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Users / Re: Low Audio Volume on VIA Chipset
« on: September 24, 2007, 03:30:13 pm »
Hi

I have an Asus Pundit P2-AE2 Mini barebones system which Im using as a network boot media director.
It has the following chipsets

North Bridge: VIA K8M800
South Bridge: VIA VT8237R

Audio is a ADI AD 1888
6 Channel Codec

I have everything working great on this except for the audio is very quiet. No matter what I set in the mixer in kd the audio is very low. I have to turn my reciever upto full to be able to hear anything. When I switch to another input on the reciever the volume is deafening.
Any help on how to sort out this volume issue would be appreciated.

Regards

You could run the AVwizard again and make sure that the default volume is set correctly there (check if the audio volume is ok in the Wizard). We have similar hardware to you here and I can say that we have noticed this problem.

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Users / Re: Automatic thumbnails
« on: September 22, 2007, 09:08:27 am »
Then I shall implement the feature.

Thanks,

Stuart

I guess this would need to be integrated into UpdateMedia (which is C++) or possibly into the wrapper scripts around it. If this approach was taken then new mpg content would automatically get 'thumbnailed' shortly after it was added.

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Users / Re: Transcoding
« on: September 22, 2007, 08:47:32 am »
Hi,

I like to copy DVDs to my hard drive.  They take up a whole lotta space, however.  When copying a DVD to my hard drive, I would like to transcode to MPEG-4.  Does LinuxMCE contain a mechanism for doing this (automatically, or through manual prompting)?

Thanks,

Stuart

No it doesn't at present... but HandBrake might be a way forward. Look here http://handbrake.m0k.org/

The cli version (the only option currently if you not running Windows or Mac OSX) would look to be a good fit as it could be easily scripted to do the conversion ('easy' is a relative term here as HandBrake is a complex/powerful tool). I have not tried this I has to be said... but it looks 'doable' ;-)

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Users / Re: Face Recognition Features
« on: September 22, 2007, 07:18:17 am »
Is anyone know whether we can integrate the Face Recognition Software into LinuxMCE?

I'm sure its possible... give it a try ;-)

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Users / Re: Automatic thumbnails
« on: September 22, 2007, 07:16:17 am »
Say I install LinuxMCE, and I import a bunt-load of previously-acquired video files.  I want thumbnails for those files, so my media list can look pretty.  Is there a mechanism for automatically generating these thumbnails?

Thanks,

Stuart

If you mean "is there a mechanism to scan through the first few frames of each video file and use one of those frames as the thumbnail" then the answers is no I'm afraid. Its a good idea that was discussed a while back over in the Pluto forums but its never been implemented.

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Installation issues / Re: Problem with DVD playback
« on: September 21, 2007, 11:02:22 pm »
DVD Css is installed from the add software menu inside linux MCE, and I've since tried it with an amp. There's sound, but no picture.

After disc insertion, everything goes as expected. Linux MCE recognises that there's been a disk inserted, and the dvd begins to play as expected, although it doesn't play any of video for the intro scenes to the DVD's menu, but it does play the sound to them.
You then get your normal menu options, this time with sound and video. Pressing play starts the dvd running, but you only get sound and a black screen. ???

It sounds to me like it might be region related as you say the menu options and trailers etc play... but no the main part of the DVD. Have you tried several different discs from different regions? If video plays at all then it cant be driver related.

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Installation issues / Re: Problem with DVD playback
« on: September 20, 2007, 09:45:35 pm »
Hi All. I've recently installed Linux MCE, and have had various problems, but the most recent is DVD playback. With the help of a more Linux savvy friend, we discovered we had to install a few things to get dvd's to work, and they work just fine from the kubuntu desktop. However when in linux mce, I can only get as far as the menus, which take ages to load up in the first place. After hitting play movie, all I get is a black screen. The dvd drive seems to be reading the disk as I can hear it spinning, and the read light is going on and off, but other than that I have nothing. I must admit I haven't connected to an amp yet, so I'm unsure whether audio is playing.
Does anybody have any idea what might be the problem?

