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Installation issues / Re: Black Screen
« on: August 10, 2007, 12:37:27 am »
I keep getting a black screen after the reboot with installing mce. I see the bios and the kubuntu scrolling bar but after the ascending beeps it goes black. I've tried both the dvd and the cds. Both do the same thing. I've tried leaveing it at the same spot over night too. Any ideas whats going on?

UI1 or UI2? What Video card have you got installed? Did the AVwizard run the first time you booted this system after install? If the AVwizard did not run and you get a black screen its very likely that your video cards driver is not loaded and X is not starting up properly.

Developers / Re: Fiire remote shown in demo
« on: August 10, 2007, 12:31:23 am »
Ok, well is the gyration remote at all compatable with linux mce? (aside from the follow me bit) It acts just like a mouse right?
Is it listed as a remote on the LMCE admin page?

I assumed that a gyration remote would work ok if the gyration air mouse was so good.

From what I understand the Gyration remote will work ok... but it lacks the 'Follow-me' feature of the Fiire remote.

Users / Re: Video Disk Recorder (VDR) broken?
« on: August 10, 2007, 12:26:55 am »
Both vdr and vlc are not currently integrated properly. Vdr will be integrated properly in a future release of lmce so that it can be used as an alternative to mythtv and it will have tight integration with lmce. Be patient... ;-)

Being patient is very nice and all, but that won't fix my broken system.  At the moment I can't go forward to fix this (no indication of what the actual problem is) nor backwards since switching the options off again doesn't seem to actually do anything.  If these things can't be fixed at the moment then at the very least I would like the system NOT to try to start them (and fail) on every reload.

I agree that both vlc & vdr should really be removed from Web Admin. The current packages for both are broken and will always fail.

Users / Re: Video Disk Recorder (VDR) broken?
« on: August 09, 2007, 10:06:32 pm »
I guess my curiosity got the better of me again and I enabeled "VideoLan Client" and "VDR" under webadmin > Wizard > Media Directors > Software modules

Now after every reload of the router, the system tells me that "there are some devices on this Media Director that failed to start", and I find this in the DCERouter's screen session: "Starting Linux Video Disk Recorder: vdr - aborted (to enable the daemon, edit /etc/default/vdr)".

Being the good sport that I am I opened this file and found the following contents:
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# /etc/default/vdr
# See also /usr/share/doc/README.Debian

# Change to 1 to enable vdr's init-script

# Change this to 1 if you want vdr to be able to shutdown the
# computer

# Options that will be passed to vdr's commandline
# for example: OPTIONS="-w 15"
OPTIONS="-w 60"
If only I had a clue what would need changing, supposing that indeed that is the problem (the /usr/share/doc/README.Debian does not exist, not that I would expect it to contain anything useful anyway).

The screen session for VDR, doesn't tell me anything either:
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+ /usr/pluto/bin/ ./VDR -d 58 -r -l /var/log/pluto/58_VDR.log
VDR, v.
Visit for source code and license information

Now I have tried disabeling VDR and VLC again, but the system keep trying to start them and keeps telling me that devices failed to start.  So any hints on either fixing this or removing them from the system again would be greatly appreciated.

Both vdr and vlc are not currently integrated properly. Vdr will be integrated properly in a future release of lmce so that it can be used as an alternative to mythtv and it will have tight integration with lmce. Be patient... ;-)

Users / Re: Would Zonbu work as a MD?
« on: August 09, 2007, 11:57:07 am »
Thanks for the information guys.
I was thinking about the Zonbu mostly for music in the "non entertainment sections" of the house, with only a very small screen. Or a webpad remote.
For the other areas I am considering Fiire units.

For music playback I would say that 'on paper' they look to be fine as all the similar Via MB's we've tested have been ok. For good video performance you need to install the openchrome drivers... there are Kubuntu compatible binaries on the Via Arena site or you can build them from sources.

Developers / Re: Fiire remote shown in demo
« on: August 09, 2007, 11:51:54 am »
Bluetooth wouldn't work so well for stuff like follow-me.  With these remote when you hit 'follow-me' I know they start with a low-power signal and increase it until it finds the first 'hit', then locks on with it at full power.  Fiire said this was part of the stuff they did custom for their remote to let you carry it around the house.  You can't do that kind of low-level signal control with Bluetooth, so you'ld have no way of reliably pairing to the closest device.

I can confirm that bluetooth is a no-go as far as follw-me is concerned. As long standing Pluto users we have never found a bluetooth dongle with a range limited enough to work properly for follw-me.... it one of those weird situations where manufacturers really are delivering far more range than they say the devices will deliver. And in this situation less range is preferable!!!

Developers / Re: Fiire remote shown in demo
« on: August 08, 2007, 06:14:45 pm »
Paul (webpaul1) mentioned the WinMCE controller looks identical because it uses the same molds. But the inside is different.

