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Users / Switching from 1 network card to 2
« on: July 04, 2007, 04:13:38 am »
I'm currently using an onboard network adapter, but I'd like to add an additional gigabit NIC.  I want to have the onboard card configured for the external network (192.168.2.xx).  It will connect directly to my cable modem and optain an IP from my ISP.  The gigabit card will connect to a gigabit switch on the internal network and will have an IP of 192.168.80.xx.

I've installed the gigabit NIC and Linux detects it as eth1.  My question is, how do I get LinuxMCE to detect the new card?  Is there a network setup wizard or something that I can run?  Or do I need to manually configure /etc/network/interfaces?

Users / Re: How to quit the "Play Video" screen
« on: June 27, 2007, 09:31:16 pm »
If you are using media center remote (MCE 2005) you can press the "Green button".  That takes you back the main menu regardless of what's playing at the time.  I'm not sure which keyboard key the button is actually mapped to.

Users / Re: DHCP and wireless laptop
« on: June 25, 2007, 07:03:00 pm »
I have noticed that I get a slow response when I connect my laptops via WiFi to the core. I can "repair "the connection and even though it seems that the repair has failed it actually works, but slow. I have a D-Link router w/ DHCP off (and its the actual hardware firewall) and two d-link access points and I get the same results from all of them.

I'm also using a D-Link router (DIR-625 Draft N).   I currently have the firewall enabled on the core and the router.  For me the repair hangs when trying to acquire an IP.  I didn't have any luck assigning a static IP either.  I'm not sure what's going on.

Users / Re: DHCP and wireless laptop
« on: June 24, 2007, 11:46:57 pm »
I'm essentially trying to us my wireless router as an access point.  All that I did to the router was to disable the DHCP server from inside the router admin pages.  I'm not sure if anything else is required.  I have the TCP/IP settings under the wireless card configured to obtain an IP automatically.  The TCP/IP settings are identical to the NIC in the laptop.  I'm guessing that the problem must be related to the Wireless AP settings.

I don't need an additional switch between my cable modem and Wireless AP do I?  I assume that my wireless router should be able to serve as a wireless AP and a wired switch at the same time.

Users / DHCP and wireless laptop
« on: June 24, 2007, 07:17:16 pm »
I just discovered today that I'm not able to acquire an IP address from the core DHCP server using the wireless card in my laptop.  I'm able to acquire an IP just fine if I use the physical ethernet connnect.  Here's my setup:

Cable Modem ->Wireless Router (DHCP disabled) ->DCERouter (DHCP server)       
                                                                   ->VOIP Modem (wired connection)
                                                                   ->Laptop (wired)                       
                                                                   ->Laptop (wireless)     

The DCERouter(core) has a single NIC card.  The Laptop and VOIP modem can acquire IPs in the range just fine.  When I disconnect the ethernet cable on the laptop, it can see the wireless router just fine, but it can't acquire and IP from the core.  Should this setup work or am I missing something?

Users / Re: The whole networking thingy!
« on: June 21, 2007, 11:00:31 pm »
Make sure that the core has the necessary ports opened for you VOIP phone.  I ran into a similar issue when I initially disabled DHCP on my router and enabled it on the Core.  My vonage phone could only make outgoing calls.  I'm using an older modem that required a special port to be open.  I had to manually tweak the network settings via the pluto admin pages.

Users / Re: Bring up Mythweb under Plutohome/LinuxMCE
« on: June 20, 2007, 08:58:22 pm »
MythWeb is installed by default with LMCE.  I use it all the time.  I actually prefer it for scheduling recordings over using the MythFrontend.

Users / Cover Art for TV shows?
« on: June 19, 2007, 04:51:42 am »
Is it possible to define cover art for TV shows?  It would be really great to get automatic cover art for shows that I record like Lost, Scrubs, etc.  MythTV tags each recording with a .id3 file, so it should be possible to use that info to pull down the appropriate cover art.

Does LMCE get DVD cover art from IMDB or Amazon or where? 

Users / Re: Xine features in LinuxMCE? A/V sync / zoom
« on: June 18, 2007, 09:36:53 pm »
I can't wait for the Beta3.  This issue and my MythTV HD playback woes are the only things that are preventing me from fully enjoying LMCE.

Users / Re: How To Listen Online Radio With LMCE
« on: June 15, 2007, 11:07:20 pm »

Users / Re: Yet another MythTV question.
« on: June 15, 2007, 05:09:44 pm »
Windows MCE2005 was working fine with this card.  I wiped out my windows partition a few months back, so I can't do an A/B comparison at the moment.  Prior to Ubuntu, I was running Myth on Fedora.  I had quite a bit of tearing during motion but playback was considerably better.  Right now I'm seeing choppy playback, slow motion playback at times, and what looks like macroblocking.  It's completely unwatchable.  My Athlon3500+, 2GB dual channel RAM, 6600GT should be adequate to playback HD.

If I can't get this card working then I'll probably pick up an HDHomeRun and see how it goes.

Users / Re: Yet another MythTV question.
« on: June 14, 2007, 06:55:34 pm »
Changing the PCI latency didn't help.  My next attempt will be to move my capture card to a different PCI slot.  I really wish I could get HD working on this box :(

Users / Re: How to add new media types and formats?
« on: June 13, 2007, 11:00:35 pm »
As far as I know, xine is the only player that's supported.

You can add new media types by updating the pluto_main database and adding them to the MediaType table.  That should allow them to appear, but you won't be able to play them unless Xine can :(

Users / Re: Yet another MythTV question.
« on: June 13, 2007, 05:50:18 pm »
I am not sure about the cause of sluggish playback - but can you take a look at /var/log/syslog and /var/log/messages to see if there are any errors from drivers during playback.

I'll check those logs.  My guess is that I may be running into a PCI latency issue.  The main clue is that I can playback a known good HD video clip just fine, but I can't playback one that I've recorded.  I don't think that playback is the problem.  I'll bet the HD video isn't being captured properly.  According to the link below, the IDE controller needs to have a higher latency setting than the video capture device.  I don't have a problem recording SD content because the bitrate is much lower than HD.  With HD, the capture card has to continually dump data to the drive.  If the IDE latency is set to low, it might not be able to keep up.  That could explain why my recorded shows are very choppy.  They clearly have missing frames.  I'm hoping that's my problem.  I'll try to investigate it this week.

Here's a link describing the situation.

Users / Re: Yet another MythTV question.
« on: June 13, 2007, 06:37:16 am »
Is anyone able to get smooth HD playback using the MythFrontend?  This is driving me insane.  I'm able to playback 1080i 30Mbs HD clips using xine just fine.  If I try to watch a 1080i or 720p broadcast using my ATSC capture card I get sluggish playback and what appears to be macroblocking.  My CPU utilization is at ~50% using xv and my signal strength is in the 90's.  It's the same behavior whether I launch mythfrontend from inside LMCE or from the KDE desktop.  I'm at a loss.  I'd be curious to hear if anyone else has HD playback working with Kubuntu 7.04 and mythTV?

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