do all the obvious QA stuff we can think of. Our big problems really come from using hardware adapted to in car use rather then being made for it from the start. With the current hardware, you're still largely on your own with how to actually install it in your car, how you hook up the audio to your speakers, and how you get power to it. Its not as easy as installing a headunit, thats what we are trying to get to, but the current hardware is still just a start.

    Regardless though, when there is a problem whether it is caused by the user, caused by us, or caused by one of the drivers, software, or hardware from our vendors, we prioritize the problem and go about finding a solution.
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    BTW, The issue with the MB896 turning off after loading into windows is due to the motherboard drivers not detecting the VGA signal sometimes (quite alot for me). Since this chipset was designed for laptops, it will switch to the laptop mode from VGA mode. To switch it back, press Ctrl-Alt-F1 and you'll get your screen back.

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