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Users / Re: Unable to boot Media Director (Generic PC)
« on: October 24, 2007, 12:21:22 pm »
Hi All,

I was hoping you could point me in the right direction. I have been trying to setup a LMCE system and test by booting a generic PC over the network and test.

My network is setup as follows:

Clients: - 254

LMCE is setup to run as a dhcp server with a scope of to .254. It gives out the nameserver and gateway to be

When trying to boot from PXE, when trying to mount nfs, I get connection read:connection refused.

When I added the MD, I added it in devices, put in the MAC address, updated, then "Setup Diskless MDs" and then did a quick reboot on the router.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

I would not add MD's manually as a rule. LMCE will auto install a new pxe booted MD if you set the pxe boot options in the MD's bios correctly then hook it upto your network and power it up it should start to pxe boot and auto add itself.

If the MD does not add itself (ie pxe boot cannot get a response from the Core) then it is almost certainly because of a misconfiguration of your network or network setup.


Is it possible to use LinuxMCE with slingbox?(like connect to it slingbox so that we can still stream but without using thin clients[b/c at the moment i dont have enough money to buy a thin client, i was just wondering if theres a way to use slingbox until i do]) 

I tried looking all over online and i cant seem to find a way to do that .. i was just wondering if it was possible.  thank you.

I cant see any reason why that would not work... but I have not actually tried it ;-)

hi there all
was impressed with what i read about linuxmce and so downloaded the dvd and first tested in in a virtual machine. it does look good but i allready hit a snag.
i have a very bad dvb card - artec t1 - and the only way i could make it work in linux was through recompiling the v4l driver enabling faulty dibusb chipset (i have detailed the process here )
i tried to do this on the virtual linuxmce and on the first step of make config it threw errors...
now does anybody knows if i can do this ? do i need to enable root? any advice?


It might be easier to just purchase a supported DVB-T card or usb receiver. The Artec T1 is based on usb 1.1 so its performance even with working drivers/firmware will not be as good as a usb 2.0 based device.

Compatible Products & Services / Re: FiireChief Gyro Remotes In The UK
« on: October 22, 2007, 12:53:26 pm »
:( OK thanks

Does anyone else knows who stocks them please? Thank You

There is only one stockist at the moment and that is Polywell. If you want Fiire remotes at present they are the only source. If you can wait a month or so we may have some stocks in the UK. I will post that news here when and if it happens.

Compatible Products & Services / Re: FiireChief Gyro Remotes In The UK
« on: October 21, 2007, 02:22:56 pm »
Hi all,

This is my first post  :) I am seriously considering Linux MCE it seems to be the perfect product for me. It certainly looks much better than Windows Media Center. Well anyway lets get to the point i want to use the Impressive FiireChief Gyro Remote but when i go onto this link Its all in USD $. Is there any were that sells them in the United Kingdom?

Thank You


Not at the moment I'm afraid. The company I work for may stock them in the future though. I'll post here if we do.

Users / Re: Linux MCE with Ubuntu 7.10 and general questions
« on: October 20, 2007, 11:37:03 pm »
Is it possible to install Linux MCE on Ubuntu 7.10? I know it used to work (6.03/6.06?) Is there any difference between Kubuntu and Ubuntu? Is Kubuntu up to date compared to the just released 7.10? Is it best to download the DVD Kubuntu/MCE ISO, or Kubuntu + Linux MCE seperatly?

I have 2GB of RAM, Athlon 64 4200x2. Should I install 32 or 64 bit versions? I booted from the Ubuntu 7.10 Live CD, and it reported my M-Audio Revolution 5.1 , will Kubuntu work also?

No you can't install under Kubuntu 7.10. Kubuntu is only supported and it must be 7.04 then the CD install process or the DVD... which is faster but will wipe the whole drive you install it to so beware.

Read the Wiki... all these questions and more are fully answered there ;-)

Users / Re: Can't get Windows XP Orbiter to work - need help
« on: October 18, 2007, 10:50:53 am »
Hi, I have installed the Core and can use the on-screen Orbiter in the same machine without any problem.
Now - I tried to use a Windows XP machine as an Orbiter. I installed the orbiter s/w - but no luck. The orbiter opens - and the last line says 'GetConfig' and just waits there. If I click the File -> Show SDL Window - it says "Showing SDL window" and does nothing.
What am I missing here? BTW - I have the core as a static IP address and not a DHCP. Also, when I setup the Win XP orbiter - I have tried with both IP and MAC address - no luck.

