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Users / Re: Fiire Remote
« on: September 05, 2007, 11:36:00 am »

OK, so does anybody have a final opinion - Wiimote, MS, Gryration or Fiire....

Users / Setting up Nokia 770 as an orbiter???
« on: September 05, 2007, 11:31:54 am »
I have bought a Nokia 770 to use as an Orbiter and tried to follow the wiki links, etc to install the software, but it is far from self explanitory, esp for a Linux noob!! I managed to upgrade to 2007 Hackers Edition and install an XTerm and Dropbear, but 1) editing the gainroot file with vi is all but impossible in Xterm because there is no way to move the cursor around, and 2) the flasher3.0 command doesn't work, nor does ssh (was that supposed to come with dropbear?). So no way to become root that I can work out.

Also, to add complexity(!) I don't have anyway of connecting to the Internet - but copying the .deb files to the media card via USB then using the install from file option seemed to allow me to install the libraries and code for xterm and dropbear.

Has anybody got a step-by-step guide that can help out? At this point I am frustrated by the fact that the instructions seem simple enough, but there are enough gaps of "assumed knowledge" that prevent me from getting over that final line! I just want to get the orbiter up and running and be happy that I haven't wasted all that money on an expensive paperweight!!

Any help would be greatly appreciated..


Users / Re: Suggestion for AM2 mainboard?
« on: September 05, 2007, 12:00:17 am »

Haven't seen any updates on your progress ... can you update us? I am really keen to get a motherboard that has HDMI output (not just DVI), but got warned off that Asus you mentioned for various compatibility reasons. I had resigned myself to the other main Asus (DVI) recommended, but would really like to know how you went with the Abit....

Users / LMCE vs Pluto(home)
« on: September 04, 2007, 06:00:43 am »
Simple but stupid question!

What is the distinction between LMCE and Pluto(home)?? When I look at their web site, it looks extremely similar!

I know that vast amounts of LMCE are based on Pluto, and that Pluto say that LMCE is the Kubuntu branch for Pluto, but what does that actually mean in practical terms? I can't see a significant difference, what is the need for one over the other?

Feature requests & roadmap / Log bundling for troubleshooting...
« on: September 03, 2007, 11:49:51 pm »
Perhaps a simple button in Advanced that goes and grabs every log file from all the different locations, both LMCE and Kubuntu, puts them in a single TAR file that can be uploaded easily to the forums when asking for expert help. I realise that this isn't a product that we can expect commercial-level full support of, but this would certainly help during the Beta and RC phases of new version to iron out bugs. Many people (including me!) are not all that familiar with Linux and with such a complex system it is hard to rely on text descriptions from the pioneers to understand what might be going wrong on a particular installation. Make it a requirement of Beta testing - perhaps even with automatic upload if there is Internet access....

Installation issues / Re: Problems getting files frome windows share.
« on: September 03, 2007, 11:38:46 pm »
This adding is a bit confusing if you ask me, but there are a few pointers here.

First, the easiest way not to confuse yourself, is to choose the option to use the LinuxMCE folder structure when asked. This means you have to reorganise your media into the new folder structure it will create for you, but it will mean that your PC will play nicely with the rest of the media and present consistently.

Pretty much as soon as you have done this, you should see the folder structure appear on your Windows share - if this doesn't happen then you have come permissions or connectivity issue.

Connectivity - I would suggest that you create a specific share (don't use $ to hide it) for it to use and create the folder structure under rather than letting it suggest the default admin shares like C$ and D$. Make sure they can each ping each other and that the Windows machine has a valid DHCP address. Try using the Windows machine's Network Neighbourhood to browse back into the Core's hard drive as this will confirm that higher layer network protocols/functions are working (CIFS/SAMBA). If you browse into My Network Places/Entire Network/Microsoft Windows Network, you should see a LinuxMCE "domain", inside that, you should be able to see the profiles and copy files back and forth. Note: it sometimes takes 30 seconds or so to display the icon for LMCE.

Permissions - Make sure that you set the Share to have Everyone - Full Control permission, and the NTFS permissions of the folder itseld to allow full control for the account you intend LMCE to use, if it is a computer in a domain. Depending on OS version, if the machine is just in a workgroup, you may not have the option to set NTFS permissions, in which case set the Share itself to have full permissions only for the account you intend to use for LMCE.

If all this is right, you should see the folder structure appear, if not check in the Windows security log under Computer Management for security audit failures to do with this account - the help link will tell you if it is because the password is wrong or account doesn't exist, locked out, etc.

At this point the media service should start scanning the folders and creating an index in the database of your media. This is slow, expecially if it has to do a lot of work, like creating thumbnails for photos, or downloading stuff. But browsing around the folders in Windows you can often see if it is doing something. Or you can use Computer Management again, under Shares, Files or Sessions and keep hitting refresh - you should occasionally see a connection from the LMCE device to a file as it processes it.

I understand that from the Admin website there is a process (described in another post) that you can manually point at a share/folder and force it to scan again. If it has already found your share and you aren't sure if it is doing anything, you could either delete the share from the admin console and let it find it again, or use this function to force it to start again.

