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Users / Re: LMCE Fails to Install
« on: September 30, 2007, 09:46:31 am »
My bad.  You're right.  So, if I download the Kubuntu UI on top of Ubuntu, will that work?  Or do I have to download Kubuntu proper?

You need to download the Kubuntu 7.04 CD from;

Then download the lmxce-0704 CD's and follow the instructions on the Wiki;

Installation issues / Re: new install will not start...
« on: September 30, 2007, 09:21:23 am »
Hi all...
Just performed a new install from the DVD onto a spare machine.
However, after the install finishes, i get the KUBUNTU splash screen for about 3 minutes ( does nothing and progress bar does not move ).
After this, i get a black screen with this message :

/bin/sh: can't access tty; job control turned off

I have now tried this on 2 different machines with same results.

Any ideas ?

thank you

Take a look at this thread on

On some hardware the Grub menu does not get created correctly and the boot partition cannot be found.

Users / Re: I want to switch over, but have a few questions..
« on: September 30, 2007, 09:09:58 am »
Thanks for your help Andrew.

Could you elaborate on the WOL issue ?  My NAS can be woken up from an OFF state. Quite a neat feature actually.  Right now, i have MP wake the NAS when needed.  Once the NAS has booted, i can then access my network shares.

I have to power down the NAS because windows home server cannot be placed into standby or hibernate.
Also, for reasons i don't want to get into, i need to stick with WHS .

btw..   i know nothing about linux at all...    this is all new to me.

thanks again..  :-)


Well lmce uses WOL to wake up MD's so inherently the capability is already there. However I am not sure that a NAS can be controlled this way as i think lmce assumes that a NAS will be on all the time. I will check this though with one of the guys at work on Monday and let you know.

Installation issues / Re: Leadtek DTV1000T in MythTV/LMC Problem
« on: September 30, 2007, 07:10:26 am »
Thanks for your reply. I have some more information now.

sudo dmesg | grep DVB

[   56.031255] DVB: registering new adapter (cx88[0]).
[   56.031269] DVB: registering frontend 0 (Conexant CX22702 DVB-T)...

The card works within Kaffeine but not within MythTv ....

lsmod | grep cx
cx88_alsa              13192  0
cx22702                 6404  1
cx88_dvb               15748  5
cx88_vp3054_i2c         4352  1 cx88_dvb
dvb_pll                14468  2 cx88_dvb
video_buf_dvb           6788  1 cx88_dvb
snd_pcm                76680  5 cx88_alsa,snd_emu10k1,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss
cx8800                 34060  0
cx8802                 17924  1 cx88_dvb
cx88xx                 66212  4 cx88_alsa,cx88_dvb,cx8800,cx8802
ir_common              30340  1 cx88xx
i2c_algo_bit            7816  2 cx88_vp3054_i2c,cx88xx
tveeprom               14992  1 cx88xx
i2c_core               21648  9 i2c_ec,cx22702,cx88_dvb,cx88_vp3054_i2c,dvb_pll,cx88xx,i2c_algo_bit,tveeprom,nvidia
video_buf              25348  6 cx88_alsa,cx88_dvb,video_buf_dvb,cx8800,cx8802,cx88xx
snd                    51716  21 cx88_alsa,snd_emux_synth,snd_seq_virmidi,snd_emu10k1,snd_ac97_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm_oss,snd_pcm,snd_mixer_oss,snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
compat_ioctl32          1408  1 cx8800
btcx_risc               5000  4 cx88_alsa,cx8800,cx8802,cx88xx
videodev               27136  2 cx8800,cx88xx
v4l2_common            24192  2 cx8800,videodev
v4l1_compat            14340  2 cx8800,videodev

Any further ideas? Appreciate your help.


I'm not a MythTV user so this is a little outside my experience... but if the card is working (dmesg output indicates all is ok) and kaffeine can display a video stream from it then the problem has to be in Myth's setup.

