...up north would come to me, eh?
Well, I hope everyone has thawed out from all this cold weather these last few weeks.
I have reached the age of Patrick Ewing’s jersey, and thought I’d post an update, seeing as it has been several months.
• The HDMI/VGA swap was completed back in August, and has produced great results. Even through the snow storms, there has been no sign of trouble on the screen.
• The splash guard/underbelly plastic has started coming off the car, to the degree it is hanging off the few screws holding it. Under normal circumstances, one could live with it until the replacement comes. But the winter snow and ice likes to pull on the plastic, and tries to take my front bumper with it. Nothing related to the computer per se, but these are the issues of my car that I deal with.
• The GMPC ordeal keeps taking interesting turns. I got fed up of the app crashing every ten to fifteen minutes, so I updated the OS from XP straight to 8.1. Yes, I now wish my screen was touchscreen, but I still appreciate the screen without it. Unfortunately, upgrading the OS lost my GMPC serial information. I cannot reenter the code I had before; I cannot purchase another one, so I went to the “black market” and got GMPC working again. Same problem.
Back in July, I ordered the Sure GPS board, in the hopes that problem would be resolved. While it did in fact resolve the crashing problem, the apps I was requested to download have made the mouse behave erratically when on the OS 8.1 desktop. It almost felt like malware was infecting my VM; and so I was forced to remove it.
Within that time span, I started falling in love with this iPhone app called Waze, and up to recently, was trying to figure out a way to port the software on to the mac so it can appear on my screen. The closest I ever got was installing something called Andy, an android emulator (yes, you read right, droid emulator) that works off of VirtualBox creating an Android virtual machine to run apps off of. I did everything it said, and it works as cool as any VM would. But, when I start Waze, it essentially puts me in the middle of nowhere. Really, nowhere.
I’m not sure how it incorporates the internet to calculating where you are, but I must say I hit a dead end there. While I’m going through that mess, I uninstalled and reinstalled GMPC. I booted that up, and there was signal from the receiver (yay!), but that too said I was in the middle of nowhere; and I was in New Jersey when that happened. So I sped home, and updated the Maps, and now I have no GPS signal. And this is where I stand right now with this.
I took a look at the GPS board from Sure, and noticed that it is unprotected in the midst of all my audio wiring. So I will probably have to put that in a box to see if it helps.
• The stereo performs like a champ. As long as I have internet, I can get Sirius and Pandora.
• I wonder if there is a special module I have to connect the rear view camera to so that it comes on every time you put the car on reverse. Because I swapped out the camera, connected the wireless transmitter properly, and properly covered all the wiring. The thing just comes on when it wants to, and it won’t stay on during the entire time the car is in Reverse. Hmm…
• I’ll probably scrap that idea altogether and acquire a BlackVue. Anyone have experiences with those? Please, do share!
• Still searching for the right USB OBD-II Scanner. Would be weird if I put that (and a steering wheel cover) on my wedding shower list?
In all seriousness, it’s about time I got my car off the worklogs and into the finished product. I’m working it out. Soon.