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Installation issues / Re: Multiple sound cards, selected at random?
« on: March 19, 2013, 04:59:37 pm »
Multi-channel really refers to any card that can output more than a single mono signal.  This includes stereo as well but often refers to anything that has more than 2 channels.  4/5.1(really 6)/7.1(really 8)

For LMCE any device that has 2 (or more) audio channels *could* be defined with a special "multichannel sound card" device template.  I say *could* because you do not have to define any of these devices, they are usually used to house child devices that are "stereo virtual sound card"s.  This allows us to split card that has 4/6/8 and split it into multiple stereo outputs, each with their own name, very useful for adding squeezeslave devices without adding additional hardware.  Example:  I have a motherboard in an onboard 7.1 analog audio (4x1/8" TRS connectors) and an hdmi output.  I use the hdmi output for the LMCE output and have 4 stereo squeezeslaves setup on my analog onboard sound card.  Each 1/8" jack is now a stereo pair that a squeezeslave outputs on.  I get 4xaudio zones without adding any additional hardware.

 It also allows you to do funky things like combine the output of 4 different channels down to 2.  The key thing to remember here is that you never *need* to define one of these devices unless you wish

J.

Yes what you describe works really well...we do this type of config in Dianemo all the time. In fact its a revelation once you start to explore the possibilities and the flexibility this offers. As you point out until the virtualisation of sound cards was implemented a physical 7.1 card was often only used for stereo out and the remaining outputs were inaccessible for any other purposes.

Andrew

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Installation issues / Re: HDHomerun loses signal
« on: March 19, 2013, 04:51:43 pm »
I have installed LinuxMCE 8.04 and attached an HDHomerun tuner; and it's not working as it should.

When I have the HDHR attached directly to a wireless router, it works great over the wireless network; and I'm able to use VLC or TotalMedia on my Zoze laptop to watch HD live TV.
However, when the HDHR is attached to the LMCE core,(and set it up) the signal is reported as very low and live TV will not display. (BTW, MythTV found all the DVB-T channels, but reports the signal as too low.)

Therefore, I know the signal strength is OK, but am puzzled why LMCE/MythTV doesn't work.

I would be grateful for any help.
Cheers
Paul


I can't see anyway that LMCE/MythTV could reduce your reported signal strength. Have you tried updating the HDHR firmware version?

All the best

Andrew

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Installation issues / Re: Dianemo S - configuring cisco7970
« on: March 19, 2013, 04:47:37 pm »
Hi Andrew,
Is there any way to configure 7960 orbiter with the LMCE skin? the problem is that Dianemo skin is black and the phone screen is not good to provide details.
We would like to use cisco phones and not throw them away.

Thanks
Hernan

The 7970 LMCE skin could be back ported by hand in principle... but it would be a complicated process requiring HA designer skills etc. We have no plans to support the Orbiter on the 79XX series phones. The phones themselves will work as 'phones' fine however.

All the best

Andrew

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Users / Re: Future of (AV) device control
« on: March 19, 2013, 04:12:45 pm »
is the core/MD able to at least:

* power on/off
* input switching
* volume control
* channel control
* maybe launch internal apps?

-Thom

Yes with the exception of launching internal Apps in a SmartTV which is not in the spec.

Andrew

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Users / Re: Future of (AV) device control
« on: March 19, 2013, 03:49:48 pm »
What exactly is defined by "full CEC control?"

-Thom

See here; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumer_Electronics_Control#CEC

Any device that is HDMI 1.0 to HDMI 1.3a compliant will be also comply with the relevant CEC Rev. In our experience TV's that meet that spec in the last approx. 24 months do indeed comply with CEC (this based on the random selection of TV's we come into contact with).

Andrew

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Users / Re: Future of (AV) device control
« on: March 19, 2013, 03:15:06 pm »
I think what Thom says is probably the truth but I fear what I will find price-wise in that regard. I may be wrong but if it's a case of tripling or quadrupling my budget for a receiver then it may be out of my pricing zone as techstyle hints. Sadly, I guess, the guys that play in the custom install market know that their customers do not have a budget problem.

Regarding CEC - I guess what I was saying ito poor support is that firstly graphics cards with HDMI outputs don't support it which is annoying. Unless it's way more complex than I realise, that would be a big step forward and we wouldn't have to worry about injectors. Then, secondly, I understand that the manufacturers typically have their own set of protocols and codes Bravia Sync etc etc with limited overlap. I gather if you have an HDMI port on your device you're obliged to wire it for CEC but not implement it unless you want to.

How about an Arduino injector? Would that be an option? Don't know much about Pi and Duinos except that Duinos are a bit cheaper and more accessible in my neck of the woods.

