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Installation issues / Acer Aspire R1600
« on: October 09, 2009, 09:12:43 pm »
Trying to install LMCE 810 on an Acer Aspire R1600 and document the process here: as that there didn't seem to be a running wiki link for this unit and it's now available in the us.

I tried following this: posted in this topic:

but get an error that libvdpau0 cannot be installed as experienced here:

Anyone else run into this?  It looks like, from that post, that all you need to do is uninstall the previous versions of glx.  Going to try this when I get home...

Users / Win Orbiter IP Shortcut- "dcerouter" not ip address
« on: August 20, 2009, 06:10:17 am »
This came as a duh moment for me, but others may benefit from my slowness.

I use a win orbiter on my wife's laptop and she lets me know when the IP address of the core changes.  If, you put in "dcerouter" instead of the xx.xx.xx.xx ip address it will automatically find whatever address is required and start the orbiter.

Not exactly helping the beta come out any faster, but post here FWIW.

OK, as the title says I'm trying to get my usb to RS232 adapter to control my Denon AVR-2807. 

Here's what I know:
1) Purchased (2) usb to serial adapters from our favorite famous four letter market place (will provide details for anyone curious which ones I bought, $6.48 for 2 units shipped to US)
2) Connected Denon unit to core via cable

LMCE didn't seem to recognize that the cable had been connected and the receiver was not found when going through the Setup Wizard.

That said, played around with lsusb and found that linux was discovering that the cable was being connected.  Following that, I played with the ruby codes and surprisingly typing in the code:  "/usr/pluto/bin/TestSerialPort -p /dev/ttyUSB2 -P N81 -b 9600 -t "MVUP\r"" caused the receiver's volume to increase.

1) Receiver is controllable  (check)
2) usb to serial cable is compatible with LMCE (check)

Here's where I'm stuck.  As described here: my usb to serial device is being listed as a pci0000 something and not /dev/ttyUSB2.  After applying the hack, no devices are listed in the drop down menu, so I saved the backup file on top of the which gave me the list of available port.  When I try the only pci device not used (have one used by zwave and one used by usbuirt) it doesn't send a signal to the receiver.

So I went to this:

I Just want to give an update on my status with Insteon setup, the 7.10 with direct serial port to the hybrid worked without any problem first try, my LinuxMCE 810 Alpha 2.21 with USB2Serial adapter, now is working, with the following modifications:
1) changing default value of "#37 COM port on PC" to "/dev/ttyUSB0"
2) select "pci0000:00/0000:00:02.0+5" from the drop down list of the device data COM Port on PC
3) Created (for Plug n Play) per Wiki instructions

I attached the data exchanged between LinuxMCE with PLM module if someone interested.

from here:

I think if I could get past step 1 of ccousdi's post then everything would work. 

Retyping the questions:
1) How/where do I do step 1 above?
2) How do I test if it is working- if I select TV from the menu should the receiver change to input TV?  This doesn't seem to make sense as that the core has the tv tuners and I am really only going to want LMCE to change the volume on the receiver, turn it off and change the speakers that the audio is output to.

BTW, my house has the patio directly outside of the family room.  So I want to get a set of wireless speakers and change the media scenario in LMCE which causes the receiver to output to the wireless speakers and the speakers in the family room.  I'm hoping that any lag between the transmitter and receiver in the speakers is negligible and there will appear to be no sync issues.

Any suggestions or posts that I missed in the forums that talks about doing this?

Users / 810 Mythtv crashes only on Core
« on: June 07, 2009, 04:11:29 pm »
This may be what was experience and led to Trac #195:

I did a fresh 810 install and configured the Hauppauge PVR-150 on my M3A78-EM:

Whenever I click "TV" from the main screen the my loading bars will go to 100% each, then the screen will go black for 4 seconds after which time the cursor will appear (the single arrow, not the 4 arrow cursor) and 2 seconds after the UI screen will appear with the 4 arrow cursor hovering over the now playing box.

