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Users / Re: How to clone the main harddisk
« on: December 27, 2008, 03:10:18 am »
If the new disk is installed on the same server as the old one, boot with your bootable Linux distro of choice from CD/DVD, then you can use fdisk or cfdisk to partition a new disk with new partitions that are a bit bigger than the original disk, and dd to copy your existing partitions one by one .  If you do not know what these tools are, then you should not be trying to do this using this method. 

You also need to write a new boot record to the new disk.   You can also do this using the dd command.

I've used this method to copy a friend's failing Win XP system disk.

There may be other foolproof (Ok foolresistant) ways to do this as well.  You may want to google for "clone linux" or somesuch.

OK just had a look, try

Also more info here

Good luck!

Users / Re: Adjust AV Sync in Xine/Mplayer?
« on: December 22, 2008, 01:44:19 am »
IN mplayer the + and - keys on your keyboard are supposed to adjust the audio sync.

For Xine the m and n keys are supposed to do it.

Couldn't see an option for the /etc/pluto/xine.conf configuration file to set it permanently though,

Installation issues / Re: LIRC with rebuilt kernel- working!
« on: December 19, 2008, 04:07:50 am »
Gumis- think you should be able to use the steps that I outlined above, basically configure, make, then checkinstall.  Checkinstall builds a .deb package which you can then use dpkg -i to install.  You will have to change the configure steps to include your IR device (try configure --help I think, not at system right now).

Installation issues / Re: Orbiter failing
« on: December 19, 2008, 02:40:24 am »
I have been having the same problem intermittently.

Sometimes it fixes itself up on reboot, sometimes not.

I have just rebooted, tried 2 or 3 times to start LinuxMCE from the Launch Manager, it failed.  Then tried it again and it works.  Stopped it again and started it again using Launch Manager and it fails.  Took no actions in between except to stop LMCE using the Launch Manager button.

I don't have a resolution to this yet- there is no apparent error information in the logs apart from "failed to generate orbiter" in the launch manager log, and the Orbitergen log is empty.

Got it to start again, tried "regen all orbiters" and it hung with an Orbitergen message that it cannot contact MySQL.  Will investigate further.

If using Mythtv, check out this post

Yes- using alsamixer you should see a control that is called IEC958.  It is a "switch", cursor across to it, press M to switch it on and off.  Turn all other volume controls to full.  If below the slider there is an "M" the channel is muted, so unmute all channels.

As you change the IEC958 switch from Muted to On, you can actually see the laser switch on and off.  Do *NOT* stare into the digital optical output from the motherboard to check.  You can just put some paper over the laser output socket (SPDIF socket), or even your finger.

I don't know what the trigger is. I suspect that it is to do with mod time on the file, as I could not just change the output file in the Xconfigure script to be a file other than /etc/X11/xorg.conf, when I tried that it just kept going in to AVwizard reconfiguration at each reboot.

But on my system even the AVwizard would stuff up the X setup halfway through customisation, such that I could not see what was going on.  The screen would go a purple-black , with the top half visible, fading down to black at the bottom half of the screen.  Think it was because the refresh rate was too high, if I look at the xorg.conf file it was using the freq range for vert refresh (??? going from memory here) was far too high.  No problem on most LCD displays, as they just "downscale" the signal to 60Hz anyway- my work one gives a warning that "refresh rate is out of range" but displays the picture anyway!  On a CRT it is more serious, as they don't really cope as well.

Should I submit a patch so that the default xorg.conf refresh rate is sane?  How?

Is there any reason why I can't start changing the scripts so that they respect a global variable (say LMCE_APPLIANCE_MODE), which if set causes the scripts to not overwrite changes?  Or should we have a more granular approach where each script would be aware of its own setting (e.g. LMCE_MYTHTV_CORE_STOP_RECONFIGURE=1), or both, scripts obey both a global and a per-script setting.

I am reluctant to even start to change anything due to the warnings by developers, so would want some buy-in on an approach to making LMCE "hacker friendly", without compromising the aim to keep it an "appliance" for most users.

Us tinkerers would like to be able to tinker, tune, and help make LMCE better.  Telling LMCE "hands off!" would help in the case of misbehaving hardware and/or misbehaving LMCE and would also help make the process of debugging problems much simpler.

Installation issues / Re: PROBLEM w/ cx88-dvb and WinTV NOVA-S-PLUS
« on: December 08, 2008, 03:33:49 am »
You can run "lsmod" to get info on loaded modules.  "sudo modinfo cx88-dvb" for info about the loaded module.

does dmesg show any messages about the card?  you can also try "view /var/log/messages"

Also, you can try to load the module manually.  You may be able to find out if there are any other modules that need to be loaded as well by looking at the web sites in my previous post.
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modprobe cx88-dvb

Users / Re: mythtv looks stretched vertically/skinny. Can't find setting
« on: December 07, 2008, 10:11:23 am »
In Mythtv Utilities-Setup-Setup-Appearance.

