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Installation issues / Re: Adding the Via Unichrome Pro drivers
« on: October 18, 2007, 10:55:11 pm »
It sounds that you can be easily discouraged by difficulties ....   :)

[Driver-Package-Name] stands for the name of the directory containing the driver source, i.e. CLE266CN400CN-CX700CN800XORG40072-kernel-src_20061226c.


Installation issues / Re: Adding the Via Unichrome Pro drivers
« on: October 18, 2007, 12:18:29 pm »
If you give a look at what you unzipped you'll see that the actual name of directory is Mesa-6.5.2. That is the directory you have to jump in.

Then  the following command should also be modified to include the exact path of the mesa diff file. In my case:

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cat ../mesa_6.5.2-3ubuntu7.diff | patch -p1   

since I stored diff file at the same level of Mesa directory.

As I told you this is not a detailed guide, and some linux knowledge is required to apply small refinements like the ones above.

I assume that all the previous points were ok, so proceed with this and see what happen next.


Installation issues / Re: Adding the Via Unichrome Pro drivers
« on: October 18, 2007, 08:46:37 am »
If you have a look to this file

you'll find all the steps that I followed to have drivers compiled and installed.

This is just a brief resume of the steps required to setup your environment:
All these steps are listed in the pdf guide I pointed you to at the beginning of this post, maybe not in very deep details, but they are there.

Then you have to follow the compiling instruction related to ubuntu 7.0.4 contained in the pdf guide .

Once all the compiling process is completed you'll find in the root of your box a directory called


In this directory you'll find the newly compiled drivers, utility and install script (vinstall)
Launch this file,  select your CPU, then select option "2", and you're done.

It is definitely not a one-click "forward-forward-forward-finish" process and some linux skill is required to get successfully to the end.

Have a try with this and if you still find yourself in troubles let me know.


Installation issues / Re: Adding the Via Unichrome Pro drivers
« on: October 17, 2007, 09:42:01 pm »
Hi Trisc

maybe I was simply lucky, but I followed the instruction contained in the pdf from the Via site and now I have new drivers running on my VIA MD.

I agree that they may appear a bit confusing because they contain indication for several distro, but in the end I did not need to make anything special.

If you isolate the steps related to Kubunto 7.0.4 you get the step-by-step guide that you are looking for.

Try to post here at which stage did you get stuck, and if possible I will try to give some help.


Hi Zaerc

I followed your second advice and ... it worked!!

I edited /usr/pluto/bin/ and added a -dpi 96 to the "xinit" line, then rebooted MD and fonts are now displayed fine.

Will try to add this to wiki

Thanks a lot.

Users / Re: bad audio quality on MD
« on: October 17, 2007, 11:19:05 am »
Thanks to all for reply.

Unfortunately I've no spare SB or other sound card, so I think I will give a go to latest drivers /local playback.

Will keep you posted about progress (if any)

Thanks again and regards

Users / Re: bad audio quality on MD
« on: October 17, 2007, 08:45:40 am »
Hi 1audio and thanks for your reply.

Here we go with specs:

Mobo is VIA EPIA M 10000, (C3 1gHz, CLE266 North Bridge, VT8235M South Bridge, 512 MB Ram).

MD is set to have "Standard sound card" and "Stereo" audio setting. Driver is snd_via82xx shipped with Kubuntu.

Alsamixer is ok, meaning that I already opened it and reduced all relevant level, with no effect on my issue.

We are not talking anyway about distortion. sound comes out with very clear chunks even at high volume interrupted by (I don't know the  tech word to explain ..) some "bumps"

I don't understand what you mean by "What else is running on the box". It is a standard MD, with UI1 interface and  is used only for audio/video playback.

If I go to KDE desktop and try to play any system sound I can notice the same problem. Also tried to play some mp3 with amarok, with same result. So it is not something related to xine itself, but something more general.

