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Installation issues / Experience from a user that is moving on.
« on: May 13, 2007, 01:48:00 am »
I should start out by saying I saw the article on Digg. I was interested more in the fact that the interface looked pretty and would be more pleasing to the wife then the Myth install i had running so I found a spare HDD sitting around and went to work. 

The install of Ubuntu 6.10 was simple once all the interesting bugs were identified and dealt with (required the use of a usb drive, a second windows machine to download packages, and a lot of patients). Not a LinuxMCE problem, and as the linux guys at work point out, my problem.

Now Ubuntu 6.10 is installed, patched, and I am ready to begin the LinuxMCE install. The install went without a hitch and following the guide was immensly helpful. I wanted to replace the DHCP server so I told it yes be the DHCP server and I provided the local subnet instead of the default that was provided. Also Selecting the Ubuntu Desktop to be the default for bootup.

Media Center was started and after the bootup process (starting of services, etc) I got the AVWizard. Select all things that should have meshed up with the projector I was using I also selected the "Static Images" gui to lessen the complication of the initial gui. After the reboot I noticed that the MCE box was no longer on the network. After a little searching on the system I found out that the interfaces file was overwritten(or re-written) by the install so I corrected the problem and started again.   

Now the initial "Basic Gui" is not very pretty. So i go to the admin site and select the No AlphaBlending Gui. Kaboom media center just shows a black screen and when I go and look it is not using the NVIDIA drivers as it should it is now using the VESA drivers. Using things found on the forum i am able to finally resolve this and hey the gui looks pretty-ish. The text on the buttons do not line up there are some where the shadow of the text is off from the white text and may of the buttons are either oversized or undersized (specifically in the advanced sections) and the background is changing (which is a nice touch).

Now the HDD that is on the drive has the folders needed for the videos i wanted to test with and so I go to videos, and there is nothing but two empty folders there. After working with linuxmce(4 and 5 also helped a little) we found out that the HDD was not detected nor was it flagged as a "unknown device". So after adding it by hand and then deleting it and re-running the Radar scripts (the names escape me right now) i get a nice pop-up onscreen that a new device was detected and what do I want to do with it. So I configure it and Low and behold my video is finally listed in the videos.

Up to this point I have been using a mouse and keyboard to do all of my configuring. Once in the video it plays perfectly, menu overlay and everything. Very pretty. But I notice I can't do anything to the video. I can't pause, I can't stop. So i start researching why this would happen and I can not find anything so I figure maybe it is trying to use the remote I told the admin i was using to do all of it. And I find out that it doesn't support my PVR-150 with the attached remote.

At this point it has been a full week (two full weekend days/nights, 1 work week day, and all my spare time in the morning and at night) and I am officially fedup with dealing with LinuxMCE. It looks to be a very promising product but with just the headaches listed above I am willing to make the wife deal with Myth again just to get the PVR back and working. 

Installation issues / Auto Detect devices?
« on: May 10, 2007, 05:26:00 pm »
For some reason my internal HDD is not showing up. If there anyway to get it to run the auto detect again? 

Why oh why does linuxmce overwrite my interfaces file in /etc/network?   Now for my situation:  I am still working on running cat6 to each room but until then I have to use a netgear wireless adapter. Once Ubuntu is installed I have to use a thumbdrive to get a few things installed before I can use the wireless (namely ndiswrapper[PITA], and wpa_supplicant[thankfully already there]).  Internal wireless runs WPA-PSK so in order to get it to work at boot I had to modify the /etc/network/interfaces file to include
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pre-up wpa_supplicant -Bw -Dwext -iwlan0 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf
post-down killall -q wpa_supplicant

When Linuxmce does its thing my precious interfaces file is overwritten  :'(     

Also will this even work for the whole DHCP takeover? (current DHCP provided by a 2Wire modem/4port switch provided by the internet company and can be turned off)

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