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Users / Re: Low Audio Volume on VIA Chipset
« on: October 17, 2007, 01:06:00 pm »
I had the same issue but fixed it. All my volumes was set to 100% and still it was very soft.
What you needd to have a look at, is alsamixer. it is a program you have to run in a new terminal window. set the main volume to about 75%. If you set it higher than this you will loose quality. let your amp do the rest.
You can set every thing from there. Gain, bass trebble etc etc etc...

You'll actually get the best audio quality with all the controls at 100% and your amp turned down, as otherwise you are not maximising the SNR ratio of the DAC. With a 24-bit soundcard this should not ever really be a problem but with a 16-bit soundcard this is an issue.

The problem I have had is that the system keeps overwriting my alsamixer settings. I saved a snapshot with alsactl and then wrote a script which runs and reloads the config every 2 seconds. A hack, but I couldn't find any other solution.


Developers / Preemptive kernel in MD?
« on: October 17, 2007, 01:01:34 pm »
Hi guys,

I have been trying to run brutefir in my MD with jack to allow real time room compensation and EQ but no matter how high I set the period jackd bombs out with xruns after 15 mins. I am assuming that the kernel is not preemptive, but have not checked as I am not sure how feasible it is to have a custom kernel running on a single MD. Any thoughts?



Users / Re: Changing or adding pics in place of flickr pics
« on: October 13, 2007, 08:30:17 pm »
Yes I looked at your changes. Nice work.

I am writing a new script that uses inotifywait to watch the directory for files that are moved into it or are deleted. In fact its the same call that the UpdateMedia binary uses to watch for media files that are added to the lmce directory structure.

Sounds like a good idea. The changes I made are a real bunch of hacks as I didn't know how to program perl so I'm sue there's lots of other areas for improvement. For example it just picks random photos from the folder so you could get duplicates.


Users / Re: Changing or adding pics in place of flickr pics
« on: October 11, 2007, 11:52:14 pm »
That's why I hacked the perl script - as that way the images are still resized.


Installation issues / Re: xorg.conf on diskless MD reverts to original
« on: October 11, 2007, 11:50:54 pm »
Check out this page:

Actually, if you protect the file LMCE will keep duplicating it and appending a number until you have thousands!

Try this instead (from the wiki):

Add a line containing exit to the top of the /usr/pluto/bin/ file.

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: hibernation would save a lot of time
« on: October 11, 2007, 07:40:50 pm »
not really, no.


Jesus, why would you say something like that?

My core runs at about 100w. My MDs are about the same, give or take a bit (say take off 10w for the HD).

In the UK it costs roughly £160 ($320 US) to keep a 100W device on all year. If I had all my MDs on all the time that would be £640 per year. Which is a pretty decent holiday. So no surprise I turn them off. And yes, I get really annoyed by the agonisingly slow boot times, so I am also interested in suspend. Perhaps to a local disk, or to RAM? (is suspend to NFS currently available?).

Oh, BTW, in case you hadn't realised, if everyone had devices sat around consuming this amount of power 24/7 most parts of the world would look very different in only a few years time.

In a world where there is even a market for devices which turn off mobile phone chargers when not in use to save a watt or so of power (yes, I was surprised anyone woudl bother with this!) how can you think that producing a green product is not important?

Users / Nvidia 7200GS not recognised
« on: October 10, 2007, 03:06:40 am »
LinuxMCE does not recognise the Nvidia 7200GS card in my diskless MD and when I choose "Geforce of TNT2" on the admin site it stlll loads the vesa driver (and puts "vesa" into xorg.conf and xorg.conf.pbackup.

If I manually modify the config it loads the nvidia driver but the orbiter announces that OpenGL cannot be opened. And the config goes back to vesa after a reboot....

lspci says this:

02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 01d3 (rev a1)

and lshwd says this:

02:00.0 VGA compatible controller:  (vesa)

What should I do?



Users / Re: Nice but early days for the software
« on: October 09, 2007, 01:53:16 pm »
Yeah it's pretty much impossible to find any media at all. All my episodes appear as the same thing (series titles only) and there isn't any decent way to browse albums.

Plus the admin interface really needs some work.

Users / Re: Switching from single network card setup to dual card
« on: October 05, 2007, 03:03:34 pm »
Dumped it in the wiki for our convenience:, I hope that's enough to get you going, feel free to expand as you see fit.

Thanks the help. Checked out the wiki entry, looks good. Wish I'd read that before I'd gone and done it manually in the database! ;-)

I had the same problems, all files from "MythTV AV Media Server" - the mythtv upnp server. I deleted them, but the question is how do I disable this server in myth?

Users / Re: Changing or adding pics in place of flickr pics
« on: October 04, 2007, 12:39:25 pm »
I was wondering is there a way to change the pic feed from flickr to my own pics? I tried copying my pics to the public data picture folder but I still cannot get any to come up with my pics in place of some of the flickr images. I can pull them up if I go to view my pics through LMCE when I go to the pictures menu.

Sheesh... Someone should have told me it was hard to do... because I put my photos on no problem.  ;D

Hmm. It didn't work for me! How strange!


Users / Switching from single network card setup to dual card
« on: October 04, 2007, 12:35:55 pm »
I installed with a single network card so my internal and external interfaces were on the same card (i.e. eth0 and eth0.0 as the virtual interface on top of this). I have now installed another network card and want to go to a dual card setup but can't find a way to change the devices assigned to the internal and external interface on the network settings web page. I assume this is hardcoded in the database? If so does anyone know where? I don't really want to have to reinstall!!



Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Flickr Channel
« on: September 29, 2007, 03:41:58 pm »
I've hacked the script. It works but is not very pretty. See here:

Users / Re: Changing or adding pics in place of flickr pics
« on: September 29, 2007, 03:40:53 pm »
I have butchered the script. You'll need to change the source dir ($dirtoget) in the config section. It's hardcoded to look for .JPG files but you can change that (there are two references, just do find and replace).
I also added a bit in which ignores the images if they are less than 500px wide or high for quality reasons.

It's a hack though, and my first time with Perl, so don't expect too much finesse! ;-)


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