Thanks in advance

John

Hi John,

First off have you added DVDcss from The Orbiters lmce menu -> 'Add Software' screen?

Secondly if you insert a DVD into the drive do you get a 'Disc Inserted' message on screen? If yes does the disc briefly play then display the   DVD on screen remote screen?

Andrew


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Developers / Re: Nokia 770 Orbiter
« on: September 19, 2007, 02:04:46 pm »
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Thats strange. We don't see that problem here as far as I know with our 770. The WiFi seems rock solid as far as we can tell. We don't have an 800 here yet to compare with though.

That's true. But I have a lot of cases when connection manager shows hight level of WiFi signal but device cannot be even pinged (no orbiter application run on it at that time). I already reported that problem in the Maemo mail list. One of possibility of that problem can be WLAN Power Save Mode which is used on Nokia770. Some AP cannot work with that mode correctly. Anyway, I'm digging that problem and I hope together with Maemo guru we'll find solution.

OK... sounds good. We'll keep monitoring the 770 as we use it  in demo's / testing and see if we notice any moments where the Orbiter app has any connectivity issues.

One thing we have noticed is that in the Media Floor plan if we have several MD's playing media the MD icon's on the Floorplan do not get coloured correctly. They always stay black instead of the colour of the Media they are playing. The Media list does have the correct colour by the way. Just thought I'd mention this... its a minor thing but it would be good to get a fix foe this.

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Developers / Re: Nokia 770 Orbiter
« on: September 19, 2007, 11:56:21 am »
The problem with crashing of Orbiter is related with loosing of WiFi connection. I don't understand why it happens. But sometimes I cannot even ping my 770 which is one meter from access point. After one-two minutes it appear in the ping. I didn't face with that problem on N800. So, I suspect that something wrong with WiFi implementation on Nokia770. I have to dig Maemo mail list to solve that.

Thats strange. We don't see that problem here as far as I know with our 770. The WiFi seems rock solid as far as we can tell. We don't have an 800 here yet to compare with though.

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Am I right to assume orbit is the UI?  I chose opengl, and the opengl with transparency.  Both didn't work.  It says my video driver is i810, intel.  I'm using intel 945G chipset, which has intel GMA950 built-in.  Can anyone confirm if the 2 better choices for UI is working?  Do I need to change anything regarding video driver to achieve transparency? 

My Intel 945G chipset also uses ADI AD1988B Azalia 8 Channel sound card.  Can anyone confirm if I havd Dolby Digital, Dolby Prologic II?  I haven't finished setting up yet, but am excited as hell. 

The i945 chipset with a GMA950 graphics chip will only support UI1 I'm afraid.

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Users / Re: custom media locations...?
« on: September 17, 2007, 05:48:24 pm »
I found why auto discovery did not pick it up...
When i did the partition for kubuntu, i told it to mount the media on /MediaSVR
last night I plugged in another hardrive, and auto discovery found it. Seems like auto discovery will only work if it is not mounted to a folder yet.

Oh really? What a surprise...  :-X

Be patient with them... they'll get there in the end ;-)

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Installation issues / Re: Pleeeeassee help with MCE remote :-(
« on: September 17, 2007, 12:37:01 pm »
Hey guys,

  The installation went fine, but when I tried to add a remote in the Media Director I'm getting a message as the new Software is installed about 'mce_usb' not able to start correctly. I went back to the KDE-Desktop and did a 'lsmod' and saw lirc_mceusb running ok.. I tried to find the log file for starting that device, it complained about serials and needing rebooting (which I did many times)..