Anyway, it will be fun to see my local AV "Experts" sweat when I ask them all these questions ;-)

Interestingly the Raspberry Pi does support full CEC control when using MythTV installed on it. We're finding that essentially all TV manufactured in the last 24 months in our experience have full CEC control.implemented. We support the Pulse-8 USB powered CEC control interface too so if you need CEC control with an nVidia based MM/MD then you can use a Pulse-8. See here; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Using_HDMI-CEC_to_Control_Media_Devices

All the best

Andrew

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We have added support for IP control of wired & wireless Rako lighting using any of the current TCP/UDP capable Rako bridges. The standard Rako installation and configuration is all that's needed to enable Dianemo to automatically interrogate the Rako installation and pull that setup into Dianemo. If you have a Rako installation already then just add a Rako UDP Bridge or Rako TCP Bridge device to your Devices Tree in Web Admin, fill in the IP address field for the Rako Bridge you are using and do a reload... The Rako Rooms & channels will be automatically imported from the Rako Bridge and if your Room names match those in the bridge Dianemo even automatically creates scenarios for them too. Once you have Rako lights in your system they just work, and are controlled just like any other type of light. If you have other Rako devices eg Blinds, drapes or other controls then they will work too.

See the new wiki section here for details; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Rako_Wireless_.26_Wired_Lighting_Control

Please update your system as usual to get the update.

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Marketplace / Re: Nerve Center 300
« on: March 01, 2013, 12:52:15 pm »
@ Andrew Just thinking outloud....... if i get no response for the box as a whole with the dianemo license can i sell the hardware but keep the license? maybe even convert the physical machine to a vm and keep it on my esxi machine to fiddle with?

Sure you can do that absolutely.

All the best

Andrew

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Marketplace / Update available - Samsung SmartTV Input Switcher
« on: February 28, 2013, 05:50:36 pm »
We have released a new device template today that enables you to control the input selection on any Samsung SmartTV using UPnP over IP. This template also allows you to send Volume up/down & mute commands to your Samsung SmartTV too. See the new Dianemo S wiki page entry below for more details;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Samsung_SmartTV_Input_Switching

To get this update and any other pending ones please run the updater script as described here; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Updating_Dianemo

All the best

Andrew

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Installation issues / Re: Fibaro Dimmer Module - FGD-211 - Dianemo
« on: February 28, 2013, 03:53:58 pm »
Any advice at all appreciated, have tried everything I can think of, reset/recreated my z-wave network, checked wiring, tried another new Dimmer module, and exhausted google.

Hmmm... we have some Fibaro modules here. i will see if we can get them installed to so we can see if we can reproduce this.

Andrew

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Marketplace / Re: Nerve Center 300
« on: February 28, 2013, 03:29:18 pm »
I can confirm there is no problem transferring a Dianemo license and software updates etc will continue as normal. Just make sure we know when the sale is completed and who the new owner is.

All the best

Andrew

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Is there a changelog for the last couple of updates.

I think something bad has happened to my mythtv server component,  in that my xbmc/openelc front ends can no longer show live tv or recorded tv.

Any way to roll back to test?

Hi Rod,

We just install the current MythBuntu package. We don't do anything at all to this package. Nothing else we do or install when installing Dianemo will affect Mythbuntu. So if its broken the only option is to wait for the Mythbuntu guys to fix it in an updated package. So far we have not had any indication of a breakage however.

All the best

Andrew

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Marketplace / Update available - fixes to Diskless_CreateTBZ.sh issue
« on: February 23, 2013, 04:33:52 am »
We have released another update in the last few hours. The update fixes aproblem that some of ypu experienced just after installation. Diskless_CreateTBZ.sh sometimes fails to run just after initial rebootbecause Please run the updater script again to correct this.

Regards

Andrew

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Techstyle: I will download 10.04, burn it and install VIA DVD. I was wondering when installing and running LinuxMCE, does it run better with Intel or AMD processors? Or does it not make a difference? Also does this new release have more drivers and is there more templates for x10, to be more specific is my X10 CM19A supported?

posde: The sound card is on board, I will try and install 10.04 like Techstyle recommend. If I have a problem with the sound still, I will post more detailed information about the sound card. For now I will have it hooked up to standard desktop speakers. Later on, I will connect it to a 5.1 surround sound system.

I have to get this machine out and give this project another try. I hope this can finally become a successful project. I was reading the wiki before. But it's better to have help from people that are experienced with getting these systems running to their full potential.

Thanks for replying.

Its always a good idea to download a LiveCD of Ubuntu and boot from that. That way you can get a very good idea of how well your hardware will perform once LinuxMCE is installed.

All the best

Andrew

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Installation issues / Re: Multiple sound cards, selected at random?
« on: February 22, 2013, 04:38:37 pm »
Armorgnome,

No need to create any virtual sound card devices for Media Director audio/video, only if you want to use a multichannel analog sound card for multiple squeezeslaves.

J.

If you only have a 5.1 card in your NC or MD and you only want to use stereo audio for your MD audio/video then virtualising your physical sound card is the way to go as it will enable you to have in addition to the stereo audio for your MD two additional stereo outputs for use with Squeezeslaves. This makes much better use of your physical sound card and essentially gets you 'something for nothing' :-)

All the best

Andrew

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