This page on the Wiki looks like it should provide the info you need about the setup inside Myth;

Hope this gets things working for you :-)

Users / Re: I want to switch over, but have a few questions..
« on: September 30, 2007, 06:59:19 am »
Hi all...
First time poster here.
I am currently a Media Portal user who is in need of a more stable solution.

I am thinking of trying LMCE, but i need these answered first :

1 - I have a Windows Home Server PC running as a NAS which only needs to be on about 2 hrs per day. Within MP  ( media portal ) i can WOL this NAS. Can this be done from within LMCE ?

2 - How are people cataloging their DVD TV Series Box Sets ?  I have 6 different DVD series box sets all ripped to my NAS in Divx format which i would like to catalog in this way :  Series -->  Season --> Episode.  Is this doable ? Or something similar...

3 - If i have a PC as a Media Director in the lounge room setup to network boot, does it still require a hard drive ?

thank you.  :-)


Taking your questions in order;

1. Yes lmce supports WOL... but not as far as I know for NAS's (someone correct me if I am wrong). However I am sure this could be added.

2. You could certainly store your DVD in the directory structure you suggest and by using the Orbiters Media Browser filter by file you could browse using this structure as well. In database mode the Orbiters Media Browser presents content according to attribute searched on and not the physical location of the content ie show me DVD's by name & Genre etc.

3. All our Media Directors boot up from the Core/Hybrid over the network - they have processor, 512mb RAM and optionally an optical drive for playing physical discs locally. You do not need an HD in your MD's (but you can use one if you do as additional network storage).

Hope the above is of help


Installation issues / Re: Leadtek DTV1000T in MythTV/LMC Problem
« on: September 30, 2007, 03:04:16 am »
I simply cannot get my DTV1000T card set up properly within MythTV, NOTHING I try works. Can someone please provide a step-by-step guide for what I need to do to get this card working?

I also have a DVICO FusionHDTV-DVBT card which I could put in instead if you think this card would work better.

I think the modules you need to make sure are loaded are;


Do an lsmod to see if there loaded

dvb-core should be loaded already.

Test these as follows;

sudo modprobe cx88-dvb
sudo modprobe cx88-alsa

If you get no errors then add them to /etc/modules and reboot.

Then do to see if your card is now starting up ok.

sudo dmesg | grep DVB

and you see messages about the card being detected and setup etc. It appears that no firmware is needed for this card so that should do it.

Users / Re: no console access
« on: September 30, 2007, 12:55:57 am »
If you installed from the lmce-0704 DVD then your console login is;

User = linuxmce
Pass = linuxmce

What about the root account?  linuxmce is a user account and can't modify system settings and root owned files. 

Once logged in you can put 'sudo' in front of any console command to allow you temporary 'root' access ie;

sudo joe /etc/fstab

Installation issues / Re: Frequent failure to display video properly
« on: September 29, 2007, 09:13:20 pm »
Quite frequently I will try to play a video or watch a tv broadcast, only to find that the sound is fine, but the video is totally messed up. It's as if there's some sort of codec missing. A reboot will normally fix this, but it happens so frequently that it's not really an option to just keep rebooting.

Once it happens it affects Xine, Linux MCE, and MythTV. :-\

Anyone got an idea what could be causing this?

Cheers in advance ;)

John - When you say your video playback is 'totally messed up' what exactly do you mean? Can you describe what happens and what you get on screen?

Users / Re: TV keeps crashing!
« on: September 29, 2007, 08:05:10 pm »
The tuning problem you're having sounds exactly the same one that I had when I first installed the Nova T 500. I couldn't get it to tune at all, dispite showing signal strength well into 80%. Once I followed that wiki page however everything worked as expected.
I am experiencing a MythTV problem however, in that I can open it, and it'll work fine, but I then can't leave MythTV and view a video. They all show up as a garbled mess regardless of the prog I use to view; audio however is fine. Linux mce, Xine, even MythTV stops working from that point.

I think the problem that Fibres has is that he is not using the current builds of the modules needed for the T500 when using the firmware I posted - that firmware works with the standard required T500 module support built into Kubuntu 7.04 'out of the box'. However as with any firmware update you do need to power-off and boot up to force the firmware to do a 'cold start' and load properly.