When I try to run mythtv from the desktop it errors out with a "segmentation fault (core dumped)"

When I went to "computing" "mythtv setup" "general" there was no Security Pin.  I entered "0000', but this does not seem to make any difference.

What I find even more odd is that mythtv works great on 2 other MDs.  There is only the one PVR-150 for the system and it is installed on the core.

Any ideas?

Installation issues / WebDT Orbiter Generation Function/Bug??
« on: June 06, 2009, 05:13:27 am »
Before posting on Trac, wanted to see if anyone else has experienced this:

If you boot a WebDT for the first time and go through the process you are eventually prompted to do a quick reboot before using the device.  If you complete the process (except the reload phase) and start another non-configured WebDT, the second WebDT's first displayed screen will ask you to reload the router rather than the WebDT configuration screens.  If you reboot at that point then both WebDTs will function as though they are the same- only one is registered under "orbiters" in the admin pages (I think it is the first one, but haven't gone to the effort of matching MAC addresses).  This maybe a problem for multiple reasons, but for me it's a problem because the orbiters are in different rooms and as that only one is listed under orbiters, only one room can be selected for display on startup (I have my orbiters default to the room they are in when they start).

There is a very simple fix- delete the listed orbiter in the admin pages and reload the WebDTs.  There maybe a reason for allowing several WebDTs to essentially be the same (redundancy or ????), but it seems to be a bug.

Any thoughts?

Any one know how to add the master controller to LMCE so LMCE listens to commands sent from the master controller?

I have an Intermatic HA07 that is sometimes used to control the lights rather than resuming an orbiter from sleep.  The problem is that the HA07 can turn on/off a light just fine (as can LMCE) but if the lights are turned on/off by the HA07 the status in LMCE doesn't change.  To be clear, if the lights are off (LMCE is stating they are off) and the lights are turned on using the HA07, LMCE's light status doesn't change- and vise versa.

My understanding, was that z-wave devices all talk to each other and, if needed, they act as repeaters.  So the signal should get back to my micasaverde z-wave dongle.

Any ideas/suggestions?

Users / MythTv Tune Preset Tuner to Channel
« on: February 10, 2009, 04:03:01 am »
For about a week, MythTV worked excellent with my cable box and the USB-UIRT.  Then, whenever I started MythTV I would only get static.  When I plugged the cable directly into my pci tv tuner (Hauppauge PVR-150) I see that I am on channel 15.  Trying to change the channel only results in the cable box changing to the channel I selected.

Now, I know MythTV needs to be setup to "preset tuner to channel".  I have this set to my channel (3) and I even have the "starting channel" set to 3.

Does anyone have any experience with this or suggestions?

Users / Electrical Metering
« on: January 20, 2009, 06:21:55 pm »
Here's an 'interesting' way to meter your electrical:

But it looks like z-wave is going to allow for smart metering.  Anyone know anything about this?  Potential time frame, price, etc?

Users / HDMI-CEC (Sony's Theater Sync)
« on: December 29, 2008, 11:10:20 pm »
Got a new tv for x-mas- KDL-46WL140  (haven't tried it with LMCE yet) but it doesn't have a RS-232 port.  Instead it uses "Theater Sync" see here:  or here:

I've looked thru the posts- looks like RS-232 has been the standard I/O, but I'm curious if anyone has any experience with control thru HDMI

Users / WebDT 366 Speakers
« on: December 16, 2008, 03:16:11 am »
Does anyone know how to turn off the volume on the 366's short of unplugging the speakers? 

I turned on a 366 for the first time and it sounds like the speakers have been turned up to max.  You get that audible buzz that I would like to turn off if possible.


Users / Remotely control house w/o using Web Orbiter
« on: December 05, 2008, 07:47:12 pm »
Because I can't reply to this thread: I'll start another.

Thom-  First off the WebDT orbiter is amazing- so certainly no complaints/criticisms/arguments.

