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Installation issues / How to enable ICMP requests
« on: January 18, 2012, 04:12:25 pm »
I have all the connectivity working between my external and internal networks - yay!  Except ping.  So I can live without it, but it aggravates me.  How is this configured?

As a test, I ran:
sudo iptables -A INPUT -p icmp -j ACCEPT

Now ping works.  But where do I place the configuration to allow ping at boot up?

Ubuntu forums suggest it is ufw.  I checked /etc/ufw/ufw.conf:

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# /etc/ufw/ufw.conf

# set to yes to start on boot

So I'm not even sure its running.  Even so, the /etc/ufw/before.rules file contains the correct iptable rule so far as I can tell:

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# ok icmp codes
-A ufw-before-input -p icmp --icmp-type destination-unreachable -j ACCEPT
-A ufw-before-input -p icmp --icmp-type source-quench -j ACCEPT
-A ufw-before-input -p icmp --icmp-type time-exceeded -j ACCEPT
-A ufw-before-input -p icmp --icmp-type parameter-problem -j ACCEPT
-A ufw-before-input -p icmp --icmp-type echo-request -j ACCEPT

Installation issues / Canvassing for expereince with single NIC hybrid
« on: December 22, 2011, 09:23:20 pm »
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER!  I have read many wikis and forum posts:
  • Yes, I know WIFI NICs are bad for PXE booting
  • Yes, I know LMCE is designed on a 2-NIC design
Please don't feel you need to reply to my post if you only intend to point these things out!

This is my second install of LMCE hybrid, the first being a regular 2 x wired NIC build on an Acer Revo 3610 that worked okay (few issues with occasional freezing and loss of sound).  I've now moved into a rental home and I don't want to run ethernet to the hybrid sat behind my TV.  For one reason, my 2-year old likes to pull on cables lying on the floor!  I'd like to try a single WIFI NIC this time, just to see if it works and if not try a 2-NIC wifi-only approach  Two questions:
1.  Has ANYONE been successful with a single WIFI NIC?
2.  As a fall back, has anyone been successful with standard 2-NIC setup, but both WIFI?

I have a wireless N router which from what I can tell is better for PXE booting.  I have the NIC up and running, so tonight I will switch DHCP to the hybrid, and fire it up and see what happens.  My guess is a monumental fail, so this is a pre-emptive post!

Remember... We do these things not because they are easy.  We do them because they are hard.

Users / MD won't play audio from read-only NAS share
« on: July 08, 2010, 06:36:42 pm »
Hi... I'm finding that my LinucMCE hybrid won't play any audio tracs from a NAS share that is read only.

I'm about 80% through ripping my entire collection of CDs to .flac and storing them on a NAS drive.  I  have successfully added the NAS share to my LinuxMCE core, and tested playing back tracks to the MD.

Then I noticed some weired track names, which turned out to be rips with umlauts etc that the encoding didn't like.  Although I have lovingly ripped all my tracks accurately, I now found LinuxMCE was changing all the filenames with strange characters, truncating them (so "Röyksopp" became just "R").  As a short-term workaround until I fixed the encoding problem (assuming it can be fixed) I changed the LinuxMCE access to the NAS drive to read-only to prevent it overwriting filenames.  Unfortunately it now doesn't play any tracks at all.

Has anyone seek this behaviour?  Any solutions?

I'm going to try this thread to fix the encoding issue when I get home:

Installation issues / PXE boot VirtualBox 3.1.6
« on: May 12, 2010, 09:47:30 pm »
Hi, can anyone help me with a PXE network boot issue.  I've configured a very simple PXE-boot virtual machine using VIrtualbox 3.1.6.  However, it fails on boot with the following messages:

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IP-Config: no response after 60 secs -giving up
/init: .: line 1: can't open /tmp/net-eth0.conf
Kernel panic - no syncing: Attempting to kill init!
atkbd.c: Suprious NAK on isa0060/serio0. Some program might be trying access to hardware directly

Screen shot also attached if that helps.  Anyone know what's up?

Users / Belking F8T016 Bluetooth Dongle not working
« on: May 11, 2010, 12:39:31 pm »
Does anyone have any experience getting a Belkin F8T016 bluetooth dongle working?  Steps I have followed:

1.  Plugged in the dongle.  Device is detected and added to device tree, but MD does not discover any bluetooth devices.
2.  Launched KDE, see a bluetooth icon.  Click on it to access the device manager, but cannot find any other bluetooth devices.
3.  Found this thread:  Followed the steps, but result is the same.

Can anyone help?

