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Users / Where to download Orbiter software???
« on: February 04, 2008, 06:23:21 am »
I've searched everywhere - where do you download the stand alone orbiter software for Windows?????

Users / Major network problems - please help
« on: February 04, 2008, 05:09:09 am »
I have been running the same setup in my house for the last year - 4 Ubuntu computers (all the exact same, with same PCI cards, gfx cards, etc...)
connected to a Belkin WirelessG router.. My setup during this time has been:

DSL Modem -> Belkin WirelessG - >PC's

Pretty simple, and has worked well... But now I have been working on upgrading to a gigabit setup. The setup I want should be:

DSL Modem -> LMCE Core external NIC / LMCE Internal NIC-> D-Link Gigabit switch ->PC's, MD's and XBox 360

This sounds simple as well, but has turned out to be a nightmare.
Plugging my only wired Ubuntu PC into the gigabit switch yields nothing.. The networking Icon shows as disconnected. (but it has absolutely no problem connecting to the Belkin router) Doing reboots, enabling/disabling the network interface does nothing either. Its like its not even being seen by LMCE. In fact, even the light on the gigabit switch does not come on showing a connection on that port (though it blinks once in a while). If I boot the PC into Windows (it is a dual boot setup), then Window's has absolutely no problem connecting to the core.

So why am I haveing such a problem getting Ubuntu to connect to LMCE? I know the NIC and wiring are good, because windows connects to the core, and I also know that the NIC works in Ubuntu as I have used it for the last year, trouble free. The NIC is a gigabit card, and the gigabit switch supports 10/100 even if the card wasn't gigabit, so I'm highly doubting that it is a hardware issue. In fact, after 3 days of total frustration, I bought a brand new gigabit switch and ended up with the same results.

I guess its looking like the problem is in my Ubuntu box. Does anyone know what I should check next? Is there a way to reset my Ubuntu networking back to defaults? (I never changed anything, but the way it is acting makes me think something has changed somewhere - maybe a config file??)



Users / Kubuntu Desktop resolution....
« on: February 03, 2008, 01:17:38 am »
I have my hybrid/core running. Most things are working ok now, but when i go to the kubuntu desktop, I can't see the whole thing.. I can barely see the menu to browse the applications.. Its like its zoomed in and I'm missing about 100 pixels around the whole border of the screen..

Can I correct this?

Users / Can't play commercial DVD's (dvdcss is installed)
« on: February 03, 2008, 01:08:49 am »
I can't get my core/hybrid to read commercial DVD's. The admin site does say that libdvdcss is installed.

I saw another page in the wiki that mentions installing libdvdread3 via sudo apt-get install, but it asks for my sudo password - of course I don't know what it is.. I tried my password for the admin page, but no go... So which is it? Do I need libdvdread3, or do I need libdvdcss??  And since libdvdcss was installed (through Advanced->Software->Add Software through the admin site, why is it not working? (Even after a reboot)

Users / Help with gigabit network...
« on: February 02, 2008, 01:03:29 pm »
I have my core set up finally, now on to the network...

Right now, all PC's in the house as well as the core all have gigabit ethernet cards. I picked up a cheap 8-port gigabit switch - but as I've always just had normal routers, i'm not familiar with how to hook it up (at least nothing has worked that I have tried so far)

For one, normally every router i've used has an Uplink port. The gigabit switch however does not have this. It just has 8 ports. So does my internal ethernet card on my core just go to any port?  How does the switch know what port is hosting the DHCP services of the network?

I have connected the core directly to the switch (on port 1), but upon plugging anything else into the port - there is no DHCP to be found and the computer has no network connection.

Is there something I'm doing wrong, or something I'm not understanding? Do I need a switch with some sort of "uplink" port?

I've finished installing LMCE 7.10 Beta3.

I have an ASUS M2NPV-VM motherboard with an LCD tv hooked up to the HD ports. During install, I go to the part where the lady is talking - I can hear "When you can see and here me...".
I can hear the voice, but there is no picture. I could see a picture fine during install and when I first start the core (up until I get an error that it can't set the USplash resolution), but then it goes to No Signal..

I followed one of the sticky posts above, and using the number keys to select my video port does not work.

Any ideas?

