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Installation issues / Re: Linux MCE kills my adsl connection
« on: October 10, 2007, 11:03:33 am »
I don't think that it's a problem with flicker. I can download gigabytes, having bittorrent running, etc. This never caused any disconnect. LinuxMCE is not just causing diconnects, it completely prevents my dsl router from establishing any connection. When I tell the Linksys router to bring up the connection, it takes some minutes, then it tells me that it could not get an ip address from the pppoe peer. I think that the LinuxMCE tries to use the dsl modem for whatever and interferes with the communication between the router and the modem. I'll do some changes in my network and connect the dsl modem directly to the routers wan port, so that the LinuxMCE has no access to it. I think this will solve to problem, but I'm still curious what the LinuxMCE tries to do.

It sounds to me like it might be that your Core's somehow offering DHCP addresses to the WAN side your Linksys... and if your Linksys is set up to get its WAN side connection from your ADSL providers DHCP server then that would certainly cause a problem like you have described.

Can you explain in detail how your Core/Linksys/network are laid out? what connected to what etc etc would help figure this out I think.



Users / Re: Changing or adding pics in place of flickr pics
« on: October 10, 2007, 10:50:58 am »
To all those having problems with white images etc....

I have also had this problem on one of my MDs. The same pictures show correctly on all the other MDs.
This MD is a laptop using ATI drivers and UI2 with overlay (rather than alpha blend).
My other two MDs that are currently running are both using Nvidia drivers and are running UI2 with Alpha Blending.
So I assume that it is somehow related to either the driver OR the Alpha Blending (or both I guess). The other difference is that the other two are hooked up to TV resolutions (TV[PAL] and Projector[720p]) whereas the laptop is using its screen in a PC resolution[1024x768 from memory].

The laptop does have some of the pictures showing up however - this made me play around a bit and I resized one of the pictures to a smaller resolution and it then showed up. So it looks like it is a problem showing pictures of a certain resolution and greater.
I have not experimented enough to prove this 100% or to find the resolutions that cause the problem, but a workaround might be to create a copy of the picture you want to use and resize it for the screen saver. Bit of a pain I know.

The script does resize images if they are above a certain size - so it might be a known limitation (by the Pluto Developers) either that or they are just saving space.

wrt. deleting the flickr images - thhis should not be a problem as the code checks for file existence before adding it to the list of images to display.


Yes its definitely the size of the image thats causing the problem. It just so happened that many of my test images were within the size limits for the ScreenSaver. I resized a number of much bigger images that were not displaying even though they had the correct attributes in the DB... and magically after a resize they appeared!

You can do the resize using the command line tool 'convert'. The following line will resize the image at /home/public/data/pictures/IMG_1023.JPG to 1024x683 and then write it back to /home/public/data/pictures/IMG_1023.JPG again;

sudo convert -sample 1024x683 /home/public/data/pictures/IMG_1023.JPG /home/public/data/pictures/IMG_1023.JPG


PS One of the devs at Pluto just told me that the size limits for the ScreenSaver binary are based on the following formula;

image_width * image_height < 3,240,000

Installation issues / Re: Koolu Media Director??
« on: October 09, 2007, 03:26:17 pm »
Has anyone tried this?  Curious if the video card is supported in LinuxMCE.  The price is attractive.

Hi there,

Coincidently we are looking at another Geode based machine and the big problem is that the processor (500Mhz) is really too slow for reasonable performance when playing video (and also possibly sluggish performance even in the Orbiter) and the graphics capability looks to be only VESA. So really these machines might just about be ok when running the Orbiter... but thats about it.

Fore decent video performance in a fanless/low energy design you currently really need to look at the Via C7/CN700/CX700 with the processor clocked at 1Ghz or above (the C7/CN700 combo typically gives power footprint of about 12-14W under video playback load). An alternative is the C3/CLE266 based Via boards they are less expensive and less powerful though.


Users / PXE booting under VMware on the MacBook Pro
« on: October 08, 2007, 10:11:27 pm »
Hi all,

Just wanted to report that we successfully added a new MacBook Pro running VMware as a PXE booted MD today. It installed perfectly first time and runs like a dream... DVD playback from local, ripped and remote DVD's was excellent. Also the AVwizard would configure the MacBook into any of the currently selectable video resolutions without a hickup (that a challenge on a real PC let alone an emulated one ;-))

More over the next few days!


