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Users / DirectTV or Dish Network
« on: November 09, 2011, 05:02:46 pm »

I'm looking at dropping my Brighthouse cable due to repeated signal and lost channels issues over the last several months.  Fios is still not available so I am looking at Satellite.  DirectTV and Dish network are the available options.

Can anyone that has their DirectTV or Dish network satellite integrated into their LinucMCE systems please give some feedback and their experiences.


Users / 24-port 1G Switch with POE
« on: October 04, 2011, 04:07:19 pm »
Has anyone tested any 24-port 1G Switch with POE with MD's.

I've heard that some MD's have boot issues with certain switches.

Only  'real life'  experience please. 

Users / Roku 2 XS and or boxee
« on: September 12, 2011, 04:40:30 pm »
So we already have hulu available within LinuxMCE (congrats to all the developers for the 0810 Final release, by the way).

So does anyone here have the Roku, or for that matter, a boxee ?

I mentioned the latest Roku version, 2 and XS as that also comes with an ethernet connection.

Can people who have it explain in detail the benefits of buying it.  

Any problems in using/accessing it via LinuxMCE

I wouldn't mind dropping my brighthouse cable if I could find a similar replacement.


Help Wanted / Aprilaire 8870 thermostat with 8811 protocol adapter
« on: August 05, 2011, 09:39:16 pm »
So, this was supposed to be working with pluto, but apparently its not from everything I have read in the forums.

I have downloaded the installation and operating PDF's for both devices and also have managed to get hold of a PDF of the programmers manual for the Communicating Thermostat.

So, if other people are interested in getting this working in LinuxMCE, I am in for US$100.

Who else wants to contribute and who thinks they can accomplish the task ?

Your answers on a postcard to...

Users / HULU - no sound
« on: June 30, 2011, 07:07:48 pm »
I don't use HULU very often.  I probably used it last 4 -5 weeks ago...maybe.

My system is a hybrid, using a Asus M3N78-VM motherboard.  I use the S/PDIF fiber optic to my audio amp.  I use Two DT366 orbiters.  My last update/upgrade was 29th June 2001.  My install appears to be 8th April 2011.  10.04-LTS.

I get 6 channel surround on watching DVD's, ripped movies, Audio CD's and ripped audio.

This used to work, but now when I use HULU, I have Two issues:-

1)   When I launch it the first time, it tries and then nothing happens.  I wait 30 secs or so and try again and it launches.

2)   And the main problem.  No sound.  I occasionally get a click but no sound.  If I exit and switch back to a movie or audio, I get 6 channel sound again.

Again, is this just me or are other people having issues.

Please test and respond.


ADD:  I opened the firefox web browser on the hybrid and went to hulu from there.  It plays, and I can hear the audio, all 6 channels fine.

Users / Picture viewer
« on: June 30, 2011, 05:13:10 pm »
I don't look at the  'Media-Pictures'  very often but after doing an  'update/upgrade'  on the 29th June, I decided to look at some pictures.

I have been seeing a number of issues and wondering if it is   'just my system'  or if they are consistent issues worth raising a ticket for.

My system is a hybrid, using a Asus M3N78-VM motherboard.  I have two DT366 orbiters.  I have a SAN containing pictures, videos and music but the flikr directory (pictures) is still on the hybrids hard drive.  10.04-LTS

My first daily flikr entry was the 8th April 2011.  I assume this is the day I installed the latest system.  I have been doing a update/upgrade approximately every 7-10 days since.


1)    The pics flashed up on the screen and then vanished using 'Media-Pictures-play all' from the dt366.  I did later try a reboot.  This issue, fixed itself overnight.  Although it randomly causes my DT366 to restart the linuxmce interface (Green block at the bottom, moving % marker).

2)    All my daily pictures under  'flickr'  vanished.  The next day, I had new pictures under June 29th.  But still the other daily pictures from April to June 28th are still missing.

3)   When I try to play a single picture, instead of 'play all'  nothing plays on the TV, nothing on the DT366

4)   When I select 29th June under   'Media-Pictures-Flicker-June-29'  I see the pictures on  the DT366.  But if I click on one of them, I see nothing on the TV or the DT366.  

