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Installation issues / Re: Installed, but not able to watch TV
« on: June 10, 2008, 11:26:12 pm »
That interesting, i'm still trying to grasp that concept, i've seen this suggested to many people about using a different software if they only want PVR.  Maybe people are being misled by the title, LinuxMCE... MCE does denote exactly what you guys are suggestion to those few...

Maybe, LinuxHOME, or AutoLinux, something stupid like that would not misguide so many PVR/TV enthusiasts?

Personally, I mostly use it for a PVR, but only because the interface, and video/music libraries are unmatched by any other PVR solution i've seen.  Well, in UI2 mode that is.  And I use IP cameras along with Asterik for phone notification, for home security.

Installation issues / Re: Remotes behaving badly.
« on: June 10, 2008, 08:24:23 am »
I solved the problem with the repeated commands by creating a .lircrc with a delay setting in it telling it to ignore repeated key presses within a specified threshold.

The arrow keys still don't work inside mythtv put work everywhere else...

Installation issues / Re: Remotes behaving badly.
« on: June 08, 2008, 08:17:52 pm »
I have continued to play with this issue.  Noone else has experienced something similar? 

I have since tried this with 3 different MCE remotes of different flavors.  (two silvers, and a black one).  I also used different recievers, I did this in a methodical fashion. 

If I understand correctly, the remote behaves dynamically depending on where you at in the orbiter...  So that would explain why my arrow keys and such won't work in Myth, maybe it doesn't realize i'm using myth so it doesn't switch/load the codes for Myths keymappings?  Shot in the dark here...

Doesn't explain the double key pressing...

I also installed on a different machine with a fresh download.  Same results..

I'm sure it's something to do on my end if noone else has had this problem...

Installation issues / Remotes behaving badly.
« on: June 07, 2008, 03:38:20 am »
Does anyone know of an issue with the Windows MCE remote/reciever where two things happen;

1. Initially directly after install, the remote works fine in the orbiter, but once inside mythtv none of the arrow keys, numbers, work, but the shortcut buttons like for the guide do work.

2. I did nothing, one day the remote arrow keys started working in mythtv, but now it acts like I pressed the button twice, for example i'm moving through my movie list or tv guide and it always jumps two items.  As if i hit it twice.  I checked if maybe the remote was re-transmitting the signal very fast, and it is not.  It doesn't repeat transmission until 5 seconds of holding the button down.

I've experimented with the lirc.conf, re-mapping buttons, etc... I've probably learned way more about lirc and the way remotes work in mce than i really wanted to lol.

I'm out of ideas...

Installation issues / Re: Dell SX270 and UI2
« on: March 31, 2008, 11:13:56 pm »
The mounting of drives and shares is being handled by the autofs daemon.  I do not know all that much about this feature, but it seems to me that the autofs daemon unmounts filesystems after some time of inactivity.  This could be the source of your unmounting... since it locks your system up when it happens, then just need to configure autofs not to unmount on inactivity.

I could be WAY off here too, like I said, I know jack about autofs.

I don't think you'll get your keyboard working in linux on a mac.  I say this because of an experience I had.  I had bought one of those slim bluetooth keyboard they make for Mac's, because I liked it.  I use it on a Windows machine.  Well, once I installed linux on my windows box, and could not get it to see my keyboard.   Come to find out, this is because the way a Mac bluetooth keyboard authenticates to the dongle is backwards then PC based bluetooth keyboards. 

Normal scenario with say a Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard under windows. 

You connect the dongle, connect the keyboard, discover the device.  You then enter a 4 to 6 digit number into your keyboard and press enter.  You then type that same number into the dialog box on your windows computer.

A scenario with a mac keyboard under windows.

You connect the dongle, connect keyboard, discover the device.  The dialog box on the screen gives you a 6 digital number to type into the keyboard and press enter.

See, backwards.  I actually found out that only the Bluesoliel software will make a Mac keyboard work under Windows.  This is because Bleusoliel knows how to handle the backwards auth.  The Widcomm stack does not, Widcomm just gives me a blank dialog box waiting for input.  Except the keyboard already broadcasted the input to the dongle, the software just doesn't know it supposed to be listening for it.

Linux is a similar problem, I got my microsoft bluetooth keyboard working great under linux, but the Mac keyboard will not.