Users / Re: kernel change -> dont boot.
« on: October 08, 2007, 10:02:04 pm »
i was changed the 2.6.15-generic kernel to 2.6.16-low-latency version, with dselect. but when i rebooted, the system cant stand up. the loading process is start alwasy, but few seconds later freese and other some seconds later i got a promt named "initramfs" (it looks busybox). if i try boot with the old kernel i got some situation.

how can be repared? i tryed the dvd recovery option but cant help.

Looks like a re-install... lmce-0704 requires the 2.6.15-generic kernel

Users / Re: Changing or adding pics in place of flickr pics
« on: October 08, 2007, 10:00:25 pm »
Hmmmm... followed the instructions on the wiki page and added the file association etc to a few sample JPG images (all .JPG) in the flickr/2007/ folder via the web admin. Did a reload, and I now get a blank black screen that fades to white, pauses, and then back to black again. Its almost like it can't load the images at all? Am I doing something wrong? I've disabled the script and deleted all the sub folders and their images from the 2007 folder...

Well Darren's Wiki page worked for me... I renamed /usr/pluto/bin/ to /usr/pluto/bin/ then I deleted the /home/flickr/2007 directory. I then added the new attribute to about 20 images I copied into the /home/public/data/pictures directory and did a reload... when the screensaver kicked next time my pics appeared :-)

Installation issues / Re: [Solved]LinuxMCE load fails (Dcerouter login:)
« on: October 08, 2007, 12:54:12 am »
Guess I wasn't clear enought, but that's exactly what I did from the start. 
My BIOS is set for "PCI" as the primary video device, but LinuxMCE is using the PCI card, but detecting my on-board card, and setting xorg.conf to use the on-board's drivers on the PCI card.  I plugged in my VGA cable into the on-board, and sure enough, it's not even functioning.
The option in my BIOS is "Primary Video Device".  I have 2 choices, "On-board Graphics", or "PCI".  I can't "disable" the on-board, only choose one or the other (and I'm assuming it is in fact disabled since when I plugged in the vga cable & there's no output) .  LMCE is detecting my on-board video card, but the BIOS outputs only the the PCI card like it's set to. 
Is there a way of manually inserting the correct driver settings in xorg.conf before the avwizard starts (during the dcerouter login/xserver crash loop)?  I'm trying to use a Nvidia GeForce 6200 oc PCI card.  Why isn't the initial installer following the BIOS' "lead" and detecting the "primary video device" it's telling it that it's using? 
Also, I've been using the VGA output the whole time.

Hi Again,

Ok I think the problem stems from the fact that the DVD iso was built on a machine that has an nVidia graphics chipset embedded on the motherboard. Because thr DVD iso is essentailly a snapshot of the machine it was built on the first time the installation boots on your hardware it does not do all the hardware detection that it would do if it was installed directly on your machine. In essence the installation still thinks its running on the machine it was built on and gets confused by the fact that your machine has a PCI 6200 but also has onboard Intel too... so you end up getting a little of each so to speak.

Having said that we have installed from the DVD iso on machines that have a similar configuration to yours without any problems at all... so this may well be down to some small additional similarity your motherboard has to the one that was used when building the DVD iso.

I am sure that if you did a full install from the Kubuntu 7.04 CD and then the lmce-0704 dual CD install this confusion would not happen.

Anyway I'm glad you got your system working :-)


Installation issues / Re: [Solved]LinuxMCE load fails (Dcerouter login:)
« on: October 07, 2007, 07:42:38 pm »
I am having the same problem as well.  I used the quick-install DVD.  At first boot, I get the dcerouter login screen that flashes from a blank screen to the login.

Here's an important question for everybody:  Does this MB that everyone is talking about have an on-board video card?
This is my problem!  During the initial install, it's detecting my on-board P.O.S. Intel vid card, then assigning the driver for it to my new Nvidia Geforce 6200 OC PCI card!  I looked in my xorg.conf and found that it's trying to use the "i810" driver on my nvidia card.  This ofcourse causes X to repeatedly crash (the flashing dcerouter login prompt). 

