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Users / Need help determining if this is a bug
« on: February 22, 2008, 08:18:55 pm »
Not sure if maybe i've just overlooked something.

I took the step today to try to move my mythtv recording off of the old 120gb system drive i have in my core and onto my RAID5 array in the core.  I ran mythtv-setup on both the core and my MD to change the directories used for recording.  I went from using /home/public/data/videos/tv_shows_# (# being 1 on the core and 68 on the MD) to /home/public/data/videos/Main Storage Array [122]/tv_shows_# (Main Storage Array being my RAID5 with device id 122).  All I changed was the directory entry in mythtv-setup>General.  Things seemed to work okay (i had manually created the tv_shows_# directories on the raid and matched permissions to what was in the old directories) except that I am getting a LOT of system freezes on my MD since moving to the raid array for recording.  They happen on their own, but seem much more likely if I try to bring up the EPG.  I had NEVER seen a full system freeze before this (where I have to hit the reset button).
The only differences I can see are the differences in the directory sizes (is this the minimum block size? or just the size of the contents?) and the fact that the raid is controlled by automount so might be prone to disappear if it thinks its inactive?

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linuxmce@dcerouter:~$ ls -ld /home/public/data/videos/*
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root public    34 2008-02-22 14:14 /home/public/data/videos/Main Storage Array [122] -> /mnt/device/122/public/data/videos
drwxrwsr-x 2 root public  4096 2008-02-12 19:27 /home/public/data/videos/tv_shows_0
drwxrwsr-x 2 root public 12288 2008-02-22 11:19 /home/public/data/videos/tv_shows_1
drwxrwsr-x 2 root public  4096 2008-02-15 13:26 /home/public/data/videos/tv_shows_36
drwxrwsr-x 2 root public 12288 2008-02-22 12:39 /home/public/data/videos/tv_shows_68

linuxmce@dcerouter:~$ ls -ld /home/public/data/videos/Main\ Storage\ Array\ \[122\]/*
drwxrwsr-x 2 root public 4096 2008-02-22 13:01 /home/public/data/videos/Main Storage Array [122]/dvds
drwxrwsr-x 2 root public 4096 2008-02-22 13:44 /home/public/data/videos/Main Storage Array [122]/tv_shows_1
drwxrwsr-x 2 root public 4096 2008-02-22 14:12 /home/public/data/videos/Main Storage Array [122]/tv_shows_68

Users / Odd USBUIRT Problem
« on: February 21, 2008, 02:51:58 pm »
So, I've been fighting to get the codes for my surround sound system for the past week.  I have a Sony STR-750P and have had no luck either finding or learning the codes for it.  Today I finally got fed up and moved my USBUIRT to a windows machine, downloaded John Rhees' Lrnhelper.exe program and went to town.  It turns out the remote for my receiver sends single code bursts, non repeated.  Lrnhelper has a button that lets you accept the burst.  I went through and was able to successfully record and transmit codes for all the functions I want to use!!  Yay!!

Then I went back and plugged the USBUIRT into my MD, booted it up and went to start adding the codes I had recorded in windows into the A/V Properties for my receiver.  However, when I copy and paste the exact codes that worked under windows into the A/V properties page and try to test them, none of the work!!!! :(

Developers / Bug Report/Feature Request
« on: February 19, 2008, 01:22:32 pm »
I apologize for not submitting this to mantis, but I can't activate my account until the sendmail issues the server seems to be having are resolved.

Anyways, time for the bug report.

Symptoms: LinuxMCE CONTINUALLY automatically creates a Windows MCE Remote (USB-UIRT) device when there is a USB-UIRT attached to a MD (or core i imagine).

*Plug in the USB receiver that comes with the MCE Remote.
*Go to the web admin site
*Add the MCE Remote to the MD if it is not already there.
*Select mce_usb2 for the Infrared Receivers value.
*Update the MD and test the remote in MythTV
*Plug in a USB-UIRT
*Go to the web admin site
*You will see an additional remote, the Windows MCE Remote (USB-UIRT)
*Launch MythTV, notice the change in functionality of the buttons on the remote, and that commands get repeated
*Go back to the web admin site and delete the Windows MCE Remote (USB-UIRT) entry.
*Launch MythTV and verify things work as they did initially again
*Reboot the MD
*Launch MythTV and note that the remote operates as it did under the Windows MCE Remote (USB-UIRT) remote setting on the MD
*Go to the web admin site and see that the Windows MCE Remote (USB-UIRT) has been automatically added again

I have both a USB-UIRT and the receiver/transmitter that came with my MCE Remote and Hauppauge PVR-150 attached to the MD in my living room.  The functionality of the button mapping in the lircd.conf I have for the MCE Remote is much more desirable than that of the USB-UIRT entry.  As well, there is another bug (which colinjones submitted on my behalf to mantis) where MessageSend forces the USB-UIRT to repeat commands.  At any rate, I want to use the non-USB-UIRT version of the MCE remote on my MD but everytime you restart (or maybe even Reload the router) the USB-UIRT version gets added again.

Now, my guess is this is related to wanting to make things nice and plug'n'play with the USB-UIRT.  However, I would hope there is a more robust way to do this by detecting whether the USB-UIRT previously existed or if the remote had previously been removed to avoid this headache for those who don't want that remote device active.