As to your problem I'm afraid I can't offer any insight into that.

Installation issues / Re: How to rerun the AVWizard
« on: September 29, 2007, 07:14:32 pm »
Come on man, can we let this wiki thing rest.  You were shit on and the rant the Trout put on the wiki page was classless and stupid, we can all see that, but there are a few of us actually trying to improve the wiki so that many of these repeat questions can be easily found and people can trouble shoot their  problems.  Hopefully this will help you work on several of the things on your to do list and let you stop answering the same questions over and over again. 

No body is going to even look at the wiki for info if one of the most common posters on this forum keeps degrading it. 

It is obvious to me that you are serious about helping others get a working system, so your help with updating the pages would be greatly appreciated.   I am not a wiki admin, nor will I be, but I do want this to be a place of collaboration and not confrontation.  Please help us help others.


I'm sorry but the problem here is that I often link to these pages directly, which is completely useless if everybody keeps moving things around whenever they feel like it.  All this senseless reorganising over and over again is getting on my nerves.  The sad thing is that I can hardly even find the pages I added and categorized myself anymore these days.

And let's be honest, is "Troubleshooting_AVWizard" really that much better or clearer then "AVWizard"?  It is a general page about the AVWizard, not about troubleshooting isn't it?

Personally I think you're the sanest one of the bunch (which includes me) so if anyone should be the admin I think it's you.  I just wish you guys had focused more on expanding the existing structure instead of removing and reorganising over and over just for the sake of it. 

So I'm just going to leave the wiki alone and hope that I can still find the (far from perfect) instructions (which I added myself) the next time I want to redo the setup in my own home.

Zaerc - I totally agree. The constant changes are incredibly frustrating and to be honest mostly add zero value. Unless an addition to the Wiki is by someone who is 'defacing' the site or is plain incorrect then it should be left alone in my opinion. Lets get back to adding information and value to the Wiki as a resource - it doesn't need 'editors' it needs more people like you Zaerc putting their time, effort and knowledge into it.

Users / Re: Which Microsoft Remote for LinuxMCE Windows XP MCE or Vista?
« on: September 29, 2007, 07:02:18 pm »
There are actually several MCE remotes. Look at the follow post page for more information to determine which version of the remote you have.

Here is a post about new MCE Remotes which seems to point to the older XP remote.
I have the XP remote along with the Hauppauge Version which both work out of the box.  I do not have a Vista version, so I can not directly commit on the status of the Vista version, but according to the MythTV wiki it needs the mceusb module and not mceusb2 module, so I would be inclined to say it is not supported.  I know there is no device template, and this is generally needed for LinuxMCE to see and know how to use the device.  This would likely be a pretty easy task to create a template, but it looks like the lastest CVS version of LIRC is needed.
Please let us know if you get this remote working.

A simple search would have turn up the following post about the MCE gyro remote


Thanks for those links, Rob. In fact I saw those forum posts and mythtv wiki. There is little reference about vista remote among the users. For now, I don't want to configure LMCE to use mceusb instead of mceusb2 and all that! I am still far away from creating templates on my own. I have to learn the LMCE architecture and that is going to take some time (pretty busy finishing the basement). Looks like it is safer for me to go with Windows XP remote and later upgrade to Fiire chief once prices fall to reasonable levels. $150 seems to be too high.


Changing the IR receiver setting for an MD or a Core/Hybrid is very easy just got to Web Admin -> Wizard -> Devices ->Media Directors and then scroll to the MD you want to change the IR receiver setting on and select it from the 'IR Receivers' pop up - choose mce_usb. Next choose your remote from the 'Add Remote' button. The Vista MCE remote is not currently listed... but its possible that it will work with one of the standard MCE remote settings. Once you have selected the receiver and the remote you need then scroll to the bottom of the page and click 'Update'

Hope the above helps



Users / Re: Softsqueeze: anyone has it working?
« on: September 29, 2007, 05:37:47 pm »
I think that can easily be done by simply installing the windows orbiter on those machines

The problem is that the Windows Orbiter is just that... it can act as a 'remote' for a media director and control other devices about the network. But as far as I know it cant play content locally.

