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Okay, it's been a while since I last posted, but I have been playing with LMCE a lot and have small list of problems I am struggling to get my head around.  Some of the problems I have a few more ideas to try, some I'm at a bit of a loss and am wondering if anyone can guide me.

My system: Core
MB:  Asus M4A77
CPU:  AMD Athlon II X2 235e
GPU:  Nvidia 9400GT
TVCard:  Leadtek DTV2000 rev J
Optics:  Liteon 4x Bluray
Storage: 1x300GB for OS, 3x1.5TB for media (Raid 5)
OS:  0810 beta Buid 23165
Display: Samsung 32"

The first issue has been with my core/hybrid, It's connected to a samsung 32" TV via a HDMI cable, but I get a constant Vsync problem, and an overscan problem.  When going through the install process I noticed that in KDE, before LMCE is installed, the screen looks perfect, fits nicely in all the corners, and syncs properly.  When I install LMCE it doesn't fit the screen and starts loose vsync on moving images.

I have looked into this and tried a lot of things already, but I think I have narrowed it down to LMCE does not by default support my TV's native resolution of 1360 768/60.015, so on my last install I saved a copy of the xorg.conf before LMCE and will try forcing it to run.  I know this will make the orbiter the wrong size but I figure I can still check if its working or not, and create the orbiter settings after.

Just wondering if anyone else has had similar problems, and/or why the built in support (I think it's part of the Nvidia driver) for automatically setting up the monitor that works in KDE is overwritten in LMCE?

Software Raid
Found that the WebAdmin didn't work for setting up the raid on my 3 1.5TB drives.  After some googling I
found out that if I ran the command "sudo modprobe md-mod" then suddenly the mdadm commands started to work, and ovular, the web-admin raid started to work.  I decided to setup manually (just so I know how it
works), but every time I restart the computer I have to run "sudo modprobe md-mod".  I'm going to add this
to the start-up but wondered if this was done on purpose, or is there an option already somewhere to enable raid support?

Laptop Orbiter
I have "Modified" and old laptop (Dell Inspiron 5100) I was given into a tablet PC and was trying to get this to netboot as a thin client, however when it boots up it just comes up with the message "Failed to start X".  I have noticed that when the core boots the "V412" fails, am I correct in thinking this is the ATI drivers package, and if so would this mean the netboot device would be missing the ati display drivers? (It has onboard ati graphics, and yes i know i cannot use UI2AB but hey, it was free)

TV Tuner
Unfortunately my TV card is not natively supported, however I have seen on the wiki ( there is a walk through, I have tried this once with no success and wondered if it makes any difference that I'm using the VDR software rather than Mythtv, iso am I doing the right thing by using VDR, only reason I chose it is because in the setup the description sounded better (better setup for digital signals).

From what I gather there is no native support for this at the moment (due to some git adding over the top encryption to them) in LMCE or in fact in Linux at all.  I did however notice some work that has been done with MakeMKV to be able to stream the decrypted file to other players, has anyone played with this yet? (

All in all I'm making progress, and starting to get use to Linux commands (very daunting at first).  I have a machine put to one side that I'm going to setup as a development rig, but I wanted to get my core up and running first and get used to using the system.

Developers / Fresh meat.
« on: June 22, 2010, 01:29:24 pm »
Hi guys

I'm new to the forums and thought I would introduce myself and see what kind of projects are on the go.  I work as a petrochemical engineer in the Isle of Man (small rock in the Irish sea), and do quite a lot of VB.Net programming making control systems for the factory. 

I have been using Vista MCE for a while (with an Xbox extender as that all you can get) and thought I would build a new "Ultimate" media centre to control my house and act as a file server.  I have had a look around at almost all the programs I could use for this and so far LMCE has the most promise of fulfilling my goal. 

So, it comes down to this, I want to use LMCE but see there are some parts of it I would like to tweak, and as this is a community project thought I would get started by seeing what's already happening rather than just doing my own thing.

My Strengths,
    Hardware Software interfacing, I have a bit of electrical engineering under my belt so I can make some simple hardware.
    VB.Net Syntax
    GUI components (got an A level in art)
    Work instructions / manuals (dull but I do this a lot at work)
My Weaknesses
    Linux, this is the first time I have used it and it's proving a steep learning curve
    C syntax, again I know programming fundamentals but not great with the C syntax
    Beer drinking, or is that a strength? hummmmmm.

Things I was thinking of tweaking
* UI, mainly media searching, making it look prettier, and ironing out some bugs, like sort by album showing 30 same albums when the album contains various artists.
* Play list making, trying to make an add to play list button 

Anyway, I'm gona shut up for now and see if you think I can be of any help.


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