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Installation issues / LinuxMCE as DHCP server, NOT gateway!
« on: March 26, 2009, 06:04:44 pm »
So I have an issue with LinuxMCE and my network design and here is my "so-far" working solution.
Perhaps someone could let me know if I have broken anything I don't know about, let me know how nutty I am, etc.
First off, I'm a DD-WRT junkie. I love this tight little linux package on my routers and the way it turns all the iptables, OpenVPN, QOS, etc. linux complexity (and goodness!!!) into a easy to use web GUI.

At first I installed LinuxMCE 710 and turned my DDWRT router into a stupid switch, letting LinuxMCE handle all the dhcpd, DNS, gateway, etc. But I'm seriously missing a ton of things that were configured in my DDWRT router:
- WAN thoughput and statistics (in colorful little pngs!)
- OpenVPN
- Much more

Now sure you can do ALL of this stuff in Kubuntu + a degree in Linux networking. But DDWRT gives me all this without said degree and leaves my Linux brain to worry about other more interesting things, like media scripts and flickr photos syncing ;)

Sure the ideal solution for me would be to have the DD-WRT super awesome WebGUI merged with LinuxMCE (*cough*), but until that great day.....

I decided enough was enough, the simple port forwarding thingy in the LinuxMCE admin tool was not going to cut it as my DDWRT replacement. So here it goes:

Project LinuxMCE as DHCPD ( and DDWRT Router (Netgear 834Bv2 as DNS, GATEWAY + all the other DDWRT goodies! YAY!

1) sudo su

2) Edited 1 line in /etc/resolv.conf to add my DDWRT router as DNS resolver
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3) Edited /etc/network/interfaces and added the gateway (FYI eth1 now is disconnected, would like to remove this interface completely!)
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auto lo
        iface lo inet loopback

auto eth1
iface eth1 inet dhcp
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static

4) Edited /etc/dhcp3/dhcpd.conf and changed the routers line
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option routers;

5) Restarted the involved daemons:
/etc/init.d/./networking restart
/etc/init.d/./dhcp3-server restart
/etc/init.d/./dhcdbd restart

Now I have my cake and I'm eating it. Perhaps this cake is not as good as I think it is, perhaps this cake smells funny? But so far ignorance is bliss.

The big question here is: Does LinuxMCE really need to serve any core network role beyond a DHCP server?

Installation issues / Which Gigabit NIC to buy?
« on: March 23, 2009, 05:05:21 pm »
Belkin Gigabit Desktop Network PCI Card (F5D5005) - 10/100/1000Mbps
D-Link DGE-530T 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit PCI Network Adapter
Intel (PWLA8391GT) Pro/1000 GT Desktop Adapter, PCI Slot

The Intel is $40 and the others $24. Will any of these work out of the box with 710?

I would prefer the DLink (cheap/same brand as my gigabit switch) which uses the "skge" module, but I'm not sure if this is included with 710.


Feature requests & roadmap / Picture Directory Thumbs
« on: March 23, 2009, 12:22:59 am »
LinuxMCE does a great job with my Mp3's, it's pulls album art from inside the tunes and even uses it as the folder thumbnail in my Artist/Album setup.

I LOVE the missing cover art tool in the web interface, I've tried em all and no other solution would find  art for commonly worded band names such as Live, Sky and Band.

But why doesn't LMCE also create a folder thumbnails for each of my picture folders? This would be the intuitive extension to how it handles MP3s.

I'm using the LinuxMCE folder structure on a NAS device. Thanks!

Installation issues / Director Kernel Panic on P5E-VM HDMI
« on: March 19, 2009, 03:30:01 pm »
Hello Linuxmce world, I've traveled a long way through Nuppelvideo + bash, XP MCE, MythTV, Mediaportal, and now to this neck of the woods and I like what I see so far.

I have the core and a few directors going with 710.

My main existing SageTV HTPC......
Nvidia 8800
Atheros onboard Gb NIC
Avermedia Combo QAM/Analog

 ......seems to work according to other users, but as a director I'm getting a kernel panic on Netboot, seem to be related the Atheros NIC:
NET: Registered protocol family 17
lpconfig: no devices to configure
/init: .: 1: Can't open /tmp/net-eth0.conf
Kernel panic - not syncing: attempted to kill init!

Looks like it didn't find the NIC possibly? So close!

I would love to tinker with the linux config for this director, is there a directory on the core with a preconfigured directory for each "announced" director?

Also, is there a scenario where a director would be the main store of video, audio, pictures etc? Or is this not viable. It would be nice to make my core "aware" of all the media on my SageTV rig without having to move all of those drives to the core.

Sorry for the mashup of various questions, but better than 4 threads.

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