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Users / Why is my media metadata changing?!
« on: September 10, 2007, 07:00:47 am »
ARRRGGGGGHHHHHH yet another fucking insane #@$)(#@$(@#$(#@%@# !!!

Why, after I go through, and PAINSTAKINGLY SET....EVERY....DAMN....piece of metadata.......

it decides OH, I'm gonna re-set that myself to something else completely!

all of my dvd-rips that I've done INSIDE linuxmce are being reset to type: Low-Res

anywhere I set a source type of HD 1080 or HD 720, it gets reset to something else

#(@%@#(%@#(%#@ (!!!!!!!!! WTF?!?!?!

my frustration with this system is mounting exponentially, and I am about to freaking burst a blood vessel!

-Thom

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Users / Sony VAIO XL1B3 Jukebox failure
« on: September 10, 2007, 06:51:43 am »
My Jukebox has spontaneously decided that the optical drive will no longer respond to commands at all. The changer element still works, but the Powerfile_C200 driver gets confused because it can't find the data drive attached to the changer.... The drive, curiously, is not showing up in /proc/scsi/scsi after successive reboots, and power-offs of both the media director it is attached to, or to the changer itself.

Interestingly enough, my backup XL1B3 unit seems to work fine, it detected it and started using it without a problem.. Is there any way to jog the optical drive, to reset it? any tricks anyone knows? argggg this is just not my night at all. :-(

-Thom

153
Users / still problems in ui2 alpha-blended
« on: September 10, 2007, 05:31:16 am »
UGH,

I can't seem to activate the full UI2+Alpha blending... nothing shows up behind the control panel...even though the $(@#$@#(%$@# Diagnostics tool works _PERFECTLY_!

I have given up and am using UI2 with Masking, but this _really_ __Really__ sucks! Why is this happening? I have an NVIDIA card that is supported, and it DID work the very first time I installed LinuxMCE..but I had to reinstall it to put it on the production hard disk, and it doesn't work anymore.. All the right xorg.conf configurations are there, and the Extensions are enabled (Render and Composite), so really, WHAT THE HELL?!

*cries*

-Thom
 >:(  ???    :'(


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Users / Fiire Remote
« on: September 05, 2007, 05:49:24 am »
Ugh, okay, I just paid $150 for this thing...

it is _NOT_ for people who have less than PERFECT arm control. It is far too sensitive.

Not to mention there are a number of _VERY_ ___VERY___ Brain dead UI SNAFUs... Why should I be flipping back and forth between the center button, and the OK button that's buried on the bottom left to do something as simple as PLAY A FUCKING MEDIA FILE?!

argggghhhh... frustrations are mounting with this system.

-Thom

155
Users / LinuxMCE/Pluto vs Crestron/Escient/et al
« on: September 04, 2007, 05:01:06 pm »
How DOES LinuxMCE compare to a fully loaded Crestron system? I've seen and used Crestron, and LinuxMCE has the potential to be so much better than that, of course it was a $100,000 setup, so it wasn't fully loaded..has anyone here actually A/B'ed this stuff functionality wise versus the higher end systems (now I am not talking about all the bugs, believe me, I understand the distinction...)

-Thom

156
Users / MythTV Observations, ugh.
« on: September 03, 2007, 03:42:00 am »
Ugh,

Okay, the whole MythTV plugin, now that I have working channel changing in, seems a wee bit forced.

There is a definite disconnect between recording the shows, and playing them back, when I delete a show inside the media browser, it still shows up in MythTV's recordings bin. I know the MythTV recordings bin isn't supposed to really be used, however, it is the only place I can see definite text relating to TV episodes (because they show up in the Media view as just "MythBusters", etc.). I know that the file-grid wasn't meant to handle much more than 20 or so characters of text, but having 10 show recordings show up as "MythBusters" can be a bit confusing, that I have to go into each individual one and click on it to see a synopsis.

Just my observations, don't know if any work is being done in here besides the SchedulesDirect stuff (which I still haven't recieved an update request for., even though I have modified my hosts to add the beta updates site.)

-Thom

157
Users / adding new media sub-types
« on: September 02, 2007, 05:09:57 am »
I am curious on how to add new media sub-types via the web-admin if possible (I am guessing it should be possible by injecting the appropriate SQL, but.. would like to see if there is a user-accessible way).. I collect a _TON_ of stand-up comedy DVDs and would like to filter those in the media view appropriately, any ideas?

-Thom

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Developers / All Developers, please read.
« on: August 29, 2007, 03:57:35 pm »
note: this thread is intended to instigate discussion, and to try to generate a plan of attack.

I am noticing something _very_ disturbing here, that I feel must be dealt with especially given the relatively young age of this fork of the project.

