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Users / Airplayer device as Audio for a room?
« on: November 28, 2014, 06:09:10 pm »
Hi, The summary of what I cant work out is to be able to use a physical airplay compatible device to stream audio/music for a room, that can be controlled from an orbiter. I read a while ago that it should be possible because of the way the airplay plugin works - data goes to the DCE and gets directed to the airplay devices (scripts) on the MDs. So I figured create a faux "AirPlay Audio Player" and put in the IP and/or Mac of the physical device.

I see that I can only create them under Orbiters, which the room doesn't have. Before I go any further am I wasting my time and completely wrong all together? Can I perhaps use the "AirPlay Audio Player" template as a base for what I want?


Users / WIFI RGB/W Lights
« on: February 15, 2014, 02:25:01 pm »
Hi, I have purchased some RGB LED lights which can be controlled using a central controller that accepts basic UDP network packets to make it change.

These are mine (v2):
They are also sold under the mi-light and easybulb brand names - although I believe they use slightly different commands depending on version.

I tried to create a template and made a basic ruby script to turn them on similar to this:

require 'socket'
socket =
socket.send([0x22, 0x00, 0x55].pack('C*'), 0, '', 50000)

I have tried a few different things and was wandering where I was going wrong? The icon to turn them on/off appear in the orbiters but they dont react to the orbiters. I also believe they don't report status (on/off, etc..) they only accept commands.


Feature requests & roadmap / Temperature displays in motion cams
« on: January 19, 2013, 06:10:53 pm »
I've done this the manual way so I know it's possible and probably not "too hard" to implement - I guess...
I have some home-brew temperature sensors attached to the devices that control my webcams and they work (to some degree) with LinuxMCE's motion-wrapper. If using linuxMCE supported temperature probes I imagine it would be pretty easy to go:

If room has security cameras and temperature probes run this: /usr/bin/wget –delete-after “$CAMERANUMBER/config/set?text_left=$ROOMNAME – $TEMPERATURE"

This was part of the manual solution I used: /usr/bin/wget –delete-after “ Temp – $CONDITIONS c”

Which produces this image (text is at bottom left):

I've done a vague writeup here if anyone is interested:


Users / Webcam Viewing on Orbiter freezes
« on: December 02, 2012, 12:42:54 pm »
I had a quick look before to see if anyone else has this issue; I have 2 USB webcams setup  but when viewing the live feed on the windows orbiters the screen often locks up or often the screen does not present an image (I don't mean the grey one that has a time stamp). Other than that issue the webcams work fine for recording.
I can view the webcams through the web interfaces for each for as long as I want and they work fine. Using Linuxmce 10.04 and has been happening for a while.


Users / No items in addsoftware page / Bluray issues
« on: November 03, 2012, 01:59:50 pm »
Hi All, I have been using LinuxMCE through 7,8 and now 10.04, and never seen anything on the Add Software page when setting up a MD so I assumed it has never worked, although I have read a few posts describing setting up bluray that refer to "hd ripping tools". Does it work and how do I fix it?

Also installed a SATA bluray drive and ripping fails; I assume it goes to, which then goes to "" which doesn't exist. Has that feature been removed and left up to the individual person to deal with?

Many thanx, Cheers

Users / Hacked??
« on: June 16, 2012, 02:46:47 pm »
Hi... yeah this is awkward... I was trolling the logs and found some wierd entries:

0 OK id=1Sfs8s-0006UR-5t)
Jun 16 20:30:14 dcerouter postfix/qmgr[14701]: A64141CA2DDE: removed
Jun 16 20:35:11 dcerouter postfix/pickup[22848]: BB3F81CA2DDD: uid=0 from=<root>
Jun 16 20:35:11 dcerouter postfix/cleanup[3513]: BB3F81CA2DDD: message-id=<>
Jun 16 20:35:11 dcerouter postfix/qmgr[14701]: BB3F81CA2DDD: from=<>, size=1800, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Jun 16 20:35:12 dcerouter postfix/smtp[3515]: BB3F81CA2DDD: to=<>, orig_to=<root>,[]:25, delay=10, delays=10/0.02/0.12/0.36, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (250 OK id=1SfsDg-0008NE-2s)

and also found these:
grep fluffybitch /etc/* -r
/etc/postfix/ =
/etc/postfix/ =,, , localhost
/etc/postfix/ =

Then googled and found this among many:

Users / Linux-headers included in the default MD tar.gz?
« on: June 14, 2012, 12:17:55 am »
Something that I've noticed for awhile is when your setting up a new MD and it's installing the graphics driver (for example, Nvidia driver) it takes a few minutes to extract all the smaller files of the kernel headers. In the past when I've been in a hurry I'd chroot into the diskless MD's directory and do it from the DCERouter, where it takes a few seconds. Is there any reason why it's not included in the tar? I don't remember seeing it to a dist-upgrade and installing a newer kernel than the one in the tar.


