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Users / Re: Linux destroyer
« on: February 11, 2008, 02:09:33 am »
I disagree, there is no read me file on the DVD and yes, on the overloaded homepage I did find an install instruction link, but who is going to read it, if it should be so easy? Sorry mate, but every intelligent developer asks before it deletes the entire harddrive with all partitions on it. And if this 3 seconds check is too much for the developer, what about just say after listening all harddrives = Warning, your choice will wipe your HD, partitions, data everything without asking again?

Sorry but this is highly unprofessional...

i know my response is a bit childish but...

maybe you should move back to vhs, pens, papers and filing cabinets. Obviously things like computers are beyond your comprehension. Why this thread isnt trashed (meaning deleted) by a mod is beyond me.

seriously. this is obviously a result of your lack of paying any attention. your comment 'on the overloaded homepage I did find an install instruction link, but who is going to read it, if it should be so easy?' says everything any reasonable person who need to hear to figure out you are a bit thick headed.

In the future, read the manual.

Users / Re: Cannot use absolute scrolling with Gyration mouse
« on: February 09, 2008, 03:17:12 am »
I was messing around with several different versions of nVidia drivers using different settings. Basically what was happening was direct rendering wasn't fully working so the GL menu that popped up blinked constantly.

thats exactly my problem. and about the best description of how to go about fixing it...what were the final drivers you wound up using?

Users / Re: Cannot use absolute scrolling with Gyration mouse
« on: February 08, 2008, 08:09:22 am »
That's very odd... I actually got it working out of the box when running 0704. I do remember having a problem with it once, but it was related to the video drivers...

which video drivers are you using?

Users / Re: audio will not be found even though its on the hd?
« on: February 01, 2008, 11:50:41 pm »

thanks for the reply.. yea moved them to this system. is there no way to just view the actually files as you would if you were just using the comp like normal

I normally can find things using the sort by file option if nothing shows up under performer.

Assuming they are somewhat organized, that should be a decent workaround.

Users / Re: Added control for TV, but it does strange things!
« on: January 30, 2008, 11:11:46 pm »
Hmmm... as I mentioned, the TV supports (and LMCE is configured for) discrete/absolute power, not toggle. There seem to be a number of events when it will switch off the TV. When you hit TV, or when you stop it, and even it seems when you go to KDE desktop...

i have this behavior sometimes too. Sadly, sometimes you need to change things in the connection wizard to get it to understand your setup. It took me a long while to get it working (mostly) and i posted a similar thread to this one about it.

I would say, double check the Media Director page and make sure it knows that the tv device is the display output.

My system shuts down the tv, then turns it back on and switches back to the lmce input whenever i turn a device off, i.e. dvd player or ps2.

for some reason it doesn't do that with my reciever when listening to the radio and im still trying to figure that one out.

I realize my advice is general but i really did have to play with it to get things working properly.

Users / Re: Performers Pics
« on: January 30, 2008, 11:04:55 pm »
Thnx for the reply, but I think was not able to get the point...
I already added pics of performers, I'm just wondering, why they're only shown if I use the search function, and not in the media library in the UI if I choose to sort by performer...


sorry i misunderstood you then. how are you adding the pictures? via the media browser? and what UI are you using?

I have noticed that sometimes multiple covers can lead to only the 1st one being shown.


Hunt for Red October - Has its own pic associated to the file, which grandfathers in all the things related to it in the DB.
James Earl Jones, Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin - All show the coverart for Hunt for Red October UNLESS I

-log into the webadmin, and go to the 'media browser' and find say James Earl Jones.
-delete the associated pictures (there may be more than one as in my case he plays darth vader in another flick you may have heard of)
-Add the one I want (i.e. a headshot)

Now, when i browse by performer, I see james earl jones headshot instead of the cover for Red October. Its still in there dont worry though. The image is still associated with the movie title.

*note* it seems that by deleting the box art from  performer picture will remove it for all performers associated with that particular file.

OR (just did this while i was typing the post)

If the performer associated with the program you are watching, you have the option in UI2 to take a screenshot and you can set it to the selected performer.

Just tried this with Ghost in the shell and it worked. Didn't have to futz around in the backend to add it.

hope i answered this time  :D

Users / Re: Wake up with Text To Speech?
« on: January 29, 2008, 11:55:25 pm »
these were my settings. I just tested it on bot the living room and bedroom MD


note the number I used were the device numbers for the media directors. I believe BuleK used the device numbers for the xine player and an attached squeezebox.

double check the command your sending, maybe even go to the 'device tree' and use the 'send command to device' function to iron out the proper way send commands to a specific device.

Users / Re: Wake up with Text To Speech?
« on: January 29, 2008, 11:35:39 pm »

it works for me under 704. I've defined lighting scenario (with advanced wizard).

Details here :

The funny thing is that it doesn't work if I click on Test button on web admin, but does work if I click scenario button on Orbiter. I can hear "This is a test" sentence.... Numbers are device ID's of my Xine and Squeezebox players...




a lot of things dont work if you click test. And in the advanced events, it deletes the command you are trying to test!

Users / Re: Wake up with Text To Speech?
« on: January 29, 2008, 11:09:58 pm »

I am trying to make a timed event that will say "Wake up" etc.. at a specific time. But how do i get it to speech?
I am making a new time event, and setting it to 07:30 every day, and i add a Text To Speech device, with     
#103 List PK Device (string) as 22, since that is my Xine Player device, and i am writing in what it is going to say. But it still doesn't work. What am i doing wrong?


i'll take a look and see what I can see...

Users / Re: Media Browser in Admin site .... works?
« on: January 29, 2008, 11:03:39 pm »
hmmm... understood, thanks for the extra info.