LinuxMCE developers (both present and future) have inherited a very large code base from a developer who took a very straightforward (from their perspective) approach to putting together a device agnostic messaging system and a drawing-independent user interface system for the purpose of home control and the delivery of media.

Notice, I said, from their perspective. This is very important, because for a lot of us, we came here at the viewing of the LinuxMCE demo videos. They _are_ very intoxicating, and do serve to generate a ton of excitement.

And after those of us who do manage to get the system built, and running, a lot of us immediately see something, as developers, that we want to work on...

now what?

we start digging into the system, and find that a great big part of it is still very black-boxed, not in the sense that we can't see it and mess with it, but in the sense that there are a great number of moving parts, all working like a swiss watch, to ensure that this system DOES run like an appliance. And some of us do manage to understand bits of the system and realise just how clever parts of it really are.

Assuming we get past all of this, and we see things we want to improve, what are our options?

We have some reference material on both the LinuxMCE and Plutohome.com wiki sites, which relate to programmer material. However, this material is still very sparse once you actually read through it. It becomes very difficult to get a systems-level overview to figure out which direction you need to go in, to modify, or augment a particular feature. It seems that Plutohome never got around to writing stuff down that their programming staff obviously knew, and this is understandable, they make their money doing custom development, and I am not knocking anything done up to this point.

We need to figure out, as a community, what to do next.

* Can we coordinate with Pluto to get the missing pieces of programming information? if not, we need to do a full audit of the code-base.
* We need to get the missing tools built and accessible, they do exist in SVN, but they need to be brought out in a form that can easily be installed and used. This includes the Designer and the DCEGen tools.
* Skin development/refinement. We need lots of polishing work done on the user interface, although again, information on this process is limited, what are all our options herE?
* Device driver stuff. This one is pretty obvious, and it will get done, but we need to get a library of knowledge established to allow motivated developers to fill in more hardware support. again, obvious, duh, but it does need to be on this list.

I have a fairly complete media-centric set-up (complete with an XL1B jukebox), and will slowly be folding in home automation. But, there are various things I keep noticing, that I want desperately to work on, but I am finding more and more, there are missing tools and pieces which, while they don't stop development for me entirely, do impede it significantly.

Just my thoughts, what do you all think?
-Thom

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Users / That cool TV guide the guy was using in the demo
« on: August 29, 2007, 06:40:02 am »
How the hell do I get that? The only guide views I can seem to view are the MythTV views, am I missing something? or was that a feature that's not available yet?

-Thom

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Compatible Products & Services / good mic to use with orbiter phone.
« on: August 28, 2007, 12:13:20 am »
Am looking for a solution to use a microphone in a speakerphone-fashion for the built in sip phone on the orbiter, does anyone know of any good ones?

-Thom

161
Users / Westinghouse LCD TV Service Port... USB? a cable for it?
« on: August 27, 2007, 10:04:20 pm »
I have a Service port on my Westinghouse 26" LCD TV.. It looks exactly like a USB port, but it is the flat port, instead of the square port needed to interface to a computer. Is there a cable that I could get to be able to plug into this port? I am interested to see if I can send codes to the TV to power it on and off (at the very least, hopefully it exposes as a serial driver that I can throw commands to.)

anybody know of such a cable?

-Thom

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Developers / adding external channel changer (firewire) for cable box.
« on: August 26, 2007, 11:47:33 pm »
I have a program that can change the channel on my Motorola DCT6200 cable box over the firewire. What direction should I go in to adapt it into the DCE system so that it will work inside Pluto/LMCE?

-Thom

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Users / IR Blaster on the MCE edition of the PVR-USB2
« on: August 26, 2007, 08:06:21 pm »
Is it possible to use the IR blaster on the MCE edition of the PVR-USB2? I installed the tuner at the same time as the rest of the system, so I can't tell whether or not it detected it in the devices list... I want it to control my Motorola DCT6200 cable box.

-Thom

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Installation issues / NVIDIA Drivers too old!
« on: August 25, 2007, 10:00:04 pm »
The NVIDIA drivers that ship with Pluto/LinuxMCE are too old to deal with my NVIDIA 8500GT card. I can't use any other cards because I do not have AGP slots, so it's not like I can just cram a 6xxx or 7xxx series card in the slot....

Whenever I try to install the vendor drivers, the CleanupVideo script that's part of the Start_X_wrapper (a very clever script btw), basically completely trashes my setup. So I commented it out, however, this still masks the problem that there ARE those of us building new machines that are using very new hardware, that needs to be dealt with....

Paul: is there a way to (a) build a replacement nvidia driver deb so that the pluto stuff will use it (b) modify the pluto scripts to accept my driver selection, or (c) just ignore it all entirely and let me do my #@)$#@)$@# configuring? I have a set of modelines etc that perfectly set this TV to 1366x768 which I spent WEEKS tuning and configuring to the exact timing of my TV....

-Thom

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