Users / New xine aspect ratio issue
« on: February 04, 2012, 09:29:47 am »
Hi all, I've got an MD connected to a LCD TV with a standard VGA cable. I used to have issues with the aspect ratio while playing movies, but this was fixed by entering the display size in the xorg.conf, as mentioned before. After a recent dist-upgrade it has started again. The display size info is still in the xorg.conf and hasn't been overwritten.

The movie files always start out as 16:9 aspect ratio, and need to be manually changed to 4:3. The screen resolution is 1024 x 768, the UI is V2 Normal Horizontal 16:9. Xorg.conf:

Section "Monitor"
        Identifier      "Monitor0"
        DisplaySize     697 392
        VendorName      "AWA"
        ModelName       "LTW32DS"
        Modeline        "1024x768" 60.80 1024 1056 1128 1272 768 768 770 796
#       HorizSync       20-500
        HorizSync       68.677
#       VertRefresh     59-61
        VertRefresh     84.997

Is there anywhere I can manually force the aspect ratio? Other than the update, the TV and MD are the same.


Users / Timed Events Happening all days
« on: August 27, 2011, 01:28:36 am »
Hi All,

I have had a timed event setup for awhile, it's setup to turn off MD's during the week but not on Friday and Saturday.
Sometimes it turns off on Friday and saturday nights. Are the settings saved as a cron job or similar that I can check?

Feature requests & roadmap / Linuxmce Netboot Appliances
« on: August 19, 2011, 11:50:39 am »
Hi All,

LONG story short, needed to migrate 4x1TB soft raid to 4x2TB soft raid and I wasn't able to all 8 plus OS drive in the server. After looking for a few bootable live CD's, and NAS distro's to try to get the old RAID back up and running to transfer the data to the new raid. Finally had a 'DERRRR' moment and PXE booted a PC as an MD and set the old raid up to migrate the data back to the server. So, Just an idea, but maybe it would be a good idea to have options when creating a new MD; eg: What do you want this PC to be? NAS, Squeeze-Slave pc, etc.. and then just run the appropriate script and extract the base image to the created diskless dir.

Users / [Solved] Embedded Audio Device
« on: July 10, 2011, 05:02:12 am »
Hi All,

I have been reading around this weekend and have been looking into using my thinclients as headless audio devices. I have been able to get them to PXE boot as MD's ( although there is a noticeable delay when starting songs, etc.. So my options so far have been:

1. squeezeos x86 install: cant successfully compile for anything other than arm processors; bootcdx86 = Fails, qemux86 = Fails. requires a lot more time investment to get them to work.
2. android x86 installed with squeeze player app installed - havent given it much thought, although in order to get squeeze app installed requires market to be installed. etc...

Anywho... anyone have any ideas to make use of them as light weight audio players that will be more responsive and compatible with linuxmce 10.04?


Users / Xine-Lib plugins?
« on: June 09, 2011, 05:01:37 pm »
I've been using background music for parties and such, and have been looking into using visualizations for music. I can get it to work a very dirty way of adding it to the computing section and then run a script, but not using the native Xine-Lib.

When Xine-lib device starts it says something similar to Visualization 'has not been enabled' or 'has been disabled' (I'm not at my PC right now so the wording may be different); Anyway, I've looked through the config I thought it was referencing, and not been able to work out why, so will it require recompiling or can I create a new template for it to load xine a different way, just for audio, and show output from a visualization plugin?

Or have I been looking at it all wrong, and should be using Mplayer/other to do the audio processing?

My goal is to use LED's as a UV meter, as I have done many years ago using winamp, then finally impement a DMX controller way into the future (Maybe).

Any help will be appreciated!


Users / Playing DVD's
« on: March 04, 2011, 02:47:09 pm »
Hi All,

I've been search for a couple of days looks for a way to play new DVD's on one of my MD's, The DVD's in question is either of the transformers DVD's; Please note, I'm not trying to copy or back them up I just want to play them!!! I know about CSS and some of the newer encryption methods, and at the end of the day, I paid full price for movies I cant watch... I can watch older movies and newer movies, just not these ones

Anyone able to play these DVD's without backing them up first then playing the ISO, etc..??


Users / Define Orbiter video default sort option as filename
« on: September 26, 2010, 04:18:15 pm »
Hi All, I've been meaning to post this question for ages; Is there a way to define the default sort option for the orbiters? I use filename currently, so when ever I need to look for something in an orbiter I need to redefine the sort option and select "Filename" instead of "Title"?


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