Users / Is my M2NPV-VM dead?
« on: January 31, 2008, 06:20:38 am »

Well after a couple of months of buying parts, I put my core together today. I was excited to give LMCE a try after investing so much time and money into building a core - but I had no luck today.

After installing the mobo in my case, adding a brand new powersupply, RAM and CPU - I try to power on but I get some kind of bios beep code (Long short short - I think this means a video card problem?) But anyways, nothing is displayed on my monitor, it just repeats the long-short-short beeping.
I have tried pulling the battery and resetting the CMOS settings, but still get the same thing.

The processor is brand new (BE-2400), the RAM is brand new (4 sticks of KVR800D2N5/512 - Listed on the Qualified Vendors List in the manual). The motherboard however is used (i guess thats what I get for trying to save a few dollars) But it was listed as tested and working...

Anyways, just wanted to see if anyone could help me determine if it is toast of not.



Users / Add on ESATA ports.... (like Fiire Station does)
« on: January 26, 2008, 03:04:04 am »
Does anybody know what card the Fiire Engine uses to add its external ESATA ports?

I am building my core right now, and need to find an esata card with 6 ports that works with linux.

Also, while on this subject..
I want to start out with 4 1TB drives raid5. Since my M2NPV-VM mobo only has 4 SATA connections, I was thinking that I should house these separately through an ESATA card, and have LMCE installed on a local drive inside the core (wouldn't this make updating easier, having the data and the OS separate?)

ANy advice would be appreciated...

Feature requests & roadmap / 2 orbiters on one machine??
« on: January 24, 2008, 06:49:22 pm »
My core is going into a closet between my bedroom and the living room. I was wondering if I could give it 2 video cards, and 2 Fiire dongles (extended with USB extension cords to put them about 15' apart) and have the core as a hybrid with 2 on screen orbiters (one for my bedroom and one for the living room)? If so, would it operate the same as having an MD in each of the rooms (functionally)?

The same for MD's - is it possible to serve two or more rooms in the same manner?

If not, I think it would be a great feature to add and it could save a lot of cost deploying a whole-house solution.

Users / Which tuner/capture card would you recommend?
« on: January 08, 2008, 08:43:08 am »
I'm setting up a core right now (modeled after the fireengine of course). The only problem is that I will have very few PCI slots at my disposal.

I would like to be able to have 3 live TV feeds at a time. We have 3 FTA satellite receivers. Would I be better off getting 3 DVB-s PCI cards, or some kind of capture cards to hook to the receivers themselves? As I said, PCI slots are at a premium (I think I will only have 2) does anybody make a capture card with 4 inputs? 

One more question - do capture cards only input video, or can you input audio into them too? If not, does that mean I will need a sound card with many inputs?



Users / Device priority??
« on: January 08, 2008, 05:31:34 am »
Lets say I set up a core and Have only one capture device hooked up to my satellite box.. Lets say that I am watching that on my TV in my bedroom. Now lets say someone in the living room tries to watch a program though that MD (most likely on a different channel) from that same satellite box. What would LinuxMCE's default behaviour be?  Is it first-come-first-serve in this situation?  Or will the MD in the livingroom steal my satellite box device and leave me with no stream?  Is there a way to set a priority for a device on a room-to-room basis? (I.e. priority_of_satellite_box_in_my_bedroom=1, priority_of_Satellite_box_in_livingroom=2, etc...?)



Users / Help me pick out a motherboard for hybrid core
« on: October 05, 2007, 08:47:06 am »
I am looking for a good working core motherboard to build my system around. What I would like (in order of importance):

1) Intel Quad Core CPU chipset (the 2.4ghz quads are just barely over $200!)
2) PCI slots - its getting hard to find good mobo's with lots of PCI slots! I'm figuring I'll need 2 for NICs, 2 for tuner cards, and a couple extras would be nice
3) 4 sata ports (1 for system disk, 3 for raid5 storage)
4) esata port (for later storage expansion)
5) Onboard gigabit ethernet (dual gigabit ethernets a huge plus)

I want to be able to stream to 5 MD's and leave some headroom yet for future expansion..

any suggestions?

Users / IR Dongle??
« on: September 09, 2007, 09:02:28 pm »
I'm starting to gather parts for a hybrid core.  I would like to know what I need to be able to transmit IR commands to my TV etc. Is it some kind of USB IR dongle? Or do I have to get one of those GC100's?



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