My BIOS is set for "PCI" as the primary video device, but LinuxMCE is using the PCI card, but detecting my on-board card, and setting xorg.conf to use the on-board's drivers on the PCI card.  I plugged in my VGA cable into the on-board, and sure enough, it's not even functioning.  So why the hell is it doing this???

I've used the trick of replacing xorg.conf w/ xorg.conf.pluto.avwizard.  This will load the wizard, but after trying to select a resolution, it tries to change the resolution immediately, and just reverts back to the crashing X/dcerouter login. 
After I pick a resolution, and the flashing login reappears, I went into xorg.conf & changed the driver from "i810" to "nv", this allows me to finish the avwizard, but the resolution is never correct (I suspect because I'm not changing the video card settings to the completely, only the driver it's using).  I tried to change the driver entry to "nv" BEFORE starting the av wizard, but it doesn't work.

So the big question is, why is LinuxMCE assigning my PCI video card the deactivated on-board video card's drivers during the initial install setup?  And what can I do to xorg.conf to get everything working correctly before i even start the avwizard?

Thanks for your help! 

Try disabling the on board Intel graphics in your bios and enabling the nVidia... then on boot up hold the 'Shift' key down to force the AVwizard to run again and allow you to set the correct settings for you newly enabled Video card.

Hope this helps.


Users / Re: login
« on: October 07, 2007, 07:38:03 pm »
Nice to hear, could you please share your answer with the rest of the forum? Then someone who has the same problem later will find your solution.

If you use the DVD iso installer then the login is set to;

user = linuxmce
pass = linuxmce

For Web Admin the login/password will be the username of the first user you created when the Setup Wizard ran (ie login & password are set to th same string)

Hope this helps.


Installation issues / Re: tv/capture card question
« on: October 07, 2007, 12:34:37 pm »
hi all,
love the 0704 update.  I have a question for all you gurus out there.  i acquired an avertv usb2 plus external tv tuner/mpeg card that does not work AT ALL in linux, and according to the avermedia rep i spoke to, will never support linux.  i have the option to exchange it for an avertv hybrid +fm Volar that is also a tv tuner, and also a dvb tuner in one.  My question is, WILL IT WORK?  i have not found any specific info for this card and linuxmce.  there is a linux driver for it on their site, but before i drop the cash, i'd like to know for sure.  thanks

I think this page will help you determine if the Avermedia card you mention is compatible;

Hope this helps


Users / Re: How do you view pictures as a slide show?
« on: October 06, 2007, 07:49:08 pm »
I am thinking of adding all my pictures into LMCE. But how can I view then as a slide show and/or with navigation buttons )next and previous)? Does LMCE has any such feature at all or no?

No... it doesn't... but it would be nice if it did ;-)

Installation issues / Re: Installing ZWAVE RS232 Interface ZCS201
« on: October 06, 2007, 10:44:13 am »
Any one know how to install the Zwave ZCS201 Interface?
I have difficulty in installing it. Please help.


Well I am reasonably certain that it is not supported currently in lmce-0704... that the bad news :-(

However the way you should install it to test this is to do the following;

1. Power up you Core/Hybrid and make sure that the Hybrid's Orbiter is on screen.

2. Plug the ZCS201 into a USB port.

3. Within a few secs you should see the lighting Wizard on screen and the lovely Laura talking you through the setup.

4. The Lighting Wizard will check that it can communicate with the attached USB Zwave controller and then it will ask you to transfer your Zwave networks configuration from your Master Controller (usually a portable remote styled device) which you should have already added all your Zwave modules to before starting this process. On your Portable Master Controller there should be a menu for sending the configuration data to the USB Zwave controller... find it and move the Master Controller to close proximity to the USB Zwave Controller until the transfer has completed.

5. Once you have transferred all the Zwave configuration data from your Portable Master Controller to the Zwave Controller attacged to your Core the Lighting Wizard will report success... or possible failure in which case you need to do the transfer again.

6. If the last step was successful then the Lighting Wizard will report the number of Zwave devices in your network and then step you through the process of associating them with Rooms and naming them.

