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UI2 works fine on any Via C7/CX700M Mboards but you need the Unichrome Pro II commercial drivers from Via to exploit the chipset features needed by UI2 to do so. Fiire have bundled these drivers with Via's DS700 Vesa mount unit. Thats it. If you want UI2 on this type of device then currently Fiire have the only solution.

Any C7 based CN700 or CX700 based motherboard will run lmce-0704 UI1 superbly when married to the freely available Unichrome Pro drivers though.

Do I understand correctly? You cannot buy commercial drivers from Via - Fiire is currently only solution for PRO II commercial drivers ?

Thanks in advance,

regards,

Bulek.

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Users / Re: is this how LinuxMCE network should be (diagram inside)
« on: September 02, 2007, 03:41:57 pm »
this is basic diagram for what i think LinuxMCE should be, if you have another Idea or correction please reply





Please try to add this diagram and info into Wiki. A lot of questions are repeating about such setup...

Regards,

Bulek.

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Users / Re: MEDIA HDD
« on: September 01, 2007, 02:19:42 pm »
Hi,

maybe MediaUpdate daemon is causing slow down. I couldn't find any data regarding how it works, when it's started etc... So every now and then I tend t switch it off...

Regards,

Bulek.

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Developers / Re: All Developers, please read.
« on: August 31, 2007, 08:42:59 pm »
Hi,

I'll try to add few thoughts, since I've been working a lot also on Pluto system. Since I'm not experienced Linux guy, I could easily be missing something but anyway :
1. for a good start, I think working SVN and sqlcvs would be just fine
2. enhancement should be entered in coordinated way - For example under Pluto, where I helped a bit with Motion wrapper. I've contacted corresponding developers and explained what I'd like to add. Then he approved my work, I took down SVN source, compiled just new binary for Motion Wrapper and add it to my formal release. Then I tested it in my environment and then applied those changes into SVN - "official" testers did try it and it was in next release.
3. Same mechanism could be used for sqlcvs. I know this would narrow contributions, but again maybe better than nothing at all...

Currently we're not getting any enhancements into sql database or in source code, so maybe this would be improvement. And later, if community grows, we can take another steps.

What I'm currently also missing very badly is developers discussion... If you notice, I have several question regarding (how to best implement this, how to efficiently add this and to do some brainstorming on some future additions and how to implement them, or to learn important details about LMCE & Pluto internals etc..)...

HTH,

regards,

Bulek.

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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Better Media Organization / Browser
« on: August 31, 2007, 08:21:44 pm »
Hi,

not sure if this will  be of any help, but this feature exist in quite limited way. You can go into Video, then Options and select Filename at the top and then your directories will appear and you can browse them. It seems that it only remembers that setting for one Orbiter session.

Regards,

Bulek.

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Developers / Re: All Developers, please read.
« on: August 29, 2007, 10:36:36 pm »
Hi,

I've tried to transfer my contributions from Pluto system (support for Marantz Audio Receiver,etc...). I've posted to forum how to do it and received no response in quite some time now. I really have no clue what to do next other than waiting...

I'd also contribute a lot, but currently I don't know who will (if anyone at all) maintain and review changes, give some directions for contributions to be uniform and aligned with LMCE philosophy... We need some starting up effort to get more contributors on the line, but no sign of it. I understand that developers are filled with other, maybe more important stuff. But similar thing happened to Pluto also. Promising at the start with prompt help and then we all know what happened.

Regards,

Bulek.



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Hi,

I've installed LMCE 704 from live CD and 2 CDs. It seems that my onboard network card was not recognized automatically so no network was setup during install. Right now I've added sis900 to /etc/modules and it seems ok, but I guess I have network unconfigured and should probably do it manually.

But that's beyond my Linux knowledge.... Anyone can please help ?

Thanks in advance,

Regards,

Bulek.

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Developers / Do we have simple ON/OFF device for floorplan ?
« on: August 29, 2007, 09:58:38 am »
Hi,

I know for existence of light switch (on/off) but on floorplan it appears as dimmable switch (although it works properly - if you click on any value other than 0, then it goes to state 1).

Do we currently have any device, that would appear with simple on/off on floorplan ? (thermostat gives more controls:fan on, fan off, +, -,...).

Thanks in advance,

regards,

Bulek.