Its only the firmware that is different... and of course the brownish plastics chosen :-(

Users / Re: Would Zonbu work as a MD?
« on: August 08, 2007, 06:13:00 pm »
The MB in that box is too limited to really work. You can get the box without software here and the prices is cheap, but its not got the video processor or memory to support the needs of media.

Well I can confirm that we have EPIA C3/CLe266 motherboards working fine under lmce here that have exactly the same spec as  the boards on the ewayco site. I agree that UI2 will not be possible on these boards due to the Openchrome drivers not supporting all the modes required... but they play mpeg2 streams fine and DVD's. 720p looks ok too. All under UI1 of course.

Developers / Re: Fiire remote shown in demo
« on: August 08, 2007, 01:39:02 pm »
Just wondering if the Fiire remote used in the demo video is exactly the same, with same 3 button functionality etc.. as the gyration go remote as pictured here:

This remote is more available, and cheaper.

I want to get it, but only if it is the same as the fiire equivalent (plug and play with same ir codes etc..)

As far as I know they are not compatible as the Fiire remotes/usb dongles have special firmware that is non-standard.

Users / Re: Could I watch movies over a wireless connection?
« on: August 08, 2007, 01:31:43 pm »
If I build an LMCE box, I will have to connect it to my network via a Wireless Nic. My router has a speed of 54MB while wireless (I havent tried it before though)

If I get a 54MB wireless nic, will that be fast enough to watch movies that are stored on my main computer on a windows shared drive?

Well I have not tried that exact configuration but my home lmce box has a Linksys Wifi router/AP and I regulary use my Laptop booted into Windows XP or Kubuntu 7.04 to watch both live TV and recorded TV at standard PAL quality over a 54g wifi connection. This works fin with only the very occasional dropout. However as ever with Wifi your mileage, interms of dropouts etc, may vary dependent on your location.

Good luck.


Users / Re: Minimum Requirements ?
« on: August 08, 2007, 11:56:00 am »
hi there anyone i've watched the last video demo of linux MCE runing on an Kubuntu 7.04 and i was really impressed by the job done here !

i've started downloading the dvd and would really like to give it a try.

my question here will be what would be the minimum pc requirement to run and enjoy Linux MCE ... i've got an old computer sitting away (waiting maybe :-) )

its quite old but here are the specs :

CPU Intel Pentium III 650 MHz
192 MB Ram
6 Gbytes HDD

would it be enough ?

That machine   sounds a little underpowered for Linuxmce. I think you will find that 6gig will be too small... might be wrong though on that. The Ram looks very low too... but might be ok for a headless linuxmce install where the machine was only acting as a server and not a hybrid client (also i assume this machine has no graphics card... or nothing very modern anyway). Good luck!

Installation issues / Re: LinuxMCE_0704_Quick_Install_DVD download
« on: August 08, 2007, 08:00:41 am »
Since no one seems to be sharing the DVD easy install, does anyone know a hosting site for it?

As far as I know it is not being hosted anywhere currently... but we have downloaded all the release torrents and are sharing now... so that might help a little ;-)

Developers / Re: Final Release of 1.1?
« on: August 07, 2007, 03:50:04 pm »
I'm just trying out as much as I can and document what I get to work in the wiki, at least that way I won't have to figure it all out again (from scratch) when the final arrives.  Some experience is better then none I reckon.

ddamron, here is a hint that could get you started: Building From Source 1.1 + pluto svn

Linuxmce-0704 was released earlier today...

Installation issues / Re: Yet another issue...
« on: August 07, 2007, 07:20:47 am »
I'm pretty sure that is not a valid installation sequence. From everything I've read RC1 only installs on top of a fresh (Unpatched) version of 7.04 Kubuntu installation. After LinuxMCE is installed it should be okay to update.  Though, I found if you update the kernel libs you break some of the mods. In my instance the lirc and tuner drivers .. had to revert back to previous kernel to get to work again.

Linuxmce RC1 will only install successfully on Kubuntu 7.04. After the 7.04 install do not do any updates before applying the RC1 install. Once RC1 is installed Linuxmce manages updates for you and the standard Kubuntu Adept update manager is disabled.

Users / Re: Playing DVD
« on: August 06, 2007, 01:10:07 pm »
I'm using linuxmce RC1 and I have problem playing DVD.
The DVD starts playing and stop immediatly. Any hints?

Hi Nicola,

It sounds like you need to configure libdvdread3 which is the lib that allows lmce to playback DVD discs. try the following at your lmce machine;

Open a console window and type;

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/ <Return>

This should start the config script for libdvdread3 and then you should be able to go back into the LMCE Orbiter and play DVD's successfully. If you get an error when running the above command that says it can't find the script then try the following;

sudo apt-get install libdvdread3 <Return>
(the above line will install libdvdread3 for you... now try the line below again and it should work ok this time)

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/ <Return>

Hope the above gets your DVD playback working for you.



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