7. Once complete the Wizard will initiate a reload router and & regen all and once these have completed you should see the Lighting menu in the Orbiter for any room which has a Zwave device now has an ON/OFF. You can also use Web Admin to add a floor plan of your house and then add lighting icons to the lighting floor plan for each room. Then after another regen all you can use the Lighting Floor plan to control all the lighting in your home by click on the lighting Icons and then using the UP/Down controll to adjust lighting levels around your home.

Hope the above helps... and that you manage to get the ZCS201 working :-)


Users / Re: UK DVB and SKY TV
« on: October 06, 2007, 10:02:27 am »

Andrew, A couple of questions for when you get a chance.
1. How would VDR cope with an Analog signal from a PayTV STB. Can it deal with an external guide for the PayTV? and does this integrate in terms of infrared channel changing? (IR Blaster type functionality)
2. In your integrations, is it less obvious that an external application is being used? eg: with MythTV - the MythTV menu system comes up and it looks out of place when launched from linuxMCE. I am not worried by OSD for channel info and program guide etc though.


Hi Darren,

VDR has a plugin architecture for adding additional functionality. There are a number of plugins that enable analog TV to be brought into the VDR channel list. You obviously would need a video card such as a PVR150/250 with an analog input (ie you would not use the TV receiver in the card) to grab the output of your PayTV box. VDR will then treat this input as an additional channel in your channel guide. Integrating the external guide data for the external PayTV box can be achieved to through another plugin and some scripts as long as there are open sources for the data (this will depend on your local market). In 'vanilla' VDR installations controlling the external box is pretty easy to achieve using lirc etc however in an lmce installation it is more complex because of the DCErouter and associated scripts but it is possible. Again the setup/control of your PayTV box via IR will need some local config by you as its menus/IR code will probably not be in the system.

In our current lmce-0704/VDR integration when you select TV from the Orbiter UI at your local MD (ie not remotely controlling an Orbiter on another MD) you are instantly taken into the native VDR UI which is very much like a traditional STB and your remote control continues to work as it would in the Orbiter. If you are remotely controlling TV from say a Windows Orbiter or a Nokia 770/800 then you get the Pluto TV UI on the screen of your Orbiter but the VDR UI is still used at the remotely controlled MD. This is how our initial release of the vdr integration will work due to the tight coupling of the VDR on OSD. We are looking at ways to make the integration more seamless but these are not going to be in the first release. Its a trade off but it does make DVB based TV really work well inside LMCE and we think that is a trade off that is acceptable.

By the way you can see our current 'teaser site' here ... don't forget its aimed at a non-technical audience and it is a teaser not the full site (which will have some technical info for those that want it)


Developers / Re: Stats
« on: October 06, 2007, 09:05:05 am »
Hello Andrew,
I come from the pharma industry and I quite used to writing procedures, technical reports and general technical writing.

I have been looking at some of the wiki and see that there is a clear gap between what is on Pluto and LMCE.
Is there an activity going on currently to being them in line or at least to the same standard?

for example if I was to receive a good list of what is needed to set up a system ie core and md plus basic automation stuff. I could generate a nice pretty presentation around that information for people to get an idea as to what is involved in start up lmce. I've never used flash or any thing like that but the wiki is quite poor at the moment.

And from my prospective (not having a clue) the first think I wanted to know was what h/w was needed and how long it would take to set up.  I found it quite difficult to get that information.

Ok... This is turning into a rant so I'm going to stop cause i believe the work that is going on here is great and more importantly the work in the back ground seams to be huge!

Thanks for your input,



Sorry for the slow reply!

Well I think as ever with a public Wiki you just have to jump in and get involved and start making the improvements you feel are needed. The lmce community needs all kinds of expertise and for sure good quality technical writing is of great value here. As to a comparison between Pluto and lmce I would say that the latter has more momentum and it is certainly where we see our efforts going.

All the best.


Developers / Re: Stats
« on: October 06, 2007, 08:52:37 am »
Where is your website?

Or are your referring to LMCE?


Our product/service is built on top of lmce-0704 and has not launched here in the UK yet.

You can see our current 'teaser site' here

Dianemo is the name of our product/service that will be professionally installed by an installer and is targeted at the broad middle income home market. So bare that in mind when browsing the web site - we are not aiming this at a technical audience at all :-)


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