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Users / [SOLVED] GSD problem
« on: January 04, 2014, 02:00:27 pm »
Hi all
after a _long_ time I'm diving back into LinuxMCE.
I'm setting up a new hybrid based on 10.04, and I'm trying to recover all the interesting feature that were running in my old 7.10.

Precisely I'm trying to bring again to life a GSD driver that I wrote to interface LMCE to my lighting system. At that time (several years ago...) I created a Generic Serial Device, and filled in with ruby code all the internal commands.

Now I cannot find my way in doing the same. I created a device template, checked the Internal Ruby Command option, but when I add a GSD based on that template I cannot see the usual ruby command set (PrivateMethodListing, ProcessIDLE, ProcessIncomingData, ....) where I should paste my ruby code.

I've read wiki and I believe I followed the instructions, but since the things are not working surely I'm missing something (it's  _really_ long time I don't play with LMCE).
Is there anyone that can point me in the right direction?
Thanks and regards

Users / very stupid question about weborbiter 2.0
« on: January 07, 2011, 06:11:21 pm »
Hi all
I'm using new proxy orbiter since some time now, and while it is working fine on any regular pc with regular browser I could not make it work on any mobile phone browser so far.

I tried it on Nokia e65 and also on BlackBerry Curve 8250), and the result is always the same: I'm able to load main screen but when it comes to push any button it won't work.
Browser pointer is visible and I can move it normally around, but clicking on any button has no effect at all.

Am I doing something wrong, or am I trying to do something that is absolutely not possible?

Thanks and regards



Users / some experiments with anti intrusion
« on: September 13, 2010, 12:53:37 am »
Hi all

I'm doing some experiments in order to setup an anti intrusion system controlled by LMCE.
Basically I have reed contacts on every windows of the house, all wiring converge to a Weeder board connected to my LMCE core.

My idea is to have a GSD (with some trivial ruby code controlling my Weeder board) with some child devices that should be set up as security sensors.

And there it comes the first trouble: when I try to add a child device to my GSD I can only add it as light device, no way to add it choosing any of the existing device template related to security sensors.
This way all child devices are not appearing under any security wizard that should allow me to decide how to react when a sensor is triggered.

Sounds like the "controlled via" property of GSD is preventing me to have full choice of device template, but I have no idea on how to settle this. I've also searched the wiki, but I was not able to find any example on this.
What am I doing wrong?
Is there anyone that can give me some pointers on what is the proper way to set it up ?


Users / Intel BOXD510MO fanless board
« on: August 08, 2010, 10:25:22 am »
Hi all

I'm looking to replace my old VIA Nehemiah based MD, and I stumbled on this:

The price is quite interesting, but specs are not saying that much to me.

I'm not playing HD video, so no top notch performances needed.
Is there anyone that can give me an opinion/suggestion on this item?

Thanks and regards

Users / capture cards and "virtual" core
« on: July 20, 2010, 08:39:29 am »
Hi all
I'm in the process of rethinking my LMCE rig, and I'm seriously considering to virtualize my core.
While doing this I'm also considering to extend my LMCE with some video surveillance capabilities, and this leads to the need of having an analog capture card installed on the core.

I'm definitely not a virtualization expert, but googling around I've read that PCI passtrhough isn't exactly a breeze and also basically needs ESXI, that is quite out of my reach (I was instead thinking about having a host with a 64 bit Lucid and run core with virtualbox/vmware player).

Is there anyone that can give me some suggestion on this topic?


Developers / Mini 2440
« on: February 09, 2010, 08:15:16 pm »
Hi all

Is there anyone using Mini 2440 based orbiters?

I've read a couple of wiki pages ( , ) that basically deal with installing a linux distro on mini 2440 but there's no much info on how to install orbiter.

Did anyone succeed in using these board with a linux Orbiter?

Googling around I've read that there should be a WinCE6 image for mini2440, and this makes me think that also a regular orbiter could work on these board once the OS is installed.

Did anyone give it a try?

Thanks and regards

Users / Basic question about Proxy Orbiter ...
« on: August 28, 2008, 02:09:16 pm »
 ... and probably a dumb one.

Is Proxy Orbiter intended to be unique in one LMCE system or is it possible to have multiple instances of it?

I'm trying to use as web orbiters a couple of devices not directly supported (i.e. no native orbiter for them) but they are quite different in size (one is an old web tablet, the other one is a mobile phone), so a combination of skin/size good for a device looks terrible on the other one.

