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Installation issues / Re: UI2 and MythTV Problems
« on: March 27, 2007, 10:50:47 pm »
Put an exit at the top of /usr/pluto/bin/ and it won't touch the conf file.

You've touched on a HUGE issue.  nVidia's EDID support is all screwed up.  To make matters worse, most TV's give wrong EDID information anyway, reporting via edid to use pc resolutions like 1024x768, not tv resolutions like 1920x1080.  The reason is ce devices connected to tv's generally don't use edid; they just output 720p, 1080i, or whatever the user sets it to.  Therefore tv's generally don't bother implemeting the edid information.

That's why by default the driver is told to ignore edid.  Because in general when edid support is turned on, nVidia will switch to a pc resolution that the tv says it wants (like 1024x768), and then the tv can't display it, or displays it wrong, because what it really needs is 1280x720.

To really screw things up, around about December, nVidia fixed a major bug in their drivers causing crashes, but the ignore edid stopped working reliably.  Some guys at Pluto found a work around (forgot what it is), which i incorporated in linuxmce, and for me it's now working all the time.  But it seems this work around doesn't always work in every case. 

a few of us are on yahoo/skype (see announcement on home page) from time to time.  Try to catch us online so we can see what's causing it.  several people have reported it.  in the meantime, have you tried using ui1 instead of ui2?

Users / Re: Keeping up with Pluto
« on: March 27, 2007, 10:43:24 pm »
The Pluto guys so far have been supportive, so I expect whatever changes they do will get into lmce as well.

Users / Re: Questions for the well informed...
« on: March 27, 2007, 10:42:41 pm »
>> The answer to question #1 is yes.  I installed LMCE and my MCE remote worked beautifully.  The caveat is that I already had the remote configured and working with LIRC and MythTV.  I sort of doubt that it will work out of the box on a fresh install with LMCE.  If you goto and search for "MCE Remote" you will find the how-to page that I followed.

Yes, it does.  USB UIRT and IRTrans are pnp and work every time.  There's no setup or drivers required (ie support is built in).  Use of Microsoft's i/r receiver works about 50% of the time out of the box with no fiddling, depending on which chip is inside (there are multiple flavors).  However it's not as reliable (I wrote a post on this).

Users / Re: HARDWARE - Video Cards? Video Capture Cards? Chipsets?
« on: March 27, 2007, 10:41:01 pm »
>> Remotes?  Thats a definite crap shoot.  If (and im not sure yet) linuxmce uses lirc (the part that talks to your remote) the homepage is here, and it lists on the left all the supported crap:  Supported and actually making it work are 2 different things however.  Its not generally easy.

If you get a usb uirt or irtrans, any generic windows xp mc remote will work.  this is pnp and there's nothing to setup.

Users / Re: Second Hard Drive
« on: March 27, 2007, 10:38:49 pm »
You should have seen a message that says "I detected a new device: Generic Internal Drive (shows drive id)  Shall I use it".  That will add a device 'generic internal drive' under the core.  That should have happened automatically.  If not you can manually add 'generic internal drive' in the admin site.

Users / Re: mythtv problems, mp3 cover art, and visualization
« on: March 26, 2007, 09:14:32 pm »
1) What video driver did you have, what did you want, and what is it switching to?  You can make lmce stop messing with it and the conf file by putting an exit in /usr/pluto/bin/  LMCE and Ubuntu have separate x11 conf's, so they can use different settings.  My experience is the only driver I've ever gotten to work well, even on a stock ubuntu, is the nVidia closed driver.  ATI's drivers crash all the time for me.  The stock nv driver (the open source nvidia driver) I find doesn't work.  I can only pick 3 resolutions: 640x480, 800x600 and 1024x768, no matter what monitor I connect (I've tried several with varying resolutions, but could never get the resolution to match).  Plus the nv driver can't play mpeg files, even within Ubuntu.  I've thrown tons of 1080i mpeg's at it and it chokes.  This is why I always recommend nVidia, and why the XConfigure always switches to nVidia's proprietary drivers.  That combination *should* work, and has worked well on every system I've tried, even with full ATSC hd content.