BTW - straight codec streams certainly would not have anywhere to put the metadata, but not much media would be so "raw". Generally, they are encapsulated in a container file type - eg AVI is only a container, and says nothing about the actual codecs used to encode the stream(s). AVI is ancient and according to the Wikipedia article on containers does not have the feature of meta data. However almost all newer types do (.mov, .asf, .mkv, etc) and many of these have very open and generic metadata, so you can add just about anything. But because it took a while to get there, it seems that few applications implement this stuff suffering from the same (but worse) uptake issue that mp3 id3v1/v2 etc had....

still though, thanks for that at least! I spent a while looking around google trying to educate myself on the subject a little more and wasn't even able to glean that. Most of what I read said 'there is no way to add metadata to the file' - paraphrased of course. So the question is, would my little side project be a waste of time? Should we just look into adding it to these files ourselves? Maybe including in the script to do both...heh. ideas, ideas

Users / Re: Performers Pics
« on: January 29, 2008, 11:00:25 pm »
Currently, is used to pull down data, which means that it winds up with covers, not specific actors. The only way to do this to my knowledge (meaning someone with more lmce experience jump in here) would be to rewrite the mechanism that gets the data and direct it towards

This isnt technically daunting, but I was going through the imdb licensing information and it doesnt appear that we can use it for this unless we specifically work it out with imdb. itself.

Workaround, you find and download their headshots and add them. I've seen people who write their own scripts to retrieve this data outside of have issues. google if you would like to know more about that.


Users / Re: Media Browser in Admin site .... works?
« on: January 29, 2008, 06:25:10 am »
Yes it does, golgoj4, thanks! So you are saying that updatemedia does pick up meta data tag within the mp3 files, not just metadata in separate specific metadata files (with the same name and different extension)?

i've noticed it gets the tags out of the audio files because they can be embedded. With video, it seems (as you said before) that no information is embedded in the file, and there isnt really a place to put it. So while programs like wmp use their own internal database, it seems lmce uses the mysql db AND creates a separate file as you stated with the extension of .id3

However, from my experience, it only creates that information if you go in and add an attribute to it. And for divx files it doesn't create them at all, just stores the information in the db so if you ever re-sync, all of the divx files lose their metadata. The nice thing is that the id3 file is there for other video files so it finds all that meta data right away.

I was thinking about ways to make this easier, and the only way would be to either modify the coverart scan or use a separate script to tag these files en masse.

I wish i could say i have the time to do it quickly but work limits my free time at the moment but I will start trying to put something together. learning c @ the moment is kicking my arse and i think this could be done easier with some php and flash.

it sounds like we need an easier method to tag our videos for easier locating that doesn't involve a thousand clicks. - open to suggestions!

*edit: please someone smarter than me: how can I tell if the ffmpeg-php extension is installed? I've only done simple text driven php stuff before...and while I am searching the goolgle, I was hoping that someone could let me know of any particular landmines I should be aware of involving php and lmce.

Users / Re: Media Browser in Admin site .... works?
« on: January 29, 2008, 03:19:58 am »
the media browser function is a bit odd in my experience. It only shows files that have attributes that it can read, and from what I see thats mostly mp3s. For video files, i've taken to manually labeling them. I have'nt found a program that can write meta data lmce will pick up on.

I've been using a program called mp3 tag ( to write the proper information into the mp3s and all my video i do by hand.
For  dvd's , the amazon function works,  but currently its a bit awkward trying to track down series. Which is why i normally use the 'File' sort option when browsing video.

Hope this helps.

Users / Re: Added control for TV, but it does strange things!
« on: January 28, 2008, 06:20:51 am »
I added a new device for my Samsung LCD TV - M8, I am using a USB UIRT.

I was able to find the right i/r codeset, and really all I want it do be able to do is turn the TV on and off at the right times. I don't use it for sound, and all the input is via HDMI direct from the core, no other inputs.

It seems to work fine, turning on and off the TV when I explicitly tell it to. However, strangely whenever I choose TV from the Media menu, it turns the TV off! Seems to think that the TV should be off - I'm assuming this is executing a scenario, and for some reason whatever I have configured for the connections is making it think that it is done with the TV and its time to turn it off!

No, the TV has discrete controls, even for power - that was confirmed in the wizard. All I did was create a new device and template because it didn't have one for my TV, configured the i/r commands, then went into the connections wizard - from there I clicked on the output of the Core and the HDMI input of TV, and it drew a line between the two. I figured that was it.

Can anybody advise what I am missing? BTW, the source select on the TV isn't discrete, it cycles through the options, and the wizard acknowledged that, so I am assuming it won't attempt to change it - but even if it does it doesn't matter as nothing else is connected, so the TV just ignores the command.


Hey Colin,

I had this problem at when I got my usb-uirt. Basically, i was able to solve it by double checking the connection wizard. In the admin site, under  'A/V Equipment'. Right above the 'Choose entertainment area' should be the connection wizard. Using that, make sure all the av equipment is connected to the proper inputs and whatnot.  I would say double check both on the av equipment page and the media directors page in the web admin

Another option is to choose the entertainment area and next to each device there is an option to select what and how its connected. Double check this as well to make sure the right devices are connected to the proper inputs and so in. After that everything should work.

I currently have my ps2, desktop, dvd player and tuner attached to the tv. The usb_uirt was originally firing the wrong input commands until i set the connections up properly.

Also, on my system, the tv gets out of sync for some reason when I reload the router. It doesnt send an off command to the tv (ir) but it does to the reciever (ir). So then it tells the reciever to come back on but turns the tv off because it thought it was off? Thats my only bug really, everything else works now.



Users / Re: Making a new wiki
« on: January 26, 2008, 06:22:55 pm »
Also, there are instructions (i promise) in the wiki on how to edit as well as links to the wikipedia page noting all the 'wiki code'. You can use standard html as well.


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