martes, 27 de marzo de 2007

THE SOFTWARE (under construction)


I installed all the software before at home because it takes a couple of hours to configure the whole system and it’s better to do it outside the car.

The software base is the Windows Xp UE, an interesting version developed by a programmer that take the useless applications off and added some others like video and audio codecs, Microsoft Office SP2, virus scanners, etc .. You don’t need any serial and the only thing you have to do is to pick which components you want to install.

The Front End I used is the old ICT. At first I decided to go for the CENTRAFUSE solution (, that looks great and have loads of mods. There is a complete guide to configure it at (sorry, it’s in Spanish):

However, I found some negative aspects and I was not able to get the GPS navigation either, so I turned to Incar Terminal (, a classic front end so simple that it will never let you down. It has just a few skins but you can customize your own skin with a tool available at the web and offers most of the mods you will need. I guess you will miss an OBDII interface, but it can be made by any other means.

You don’t have to pay for ICT anymore, because some time ago the owners open the code source after the lack of money they got from the sells, but now they don’t give support either.

Even the ICT includes an OSK, I’m using another one because is much better to me:

The mother board includes a CD with the drivers and some tools to control the performance of the system, but I’m using Motherboard Monitor to check the temperature.


You can use the same maps developed for CENTRAFUSE but you must get the DESTINATOR ZOOMER, to resize them to 800x600 resolution, and get it launched a Windows start.

We’ve got a luxury alternative: to use the Google Earth maps. As you know, the GE Pro Version provides the capability to connect a GPS device but there is a tool to translate the data from GPS antenna to XML language that can be read by GE. The program is called nmeaGE and you can find information about how to configure it at these Spanish sites (you can get the software there and look for English sites as well).

The trick is to use the GE 400 Mb Cache memory to storage the areas you are going to navigate with the Internet connection on. The maps will be at the cache when the connection was not available and your position will be marked in the map.

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