2) Regarding the PVR-150's...  Almost all the hardware mpeg capture cards use ivtv drivers.  My experience is they're not reliable and crash a lot.  That's why in my recommended configuration I chose the PVR USB 2, which uses the v4l drivers.  As I disclose in the 'what to expect' wiki, they're still not perfect and still do crash sometimes, and myth is very flaky in lmce.  This issue really baflles me because Myth has a huge and loyal user base of ardent fans.  So other users must be getting it work well, and I'm just using the stock myth ubuntu packages.  I'm hoping the myth team can help out with this.  This is a big problem, I know, and I should have disclosed it in the video--I honestly didn't think hardly anybody would see the video so I didn't put much effort into it.

3.  Regarding visualization...  When playing music what you see on the screen is the flickr gallery art.  It was my personal preference that I found this more interesting than a visualizer, especially since it changes each day.  However this is a matter of taste and I agree adding a visualizer in the future versions is a good idea.

4.  Regarding the cover art...  What I have tried doing, and what I did in the video, was to rip a bunch of dvd's *using Windows*, putting them on a NAS or USB drive, and connecting it to LMCE.  Windows MCE uses an xml file next to the dvd rip, which includes cover art info.  LMCE does correctly process windows xml file.  Regarding mp3 files, I've used xp mce (not vista) which didn't do fingerprinting.  Therefore, there was no cover art in windows to import.  So I used the cover art scanner in lmce which did add the cover art to the mp3's id-3 tags.  Since I just use the same mp3 files for each install, LMCE always has the right cover art.  I will have to see with vista if ms stores the cover art somewhere that I can read it, or if it fingerprints each time, which I won't be able to do because that requries a commercial license from AMG.

Users / mythtv problems, mp3 cover art, and visualization
« on: March 26, 2007, 09:10:25 pm »
I got Ubuntu installed and updated and that was working. I then installed LMCE from a CD and although the install worked it seemed to have replaced my nvidia drivers as moving windows around was very slow and sloppy. Although it detected my XP PC's it never used the media that was on them. I had to manually load PlutoBas on them to get it to work. Then there is the issue with no cover art. I've not been able to get this to download cover art automatically like you said you did (or did I misunderstand something?). Then MythTV gave problems about back end server connection or something and I got no guide data or no knowledge of how to get this guide data.

Now, if I could get those simple things working flawlessy I might be able to give it more a test. Questions I have right now (assuming together we can get the above fixed) are:

1. If I have two satellite set top boxes and two PVR 150 cards can LMCE use them like MCE does?

2. Can LMCE visualize whilst I'm playing music?

I'm running LMCE on a PC with a 19" TFT (1280 x 1024) monitor. I can seem to get the menus to display well at all.

Installation issues / Re: Install from CD problems
« on: March 26, 2007, 12:41:28 pm »
because they were removed from teh server to relieve bandwidth.  they should all be loaded on your local hdd's cache from the iso image at install time (iso is mirrorred, the packages cannot be so easily).

Installation issues / Re: Install from CD problems
« on: March 26, 2007, 11:10:26 am »
FYI I'm setting up live yahoo/skype help:

Installation issues / Re: Install Linux mce from desktop fails
« on: March 26, 2007, 11:09:31 am »
FYI I'm setting up live yahoo/skype help:

Installation issues / Re: Stop Checking for Nvidia-Glx darn you...
« on: March 26, 2007, 11:09:08 am »
For the moment try putting an exit in /usr/pluto/bin/   This will disable the auto-installing of necessary software as new devices are connected (ie it won't auto-download tv drivers, etc.), but see if this gets past the immediate hurdle.  FYI I'm setting up live yahoo/skype help:

Users / Re: Not Working....
« on: March 26, 2007, 11:06:50 am »
FYI I'm setting up live yahoo/skype help:

Users / Re: Yeah this is totally easy....wait, what?
« on: March 26, 2007, 11:05:58 am »
FYI I'm setting up live yahoo/skype help:

Users / Re: TV series
« on: March 26, 2007, 11:04:35 am »
LMCE includes MythTV.  So that's a question for

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