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detox

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Elo-touchscreen use on a Media director - Is it possible?
« on: March 25, 2009, 09:41:03 pm »
Basically my plan is to have a touchscreen in my kitchen so i can watch films while cooking. At the moment i have the following -

LInux MCE core hybrid PC with tuner card
A mini-ITX generic PC  (would be a netboot media director)
A elo touchscreen serial (connected to the mini-ITX)

From what i have read it is best to use netboot for a media director. However I want to be able to use my elo touchscreen (which i have working under ubuntu 8.04). I am guessing that the netboot will not have support for elo touch screens? Is is possible for me to hack in support to the netboot image? Or can i install media director onto my ubuntu 8.04? Or will my elo touch just work out of the box?

I would like to find out if what i want to do is possible or if people have some better ideas.

Cheers


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Re: Elo-touchscreen use on a Media director - Is it possible?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2009, 09:46:02 pm »
Don't know much about these, but I would have guessed that if the touch screen presents itself as a HID device, it would just work out of the box - but you should use UI1 as this is designed for touch interface. If not, then you should look for a driver for it that is compatible with the 2.6.22-14 Linux kernel. If you can get that, then it will be relatively simple to add it to your MD. You can just ssh into the MD once it is running, then install the driver normally, and that will install it into the MD's image. You could even make a device template so that it plugnplay detects it and installs the image, for others that come along...

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Re: Elo-touchscreen use on a Media director - Is it possible?
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2009, 10:14:22 pm »
Basically my plan is to have a touchscreen in my kitchen so i can watch films while cooking. At the moment i have the following -

LInux MCE core hybrid PC with tuner card
A mini-ITX generic PC  (would be a netboot media director)
A elo touchscreen serial (connected to the mini-ITX)

From what i have read it is best to use netboot for a media director. However I want to be able to use my elo touchscreen (which i have working under ubuntu 8.04). I am guessing that the netboot will not have support for elo touch screens? Is is possible for me to hack in support to the netboot image? Or can i install media director onto my ubuntu 8.04? Or will my elo touch just work out of the box?

I would like to find out if what i want to do is possible or if people have some better ideas.

Cheers



Hi Detox,

The ELO touch screen driver is closed source and I dont think it is compatible with the 2.6.22-14 kernel...

We're using the Eee Top-1602 (pxe boots nicely too) all-in-one touchscreen PC currently under 0710 and it works fine with the vesa driver and UI1. UI1 is the only way to go with touchscreens by the - Colin is 100% right there... it makes you see UI1 in whole new light when using it on a large touchscreen.

See our wiki page on the Eee Top-1602 here http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/ASUS_Eee_Top

There are other models coming soon that use ATI GPU's and have larger 20" screens... but the 1602 is work going with (our customers love them). There is also a very similar product coming from MSI... we saw this at CEBIT in Hanover a few weeks back... but we have not tested that yet.

All the best

Andrew
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Re: Elo-touchscreen use on a Media director - Is it possible?
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2009, 10:30:56 pm »
hi!

since you have serial ELO, I'm not sure, the system will see it out from the box... i use USB version, and it works great http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/ELO_touchscreen (below)...

you have serial, so try this: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=579155, hope it works for you
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Re: Elo-touchscreen use on a Media director - Is it possible?
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2009, 02:35:10 am »
From what i have read it is best to use netboot for a media director. However I want to be able to use my elo touchscreen (which i have working under ubuntu 8.04). I am guessing that the netboot will not have support for elo touch screens? Is is possible for me to hack in support to the netboot image? Or can i install media director onto my ubuntu 8.04? Or will my elo touch just work out of the box?

detox,
I think you are misunderstanding netboot. The base kernel image is loaded over the network which in turn NFS mounts its filesystem from the core. Therefore you have still got a normal operating system which you can install stuff onto etc. The only difference is that it is not using local disks, it is using shared disks from the core.
The fact that it is netboot will have no impact on whether you will be able to "hack in support" for the touchscreen.

HTH
Darren