You need to have your core be the DHCP server for your LAN. Without this the plug-n-play engine cannot manage the devices on your network... which is why you Windows Orbiter does not get added automatically. Just disable your existing DHCP server and turn on the Core's DHCP in Web Admin. Once this is done your Windows Orbiter will automatically get and ID and start asking you various questions about how ou would like it to be setup.

Hi all

I have followed the hints found on wiki pages, but still my fonts are extremely small.

I'm trying to display fonts on a 42" plasma tv, so I put the following in my xorg.conf:

Section "Monitor"
  DisplaySize 900 500

Even rebooting MD does not change anything.

Anyone else with the same issue?


Same problem here on large Plasma's... and adding the DisplaySize line in xorg does not seem to fix it for us either :-(

Users / Re: media station don't start ...
« on: October 16, 2007, 11:29:42 am »
i got this error message, after reboot:

skin genration completted, server says: failed to get orbiter status
failed to regenerate skin for orbiter!!

the core is running, but the media station don't. i don't change anyithing before i reboot. how can i fix it ? 

Do a reload router & regen from Web admin... and if this does not fix the problem. Reboot the MD again.

Installation issues / Re: VIA based diskless MD - AV wizard hangs
« on: October 15, 2007, 06:30:45 pm »
I'll give it a go, but I'm compiling drivers on one machine to be used on how do I avoid trashing my precious Nvidia drivers and the kernel on the core?

I'm guessing that this has to be done in the folders for the diskless image?

No this will not damage your existing nVidia drivers or your Kernel. The process just builds the new libs/pkg's needed for the Unichrome Pro installer. It will not install the Via drivers on your Core... it will build and installer ready to be used on your Via though. Its safe to do on your core. Just login into a console on your core or ssh into it on your network from anothe machine and go to the /usr/src directory;


cd /usr/src <return>

then download and build everything from this directory as described in the Via pdf. You will end up with a directory called;


you can then cp that directory to your /home/public/data/ directory so that when you have added your Via you can access the installer by ssh'ing into the Via based on its lmce MD ID ie ssh MoonXX (where XX is the ID of your Via based MD found in Web Admin)


Installation issues / Re: VIA based diskless MD - AV wizard hangs
« on: October 15, 2007, 04:42:20 pm »
I saw that thread and looked at the instructions, but it presumes a good working knowledge of Linux and looks very complicated, and you won't end up with a UI2 interface anyway.

So I was hoping to select the unichrome drivers in the admin and try at least to get something basic working...or will this not work at all?

Perhaps I should just stump up for the Fiire MDs and save time, unless I can find a step by step walkthrough to get these drivers installed?

The Unichrome Pro drivers do not support UI2 at the moment... selecting one of the Fiire Engine Via drivers  in Web Admin would require you to purchase a Fiire Engine (as you will need and install code for these to work).

The Guide I posted the URL to is a step by step guide to building the Unichrome Pro drivers. If you follow it carefully it is not to difficult. Give it a try... but it is UI1 only

Installation issues / Re: VIA based diskless MD - AV wizard hangs
« on: October 15, 2007, 04:21:17 pm »
Update - After several restarts I can get to the launch manager screen which appears to load all the modules but I end up with a blank screen each time.

I anyone has managed to get a VIA based MD to work could you please post your config or let me know how you did it?

You will need to compile & install the Unichrome Pro drivers from Via. Do a search here for several other threads where I have provided details of how to do this.


Users / Re: Keeping folder structure in video lists?
« on: October 13, 2007, 09:03:40 am »
ah didn't think ot flook a the top of the screen, anyways how would one navigate to a separate HD with that? i have my videos from before LMCE , LMCE runs on hda, how would i get to SDB?

Let lmce autodetect your other drives or shares...

Users / Re: Automatic thumbnails
« on: October 13, 2007, 09:00:27 am »
my concern deals more with movie clips that are just old dvd rips i've saved

As I commented in an earlier post to this thread I think this would be a great feature. But possibly the most obvious place to add the functionality would be in UpdateMedia but that is written in C++. However UpdateMedia builds off of the inotify lib which will 'watch' a file or folder structure for changes and then alert you. Now there is a nice lib that makes inotify accessible from shell scripts called inotifywait which could be used with a few calls to another lib like ffmpeg to grab some frames from the mpeg file whenever a new video file appears in /home/public/data/videos

Users / Re: i got message saying new update what should i do
« on: October 12, 2007, 08:51:09 pm »
inside LMCE after one day i found in the screen update Available but i got only tow Icon (X) and return, so what should i do to get that update installed. any idea what is included in the update

Look in /home/updates and you can see what is updated with each update :-)

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