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Users / Re: U-Verse
« on: September 17, 2010, 04:58:58 pm »
I posted a similar question when I got Uverse just over 2 years ago:

I tried a ton of different stuff, but could never get the two to work together.  Since then, I haven't seen any actual instructions or proof that anyone has got it to work.

Users / Dell Studio Hybrid
« on: September 02, 2008, 07:13:37 pm »
OK - I am pretty taken by the new Dell Studio Hybrid.  Does anyone see any issues with it being a media director?  For $500 after some upgrades (ram and processor) and using the techbargains coupon code, it looks pretty sweet.  Low power, small, nice looking...

Users / ATT Uverse
« on: August 12, 2008, 06:41:18 pm »
I just switched from my cable provider to ATT Uverse last night.  Some things are nice, and some things really frustrate me, and I was wondering if anyone else is using uverse and has any input.

What I like - my house was not wired for ethernet, so having directors everywhere I had a tv wasnt an easy task and I never did it.  With uverse, every set top box has an ethernet jack that is connected to the home network using my existing coax lines, so I can plug a director into it and it is online.  If I want a TV where I have ethernet but not coax, I can connect the stb to my ethernet, and I have TV.  I like that I can schedule recordings from the web or on my phone, and that I have a ton of new HD channels.

What I dont like - The problem is that like LMCE, Uverse wants to be the dhcp server, and whever I plug anything (even a wireless router) into a uverse box, ATT's gateway shuts down my network and changes my IP addresses and then puts the 'rogue' router as DMZ.  I am still trying to see if there are some settings I can use in the gateway's config screen.  Also, each set top box has svideo, video, hdmi, composite, etc., except you can only use one at a time.  So if I have my projector connected to hdmi, I cannot use the svideo out - anyone know a way around this?  With my old comcast box, I could use both, so I had an old tv connected via svideo in front of my treadmill, and the projector displaying in my living room.  Also, with my old comcast service, I was not limited by the HOUSe as to how many hd channels could be watched or recorded.  I had 4 comcast dvr's and each could watch/record 2 hi-def channels simultaneously.  With uverse, your house can only have two hd feeds, so if one person is watching hi-def in the bedroom, another person is watching hi-def in the livingroom, and you have something set to record, then one person gets kicked off.  Really frustrating now that all the good shows are about to begin.  They are claiming that a new 'whole home DVR' solution will be available within the next couple months, so that anything recorded on the ONLY dvr they allow you to have can be seen in any room with a stb, but they have been promising this for over a year.

My installer hinted that the 160gb drive in the dvr could be replaced with a larger one and I could have more recording space, and that he has done installations for people using MCE's.  I cant figure out how to make this work for me, mostly because of the networking issues - any help out there?

The gateway they provided is a 2Wire 3800HGV-B, their 'extenders' are Motorola VIP1200, and the dvr unit is Motorola VIP1216.  The gateway has a digital 'phone' line connected to it, and it's coax out is connected to your house.  It is also your home's dhcp server and an 802.11g router.

Users / Re: New youtube video about linuxmce
« on: May 22, 2008, 06:27:59 pm »
nice work - i enjoyed the video.  i agree that disabling the autofocus on your next video may look better. 

Users / Hi-def camcorder video playback from file
« on: March 21, 2008, 06:32:13 pm »
If anyone uses a hi-def camcorder, can you tell me how you store your videos for hi-def playback?  I have the Canon HV10 which does not play off the camera in hi-def - you have to import everything to your computer and then create your video file.  I dont have any sort of hi-def burner, so I want to play the videos at their highest res (it records at 1080i) over hdmi.  Using Sony Vegas, I get a zillion options for output format, so before experimenting with each, I thought I would throw this question out to the group.  Does anyone have a preferred file format for hi-def?

Users / Re: Designing LinuxMCE home
« on: March 21, 2008, 06:17:14 pm »

I'm also thinking on convenient way how to "build" them on wall, but currently no solution...