Developers / Re: MythTV Plugin
« on: March 31, 2008, 09:21:16 pm »
The problem was that I was not paying attention and I was compiling the binary for 32bit os, and I was running the amd64.  Easy fix, just an oversight.  I did try compiling the binaries for amd64 platform, but was not very successful so I just re-installed with the i386 version on my system.

I don't continually upgrade my distro because I am a firm believer in several philosophies that involve simplicity. Among them are Occam's Razor, many of Confucious's Ideals, etc...  Simply put...

If it isn't broke, I won't fix it.

There are no updates in b4 I have seen that will benefit me, therefore screw it.

The plugin was broke for me though.  Using BOB interlacing puts lines and jitter in my TV picture, Kernel method was smooth as hell.  But the source code was forcing the Bob setting on me.  Also enabling Vsync did my picture alot of justice.  Enabling vsync removed the jitter from MythTV's channel info overlay (when changing channels)  I also wanted my saved tv shows to go elsewhere.  I had modified everything neccessary in LMCE to do this, but couldn't figure out why recording kept going into the old folder, until again, I looked in the source code and it was hardcoded.  All is well now, recompiled, and works exactly the way I want it.

I was confused, I originally got into LInux because of it's versatility, I could configure it any way I please.  So why all of the sudden products that enforce optional settings?  (Not calling the save path optional, I understand it's concept, I just didn't like it being in the same path that UpdateMedia looks in.  Kept getting mytht's 10342342_342342.mpg files in my media list.  Moving the location of the files worked perfectly.

Installation issues / Re: via epia sn18000g boot problem
« on: March 31, 2008, 09:07:35 pm »
I've had this issue before.  I found a typo in the configuration file for my diskless machine.  I have no idea how it got there, but i suggest giving them quick look for obvious typos.  I don't remember the actual typo, or even where they are located, I can't check at the moment.  The config files are in a subdirectory of /tftpboot/ and it was a very small file.

I remember my problem was a line had a carriage return in the middle of it, splitting one line in half, the other half underneath itself.

Every month or so this happens and I have to fix it.

Or you can just delete it from the webadmin and re-install it.  I'm finding this is becoming best practice with this software.  Reinstalling stuff to fix things.

If this is a new MD, sorry I don't know.  Except check the default configuration file for typos instead.

Installation issues / Re: Dell SX270 and UI2
« on: March 31, 2008, 09:01:30 pm »
Regarding the video issue, I don't think you understand what he's trying to say.  There are tons of cards out there that support OpenGL, but only a handful of them are going to work with LMCE.  Also, it's actually not LMCE's problem either, it's more of a Linux in general issue.  You see, the video drivers that are available for linux determines how well it's going to work with Linux.  And the only company out there putting forth any effort in stable, reliable, effecient linux drivers is NVidia.  Hence why everyone recommends going with Nvidia cards.

Concerning the permissions of your share, did you click "not use" and "make all public" or the other?
I would recommend deleting the device from the webadmin page and allow it to re-detect and reconfigure the share.


Try setting the permissions manually.
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chown -R linuxmce:public /mnt/device/33

Installation issues / Re: Can't start MythTV anymore :-(
« on: March 31, 2008, 08:35:41 pm »
Yes I resolved my mythtv problem.  Although mine is not consistent with your cause.  My Mythtv problem was caused by me replacing the file with my own pre-compiled version (omitting some forced options like where mythtv save video files).  My problem was something simple, I was compiling a 32bit version of the .so and was trying to use it on an amd64 platform, which I know does not work so I don't know why I did a bonehead that.  I eventually re-installed using the i386 version since I couldn't get anything to compile for amd64.

I found my problem by watching the /var/log/pluto/DCERouter.log as the router boots up.  I saw a message in there saying something to the effect of "PLugin not registered wrong elfclass (ELFCLASS32).".

As you can see from the error message, I realized my mistake immediately.  Maybe you should try watching that log file from another computer at a terminal as the system is booting and see if there are any errors about registered the  The content of the error message may point you in the right direction.

Otherwise re-install, seems like the most common fix around here.  I know i've re-install hundreds of times just to fix minor problems because there didn't seem to be any other way.  I eventually set my system up so re-installing is nothing but 45 minutes to me.  Copying all my save configuration, modified binaries, etc... is a 2 minute job and viola i'm done if 47 minutes.

I need to start off by saying everything worked perfectly previously.  Nothing has changed, no hardware, no software, just came home one day and sound stopped coming from playing my movies.  Only movies without AC3 encoding would have sound.

