Today I tested Centrafuse (trial version) on my Virtual Machine running Windows 7. Bluetooth connectivity took some figuring out but now I know what I need to do it's all good. Obviously I am limited with the trial version (on a virtual machine) but for general functionality Centrafuse ran flawlessly on Windows 7. My Verizon xv6900 was paired flawlessly and even the A2DP functionality worked without issues on CentraFuse. I played a video on my phone and the audio played through my speakers. I was able to make a call through Centrafuse and setting up my phone was easy.
I was able to setup my Gmail IMAP easily through Centrafuse and it worked great.I was able to send an SMS through my IMAP to my phone. Mighty nifty that it also has quick replies to select and you can add.
So mainly because Centrafuse so far appears to be less hassel (if at all) I will probably be purchasing it rather than using Ride Runner. Don't get me wrong Ride Runner appears to be a great product and has come a long way but I like the functionality of Centrafuse better...just personal preference..they both are great front ends in any case.
....it's a shame that Bluesoleil is not free... too bad it doesn't come bundled as a full version with Centrafuse..it's only a trial but at least it's affordable. That would be one of the things I prefer LINUX over Windows..at least simple software components such as Bluetooth Managers are free. I never had any issues with Bluetooth on LINUX...does the same stuff but it's open source.
I updated my post with the new components I now have from my checklist. Post#22
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I forgot to mention that I received my new front dash cover from Coverking. I am eventually going to be modifying that with flexible solar panels...down the road..after the PC build is complete. View my thread Solar Charge your Laptop. The title was created from my first and current CarPC project using my EeePC. I will be modifying that but it could still be applied to other applications aside from a laptop.
I purchased a USB port (x 2) to Motherboard header extenders w/bracket. I am going to bench test some of the components (power switch, memory, SSD, Windows 7, blah blah) that I have so far and if all is well I will at least install Windows on the 32GD SSD.
We shall see how things go.
So I hooked up the following: (pics coming soon...what a crazy bench setup)
NOTE: I'm not as cool as the majority of you that have your own garage or shop...I'm working with what I got, out of an apartment.
- Intel D945GCLF2D Mini ITX motherboard
- Ethernet cable
- 2GB DDR2 Memory module
- 32GB SSD (via SATA connection)
- Power Switch
- Dual USB to Motherboard header cable
- PS/2 Mouse & Keyboard
- LCD VGA Monitor
- Audio out
- DVD-RW/ROM (via SATA connection)
The system booted so fast I missed the F2 prompt for me to access the BIOS. Once I got to the BIOS I set it up to boot from USB because I created a Windows 7 RC bootable USB. It successfully booted using the Windows 7 USB and I was able to proceed with the install.
So that's as far as I got for now. I will start working with installing motherboard drivers and all the other driver installation drama that's involved with any new system.
While installing the motherboard drivers it failed with the Realtek LAN Driver and Media Graphics but not sure about that because I can still access the internet with no problems..strange. I never had driver installation failure before while setting up a new system but it appears that things are still fine. The Device Manager didn't indicate any hardware problems.
I am going to say that my Windows 7 RC and Motherboard drivers installation were successful.
Well I am done for now. I will continue tomorrow with setting up other software. I created this post on my new Intel Mini ITX system.
If just enough is really good, then too much ought to be perfect.
2006 Scion xB with in-dash Atom & Lilliput 889GL -- Worklog at http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...res-links.html