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Users / Is there an Advanced ZWave Programming tutorial
« on: October 01, 2017, 07:29:23 pm »
Simple timed and responding to events (sunrise / sunset) to turn lights on and off are easy to program within the webadmin.

What I am looking to do is to create a scenario or event that will
- turn on my porch light IF
-- time > sunset OR time < sunrise
-- My phone OR my wife's phone has been gone for 30+ minutes (currently discovered via bluetooth)

It seems to me that I saw this exact scenario programming some time ago before I had integrated zwave into my installation, but my google-fu is lacking.

If there is a programming guide, or an example to follow someone can point me at, it would be appreciated!

Joseph Hume
F1 for HELP

Installation issues / Screensaver issues
« on: January 01, 2017, 11:36:50 pm »
This happened to me with 12.04, and the behavior is consistent with 14.04.

Build a fresh core using LMCE-1404-20161119175532-i386.iso.  Log in via ssh and update everything.  When the orbiter times out, I am shown pictures as you would expect.

Create disk less image successfully.

My first orbiter created from the image displays a clock for a screen saver.  Three subsequent media directors added to the system display pictures not a clock.

Looking in the web-admin under files & media / screensaver the path is listed as /home/public/data/pictures/flickr/ and the flikr script is active.  (It would have to be for the server and two other orbiters)  Under advanced / configuration / devices and looking in the tree under Generic PC as MD / Onscreen Orbiter / Photo screen saver the configuration is identical among the four listed orbiters.

All of these computers are using the U1 basic interface.

Thoughts, suggestions for troubleshooting?

Downloaded the absolute latest image for the 12.04 image from and successfully installed.

ssh into the machine and apt-get update && apt-get upgrade to pull the latest packages

Because I have 4 media directors I executed

dcerouter_585:~# /usr/pluto/bin/

It started

Sat Nov 26 07:00:07 PST 2016 - BEGIN: Host: ubuntu - precise - i386
Sat Nov 26 07:00:07 PST 2016 - BEGIN: Target: ubuntu - precise - i386
Sat Nov 26 07:00:07 PST 2016 - Creating chroot for MD creation at: /opt/Diskless_CreateTBZ.aK8KccP8A

Partway through the installer complained about missing firmware

W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8168g-3.fw for module r8169
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8168g-2.fw for module r8169
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8106e-2.fw for module r8169
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8106e-1.fw for module r8169
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8411-2.fw for module r8169

It ends with

Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 lmce-md-meta : Depends: pluto-orbitergen (>= but it is not going to be installed
                Depends: pluto-orbitergen (< but it is not going to be installed
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
/usr/pluto/bin/ line 170: /tmp/TeeMyOutputExitCode_3050: No such file or directory

I have lmce-md-meta installed

dcerouter_585:/etc/apt# apt-get -f install lmce-md-meta
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
lmce-md-meta is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

I have pluto-orbitergen installed

dcerouter_585:/etc/apt# dpkg -l | grep pluto-orbitergen
ii  pluto-orbitergen                     

I found the following post that kind of hints at the trouble;u=46622;area=showposts;sa=topics;start=0 so I tried installing the packages manually.  When I attempt to reinstall the suggested packages I get

dcerouter_585:/etc/apt# apt-get -f install lmce-diskless-tools lmce-install-scripts pluto-boot-scripts pluto-hald pluto-orbitergen pluto-system-database pluto-website-admin
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
pluto-boot-scripts is already the newest version.
pluto-orbitergen is already the newest version.
pluto-system-database is already the newest version.
pluto-website-admin is already the newest version.
pluto-hald is already the newest version.
lmce-install-scripts is already the newest version.
lmce-diskless-tools is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

Any recommendations for going forward?

Users / Unrecognized file extension .m4v
« on: March 19, 2014, 06:01:36 am »
To kind of piggy back off of the Video File Format thread, I took my entire collection of LinuxMCE 8.10 ripped .dvd's (600+ movies and videos weighing in at 6.5Tb) and ran them through handbrake giving me a SUBSTANTIAL space savings (600+ movies and videos weighing in at 650Gb). 

I replaced my LMCE 8.10 server with a shiny new LMCE 10.04 server and built the rest of the network behind it.  I then copied my handbraked .m4v files to the appropriate /home/public/data/videos/$DriveID folder and waited.  Nothing ever populated on any of my orbiters.

If I go into the web admin / files and multimedia / media files sync, browse down the folder structure, I can see all of the files .m4v waiting to be added to the database.  If I manually add one with TMDB attributes, it does show up in the orbiter for all to play, but the corresponding .id3 file is not created.

I renamed one of the handbraked .m4v to .mp4 (because they are essentially the same container) on the core and BAM, it showed up in the web admin as added, and it was displayed generically on the first orbiter I checked.  Adding the TMDB attributes creates the corresponding .id3 file.

Renaming the files on the core from .m4v to .mp4 is an easy fix.

Hope this helps someone.


