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    if i change my shell to say road runner, will all of my codec's and other programs work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATXaccord05
    if i change my shell to say road runner, will all of my codec's and other programs work?

    Yes, the windows shell explorer.exe doesn't do much when you take it off the system. The XP OS is still fully functional, I've never used road runner but as long as it has a launch feature to enable you to launch pre-installed 3rd party applications you should be fine.


    As far as HORM is concerned none of the current Front Ends will support it because its so new. I know that in my front end I'm supporting it and I think SForioto is designing a front end that will support it I'm probably not going to release my front end simply because I wont be able to provide support for the front end itself.

    EDIT: this is an update, I think that RoadRunner supports HORM now. YAY!
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    if i use centrafuse as a shell could i still use my jumpdrive to copy files to the hd?

    i'd like more info on how to accomplish this.

    my hibernation times suck... probably because i have nvidia mobo, any suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nsmoller
    if i use centrafuse as a shell could i still use my jumpdrive to copy files to the hd?

    i'd like more info on how to accomplish this.

    my hibernation times suck... probably because i have nvidia mobo, any suggestions?

    I'm not familiar with centra fuse, as long as you are able to shell or open external applications from centrafuse then you'll be able to move files over by shelling (or opening) explorer.

    WHy don't you test your system ? Open up centrafuse, and go to your shelling applications and launch (explorer.exe) under C:\Windows\system32\Explorer.exe

    If you cannot get explorer to open, then I'd say choose another front end.
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    I would suggest setting up the shell being booted based upon the user. I have this set up on my home machine. For the carpc I would suggest making your admin account have the standard explorer.exe and your commonly used account have the replacement shell.

    I don't remember what the keys are off hand. When I get home from work I can look at my registry and find out what they are and what values you should have in there.
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    also definitly setup a folder and load it with sortcuts to any and all folders and programs. It be just like a start programs folder. Then you definitly wont need the explorer.exe program..

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    ok.. so now I have frodoplayer running as my shell...

    how do i set its priority to be high or realtime? without running task manager and changing it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noldona
    I would suggest setting up the shell being booted based upon the user. I have this set up on my home machine. For the carpc I would suggest making your admin account have the standard explorer.exe and your commonly used account have the replacement shell.

    I don't remember what the keys are off hand. When I get home from work I can look at my registry and find out what they are and what values you should have in there.
    The problem with this is that most of us are using minlogon, which is an XP embeded component that minimizes the windows logon process. One of the drawbacks with minlogon is that it logs on to your machines default user automatically.
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    Quote Originally Posted by strohj
    ok.. so now I have frodoplayer running as my shell...

    how do i set its priority to be high or realtime? without running task manager and changing it?
    If you've changed the windows shell through registry then the kernal will give your front end the same proirity as Explorer.exe had at which point you wouldn't need to increase the proiroty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IntellaWorks
    If you've changed the windows shell through registry then the kernal will give your front end the same proirity as Explorer.exe had at which point you wouldn't need to increase the proiroty.
    the problem is that, the priority for your shell is normal by default..
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