I need a z-wave alternative. Especially since I live in th UK; z-wave don't do our plugs!

I have had a few 'experiences' setting up LMCE.

First off, dont buy a HTPC case with built in imon vfd and remote - (I have the thermaltake bach, but silverstone also do this) it's a pain!
The remote would be handy for LMCE as it has a mouse 'pad' but this doesn't work in linux. There is however a patch to make the pad generate left, right, up, down movements, so I'm gonna give it a go and post a howto here if it works.
The vfd screen is also difficult to set up with LMCE. Again I'm still working on this so I'll post back.
My advice - save the £40 ($80) extra and buy a gyro mouse, or even a windows mce remote.

Second, if you have a wireless network card that requires ndiswrapper (like mine - belkin pre-N) don't use the LMCE dvd installer, you have to install kubuntu then ndiswrapper then the LMCE cd's (in my experience anyway). The dvd install has a different libc6 to the one ndiswrapper depends on, and I couldn't change it!

Third, don't install nvidia drivers from their website or via envy - LMCE only likes its own propietary driver. But do go for an nVidia card over ATI

Fourth, don't buy a samsung HDD! I did as they're cheap, but they are VERY sus and slow!!

There's probably more, so I'll keep thinking :-)

Let's Automate have some UK z-wave units (complete with standard UK 3 pin mains plug/sockets)

imon vfd and remotes certainly works under linux... it does not work 'out of the box' under lmce however.

We have installed the nVidia drivers from the nVidia website... just followed the instructions there and on the Wiki. Worked for us.


Users / Re: TV keeps crashing!
« on: September 29, 2007, 02:43:47 pm »
Hi totallymaxed.

If that is the case then how come it works fine on the media direcotrs? Also how come it is working ok for you?

Also I have downloaded and installed that firmware however it does not seem to pick up and channels when I scan. I have tried both mythtv and kaffeine.
I have added the force_lna_activation option in /etc/modprobe.d/options
Any ideas?


Hi Fibres,

Well my information is that the remote control protocol in Myth is where the problem is... however we dont use Myth so I am not personally able to verify this. We are using vdr in our installations and we don't see that problem at all.

As to why your T500 is not tuning I am not sure. Are you using the standard modules that were shipped with Kubuntu or are you using modules built by you? That could be the difference as we are using the standard modules shipped with kubuntu. It's working for us in numerous Core's so i know that the firmware I attached is good.


sudo dmesg | grep dvb

and post the output here.

You should see your T500 get initialised and your firmware get loaded etc. If you do then you have a working T500... then it comes down to possibly signal quality/strength (but if it was working before you swapped to the newer firmware then my guess is that you are not using Modules that are not compatible with the newer firmware in some way)

Users / Re: Setup Issues
« on: September 29, 2007, 12:09:00 pm »
I allready have a windows network setup and running, with a file server etc... already setup. I have the windows network on the external network, but im having real trouble getting LinuxMCE to connect to my fileserver.

ive tried setting up the file server through the web admin but it wont pick it up and let me browse it.

ive also tried synbolic linking but i cant create the link

is there anyway of doing it?

also is it possible for me to just turn off DHCP and hook the internal network upto the same switch as the external?

A simple diagram of how your current network is connected together might help to understand what you have and how it is currently configured.

Re DHCP... the LMCE Core/Hybrid has to be the DHCP server for the LAN that your lmce devices are connected to - this is central to how lmce works. I can't see any reason not to intermix your Windows Network with the LMCE one - thats how ours always are configured. Just let lmce be the DHCP server (turn of DHCP in whatever device you currently have providing that service) and make sure that your Windows machines ate in the same work group as lmce and your there.

Post a simple diagram of your current setup here and I am sure you'll get plenty of willing helpers respond :-)


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