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Users / Re: Replacement for FiireChief remote
« on: December 18, 2009, 11:03:28 pm »
oh, I thought someone had said that Gyration had stopped making them!?

anyone have any other suggestions?

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Users / Replacement for FiireChief remote
« on: December 18, 2009, 09:09:34 pm »
Its a real shame that Fiire remote users have been left behind in the switch from 0710 to 0810, there must be a lot of us out there....

That being said, I am sick of being stuck on 0710 because I am so dependent on that remote, and I can see now that LMCE is never going to be upgraded to allow its use.

Can people make some good suggestions for a replacement that works well with LMCE 0810? I am looking for a gyro equivalent, wireless of course, must have functional volume up/down/mute, ff/rew, track forward/back, play/pause/stop, rec, ideally "colour" buttons, and a good gyro action that is easy to use without having to break your wrist to get to some places on the screen! Also, it would be very nice if the wireless range was more than ~6m!

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Users / Re: Finally, Z Wave in Australia
« on: December 18, 2009, 09:00:53 pm »
thank f*ck for that, finally!

does anybody know if the USB dongle will be compatible with LMCE? the web site seems to imply it is using the Silabs CP2102.... if so, is that all that would be needed to control a Zwave device?

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Users / Re: Is nVidia GeForce 7100/7150 GPU fully support in LinuxMCE
« on: December 15, 2009, 09:48:19 pm »
fyi, nVidia recently released VDPAU which is a driver that will allow Unix-like OS's access to nVidia's video decode acceleration hardware on 9000 (and 8000) series chipsets. This offloads the processing load for high bit rate and complex video codecs such as H/X.264 which are used for HD video streams, so that the CPU doesn't have to handle it (in which case the quad CPU is probably heaps of overkill!)

You can use UI2 with most nVidia hardware as the UI processing is done on GPU not CPU, but best to avoid Alpha Blending mode. Note, you may want to look into the BluRay capabilities of LMCE if you intend using that, as with all Linux based system, this is quite limited currently. Don't forget your system must have 2 NICs, see the wiki on "Network Setup" for an explanation. Make sure the mobo's sound system has Linux drivers (most do)

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Users / Re: Kubuntu Splash screen and HDMI
« on: December 14, 2009, 06:28:21 pm »
Usually this follows what is defined in your BIOS for the primary card and port for video, if those options exist. Do you see the BIOS and POST bits prior to the splash screen?

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Users / Re: Random story I thought the community would like.
« on: December 14, 2009, 06:18:52 pm »
hehehe

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Users / Re: dhcp routing table
« on: December 13, 2009, 09:33:49 pm »
DHCP doesn't have anything to do with routing, I assume that you are looking for the DHCP Leases. you should find them in /etc/dhcp3/dhcpd.conf

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Users / Re: virtualisation - which is better windows or linux
« on: December 13, 2009, 07:05:27 pm »
justdeb, what is your objective in virtualising? you will almost certainly never achieve satisfactory video performance (either graphics drawing or video decoding) so generally you are looking at virtualising a dedicated core only, no hybrid or MDs. This usually means most of the value of virtualising is lost, there are still some reasons, but not very mainstream ones... one of the main advantages of LMCE is that you don't need Big Iron to run it on, the devices can be very low end, low power, low cost... throwing such a big box at it for no particular reason is kinda pointless...

as Josh says... if you want a desktop environment and occasionally need to run another platform as well, then use some virtualisation software on Windows or Linux. But if the virtual machine(s) is the main application, never run this in virtualisation software over another OS layer! You should always use a true hypervisor...

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Developers / Re: Skin Development: Italian
« on: December 02, 2009, 11:06:10 am »
Colin sorry for this stupid question: Have you done a sqlCVS update?

No not stupid question (I'm stupid!) didn't realise I had to.... will I break my system by doing that given that I am on 0710?

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Developers / Re: Skin Development: Italian
« on: December 02, 2009, 08:41:45 am »
I must be an idiot! I can't work this out... I created the UIta directory under skins and copied the contents of the zip file into it, the structure is the same, there are two root folders Basic and UIta and the contents are the same as the unzipped file contents. But in the web admin, when I go to the properties of the Orbiter (also a web dt366) the only entries in the drop down are:

B&O
Basic
Marbella
Mobile Phone Basic
Mobile Phone MO
Mobile Phone Monster
NuForce
Small UI Monster
Small UI

Even after a regen, there is no UIta... same for all my other orbiters....

I'm using 0710 if that makes any difference...

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Users / Re: Is it possible to install Linux MCE in a Cluster?
« on: November 29, 2009, 01:25:12 pm »
No it is not.

Using P3s is not realistic, its 10 year old technology

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bulek - what template are you using for your Marantz? I have butchered mine together because the standard one (that Hari was working on) has a problem where the bidirectional features cause video to stop playing immediately that you start it. Neither of us have any idea why... at first Hari thought it was due to the Marantz using/reporting negative numbers for volume levels, but that seems not to be the case now. I just created my own modified template with only the basics and no bidirectionality and left it at that, as I found fiddling with it always broke it again!

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Users / Re: Video playback for High Def video files .mkv and .avi
« on: November 23, 2009, 09:21:58 pm »
niz - do you mean this is difficult because 1.2 is built with recent distros in mind, and so when we jump to 0910,etc it will be easier? Looks from the xine project site that 1.2 isn't even released yet, so I'm guessing it is very recent (and they mention that VDPAU integration is only experimental at this stage)

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Users / Re: Video playback for High Def video files .mkv and .avi
« on: November 22, 2009, 09:38:38 pm »
That CPU will definitely struggle decoding X264/H264 video at 720P and above! The problem is you have no hardware decode acceleration, so anything that is very high bit rate video and/or a high demand codec will struggle as it relies entirely on the CPU. As mentioned, with a supported nVidia GPU and the VDPAU configured to work feature, this ceases to be an issue. Its unlikely you can upgrade something as old as a GX270/P4 machine to be adequate in CPU alone. RAM will make no difference to this particular issue.

Perhaps look into the small/cheap nVidia ION platforms that are becoming popular? Like the Acer Revo, etc low power CPU, but have nVidia chipsets compatible with VDPAU, so apparently they work like a dream... just note that even the beta doesn't use VDPAU out of the box yet....

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Users / Re: Network layout question - all-in-one router.
« on: November 19, 2009, 09:27:20 pm »
but seriously, rather than trying to hack the design of the solution.... when you buy the switch for the internal network, make sure it has a wireless AP feature and dump the wireless on your DSL modem... it has wireless... so what? Disable it and place your wireless access inside the LMCE network. Your design will not work, it is pushing up hill, and absolutely waaay too complex when the solution is so much simpler....

You are completely re-engineering the wheel and producing a "solution" that will not work purely driven by the fact that you have been given a 4 port switch and AP for free! Don't, just move on!

Here - http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Network_Setup

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