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One of the issues I noticed as well with the current Z-wave lighting system is that device state changes made outside of LMCE do not feed back to LMCE.  So if I turn a light off via LMCE and then press a button on a switch to turn it on, LMCE would still think it's off and show it as such on the floorplan.  I've seen other Z-wave software controllers use polling.  While there are some new devices that can support state change notification, polling is the simplest solution, I believe.  I plan to implement that functionality with the Insteon driver I'm writing.
Hi,

I worked around that problem. Since I wrote driver by myself for my home automation system (Cybrotech.uk), I could afford that. So I monitor automation level (poll 20 times per second) and if anything changes, then I send proper event to DCERouter so floorplan devices are properly updated...

The problem is that light is like switch device and not real device (see no good point for that other than being easier to implement), so it will go into desired state in few seconds regardless of true state of device. But if you send proper events it will also act accordingly...

I'd also vote for proper implementation of lights (where low level should report curren state back) instead of switches..

Any other opinions ?

I'm also curious how to contribute in current state of LMCE. Is there SVN? Are there any maintainers to work with and approve changes ?

Thanks in advance,

regards,

Bulek.

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Users / Re: Seriously..
« on: August 27, 2007, 11:21:09 am »
Boot over powerline? I'm impressed. When we tried it we gave up after 15 min.

I am writing this to you from a machine pxe booted over 85mbit powerline from my home lmce system :-)

Hi,

could you please post more info to wiki about such setup ?

Thanks in advance,

regards,

Bulek.

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Hi,

I'm integrating LMCe with my new demo house and I have all kinds of devices that are not lights and don't have on or off state - blinds, drapes for instance.

Currently one can do simple (but I think still dirty) workaround to add light device (by default are all light devices dimmable), then change its icon to blind and then use it. But the main problem in such setup is that user doesn't have any visual information about device's current state.

Particularly for blinds and drapes (and I think also for dimmable lights) it would be nice to add proper support and display current state on Floorplans if user desires so. For blinds or drapes, we could even have different icons (in 10% steps) so user can get visual feedback.

Anyone looking in this direction ? This enhancement is I guess linked to several changes in major plugins. I think it would be efficient to gather more opinions and do it in group effort manner ?

If we dig into plugins then I guess it would be also wise to consider another more major change - to introduce possibility to user, that with simple tick, device will show it's current state in text (whatever it is) on floorplans and also introduce event like "state changed" that would inform plugins that device's state has changed and needs to be updated on floorplans - if user desired such behaviour for this device. Any opinion on this idea ? It would ease addition of all kinds of custom devices to LMCE...

But since these changes are not so trivial, I'd love to hear opinion from LMCE maintainers as well.... Please take part in this discussion...

Thanks in advance for you opinions ,

regards,

Bulek.

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Developers / Re: How to change house mode from external systems
« on: August 26, 2007, 10:38:00 pm »
I think you need to develop an interface between your home automation system and LMCE. The easiest way to do that IMHO create Generic Serial Device - GSD. Try to search 'Ruby' or 'GSD' in the wiki. Basically, all logic in that case processed by embedded Ruby interpreter. So, you should develop all login using Ruby and predefined functions and data structures.

When you do that you'll able to send commands from LMCE to your system and and vice versa.
Hi,

thanks for info. I know pretty much about that, but I'm still curious how to instantly query what is current house state (is it written somewhere in sql database, or can I send some DCE query and receive response, or...) and what DCE data,events and commands are related to security matters....

So basically I know how to receive or send events, but don't know what events to capture and what actions to send - and also how to see current security state. All this could be extended also to other features of LMCE...

Thanks in advance,

regards,

Bulek.

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Developers / Re: How to change house mode from external systems
« on: August 24, 2007, 02:17:56 pm »
Hi,

sorry for bumping this again, but it's crucial for my setup and hopefully also for some other users...

1. How can I query house status (armed,disarmed,etc...) via DCE ?
2. How can I put house in certain state via DCE ?
3. How can I get notifications on house status change as event via DCE ?

Thanks in advance,

regards,

Bulek.

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Users / Re: My audio has gone!
« on: August 22, 2007, 09:47:23 pm »
Hi,

maybe you can check Xine player logs and check what audio device it is trying to use. You can also try to play audio with Xine over command line....

HTH,

regards,

Bulek.

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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Mail
« on: August 21, 2007, 09:50:01 pm »
Hi,

This one is not so hard to add. You just register device with DCERouter and specify what events to receive and the rest is up to you.

If anyone is willing to start, I can help with advices - already did something similar...



Regards,

Bulek.

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