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WiFi PDA Meets Linux--Part 5 - page 2

Music To Work By

  • August 26, 2005
  • By Rob Reilly

Play GSPlayer

Follow these steps to download, install, and use GSPlayer in a Linux environment.

  1. On your Linux server or laptop, create a gsplayer directory.
  2. Download gsp222ppc3e.zip from the web into your newly created directory.
  3. Use "unzip" to expand the zip file into it's component parts.
    �����rreilly> unzip gsp222ppc3e.zip
  4. Copy the gspplayer.pcc3_mips.CAB file from the gsplayer directory (on your Linux machine) to the "/My Device/Program Files" directory on the HP3715.
  5. Help for connecting your iPAQ to your Samba/Linux machine can be found in Wifi PDA Meets Linux � Part 1.
  6. Click on the gspplayer.ppc3_mips.CAB file and GSPlayer will be installed on the iPAQ. I ignored the old version of Pocket PC warning message.
  7. Go to the main iPAQ start menu, click "Programs" and select the GSPlayer icon.

That's it, GSPlayer is ready to go, on the iPAQ.

Playing Your Content

One of the cool things about GSPlayer is that it gives you a lot of ways to play your audio content. You can store files in the iPAQ file store area or an SD memory card. Cards range from 64 MB to 1 GB in size. You can play music stored on a Samba server directly over your WiFi network. Lastly, it can play content from Internet sources, such as a Shoutcast streaming or an Apache Web server.

The main GSPlayer screen has the normal controls and indicators, that you would expect in any media player. The track time is displayed at the top, along with author's name and content title. Also, seen at the top are the bit rate and level indicators.

The middle of the screen shows the individual songs and playlists.

Near the bottom are the buttons that control the player. They include stop, go to the beginning of the track, go to the end of the track, volume slider, and so on.

These will get you started. You'll probably want to explore the various tool and file menus.

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