Can the file 'mediastate.dll' be used for external VFD/LCD info?

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  1. floepie

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    I'm considering an Omaura case for my HTPC build. Its display relies on the info (current music track, etc.) passed along by the 'mediastate.dll' file, which is normally used by the built-in Vista Media Center.

    Could Mediaportal be used with such an LCD display that uses this mediastate.dll file?

    Thanks!
     
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    You can't use MediaState.dll with MediaPortal, it's for Media Center only.

    However, we have a few guys on the forums here that do amazing things with LCD displays, so hopefully one of them will be able to tell you how to get yours working.

    Cheers,
     
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    The mediastate.dll is the iMediaStatusSink interface driver... This provides an interface that is MCE compatible...

    To drive an MCE display, you have two options...
    1) The MCE Display plugin
    2) The CybrDisplay plugin

    Either of these plugins will drive an MCE compatible display...

    BUT, be aware that an MCE display is VERY limited in what it can display... Media Center was never designed to provide the amount of information that either of the MediaPortal plugins will provide...
     
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    Interesting. Thanks! This is what I do know regarding this OLED display:

    I hope with one of the 2 plugins you mention, I could get things to work with it.

    When you say that MCE displays aren't geared for displaying as much info that the plugins could provide, do you mean that the info becomes truncated and otherwise difficult to have anything displayed in a meaningful fashion?

    Perhaps I should start reading up on some threads where all of this has probably been discussed before.

    :D
     
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    Either will work.

    I mean that the MCE interface is designed to display only the information that Microsoft deemed important when they designed the specification...

    There is no provision for Equalizer display, progress bars, customization of displayed information, display blanking, etc. It will display basic information... song/video name, play position, etc... and is usable...


    There is a section of the forum dedicated to external status display devices... HERE
     
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