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Windows setup recommendations / suggestions
« on: May 11, 2009, 10:27:23 AM »
Hi.  I was looking for some suggestions on how to configure a Windows computer with AirPlayer for digital signage.  My first choice would be to use Linux but there is no working/stable solution for Linux right now.

My main concern is to be able to monitor/manage everything remotely.  Automation is also important for me.  The less things I have to do, the better.

Here is what I am thinking so far:

-  Recovery from power outage.  Configure BIOS to power on computer automatically after a power outage is probably the best way to achieve this.

- Automatically login to computer.  I was thinking of using TweakUI to automatically have a windows login as a certain user.

- Automatically have AirPlayer start.  (I think AirPlayer already does this).

- Ability to reboot the computer remotely.  I was thinking of using VNC but I really don't viewers to see a mouse pointer moving around the screen clicking things.  What is the best way to handle this silently?

-  Ability to turn the monitor on/off using RS232 connection.  I don't need my screens to run 24/7 so I would like to turn them on/off through the RS232 interface.  What is the best way to do this in Windows?  I would also like to schedule the turning on/off of monitors at certain time so I don't have to do it myself.

- Make Windows not look like Windows.  I would like to hide the fact that I am using Windows if possible.  This means removing/changing the Windows boot up logos, Desktop icons, toolbar etc.  What is the best way to achieve this.

These are the most important features I think I would need, off the top of my head.  I would be interested to see how others are configuring their Windows computers to accomplish these things.   I would also be interested to hear anything you are doing that I haven't mentioned here.



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Re: Windows setup recommendations / suggestions
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2009, 12:33:32 PM »
Good post...
FYI, We will add the feature to blank the screen in a release or two...

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