5)   If I select as in 4) above, and then select delete, it asks me if I really want to.  But later, the picture will re-appear on the screensaver on the TV and when I check, its back under   'Media-Pictures-Flicker-June-29'

6)   When I use  'play-all'  on pics on my SAN, due to picture size, it puts Black edges on the picture - this is good.   When I do the same looking at flikr pictures, it doesn't blank out the edges but overlays it over the last screensaver (static) picture.  This is disconcerting and different than the SAN pictures.

7)  More...maybe.  I'll add more as I think of/find them.

The big question is, is this just my system or are other people seeing this ?

Can you please check your system.  Then update your system and check again and report back.

Thanks !!!

Users / Problems ripping disney DVD's
« on: June 10, 2011, 10:33:54 pm »
So, I have several Disney DVD's.  They all play fine, but when I try and rip them, after 2-7 seconds, the system reports that there are a lot of errors and if I leave them, they never complete.

My other 100+ DVD's have ripped with no problems.

The one's I have tried are....Chronicles of Narnia:  101 Dalmations, The Aristocats, Prince Caspian, Alison in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, Tom & Jerry:  The Movies.

Does Disney have some extra protection on them ???

Users / Jerking/juddering whist panning
« on: June 10, 2011, 10:26:06 pm »
Check my sig/wiki for my hardware.

Whenever I watch a video and it pans, the picture jerks/judders.  It like its missing frames but its not tearing.

Its a little annoying.

Anything I can do to fix this ?


Users / Screensaver keeps coming on when playing movie
« on: September 20, 2010, 06:15:37 am »

Just searched on screensaver, but nothing relavent came up.

So I haven't used LinuxMCE (its a test system) for 2-3 weeks but wanted to watch a movie so I did the update, upgrade.

Start watching the movie, and after several minutes, the screen goes blank.  Press return and its back.  Several more minutes and it blanks again.  Seems like a screensaver to me.

Not sure why ?


Users / DVD still shows in menu and manage drives windows
« on: June 09, 2010, 10:28:08 pm »
So i rip'd a DVD 3 or 4 days ago.  When it had finished, i went into manage drives and ejected it.

It stayed visible in the video menu and the manage drives menu even though it was ejected.  I expected it to clean itself up after time, but here we are, 3-4 days later, and it is still visible in both locations.


Any ideas ?

Users / Changing Private media to Public
« on: May 27, 2010, 02:33:01 pm »
OK - I have just searched the forum.  If the answer is there, I missed it.

For some reason, I created a couple of ripped DVD's as private.  So on those movies, I get asked the password each time.

How do you change them from Private to Public ?


Users / HULU help needed
« on: May 26, 2010, 07:15:29 pm »
Is there a really basic, straight forward HULU install/setup ?

I see it in the OrbiterGL menu but when I click on it, nothing happens.

Users / recent update/upgrade keeps rebuilding the kernel
« on: May 26, 2010, 07:12:26 pm »
In the last week ?

I noticed a Vl4 update and it uninstalled a ton of modules added new ones and rebuilt the kernel.

I let it happen, come back later when its finished and reboot.

But since then I have been doing the update/upgrade every other day and it sees, what appears to be the same vl4 update, and goes through the same procedure again.

It just did it a Third time.


Users / Are the cameras screen still limited to Quad view
« on: November 06, 2009, 10:14:35 pm »
Are the cameras screen still limited to Quad view ?

I have 8 cameras and coventionally, its useful to see them on one screen and then select the one you want to see full screen.

Users / new hybrid M/B needed
« on: October 27, 2009, 06:09:49 pm »
Hello linuxmce users and developers.

I have checked the hardware in the wiki, but there are no dates and many that i have tried are discontinued, out of stock etc.

I am looking for people's experience with newer motherboards.

I have had a Asus M2NPV-VM for the past 2+ years but it is failing.  Bad LAN onboard and when I disable and put another LAN card in, both PCI LAN cards go missing.

I am using it in hybrid mode and am using the 4 onboard RAID sata/esata connections to an external esata box.

So I am looking something with the same or more PCI slots and RAID capability.

What is the latest/newest motherboard that is both stable and has the features that I need ?

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