So I rebooted and went back into the AV wizard, and when it's playing DD/AC3 sound test, I hear it just fine.  So I answer yes... then of course my reciever does not support DTS, therefore I hear no sound from the DTS test and answer no.

I get back into LMCE, and sound works from MythTV (my sound config for myth is modified to play sound through my spdif/iec958 with AC3 passthrough enabled)

I get sound in movies not supporting DD/AC3 and just use 2 speaker stereo.

When I play a movie that does have DD tracks, I get no sound. 

I have had this problem in the past about a month ago, and I distinctly remember re-running the AV wizard being sure I answered the questions properly fixed it before.  This time it's not working.

So I figured whats a 103rd re-install of lmce to me, so I re-installed again and am getting the same results.

I've gone through all sorts of documentation regarding alsa configs, xine configs.  I've referenced posts here, posts elsewhere, wiki's here and elsewhere, and none of this information seems relevant because all of it is assuming there is a configuration problem.  But as I follow instructions put forth in all this documentation, as I follow the directions i'm finding that all my config files are ALREADY setup properly, just as the documentation states.  So I never had to change anything, my configs are consistent with all the documentation i've referenced. 

At first I suspected the AC3/DD decoding capability burned out in my reciever, which is why I immediately rebooted to the avwizard, and the AC3/DD test int he Avwizard plays 5.1 sound perfectly.  Just not when i'm back in lmce.

Nforce 520LE Chipset
IDT HD 6-channel HD audio CODEC using the snd-hda-intel sound module

Any ideas, point in the right direction maybe?

Installation issues / Re: Can't start MythTV anymore :-(
« on: March 25, 2008, 07:15:29 pm »
Well, a guy in my other post reccommended to watch DCERouter.log and see if the is being registered.  So I assume that will be our next question, if not, then how to manually register it properly?

Developers / Re: MythTV Plugin
« on: March 25, 2008, 07:01:37 pm »
Ok, Thank you much, now I know where to look.  I'm sure I looked in that log before, but I also didn't know exactly what I was looking for, now I do, thank you.  I'll look into this tonite.

Installation issues / Re: Can't start MythTV anymore :-(
« on: March 24, 2008, 08:02:15 pm »
I am having an identical problem with the identical error message, but for a different reason.

Did anything ever come of this?

Developers / MythTV Plugin
« on: March 24, 2008, 07:56:28 pm »
I saw another guy talking about recompiling the MythTV Pugin so that some of the interlacing options aren't forced on him.  I started a new thread since that other user was being bashed to death for some dumb comments.  I was wondering if, he or anyone else has ad any luck with this and could give me a hand or point me in the right direction?  Here is my situation.

I could care less about the interlacing setting, but I do wish to change is the save path for TV shows, i'd rather not have all those miscellaneous channel flipping recordings that are only 5 and 4 minutes long showing up on my media list.  Besides, the way I handle MythTV recordings does not require it to be inside pluto's structure. I never leave my recordings as 4239592345_929435.mpg, I also change it's name (in database also) and move it to a more proper location, something like /home/public/data/video/tvshows.  On top of that, I could never figure out how to tell it to record it's shows on a network share that I told to use auto and use pluto structure.  But everytime I changed the path in mythtv-setup, i noticed, it would revert back every reboot or quickreload. So after reading that guys post about changing the setting in the source, I downloaded and checked the source and sure enough, /home/public/data/tv_shows_# is set in the source code.  I would like to have this go elsewhere outside of pluto's structure and i'll compensate anything looking for that directory as I get to it.

Anyways, that was my situation, here is my problem.

Unlike other guy, I managed to compile the plugin successfully first try.  Except when I put the resulting in place of the distro /home/usr/pluto/, TV won't start from the interface with an error of
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"I cannot play this media. Perhaps there is not a valid device in this entertainmnt area capabale of playing it."
So, how can I tell the interface to open MythTV properly?  I know my .so works because MythTV runs perfectly find from the KDE Desktop, it just won't launch from lmce.  I checked the log files while I attempt to launch MythTV, and there was nothing of any interest.   I do admit I might not have been thorough in checking the logs, there are just so many of them.  I tried to just grep for myth with a a numeric expression to match the time frame I was trying to start MythTV, and found nothing of any relevance.

Oh I used the charonmedia source, I understand the source is not stable yet/will break installs?  I think i read that somewhere...
I'm compiling on a 7.04 updated installation.
I'm running 7.10b3 as production box.
Any ideas?

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