I did some reading on lirc.org and /dev/lirc is not getting created. Dmesg shows one funny message about a 'tainted' kernel but nothing else seems weird:
[  254.566705] lirc_dev: IR Remote Control driver registered, at major 61
[  254.591536] lirc_mceusb: no version for "lirc_unregister_plugin" found: kernel tainted.
[  254.595860] usbcore: registered new interface driver lirc_mceusb
[  254.595985] /home/blisha121/lirc-0.8.2/drivers/lirc_mceusb/lirc_mceusb.c: USB Microsoft IR Transceiver Driver v0.2

After working with this a while I re-installed fiesty without any linuxmce packages, followed the instructions here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Install_Lirc_Feisty and still can't get /dev/lirc created. 'lsusb' shows the remote. and /dev/lircd is created. I read that it usually means your using the wrong drivers for your remote but I have the on the right (see http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/MCE_Remote ) and it says 'lirc_mceusb' is the one to use.

After that installation didn't work I tried the instructions from lirc.org and still no /dev/lirc

I'm pretty sure the /etc/lirc/lird.conf file is correct also.

Does anybody have any suggestions? Anything would be MOST appreciated!
Thanks!

Generally if your  IR receiver was not auto-detected by lmce-0704 the best place to fix this is inside lmce and not down at the console or kde level (there are exceptions to this though!).

If your mce receiver was not auto-detected got to Web admin -> Wizard -> Devices -> Media Directors and find the Core/Hybrid MD or other MD you want to add IR to. IR Receivers should be set to 'Default' (try that first... then try mce_usb2 if it doesn't) and then add an MCE remote by clicking on the 'Add Remote' button (select 'Windows XP MC Remote') then click 'Update'. You should see adding software messages start to appear in the top left hand corner of your MD's screens. Wait for the full screen annoucement that this process has finished and then do a reload router.

Your remote should now work... if it is MCE compatible.

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Users / Re: no console access
« on: September 17, 2007, 08:23:52 am »
that works, thank you!

 No problem ;)

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Installation issues / Adding the Via Unichrome Pro drivers
« on: September 17, 2007, 08:20:06 am »
The instructions for building the Unichrome Pro Via drivers are available from the url below... its what we used to build them;

http://www.viaarena.com/default.aspx?PageID=420&OSID=25&CatID=2580&SubCatID=184

You need the v0.83 version of the install guide and the Kernel sources XORG40072_20061226c version.

Once you have built the Unichrome Pro drivers you can use the install script to add them to any MD (you can build them on the Core or any other Kbuntu machine running the correct kernel - it does not have to be a Via machine). We usually add them during the first real boot of a new MD at the point where the AVwizard tries to run but can't start X (the display will continually loop in the console - going blank for a few secs each time). Just ssh into the MD and run the installer from the console choosing the appropriate options for your Via hardare etc. After about 60 secs the AVwizard will spring to lif and display its first screen... this is an indication that the drivers have installed cleanly.

Thats all there is too it.

Enjoy!

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Compatible Products & Services / Re: Z-wave HA-22 compatibility
« on: September 17, 2007, 12:37:03 am »
Are you sure?  I got this from the Video page on the wiki:

Zwave is a problem right now because the Zwave USB adapters shown in the video are not in production anymore. There is a new model from Intermatic, but there are no Linux drivers for the USB-to-RS232 chip on it. I heard that someone has sponsored the driver development so hopefully it will be added shortly.

It wasn't working with Pluto, and it doesn't seem like LMCE support has been added quite yet.  Fiire mentions a driver on their product page here:
http://shop.polywell.com/fiire/product_info.php?products_id=77
but they don't have a link to it.

I don't know if this an LMCE driver or what.  I guess I should just call, but I wanted to see if anyone else knew first.

Well no I am not 100% sure.... I also was partly guided, possibly incorrectly, by the fact that if you go to the Fiire side of the Polywell site and click on zwave in the side bar it takes you to a page about various Intermatic zwave products including the HA-22!

I will do some research on Monday and get a definitive answer and post that here then.

Sorry to say that the HA22 is not currently supported :-(

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