Users / Some RAID Questions
« on: February 18, 2008, 01:26:15 pm »
So, last night I set up my RAID5 array through the web admin and I let it do its config overnight.  This morning I spent a fair bit of time trying to figure out why it wasn't mounted.  I eventually stumbled across the fact that LinuxMCE unmounts everything by default and only mounts it when needed.  Looking up my device id for the RAID array (122) I was able to directly do a
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ls /mnt/device/122 which force it to mount and i could see the lost+found directory.

Now, I wanted to test putting some media on it, so I loaded up a DVD backup of all my music files into my DVDRW.  I went to Manage Devices, selected the room, and clicked Rip.  It promted me to use the default raid arry to store it, and I told it to proceed.  Nothing showed up in pending tasks.  Okay, after some investigation I found that the DVD is NOT being auto-mounted when put in the drive.  I can manually mount it to /tmp, but I don't know what the device id is for my dvdrw so I can't try to force it to mount in /mnt/optical.  My other problem is likely that this isn't a real music cd so ripping might not be what i should do.  Maybe a Media Sync or something?  Help?

Lastly, I notice that by default the RAID5 array had an ext3 filesystem put on it.  I really don't want that as with the exception of some backups, this array is only going to store media files.  I'd much rather have XFS or JFS as my filesystem on the raid array.  Is there a way to specify this when creating the ARRAY?  If I simply reformat /dev/md0 from the commandline will that work?

Users / Viewing Satellite TV on another MD
« on: February 16, 2008, 05:15:35 am »
I don't seem to be capable of formulating decent search criteria for this quesiton, as I keep drawing a blank.  I have one PVR-150 installed on my core and the other on my MD.  As of yet, I haven't been able to get things working such that I can watch TV through the satellite box attached to my Core through its PVR on my MD in the living room and vice versa.  I suppose tis not a huge deal atm, but I thought this was one of the main features and its something I will definately want to know how to get to work when I add another MD.

Developers / Device Template for SAT_3100 (LIRC Remote)
« on: February 15, 2008, 02:20:25 pm »
This device template already existed in my 0710b3 DVD install.  I have made some modifications to it that I consider substantial improvements.  I'm not sure if my local changes sync back or not.  Here is the lirc.conf file I changed to. It is not my original work, but I got it from  This lircd.conf file supports ALL 16 remote addresses on the 3.1IR remote that comes with MANY DishNetwork, Echostar and ExpressVu satellite receivers.

Or at least, here it would be if it didn't exceed the character limit and if the website would let me upload a file (get the error that it can't access the upload path).

Users / USB-UIRT Learning
« on: February 14, 2008, 11:21:42 pm »
Anyone know how to get the USB-UIRT to actually learn codes when using the web admin and trying to learn codes for a new device?  I thought it would be as simple as having the USB-UIRT as the Controlled-By for the device, hitting A/V Properties for the A/V device and then hitting New Code for the code I want to learn and then aiming the remote at the USB-UIRT and hitting the button.  That gets me nothing, at all.

Alternatively, I think I have the lircd.conf file for my satellite receiver.  hand editing /etc/lircd/lircd.conf seems to be a no go as no sooner do i edit it, restart lircd and try to run irsend, than some process overwrites the lircd.conf file back to what it was before!

Alternate number 2, does anyone know of a way to convert lirc codes to Pronto codes i could hand enter through the web admin?

Installation issues / MythTV Woes
« on: February 13, 2008, 04:51:10 am »
I'm still researching this, but thought I'd post the problem, and what state i'm currently at in case someone has a quick bit of direction to give me.

I can't seem to get MythTV working, or my PVR-150 set up quite right. The PVR-150 has been detected, and added to the MediaDirector entry in the web admin automatically.  I told the wizard not to config things for me as I don't have a supported provider.  The instructions then told me to use the Computing>MythTVSetup.  Well, clicking that causes the UI to flash slightly and then nothing happens.

I started following a post I found here that linked to a HOWTO on the mythtv site.  In there there was a suggestion to run mplayer /dev/video0 to test things out.  Doing that from the KUbuntu desktop I get a nice little mplayer window showing me the video feed from my satellite box into the PVR-150.  Using the remote for my satellite box I can change channels, navigate the guide, etc.  Okay, seems my connections are alright.

Next, the suggestion was to run mythtv-setup.  Hmm, I get a message saying that mythtv-setup isn't installed but that I can install it using apt-get install mythtv-backend.  Umm, why isn't mythtv-backend installed already?

I should point out that this is a sort of sandbox installation and I may well have done something previously that borked things.  I might be best off with a fresh install.

Users / Zaerc
« on: February 12, 2008, 12:47:25 pm »
Zaerc (and anyone else),

Have you made any progress with getting MythTV to work (re:

I assume that you can still watch videos, and recorded tv through Xine but just can't do LiveTV on this board since LiveTV is a function of MythTV specifically?

Users / Changing motherboards
« on: February 12, 2008, 12:04:12 pm »
So, I'm awaiting the arrival of my E2160 on Friday to complete the hardware for my Core, but I'm getting very impatient.  My Core will be using a GA-G33M-DS2R as its motherboard.  My main desktop machine has a GA-P35-DS3L motherboard.  What do you think the chances are if I do the install on that machine and then just move the hdd over to the real Core when the cpu comes of things just working out okay?  The motherboards are almost identical, minus the fact that the G33 has integrated graphics and a raid controller and the P35 has extra PCI slots.

I suppose I lose nothing but a bit of time if it DOESN'T work when swapping motherboards, but I at least get some experience with the install process.  Maybe I'll just go ahead and take the plunge.  Then again, I have a feeling my 8800gts in the desktop is going to cause me headaches...

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