I used two 'mirror clips' ( and with my n800 'stand' extended, it slips into them on the wall.  It's ugly, but the price was right.  I dont charge it there, so I needed something I could slip it in and out of, and out of reach of my toddler.  The back part of the stand is actually angled a little so when you put it in, it is tilted up, which may be good in your environment, but for me it creates a glare and I cant see the screen well, unless there is a way to rotate the screen 180 and stick it in upside down, which would be awesome.

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: hibernation would save a lot of time
« on: January 26, 2008, 09:08:36 pm »
I am all for less cost / less consumption, but my intention with lmce was for a all-in-one solution to manage not only media but my home automation and voip as well.  Since I need those to be always on, is my only option to have my core on all the time and not benefit from this hibernation effort?

Users / Re: asterisk and sms
« on: January 17, 2008, 03:53:44 pm »
Thanks a lot for the reply.  I guess I was hoping that even if a line wasnt gsm, the data for the sms was still sent to it and asterisk could catch it.  I am doing what you suggested already on my iphone, but I was hoping for something I could use in a meeting or at a traffic light.  I use 46645 (GOOGL) a lot on my phone, and wasnt sure how that worked, or if it was something that asterisk handled.

Thanks for the info!

Users / asterisk and sms
« on: January 16, 2008, 05:54:56 pm »
I was wondering if I can send sms messages from my phone to my home number connected asterisk to issue commands or get a reply.  For example, send a command to turn off everything or vice-versa on my way home.  There are a couple work-related things I wanted to do as well, which would be really convenient to do by sms, like I have a mysql query I would like to know the value of, which would be very convient to do if i could send an sms like 'q1' to my home number, have it get the value, and sms me back with it. 

I searched for 'sms' here and didnt see anything like this, so I thought I would just ask before searching asterisk forums elsewhere.


Users / Re: Mitsubishi HC5000/6000 Projector
« on: January 16, 2008, 05:42:20 pm »
I am getting a new pc shortly to use as my core (my existing one is crap and I killed it) and once I get that and connect it up, I will post back because i really want to control the projector from lmce.  I am hoping i can create a config for certain channels because i am constantly changing 'aspect' on the projector when i switch from hd channels that are 16:9 to 4:3 channels as the projector is stretching out the screen horizontally.  Auto aspect doesnt seem to make a difference.  I am also getting another cable box today which has hdmi because my current one only has component video, so I am hoping the projector will 'understand' the signal better over hdmi.

Users / Re: Mitsubishi HC5000/6000 Projector
« on: January 15, 2008, 09:01:01 am »
what about the hc4900 - would it be the same?  I just got mine yesterday.

Installation issues / Re: Orbiter on N800 (OS2008)
« on: January 06, 2008, 06:10:07 pm »

Thanks for your help.  I guess my problem was not being in redpill mode since everything installed this time.  My core is down right now and its telling me that I need libxmu6 and libsdl-ttf2.0-0 to install the lmceorbiter-os2008-0710-01armel.deb, but I think i ought to be able to work that out.

Thanks again for your help, and for releasing these packages!

Installation issues / Re: Orbiter on N800 (OS2008)
« on: January 02, 2008, 08:48:30 pm »
Has anyone else tried the dependencies?  Those are the ones I tried but I am getting the same error - they are under os2008 dependencies from 2007-11-20 19:19.  Is my n800 retarded or am I?

I will wait for the 0710 package - thanks so much for working on it.  Any idea when it might be up?

Installation issues / Re: Orbiter on N800 (OS2008)
« on: December 29, 2007, 05:29:44 pm »
I just got my n800 a couple days ago and upgraded it to os2008.  I went to the garage site to download the orbiter files and dependencies but most of the debs say "Unable to install [filename].  Incompatible application package."  The only one that worked for me under os2008 dependencies was libusb1.0.1.12.armel.deb.

Also, I see a 0710 tar.gz file there - can I install that over the air, or do I need to extract it on my pc and then copy it to the n800 to install?

Thanks in advance

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: home automation with the new release
« on: December 17, 2007, 11:45:12 pm »
Thom & Andrew - thank you for replying - that was exactly what I wanted to know.  Keep up the great work.

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