I know that VIA can sound very good, mine actually used to play a very clear sound under Pluto.

If you need some more details just drop a line.

Thanks again and regards

Hi Zaerc

I'm not a guru with Xorg conf, so most probably I'm missing something that you may find very obvious.

My Xorg.0.log looks like this:

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(**) VIA(0): Display dimensions: (930, 530) mm
(**) VIA(0): DPI set to (21, 28)

Resolution is 800X600
Display dimension is correct, DPI I guess not.

Any clue?


Users / Re: Considering LinuxMCE
« on: October 16, 2007, 08:14:15 pm »
Hi Ayster

the Unichrome Pro II drivers are (so far) the only drivers supporting UI2.

Unfortunately they are not public, so there's no option to have them unless you buy a Fiire hw.


Users / Re: Considering LinuxMCE
« on: October 16, 2007, 06:58:52 pm »
Hi Ayster

in the early Pluto days (the ancestor of LMCE) I started my testing with a VIA EPIA M 10000.
I also tried Mythtv but result were not brilliant, probably because at that time MythTv integration was very rough and unstable.

Then I moved my hybrid on a dedicated box, so my VIA box became (an still is) a regular diskless MD.
I had to tamper a bit to have decent video performances but in the end the result was good using Openchrome drivers.

With LMCE things are a bit different. Openchrome drivers (shipped with Kubuntu) are giving some problems. In my case they are crashing MD when watching divx files, so I had to move to Unichrome Pro drivers (you can easily find in this forum some useful pointers on this matter).

Note that with Unichrome Pro you cannot have UI2, as this interface is only supported by Unichrome Pro II drivers that have been licensed from VIA to Fiire.

As Eloy said, if your family is used to rely on MythTv I guess that killing you working system and reinstalling as LMCE would be a risky option.
I never used Mythdora, but from what I've read i think that in terms of "horse power" requirements LMCE tends to be more demanding that your actual system, and this may negatively impact on performances.

I don't mean to be discouraging, but I think you better find a way to introduce a new "electronic friend" to your wife  ;)

Just my 0.02


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?


Users / bad audio quality on MD
« on: October 16, 2007, 06:07:53 pm »
Hi all

on a VIA based MD I'm getting bad quality audio, no matter what the source is.
Either audio from DVD, or from avi files or from mp3 files comes out with a lot of "bumps" and "clicks".

I've tampered a bit with sound configuration (increased buffer, encoder priority, encoder quality) but no avail. Any sound (including system sound) is coming out badly.

The very same MD used to play a very clear audio with Pluto, so I guess the issue has something to do with configuration or maybe drivers.

Anyone is experiencing something similar?
Anyone has some hints?


Users / Re: What video drivers is fiire using in their media directors
« on: October 12, 2007, 08:12:21 am »
Hi William

I'm afraid you can't. Fiire is using Unichrome Pro II drivers, that VIA licensed to them. Those drivers are not public, so if you want to have a VIA based MD with UI2 you have to buy one from Fiire.

On your VIA MD you can anyway compile and install Unichrome Pro drivers, that in the experience of many user are quite good even if they don't support UI2.

You may refer to this post

for more information about dowloading Unichrome drivers ad compiling them



Users / Re: Marmitek X10
« on: October 10, 2007, 06:02:47 pm »
I have CM11 with serial interface and it is working fine.


Installation issues / Re: Linux MCE kills my adsl connection
« on: October 09, 2007, 09:59:26 pm »
Hi Raoul

just an idea on what your issue may be.
LMCE has a  flickr based screen saver, that downloads new images from flickr site. Maybe this is somehow disturbing your router and causing disconnections. I know that some router are sensitive to continous download (my router for example does not like aMule ...).

If this is the case, you may solve your problem upgrading your router firmware or disabling pictures download. you can achieve this last option by renaming in /usr/pluto/bin

There are other posts in this forum talking about customizing flickr images that you may want to read.


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