Users / Watching Online Video and the screen saver kicks on
« on: June 11, 2011, 08:30:47 am »

Having my high speed internet hooked back up I was trying to watch online video through  After updating the Adobe Flash Player plugin for the installed version of Firefox, I was watching Mythbusters and the screen saver kicked in after about 5-10 minutes or so leaving me unable to watch my video.  I could hear it, but I couldn't see it. 

Once I got the flash player on one media director updated, it was easy to update the rest.  My next task is to update Firefox to the newer version on all of the media directors.

Is there a way to disable the screen saver for such an event?  I looked at creating a scenario but nothing leapt out as the fix

Joseph Hume
F1 for HELP

Users / Adding a audio line level input to handle an OTA Tuner
« on: March 16, 2011, 07:37:38 am »
I have an old Pioneer TX-530 AM/FM Stand-Alone Tuner that I would like to hook into the MCE system so I can listen to local radio.  I can't for the life of me figure out what I am doing wrong.

I gone into the admin page / Wizards / Devices / AV Equipment / Add Device / Template 2145 (Pioneer OTARadio) / Pick Device Template, and rebooted the Core when prompted.

I don't know how to tell MCE to listen to Line-In on the sound card.  There is no button created for Radio to listen.  I know I won't be able to control the tuner (as in station), but I would like to be able to listen to it anywhere in the house.

Can someone point me in the right direction?  Is this something that can be done?


Joseph Hume
F1 for HELP

Users / Dual PXE NIC Issues
« on: January 11, 2011, 07:59:30 am »

My media director computer is a Compaq Evo d510s slimline desktop with integrated Intel Pro100 PXE NIC disabled in BIOS.  I added a Broadcom Gigabit PXE NIC and built a media director folder structure on my Core.

Issue: When computer boots the Broadcom NIC grabs an address from the CORE ( and downloads the initial kernel BUT the Intel NIC is found and attempts to grab an address as eth0 causing the following error

/init: .: line 1: can't open /tmp/net-eth0.conf
[65.440961] Kernel panic - no syncing: Attempted to kill init!

Needless to say my keyboard lights are flashing and I am done.

How I fixed it.  Boot to a Kubuntu 8.10 live cd and copied the configuration of the /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules into the /usr/pluto/diskless/##/etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules to fix the NIC order. 

# PCI device 0x14e4:0x1653 (tg3)  <== My gigabit NIC
SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="00:10:18:09:d2:8f", ATTR{type}=="1", KERNEL=="eth*", NAME="eth0"

# PCI device 0x8086:0x103b (e100)  <== The 'disabled' onboard NIC
SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="00:08:02:8d:2d:10", ATTR{type}=="1", KERNEL=="eth*", NAME="eth1"

I did not have to modify the ##/etc/network/interfaces file because of the extra NIC.  I hope this helps someone.

Joseph Hume
F1 for HELP

Users / Issues with MythTV - Resovled
« on: June 28, 2010, 08:45:06 am »

Had a couple of strange problem recently.  After the latest re-install I was having issues getting MythTV to work.  I have a single tuner HDHomeRun and Myth was attempting to use tuner1, not tuner0.  Removing the Core/HDHomeRun/Tuner1 device from the web admin fixed that issue.  This was probably my issue, but the Device Auto Detection script always has picked it up as a dual tuner model.  I can't be the only one who has purchased this device.

Now, when I start Myth, I get the channel, signal strength, description, all over a black screen.  About 30-45 seconds later it would switch back to the Myth Menu screen with a 'Can not initialize video device / output (sorry, this is from memory) error dialog box.  Going through all of the PVR folders (/home/public/data/pvr (and all of the sub-folders on each of the drives listed) and removing the livetv.folderlock file and I am back in business!  Trying to follow the logic back through the konsole screens, I can't find what lead me to delete the .folderlock file, but removing it fixed the issue of not being able to watch LiveTV via Myth.

Back to getting the MediaTomb component to work with my WD Live.


Users / Using a WD TV Live HD Media Player as a Media Director
« on: June 10, 2010, 08:17:35 am »
Has anyone had any success in integrating a WD TV Live HD Media Player into a LinuxMCE network?  Found a model WDBAAN0000NBK-00 at Costco for about $100 and was hoping that I could use it as a Media Director. 

I can access the DCECore computer and view the pictures, but not play any movies "No Supported Media"


Users / Issues playing certain DVD's
« on: April 15, 2008, 07:07:59 am »
My LInuxMCE machine for the most part will play DVD's so I think I have the LIBDVDCSS package installed.  Last night I watched Spy Game (Robert Redford / Brad Pitt) with no issues.  The next movie in my collection is Star Trek Original Series Disk 1.  It won't play due to LIBDVDCSS not being installed?

I tried to play Star Wars 3? some time ago and same error as above.  On this particular disk it will read it to the main menu.  If I select play it errors out.  If I enter the chapter selection and choose chapter 1 it plays fine.

I am reasonably new to linux and would appreciate any direction or assistance in troubleshooting this.


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