Finally, from what I can see, it only seems to present newly scanned media to you to select from the media menu, after it has completed scanning an entire (single) folder and moved onto the next - purely anecdotal - in which case, if you have some very large folders, it may take a while before you see anything.

Oh, finally, finally! Lots of people see to get stuck on this one (I did, and have seen other posts) - the video and audio browser defaults to sort/searching by "title" or "performer" rather than filename. If you have a lot of media that hasn't got attributes set, then they will only appear if you choose to sort/filter by filename.


Installation issues / Re: No media - pnp doesn't seem to work!
« on: September 03, 2007, 11:06:09 pm »
On Windows, an LSA local account rather than domain account, specifically for media sharing.

Users / Re: use australian community guide for EPG?
« on: September 03, 2007, 03:23:26 pm »
macca - I notice at the end of your post on setting up epg for AU that you mention doing the same thing for Foxtel. Is there anyway of decoding Foxtel? I thought that they (bastards!) only allowed decoding using their own boxes, so the best you could achieve was to do an analogue capture from the output of the Foxtel box, and this would kind of rended an epg pointless, is there another way???

Compatible Products & Services / AMD CPUs?
« on: September 03, 2007, 11:36:45 am »
Does LMCE make effective use of AMD X2 64 Dual Core CPUs? I was looking at just a Sempron 3200+ but then decided I wanted to upgrade it - which ones have been tested? Should I just go for a higher MHz single core, or the Dual core?

Users / Pocket PC as Orbiter not working...
« on: September 03, 2007, 11:32:31 am »
I'm using a Dell Axim X30 with Windows Mobile 2003, Bluetooth and a Bluetooth dongle. LMCE detects the device through BT (plus lots of my neighbours' devices!), but only presents Symbian, Windows Smartphone or Windows Smartphone 2005 as options. I chose Windows Smartphone as the closest although it is just a Pocket PC with no phone functionality at all. Then just OK'd the section for the phone number.

The MAC address is correct and it definitely seems to see the device, but the device itself never seems to react to it (like prompting for a password, etc). I have ensured it is discoverable, and even told it to accept any connections, not just paired devices - nothing...

The device itself can also see many devices around the area, just not the LMCE. And the connections pane says there are no inbound or outbound connections. Eventually, LMCE comes back and reports that it couldn't download the application to the device...

Any pointers?

Users / Core Services no longer starts....
« on: September 03, 2007, 08:34:31 am »
Have had LMCE up and running reasonably well for a week or so - I just bought a Bluetooth dongle to use a PDA as an Orbiter, and plugged it in then started up the Core.

Everything started as normal up to the Launch Manager. The messages got as far as "Please be patient. This may take a while..." after the message saying thaht was starting, and that is where it stopped. Nothing further happened for over 30 mins. I have watched the HDD light flickering occasionally, and I can exit to a command line and return with <crtl><alt><F1> & <alt F7>. But nothing else implies it is doing anything.

It doesn't normally take anywhere near this long - maybe 30 seconds max, and doing a pnp on the dongle shouldn't really take that long, I would have thought! I rebooted and removed the dongle whilst it was powered down and allowed it to restart - same issue.

The only thing I could think of is, I have noticed occasionally it trying to download updates from the Internet, and having to time out each one because it doesn't have Internet access, but I am not aware if it does this during normal operation and I don't know enough about Linux to know where to begin troubleshooting or what logs to look at, etc....

Any ideas, anyone??


Users / Re: Auto Scan All Media
« on: September 03, 2007, 03:05:45 am »
Dopey - how do you trigger a manual scan?

Users / Re: Device already enabled popup keeps coming back
« on: September 03, 2007, 12:06:40 am »
Webpaul1 - is there an easy way of getting this update if your LMCE installation does not have Internet access? (ie manually using another PC that does have Internet access and then transfering it across, eg dpkg -i or similar?)

Users / Re: Device already enabled popup keeps coming back
« on: September 01, 2007, 11:37:27 pm »
Bingo - exactly what I get too, even a local core secondary hard drive constantly keeps producing these messages, so my original theory that there may be a network error that made the NAS keep re-presenting itself, seems to be out the window as it is even doing it on local drives. I have completely rebuilt the core from scratch (using the single DVD disk approach) and it does the same thing.

It seems to settle down for a while then starts doing the same thing again - the number that comes with the message, which seems to just increment like an index number, ends up in the many thousands...

Users / Re: Fiire Chief vs Gyration MCE Remote
« on: September 01, 2007, 11:31:32 pm »
Can someone please do a review to compare/contrast Gryo, Wiimote and Fiire? I am really keen to get someone's opinion of each on how well they work etc. I would like just to pick one and buy it rather than go through the process that so many others seem to have, of buy 2 or 3 different remotes before finding the one they prefer - is there any consensus on which provides the best control, functions, and most especially which does the "best" motion sensing. The last in particular, how responsive are they to motion detection? Do they "sample" slowly or do they respond nice and quickly to motion?

Also, you say that the Fiire has specific firmware to support the Follow Me function, won't anything that uses Bluetooth do this anyway through the LMCE software because they connect to the closest BT dongle and LMCE does the rest? Is there something I am missing here?

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