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Users / Can I upgrade to Python 2.6?
« on: February 16, 2011, 06:10:00 am »
I have run across two extra software packages in the last month that I would like to install that would require me to have version 2.6 of Python.  I was wondering if I upgrade if I would break anything that relies specifically on version 2.5 of Python?

Thanks, TinkerMan

Users / Re: "Done with new device add" keeps popping up
« on: February 10, 2011, 07:16:39 pm »
I think I solved the problem, The first problem I had was that I was searching for "done with adding new device" which is not what the alert said. So I watched it a few more times and realized exactly what it said "Done with new device added". 

I then found a couple of postings that helped me out. This posting has the explanation from the man himself Thom with a link to a fix on that page.

The fix is to adjust the orbiter's "Alert Level" on the LinuxMCE admin site but I could not find it at first and then I clicked the "Advanced" option and found the setting near the bottom and changed it from "all" to "important" so I hope this works.



Users / [SOLVED] "Done with new device added" keeps popping up
« on: February 08, 2011, 01:31:39 am »
I added a new internal hard drive and everything went fine and is recognized just fine and the the media that's on it works just fine.

I have rebooted twice and I still get the message in the blue box in the left hand corner popping up every hour or so for the last week saying; "xxxxx:Done with new device added: Movies".

I searched the forums and only found this posting with a dead link;

How can I remedy this?

Thanks, TinkerMan

Thanks for the input golgoj4, maybe I should figure out how to submit a future feature request.

Thanks, TinkerMan

Users / Re: DVB Cards info needed for Templates
« on: April 03, 2010, 04:00:43 am »

OK so when I run this command I get these two entries that pertain to the two installed capture cards I have, unless you need the entire list let me know:
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lspci -vn
01:05.0 0480: 1131:7133 (rev d1)
        Subsystem: 1461:1044
        Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 17
        Memory at f9fff800 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2K]
        Capabilities: <access denied>
        Kernel driver in use: saa7134
        Kernel modules: saa7134

01:06.0 0400: 4444:0803 (rev 01)
        Subsystem: 0070:4000
        Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 16
        Memory at dc000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=64M]
        Capabilities: <access denied>
        Kernel driver in use: ivtv
        Kernel modules: ivtv

FYI I also have a PVR350 installed that is auto recognized as a WinTV-PVR150 with S-video and Composite inputs so when I run this command:
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v4l2-ctl -n
        Input   : 0
        Name    : Composite1
        Type    : 0x00000002
        Audioset: 0x00000001
        Tuner   : 0x00000000
        Standard: 0x0000000000FFBFFF ( PAL NTSC SECAM )
        Status  : 65792

        Input   : 1
        Name    : S-Video
        Type    : 0x00000002
        Audioset: 0x00000001
        Tuner   : 0x00000000
        Standard: 0x0000000000FFBFFF ( PAL NTSC SECAM )
        Status  : 0

All I get is one set of S-Video and Composite inputs that I think are the PVR350's inputs not the AverMedia A180's input.  Based on a quote that I read:
Although the card includes S-video and composite inputs (including RCA audio jacks), these inputs don't appear to work in Linux, so you can't use the card for analog recording, even from a set-top box, VCR, or other device. However, it does tune analog channels within its frequency range. It is important to note though that the analog tuner of this card does not have a hardware MPEG2 encoder; it is an old fashioned frame grabber based tuner. Therefore, it is highly discouraged for analog use.
Quote was located @
I guess based on the quote I would not expect the A/V inputs to show up. These are the two commands listed on the first entry if there is another one you would like me to run just let me know.

Users / Re: DVB Cards info needed for Templates
« on: April 02, 2010, 10:59:43 am »
I have info for an AverMedia, AVerTV HD A180 (AVerTV HD MCE A180), more info on this card at MythTV's website

Two informational quotes from MythTV's website
AVerTV HD A180 is an HDTV tuner for OTA (ATSC) or unencrypted digital cable (QAM) signals
The card uses an nxt2004 Frontend chipset with an saa7135 bridge interface. This is similar to the ATI HDTV Wonder and the Kworld ATSC 110.

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sudo lspci -v
01:05.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors SAA7131/SAA7133/SAA7135 Video Broadcast Decoder (rev d1)
        Subsystem: Avermedia Technologies Inc Device 1044
        Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 17
        Memory at f9fff800 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2K]
        Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
        Kernel driver in use: saa7134
        Kernel modules: saa7134

I think this is a great card with a great picture, I have had it in operation for a little over 2 years now. First year in just a stand alone myth system and last year in a LinuxMCE 710 system and now I just recently upgraded to 810 and it manually installs fine. I have compared the picture side by side with Myth's "PBP" (picture by pictue) feature against a HDHomeRun both in full 1080p and in my opinion it has just as good of a picture and I can't tell the two apart. My comparison test has only been for OTA HD (ATSC 8VSB).

The only thing I had to do was download the firmware and copy it into the /lib/firmware directory and rebooted and it worked.

One final note, the script to download the firmware is broke but here is a note from and also
NOTE: Running the perl download script causes wget to exit with a 404 error. This is caused because updated their domain to "". To fix this you must edit 'get_dvb_firmware' at line 320 after the gzip -d command. Replace '' with '' and it should download properly

Both the Kworld and ATI Myth sites are very helpful because the A180 site seems to be a little outdated.

