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    Kiosk Raspberry Pi w7" touchscreen and IR remote used to control another player?

    Hiya,
    I currently run PiCorePlayer and Jivelite on my Raspberry Pi w 7" touch screen. I additionally have an IR receiver attached to GPIO so that it can be controlled by a squeezebox IR remote. I use it to control a Squeezebox Receiver, while also giving it a good looking "Now Playing" screen.
    However, Jivelite doesn't show a clock on the Now Playing screen, and can't be (easily) customised to do so. So I have the clock screensaver currently enabled, which is great as a clock, but not so great when I want to see what song is playing.

    So I'm thinking of playing around with running the Material Skin instead. I think it's better visually, too.
    However, I was wondering two things:

    1) would it work with a Squeezebox remote control? What would i need to install to get it to work with my GPIO IR receiver? Or would a Flirc USB device be easier to set up?

    2) does anyone know of either a pre-rolled free distro that supports a 'web kiosk' mode for the Raspberry Pi? Basically I want it to work like PiCorePlayer where everything runs from a RAM Disk so that power can be cut without risk of data loss/corruption. I found this one: https://www.binaryemotions.com/digit...gital-signage/ but it's Ç17.90 and I couldn't get the free version to find my WiFi network, plus it doesn't seem to support installing extras - so no IR. Does anyone know of anything similar?
    Alternatively, is there a way to turn Raspbian into a RAM-only distro, but with a method to write changes to disk (such as the cookies once Material is set up). I know in PiCorePlayer + Jivelite there is a setting to "write settings to SD card" so that next time you boot they are saved, but if I'm hacking Raspbian to run from a ramdisk, then I wouldn't think a 'write to sd' option would exist, right?

    Thanks all for your input!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JadeMonkee View Post
    Hiya,
    I currently run PiCorePlayer and Jivelite on my Raspberry Pi w 7" touch screen. I additionally have an IR receiver attached to GPIO so that it can be controlled by a squeezebox IR remote. I use it to control a Squeezebox Receiver, while also giving it a good looking "Now Playing" screen.
    However, Jivelite doesn't show a clock on the Now Playing screen, and can't be (easily) customised to do so. So I have the clock screensaver currently enabled, which is great as a clock, but not so great when I want to see what song is playing. ...
    I believe the custom clock plugin and applet works on jivelite. You might want to investigate it to get a 'now playing', time and whatever else you want (even the weather!).
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    Quote Originally Posted by JadeMonkee View Post
    1) would it work with a Squeezebox remote control? What would i need to install to get it to work with my GPIO IR receiver? Or would a Flirc USB device be easier to set up?
    Material skin is a web-page, so I don't think it would work with a Squeezebox remote or Flirc. I think you'd need Material to respond to keyboard navigation (up, down, left, right, enter, tab, etc). I've had requests to add keyboard navigation, and did try to implement but when a menu is shown it does not seem to get focus so I gave up. It might be possible to add keyboard nav to Material, but would be a lot of work for a use-case I do not have. Sorry. However, Material is open source so I'm more than happy for someone else to look into this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpd73 View Post
    Material skin is a web-page, so I don't think it would work with a Squeezebox remote or Flirc. I think you'd need Material to respond to keyboard navigation (up, down, left, right, enter, tab, etc). I've had requests to add keyboard navigation, and did try to implement but when a menu is shown it does not seem to get focus so I gave up. It might be possible to add keyboard nav to Material, but would be a lot of work for a use-case I do not have. Sorry. However, Material is open source so I'm more than happy for someone else to look into this.
    I suspected as much. Thanks for the response!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PasTim View Post
    I believe the custom clock plugin and applet works on jivelite. You might want to investigate it to get a 'now playing', time and whatever else you want (even the weather!).
    I read about this but found the process too confusing so gave up when I tried implementing it haha. I'll dig up the docs and try again - thanks for the info.
    Active: 1x Transporter | 1x Classic | 2 x Receiver | 2x Raspberry Pi (1x 2B, 1x 3B) w/ piCorePlayer, Jivelite, 7" touch screen (controlling 2x Receivers) | OrangeSqueeze as Android controller
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    Just discovered the "Albums" and "Similar artists" sections of MAI in Material. This is new, isn't it? Absolutely brilliant!

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    Has the percentage volume setting disappeared from the volume sliders?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slartibartfast View Post
    Has the percentage volume setting disappeared from the volume sliders?

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    Perhaps only when players are in sync..
    On single player I can see percentage
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaca View Post
    Perhaps only when players are in sync..
    On single player I can see percentage
    Hmm, I think it is more important with synced players as it makes it easier to see when the volumes slip out of sync. It was definitely there previously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slartibartfast View Post
    Hmm, I think it is more important with synced players as it makes it easier to see when the volumes slip out of sync. It was definitely there previously.

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    I found an old screenshot showing the percentages.

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