In reference to the above linked thread, has anything changed that would allow an orbiter to be used remotely?  At some point I think I read that Pluto/LMCE was designed to be a WAN based system rather than a LAN based with internet access.  I would like to be able to drop off a DT366/N810 at my parents house that they could leave on their counter while I am out of the city that would give them near full control of the house to check security cameras/turn on lights to give the appearance that someone was home or whatever.

I know this can be done with the web orbiter and I could setup schedules to turn on particular lights and send images from webcams to my phone, but if it is possible to do this from a N810 already I would prefer the later solution.

Users / Slow Transfer Rates to NAS
« on: October 14, 2008, 06:06:01 am »
I have 2 NAS's- a DNS-323 and a HP MediaSmart.   Both have exactly the same harddrive, but the Dlink (the DNS-323) is connected through the external network- using this:  The MediaSmart is connected to the internal network- it's plug-and-play  (I'll put it in the wiki). 

Both are connected using a 10/100 connection (my internal and external nics on the core are only 10/100). 

It takes ~20 minutes to copy 9 Gb to the DNS-323 and ~40 minutes to copy to the HP.  There are no excessive cable lengths (approx 20' on each) and everything is running cat5e, even though only at 100 mbps.

Comparing the devices configurations in the admin pages, I don't see anything substantially different- they're a little different because they're on different networks, but other than that, no major differences.

Any ideas on how to increase the speeds on the HP?  The DNS-323 is supposed to be notoriously slow.

Thanks for the help

Installation issues / BYTECC Gigabit PCI-E NIC
« on: September 08, 2008, 03:38:20 am »
Anyone have any experience with this card?

It is about 1/2 the price of the intel gigabit pci-e cards, but if twice the headache...

I just started getting the above error when trying to boot a media director.

This is for the same setup as I've posted on before (Asus_M3A78-EM with AMD 64bit 4200+) using the 64bit DVD installation.  I was trying to get my N810 working with the above setup and ended up deleting the installation information for the 32bit computer- oops.

So, this computer had been working with this setup and then I deleted it.  For whatever reason, now when I try to PXE boot into it, I can get an ip address from the server and it begins the data transfer, but then kicks out with the above error.

I have another 64bit computer that I was able to get everything installed using....

I am unable to disable ACPI completely, it just says there are different modes that I can change it to.  It was working, now it's not, not sure why.

Any ideas?

Users / DHCP server on both NICs
« on: August 11, 2008, 05:38:30 pm »
I just got an Asus M3A78-EM (will update wiki shortly), but am having problems with what seems to be the feeding of ip address on both NICs. 

The board has an integrated NIC and I added a second pci based NIC.  I wanted the onboard NIC to be on the internal network (it is gigabit to fit my gigabit switches) and the pci NIC to be on the external network.  BTW- I have a linksys router that I use to split the internet connection just after a cable modem- my core feeds directly off this router and my GF's computer as well so that she receives a .1.xx address and the other computer receive a .80.xx from the core.

The problem:  I ipconfig /renew her XP based machine and received a .80.xx address AND on the other internal network I was able to PXE boot a media director.  That is to say that LMCE was acting as a dhcp server and feeding my GF's computer through the linksys router and it was feeding ip addresses through the external network.

Now, what I really don't understand was that when the media direct was booting from the network I happened to mention that it was given the ip address .1.102 and the default gateway was .1.1.  It seems that the core was feeding .80.xx on the external network and was allowing the router to pass ip's through the core to feed the media director, but the media director was still receiving the PXE information.

With that all said and done, I figured I just had the wires on the core flipped- so I manually changed them (instead of using the admin configuration).  Now, the media director doesn't receive the PXE signal and the core can't get online.  I looked at the MAC addresses physically stamped on the cards, compared them with the network configuration in the admin pages, and found that I had the wiring correct the first time.

This is an AMD 64bit installation.  Has anyone else seen a similar scenario?


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