Last post by admin - February 06, 2012, 11:09:55 PM
If you use the /gpp command switch, the program will run a hardware detection routine to see if a Gravis Gamepad Pro joystick is connected. If it doesn't find one, then it'll complain that there's no joystick. That's the only time that message is supposed to be displayed.
The thin client looks kind of neat, but I don't think I'll be using one in the car-computer project. I'm going to need at least 2 serial ports, and I doubt the thin clients are going to support > 133gb hard drives.
I might get one anyway, though. I can think of at least one other project where one of these would come in handy.
As for the controller, I know many like using numeric keypads, but I'd be swearing at mine. Besides, I have no good place to mount one. Playstation-wanna-be 10-button gamepads don't look very cool, but I find them really easy to operate.
Last post by Morely Dotes - March 03, 2009, 04:35:16 PM
For the main system, take a look at the Maxterm Maxspeed thin clients; you can pick one up on eBay for less than $50 including shipping; model 8300B is a good choice. You can either replace the existing CF card with a larger one (16 gigs for about $35 last time I bought one), or mount a laptop drive on the inside of the lid (which I also did). The thing is already using an external AC-to-12VDC power brick, so you can just wire it to your car's power system.
For the controller, consider a numeric keypad. IT can easily mount on the center console or dashboard, looks elegant (compared to a gamepad, anyway), and can be operated without looking once you get used to the layout.
Last post by admin - October 02, 2008, 10:31:50 PM
Wow, I didn't know anyone was still using that. Good to hear that it's still working.
Lately, I've been working on the software that I plan to use in my next car computer. It'll be version 3 of my VCC program. The configuration program and the VDIP support have been written. The TSR still needs some more work, though. Mainly it's a matter of fixing bugs. I might add Car2PC support too. Still debating that one.
I'm definitely going to keep using DOS and MPXPlay. They work so well, I have no reason to switch to anything else.
My program is a DOS program. It needs a COM port (either COM1 or COM2) in order to run. I don't know if it's compatible with the ELM323 (I'm using the ELM322). I've never tried running it in Windows, so no promises there either.
If you're using Windows, check the device manager under "Universal Serial Bus Controllers", and make sure the USB/Serial converter is listed. Also check under "Ports" to see which COM port number (if any) is being assigned to it.