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What is stopping you from setting up a regular Orbiter and run it directly from a remote machine?!

Nothing, really.  Didn't occur to me.  :)

I've installed LinuxMCE 1404 on a VM, and can access it via the VMWare console.  Orbiter is up and seems to be working fine.

But I'd like to access it over an X11 remote session.  How do I start the orbiter this way?

Installation issues / Re: Installation issue on VMWare (1404)
« on: October 25, 2017, 06:08:18 pm »
Interestingly, just hitting "Esc" several times seemed to do the trick.  It got out of the resolution wizard and put me into the setup wizard.  The graphics on the console were terrible, with lots of things overlapping, but I got it to a point where things worked.  Now to get X11 forwarded so I can stop using console....

Installation issues / Re: Installing 1404 via netinstall - which Kubuntu?
« on: October 24, 2017, 01:46:39 am »

Installation issues / Installation issue on VMWare (1404)
« on: October 24, 2017, 01:46:08 am »
I'm trying to install LinuxMCE 1404 on a VM running under ESXI 6.0.  Doing a netinstall.  Kubuntu 14.04 installed cleanly, ran the net install, rebooted, now on the "Welcome to AV Wizard" screen.

Step 1 is "Resolution Settings".  No matter what I choose, once I hit "OK", the system reboots and comes back to the same screen.  I'm accessing the system via the VMWare console, using whatever the default VMWare settings are.  I've tried via the VMWare web client or via the vSphere client, results are the same.  Can't really use anything else as this seems to occur before I can try to connect an X11 session. 

I've tried various resolutions under VGA and VGA2, as well as HDMI, DVI, etc

Sometimes it just reboots, sometimes it give me the "click continue within 15 seconds to verify settings" screen, and then reboots after I click continue on that screen.  Regardless, it always reboots and dumps me right back in the same place.


Installation issues / Installing 1404 via netinstall - which Kubuntu?
« on: October 21, 2017, 04:21:37 am »
For the 1404 net install, what's the recommended version of Kubuntu?  I know it says 14.04, but it looks like the latest version of that is 14.04.5 LTS, is that the right one?

Also, 32 bit or 64 bit?  Does it matter?


Users / Automated Blinds Control
« on: June 06, 2016, 04:46:13 am »
We are planning on a LinuxMCE based home automation system in the new house, and were wondering about automating blinds.  Is there an inexpensive version?  I see some Z-wave controllable blinds out there, like from Bali, but the cost is prohibitive - around $150 per window!  Is there something cheaper out there?  Maybe something that connects to continuous-loop blinds and just uses the loop as a chain?


Users / Re: Ductless air conditioning
« on: December 22, 2013, 07:55:52 pm »
Because my research shows its the best ductless system on the market, and in a pinch I can control it with an IR blaster.  Would just prefer to have a more robust, 2-way connection.

Users / Re: Ductless air conditioning
« on: December 22, 2013, 07:02:49 pm »
System installed.  Dealer has no idea.  Will have to see what the manual says (or what I can find on the unit) once construction is done.

Users / Re: LinuxMCE and NextAlarm
« on: December 22, 2013, 04:52:14 pm »
More digging on the NextALarm website.  Looks like it needs the system to use the "Contact ID reporting format".  Is that something LinuxMCE can do?

Assuming it can,  can any zwave controller support alarm-type sensors, or would I need specific ones?


Users / LinuxMCE and NextAlarm
« on: December 22, 2013, 04:16:49 pm »
Still planning the new house, and thinking about doing the house alarm.  I'm thinking of wireless, so probably zwave?  

Here's the big question:  I want to use NextAlarm for monitoring.  Has anyone done this?  They are an Internet-based monitoring service.  My current home alarm panel (an old ADP Ademco 20P panel) is designed to dial the monitoring station, so NextAlarm provides an adapter that has a phone jack and transforms that phone signal into some sort of VoIP signal that goes to them.  Can LinuxMCE emulate an alarm panel and dial a modem?  Or even emulate the adapter?  If not, is there a panel out there I can buy that'll talk to NextAlarm but also to LinuxMCE?


For reference, NextAlarm supports natively the following panels:

So if LinuxMCE can emulate, or control, any of them, that will work.

Users / Re: Ductless air conditioning
« on: January 15, 2013, 01:11:43 am »
The zwave looks great, and would simplify things, though I'd still prefer some sort of "direct"control - Ethernet, serial, etc.

With a multi-head system, each head is independently controlled by an IR remote, so I'd need one of these per room.  Wat I'm hoping for is some sort of way to plug directly into the "central brain" of the system, and control the whole thing.  Not sure if that's possible...

Users / Ductless air conditioning
« on: January 14, 2013, 02:48:23 pm »
We are considering a multi-head ductless Central AC system for the new house, probably from Fujitsu.  Does anyone know if these things support any sort of control inputs for integration into HA, and if so, does LMCE support any of them out of the box?

They generally have IR remotes, so in a pinch IR blasters can control them, but it'd be kind of a PITA to set that up in each room...

Users / Re: Will a Dell Optiplex GX280 work as a headless core?
« on: December 31, 2012, 05:45:43 am »
Yeah, I figured on the 2nd nic, more drive space, maybe more ram, maybe an RS232 card.

If I need more USB ports (for controls), can I just use a powered hub, or should I get a USB card?

Users / Will a Dell Optiplex GX280 work as a headless core?
« on: December 30, 2012, 11:32:12 pm »
I have an old GX280 mini-tower lying around, specs are here:

Would this work as a headless core (ok to use monitor and kb/mouse for setup, headless after initial setup)?  Mostly for home automation and audio streaming (probably not video).  Might want to have a bunch of squeezeslaves-on-the-core running on it.

So the questions are: 1) is it compatible with LMCE out of the box (without significant tweaking), and 2) is it powerful enough to do the job.  Memory and Hd upgrades are not a problem.


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