A thought that occurs is that I had issues getting my HDMI output to play audio on the KDE desktop until I added users to the 'audio' group.  Is there something similar going on for bluetooth?

Users / Windows Mobile 6 Orbiters (HTC Touch HD)
« on: May 03, 2010, 12:18:33 pm »

Has anyone had any luck getting a WM6 mobile phone to work as an orbiter.  Specifically I have an HTC Touch HD that I'd like to get working.  The Windows CE CAB will intall, and I can get through the orbiter setup, but then PocketFrog just consumes all the memory on the phone until I have to reboot it.

I've seen on the wiki that someone got a WM5 XDAii working... does anyone know how this was done.

For bonus marks, has anyone had any luck getting the web orbiter to work on a mobile web browser?  I find it just keeps refreshing, and I can't actually work any of the buttons.


Users / DVD Collection Management - Boxed sets and Cover art
« on: May 02, 2010, 12:10:31 pm »
Hi all,

I've just got LinuxMCE working (Hybrid Core on an Acer Revo R3610 if anyones interested), and have got my NAS working on the external NIC.  Trouble is I've got hundreds of DVDs on there, quite a lot that are 2-disc sets or more.  Can anyone help me with the following?

1.  Is there a way to add cover art to DVDs quickly, without havign to sit in Media Synch for a day and manually search Amazon?
2.  Is there a way to handle boxed-sets, so that I would select, say "The Wire Season 3" and then see all the discs within that title?

And for bonus points, is there a trick to getting Blueray to play over LinuxMCE?

Many thanks

Installation issues / About to give up... alternative install routes??
« on: March 05, 2010, 08:04:31 pm »
Please please please can anyone help me get this software installed?  I have tried:

1.  LinuxMCE 7.10 DVD - this would hang when detecting the wifi hardware (see my other post
2.  LinuxMCE 8.10 DVD - this one hangs on step 6/6, when "detecting file systems" hits 15% (
3.  Using GParted to create the disk partitions, then going back to (2), but I get the same result.

And now my wife is getting irritable and insisting I try a different software!

Can LinuxMCE be installed in any other way?  I need ideas!  PLEEEEASE help!

Hi all,

Following difficulties installing 710, I'm now trying to install 810 on an Acer Revo 3610.  The installation GUI comes up, but after selecting "guided install - use entire disk" the installer just hangs at 15% of "detecting file systems".  Eventually, ifI leave it long enough the machine reboots, but nothing has changed on the hard drive partitiions.

I've seen a few posts on line for people with the same issue, but haven't seen anyone actually solve this problem.  I've tried installing Kubuntu first, then LMCE but get the same result.  My next plan is to use gparted to partition the HDD first, then install LMCE.

Has anyone solved this issue?


Installation issues / 710 Installation hangs on athpci
« on: March 01, 2010, 08:51:51 am »
Hi all,

Trying to install 710 on an Acer Revo3610.  Im finding that the installation is hanging when enabling the wifi card ath_pci.  I've been searching for days and can't find a solution:
- There is no bios option to disable wifi
- I've tried using apci=off or noapci but with no luck.

I'm now trying to install 810 in the hope that this has better support for the R3610, but having a different set of problems there.

Has anyone managed to get around this particular issue?


Installation issues / Minimum core disk spare if using NAS
« on: August 19, 2009, 10:56:41 am »
Hi all,

I'm looking at using an Acer Aspire Revo R3600 as a hybrid core/MD.  I posted a previous topic on this and the view seems to be it should be possible for a small system.  Worst case if it doesn't work I'll put something bigger in and just use the Acer as an MD elsewhere.

Its possible to pick up a Linux-installed Aspire R3600 with an 8Gb SSD for £150 - which is pretty cool.  The alternative is a Vista-based version with 160GB HDD, but that's an extra £100 for an OS I don't want.

My question is this:  As ALL of my media is on a NAS drive (I will have nothing on the Hybrid Core), how much disk space does a hybrid core actually need?


Users / Possible to run Core/MD on Asus EEE?
« on: August 14, 2009, 11:36:00 am »
I'm interested in LinuxMCE but would need to site the Core in our lounge as a hybrid MD.  Combined with a desire not to consume more power than is necessary I don't see this working on any form of fat fan-cooled server.

Does anyone have experience running a core/md hybrid on an Asus EEE or similar?

Can anyone recommend an alternative solution which would be quiet and unobtrusive in the lounge?  Convergent Technologies looks good, but its a bit steep at £700-odd pounds.


(Update)  The Acer AspireRevo 3600 looks a bit beefier - up to 4Gb RAM.  Same question - anyone got this working as hybrid core/MD?

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