One solution (besides using fully supported devices, of course) could be to istantiate 2 different Web orbiters, so I can set up each of them with the proper skin.

Can anyone tell me whether this is possible?


Users / Asterisk and VoipStunt HowTo
« on: December 31, 2007, 12:54:47 pm »
Hi all

I made a small HowTo in order to configure Asterisk to use as VoIP carrier for outbound calls

I've added it to wiki. You can find it here ->


Again, happy new year


Users / Nokia E65 as VoIP client with Asterisk HowTo
« on: December 31, 2007, 10:43:09 am »
Hi all

I made a small howto in order to use a Nokia E65 (and I think in general also other similar phones) as a VoIP phone with Asterisk under LMCE.

I added it to wiki, you can find it here ->


By the way, happy new year to all


Developers / Xine_Player: what is it really doing?
« on: November 26, 2007, 11:08:16 pm »
Hi all

I'm facing the following issue with Xine_player on my EPIA M10000 MD:

when I start playback of any kind of video (DVD or DivX) things go smooth for a while, then playback tends to stutter and progressively gets worst.

If I play the very same DVD or DivX on the very same MD but ith Xine (i.e NOT from within LMCE) playback is fine from the beginning till the end.

So it is definitely something that has NOT to do with MD, but has surely to do with Xine_player.

By looking at what top says during playback, i've noticed that Xine_player is eating some 50% CPU in the beginning, and progressively tends to eat more and more CPU hitting also 80%.

When Xine plays the very same movie on the very same box outside LMCE it sticks around some 50 - 55% CPU load and never moves higher.

Of course when I play movies on my hybrid things are always good (definitely more horse-power) but on a 1Ghz box this kind of increasing CPU load negatively impacts on video performances.

My EPIA MD has a CLE266 Integrated Graphics with Viaarena Unichrome Pro drivers (compiled as per totallymaxed advice found on this forum), so it is not a matter of bad drivers or missing video acceleration.

To be honest this issue has been present also in some releases of Pluto, so it is something that LMCE inherited from its ancestor.

In the past I've always managed to play my media avoiding Xine_player and launching Xine with custom scripts that I manually fired in Computing section, but this turns to be quite annoying.

My question is: what is supposed to do Xine_player?
To my knowledge (but I can be easily wrong) it should be a kind of a xine gui controlled by LMCE, that manages to call xine libraries in order to perform media playback.

But what else is it doing to eat that much of extra CPU?

Is this issue something that developers are already aware of?

On a recent post from Fiire GM I've read the following:

Further, Fiire sponsors 2 full time developers who work on LinuxMCE.  We have offered the LinuxMCE team a bunch of new code, which will likely be in the 0710 release, to now support HD-DVD and Blu-Ray, which will be part of our new 1080p FiireStation due out next month. This was *not* a trivial task by any means. It required re-writing a bunch of code in LinuxMCE to use MPlayer instead of Xine.  And our developers are now working on adding support for HD-DVD menus, sub titles and audio tracks in mplayer under the GPL, which will benefit not only LinuxMCE, but all MPlayer users.

Should I assume that actually Xine is beeing totally replaced by MPlayer starting from 0710, so my question about Xine_player has come a bit late?


Users / bad audio quality on MD
« on: October 16, 2007, 06:07:53 pm »
Hi all

on a VIA based MD I'm getting bad quality audio, no matter what the source is.
Either audio from DVD, or from avi files or from mp3 files comes out with a lot of "bumps" and "clicks".

I've tampered a bit with sound configuration (increased buffer, encoder priority, encoder quality) but no avail. Any sound (including system sound) is coming out badly.

The very same MD used to play a very clear audio with Pluto, so I guess the issue has something to do with configuration or maybe drivers.

Anyone is experiencing something similar?
Anyone has some hints?


Users / Softsqueeze: anyone has it working?
« on: September 24, 2007, 01:14:51 pm »
Hi all

Even if I'm a former Pluto user since 2005, I'm quite new here so first of all thanks to all for the amazing work done so far.

I'm trying to make use of Softsqueeze in my LMCE environment. I followed some instructions I found here that belong to former Plutohome forum, but no avail.
When I was running Pluto I never test those hints, so I don't know whether they are effective or not.

Has anyone it working? Can anyone give me some suggestion to make it work?


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