If there is any other info you need just let me know.

Good luck, TinkerMan

Users / Re: Crystalfontz vfd/lcd, how do I install it??
« on: April 02, 2010, 09:52:48 am »
I'm going to bump this a bit

It has been a little over a year since I posted this and I didn't want to be a pest because I knew you guys were working hard on the 810 release.  I have recently upgraded to the 810 release and I still have the exact same problem as before.

Users / Is there a "Viewed" or "Unviewed" attribute that I can set?
« on: April 02, 2010, 09:12:54 am »
I have just updated to LinuxMCE 810, (I was previously running 710 for a little over a year) and I have a collection of movies on a network share that I added back to LinuxMCE but most of the movies I have already watched. when I was adding the IMDB metadata I was looking for an attribute that I could set for the movies that I have already watched but I could not find one, although I know the system keeps track of it some where. 

Thanks, TinkerMan

p.s. great work on this new release, MUCH APPRECIATED!!!!

Users / Re: Can I update without reconfiguring my RAID 5
« on: February 03, 2010, 07:50:55 pm »
Will do. If all goes well maybe I can put up a wiki if others are interested.

Thanks again,


Users / Re: Can I update without reconfiguring my RAID 5
« on: February 03, 2010, 07:08:46 pm »
I guess I have just one more question more or less for clarification. After I install Kubuntu I will then need to install MySQL before LinuxMCE, restore the database and then install LinuxMCE, correct?? The main question is; will the MySQL that I install from the Kubuntu repositories be the same one (version) that LinuxMCE would pull in or require. I know things have greatly improved but I remember that 710 was unable stay up to date with the repos but I don't think this is the case anymore. I also know that sometimes it is a MythTV requirement to have a certain version.



Users / Re: Can I update without reconfiguring my RAID 5
« on: February 03, 2010, 05:57:27 pm »
That's good news!! Prior to LinuxMCE I have run (and still do) a MythTV install on a Gentoo system for 4 years+, so I have had to manually work with and configure mysql before so no problem there. I found two wiki entries on the MythTV site that should work; and This should be all the info I need unless you guys think of something else just let me know because I will be upgrading soon.

Thanks for the help jimbodude!!


Users / Can I upgrade without reconfiguring my RAID 5
« on: February 03, 2010, 07:58:12 am »
I currently have a LinuxMCE 710 setup with six hard drives; four of which are in a RAID 5 array for MythTV storage,  one with LinuxMCE 710 on it and another drive that is blank for this intended upgrade.  The question is, does the new install of LinuxMCE 810 need to recreate the array or is it possible somehow to just read the original as it is and keep the 4 hard drive RAID 5 array intact with the data still on it.  I realize I would still have to do a MythTV MySQL database backup on the 710 and then a restore on the 810. Yes I suppose I could google around for an answer but I built the array through the Pluto-Admin RAID configuration page and I don't know how it is tied into LinuxMCE.

Thanks, TinkerMan

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Users / Crystalfontz vfd/lcd, how do I install it??
« on: March 19, 2009, 09:50:44 am »
From what I have been able to find on the wiki and the forums it seems that Crystalfonts vfd/lcd are supported by LinuxMCE but I can't find a howto for installing it.  The closest thing I could find is the howto for the MSI Media Live Barebone under hardware in the wiki.  I was able to follow that to the point of having to enter something in the 'command line' field of the device template and yes I did use the 'Crystal Fontz USB/RS232 #1722' device template.  

Just a little FYI, before I added the device template I plugged the vfd in with usb and it was not recognized and also rebooted and it still was not recognized so then I followed the MSI lcd wiki to the point of the 'command line' then saved template settings and rebooted and nothing on the vfd sceen besides the flashing cursor. I noticed when the launch manager was starting things it hung a while on the Crystal Fontz device. I then checked the launch manager log file and this is what I found,

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tail /var/log/pluto/LaunchManager.log

Not starting device 61 Crystal Fontz USB/RS232 - binary is not found, probably it is in the middle of installation

I then thought maybe the binary that was not found was supported by the lcdproc package so I installed that then restarted but made no difference so now I stuck.

OK looks like I have to bump this a bit

I will ask two, (more specific) short answers questions so that I will know if this is worth trying to figure out.

#1 I know that rs-232 is a bi-directional means of communication between a receiver and LMCE, but does it or can it send more information (like what's being displayed on the receiver's vfd) to LMCE than just an acknowledge of the received command from LMCE and it's current status.  being I don't have a receiver with rs-232 (I will buy one and work on this if it's possible) I need someone that does to enlighten me.

#2 If the first question is possible then is their a device template capable of displaying this info on a lcd/vfd screen or is it possible to make one?

If any of this is possible it would also be cool for the information to be overlaid on a MD for a short peirod of time after the receiver has changed a setting.
This would be a great option for a room like a shop, garage, or a kitchen when you just want audio and don't want to have the expense of buying a MD, monitor, and a remote just for listening to audio.

Thanks again and keep up the great work this is a phenomenal software package,  TinkerMan

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