Check the box for "separate modes for GUI and TV playback"

You will see a whole lot of options appear including aspect ratio.

Have fun!

Users / How to make a Pioneer DVR-216 DVD drive region free
« on: December 07, 2008, 09:55:50 am »
Instructions are in the "Installation issues" DVD Region sticky.

Preliminary, for mid-experienced users i.e. instructions are not fully detailed leave out some "obvious" instructions like change directory, otherwise working.  I can now play region 1 and 2 DVDs as well as region 4!  Hooray!

scrappy but working! I can play Region 2 discs!  ::)

Download and initial run of DVRflash
download DVRflash from

extract Linux executable using unzip

run it to see what firmware you have

Download supported firmware and crossflash (change model) DVR-216 to a DVR-216L
Note: This step is no longer required, see post below, just download DVR-216 firmware
crossflash DVR-216 to 216L using firmware DVR-S16J
download firmware from
unzip it, files are
info is from from
sudo ./DVRFlash -ff /dev/sg2 DVRS16J_106/S0415430.104 DVRS16J_106/S0415431.106
DVRflash shows drive starts as
Drive Information:
   Description : PIONEER DVD-RW  DVR-216
  Firmware Rev : 1.06
 Firmware Date : 08/06/19
  Manufacturer : PIONEER
Drive is in normal mode.

should end as
Updated Information:
   Description : PIONEER DVD-RW  DVR-216L
 Firmware Rev. : 1.06
 Firmware Date : 08/06/19
  Manufacturer : PIONEER

Now can load 1.09 firmware

download latest firmware, instructions and links at
you are looking for "S16J" model firmware files now

unzip the exe file
unzip DVR-S16J_FW109EUJ2.EXE

should get file

Now flash this to your driver
sudo ./DVRFlash -vf /dev/sg2 S0415431.109

now install wine
sudo apt-get install wine

download MCSE from
mv /home/linuxmce/Desktop/ .
wine MediaCodeSpeedEdit.exe
select S0415431.109
click RPC1 patch button

sudo ./DVRFlash -vf /dev/sg2 S0415431_speedpatched.109

You now have an RPC1 DVD drive!

Likely your alsa default voume is not turned on.

Open a terminal window (KDE desktop- System- Konsole)

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Now play with the settings until you get some sounds.  To test you can use System Settings from KDE desktop main menu (K at bottom LH  of screen), then Sound System, and Test Sound.  Press Esc key to exit alsamixer.  If you can't get a sound there is something else wrong.

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sudo alsactl store
Now the system *should* pick up the stored defaults at reboot.  It stores the file with the settings in


Installation issues / Re: how do i remove from database - unsolved
« on: December 07, 2008, 06:05:07 am »
Thom- if I can get some support for a proposed approach to stop the recursion problem on my system I will look at it and fix it properly.

To date, I have 2 approaches in mind, one is to not create symlinks (or media devices?) that point to a directory closer to root than the directory which has the symlinks in it.  The other is to avoid recursions during the Updatemedia scan by checking that the directory that is about to be cd'ed to is not in the chain of directories that the symlink directory is in. This should avoid recursion.

Installation issues / Re: how do i remove from database - unsolved
« on: December 07, 2008, 03:59:27 am »
So how come my system with separate /, /home, /tmp etc doesn't work?  Make up your mind, you are contradicting yourself, either everything  must be installed into a single filesystem (as you recommended as  a "fix" to my problem), or LMCE works with multiple filesystems.  If you are going to attack at least get yourself a consistent story.

Apparently it is better to sling insults at me than reply to my offer to fix the problems.

PS who's arrogant now, "ace"?

Installation issues / Re: how do i remove from database - unsolved
« on: December 07, 2008, 02:50:00 am »
How is that helpful? Are you saying that the developers don't consider being able to cope with multiple filesystems on a system as a good idea? And yes, I expect that LMCE shoul dbe able to cope with such a configuration, not recurse itself into oblivion.

And did I "choose" to have LMCE rewrite bogus broken xorg.conf files over the top of my working ones?

Again I ask, if I code the workaround will it be dumped because it does not fit into the "LMCE must all be installed into a single filesystem"?

Look, the point of my original post was to point out that to improve LMCE it should be able to be more capable of coping with a variety of systems and configurations.  I think that is a good idea.  I wrote of my experiences and frustrations, some of which stemmed from what I thought were reasonable ways of setting up a system (i.e. separate root filesystem), others were a result of LMCE doing mods to my valid configuration changes.

If it is a good idea to make LMCE more flexible and robust, then we should take these experiences and see if there are some sensible changes that can be made.

I apologise if the "fighter pilot" analogy was seen as arrogant.  But it is not pleasant to hear the "code it or shut it" comments constantly from developers, because that belittles any other contributions that get made.

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