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Installation issues / Re: ASUS P5N7A-VM - Install Issues BusyBox Prompt
« on: January 09, 2009, 09:24:50 pm »

Problem is RAM. This goes back to Kubuntu and Ubuntu. Very funny about ram. Note your message says 'initramfs'. It's not liking the ram you have when its trying to start setting things up for the Live Kubuntu to start up.
As I said before Linux is very funny about the quality of ram. Windows on the other hand will use just about any junk out there. In fact Windows actually gets blamed for a lot of problems that are really just bad ram.
Note that even though your ram test will show your ram as good, this is not a good indicator of GOOD linux ram.
Sucks I know. I had the same problem and after much searching this was the fix. I'm very, very cautious about the type of ram I buy now when I want to run Linux.
This is probably why we see such better up times with Linux than with Windows.

Get yourself some new ram (Linux recommended and advertized as linux approved) and I think you'll find your DVD is good.

Best of Luck.

Users / Re: digital picture frame
« on: January 06, 2009, 11:00:58 pm »
Thanks for the pictures and explanation Krys ;D.
I bought four touchpanel computers off eBay and I plan on doing something very similar to what you are. Only I want them more for orbiters to do media director controls. I do want to have our digital pictures displayed while they are not doing anything else so I may have to set them up as media directors to do that. I like the flickr idea as well.
As mine are touch screen I'll have to develop a different kind of frame idea. That's going to take some more thought.

Thanks again for sharing you idea and the results.


Installation issues / Starting KDE desktop (Newbie question)
« on: January 06, 2009, 09:51:22 pm »
I have my system running with a core machine built as a core only (non hybrid). The wiki's say that if you build it as a core only you can start the kde desktop later. However, I can't seem to find the instructions as to how to start the kde desktop.
I'm probably missing something really simple here?
Could use a little help with this.


Users / Re: digital picture frame
« on: January 05, 2009, 10:11:55 pm »

Can you post some pictures of how you built your picture frame?
I for one would like to see them.


Installation issues / Re: PCI error when starting install with DVD
« on: January 01, 2009, 10:23:01 pm »
I'll research the URL again and post it.

I'm using a COMPAQ EVO 1.7Ghz machine and from the sounds of the bug report it is :

Here is another one that applies particularly to those running AMD motherboards and have Linux memory problems but Windows runs fine:

Installation issues / Re: PCI error when starting install with DVD
« on: January 01, 2009, 07:48:09 pm »
Problem solved, but not great.
It turns out that there is a flaw in the kernel for unbuntu 7.10. This is a known bug and won't be fixed until Ubuntu 8.10. so it won't reflect through until LinuxMCE 8.10 is released.

The bug is based upon the PCI memory sharing and the documentation can be found on the ubuntu forums.

The fix is to revert back to LinuxMCE 7.04, which works just fine.

Good news is that 7.04 loaded and is working.


Developers / Re: CM11A - adding new lights...
« on: January 01, 2009, 07:30:25 pm »
Hi Jon:

Due to a kernel problem in 710 and my core computer, I had to go to 704, so I have broken CM11A as well.
Can you send me the X86 binaries or point me to where I can download them for use on my core?

Do you know if anyone has go the PLC (rs232 version) working yet?

Happy New Year.

Users / Re: digital picture frame
« on: January 01, 2009, 06:33:51 pm »

Here's another approach for you.
Get yourself a X10 appliance module for your picture frame. Also, buy a CM11A module and set up LinuxMCE to control it. It's well documented in the Wiki. Then you just set the X10 to turn on when you want it up and turn off when you want it off. Your picture frame should self boot and be ready for you when you want.

I have a number of touch screen in the house that I am going to use in the same fashion as you are doing. I plan to implement the X10 solution.

Incidently, I've been using the X10 solution since they came out originally in the 70's. I still have modules from then that are currently in day to day use.

Good luck.

Users / Sony "Control-S" Device Interface
« on: January 01, 2009, 06:22:12 pm »
If you want to control a Sony multidisc CD player that uses Control-S or S-link protocol you need to check out the Black Box Designs SAVR3 device.
I have no connection to this little company but I have purchased their product, which is current and well supported. It does work as advertised.
The big bonus here is that the three output ports can also be used as IR emitter ports. So for well under $100.00 you get an RS232 to 3 port IR interface and it will control your Sony S-link device.

I have my LinuxMCE core working with X10 and I'm about to integrate this product into my system. I plan to post my results.

Installation issues / CD install help required
« on: December 14, 2008, 04:29:02 pm »
I have a Compaq EVO desktop with 1.7 Ghz motherboard, 280Megs ram, 800 Gig hdd, two nics, and DVD writer installed. On to this I have installed Kubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon, which works great.
I downloaded both LinuxMCE cd's using Ktorent with no problems and the totally verify.
Both CD iso's have been written to CD's at 10X and verify perfectly.

The installation instructions on the Wiki say to us the Kubuntu package installer to load the mce-installer onto the Kubuntu system. However, in Gutsy Gibbon the only package installers available are Gdeb installer and Adept package installer.

When I use either of these installers I get a lot of drive activity from the CDROM drive and the HDD but when all the activity stops there is NO icon on the desktop that I can click on to start the mce-installer.

Where can I go to manually find and start the installer? Incidently, I have downloaded and burnt the iso CD'S at least three times, always with the same results.

One additional thing is that this computer has been running Knoppmyth as a slave for over two years. I also have had Knoppmyth running in a master/slave configuration for the last two years and want to upgrade to LinuxMCE because it seems a better solution.


Installation issues / Re: PCI error when starting install with DVD
« on: December 04, 2008, 11:44:57 pm »
Thanks Krys, I've burnt the DVD twice. Ran the data verification after burning and they were both fine. I've tried starting it at least five times with the same halt.
I loaded Kubuntu 7.10 that I downloaded from the Kubuntu site. Put that on and tried loading the CD version. The instructions say to use the Kubuntu Package Installer, but that doesn't exist on the current distro, only adept installer. It loads the CD#1 somewhere but doesn't create the LinuxMCE icon on the desktop as the instructions say it should. So I have no idea if the installer is set up correctly and even where it is.
This is why I decided to go with the DVD as it is supposed to do it completely. Thought that might be the better approach.
I'm not new to this as I've had KnoppMyth up and running for two years with both a Master machine and a Slave. It all worked fine. The Compaq was infact my slave as it was faster than the Master and produced good video.
So, I'm very puzzled about getting this going.

Thanks again.

Installation issues / PCI error when starting install with DVD
« on: December 04, 2008, 11:27:14 pm »
I downloaded the 7.10 rc2 iso DVD and burned it to a DVD.
I have a compaq P4 1.7 Ghz with 256Megs ram and an 800 Gig drive on IDE plus DVD writter installed.
Also in the box is an Hauppage PVR150 card and a Ethernet NIC card. There is an Ethernet NIC on the motherboard as well.
I get the initial Kubuntu splash screen and then the three options.
After I select the install option the DVD drive starts along with the hard drive and then I get the following two messages on the screen:

[   50.580790] PCI: Failed to allocate mem resource #6:1000@fe000000 for 0000:01:00.0
[   51.273689] Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(104,1).

The funny part is that I have Kubuntu 7.10 loaded and running without a problem on the machine.

Can anyone help me out with this as I'd really like to get LinuxMCE loaded on this machine as my core.


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