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Users / Re: New in the Wiki: Alx9r's Sample Setup
« on: November 05, 2008, 10:27:22 am »

Have you looked at mldonkey ? It's been a while since I looked at it, but I think it supports downloading bittorrent and http downloads. Don't think it can handle RSS though...

It uses a remote protocol to allow the client to communicate with the daemon (it's headless). It also has a telnet interface...
There exist many different clients I suppose the protocol or the telnet interface could be used from within LMCE to start downloads of different kinds.

It can also run a command when a file download is done (i.e. LMCE sql insert)


Installation issues / Re: Is anyone using JavaMo sucessfully?
« on: October 31, 2008, 02:23:37 pm »
Where can one find the source code for the JavaMO these days ? I see that they are no longer available at the URL mentioned in the wiki ( any more.



Actually, its the MythTV_Plugin, living on the dcerouter. I got the clue from this old forum thread

The relevant code can bee seen in the charonmedia trac browser From what I can make of the wiki documentation about building a 0710 version, that link is not for the correct 0710 source, but I suppose the code is not that different.

Now, when looking at the source, I notice it seems that it is possible to stop the execution of the CMD_Sync_Providers_and_Cards method. Setting the Don't Auto Configure setting for the device (MythTV_Plugin I guess..) would stop the execution before any changes are done. Not sure if this would result in any other problem, as I have not checked the other code in the function. I think it would affect users having tuners in MDs, or probably after changing tuner settings.

I have not yet changed anything in the code, I just tried compiling it. Failing to manage that, it just got put off. But I am very interested in trying again to see if we can get it right :-)



Not sure I understand you completely here. Is there a deinterlacing mode in MythTV called tvtime? Can't say I remember that I saw one by that name? I have tried the kernel deinterlacing, which works well for me.

Anyway, the problem is that the MythTV_Plugin resets the deinterlacing setting at every router reload, so any changes I do to the deinterlacing options are lost.

Or am I missing your point?

Thanks anyway.


I am having a problem with MythTV_Plugin forcing the bob deinterlacing setting on all MDs on reload.

It appears that bob deinterlacing does not work correctly with PAL TV-out (which is 50Hz), live TV is VERY choppy, I would probably go mad if I watched for more that a few seconds  ;)
Myth complains (When running mythfrontend from shell) "video sync method can't support double framerate (refresh rate too low for bob deint)". More information about this on the Internet..

I know this problem, or similar, has been discussed before, but I could not enough information to recompile my MythTV_Plugin, as it seem the only solution is. As this is a real annoyance (and a major WAF problem), I need to fix this now, in 710.

I have set up a virtual machine with a clean 710 install, and checked out the source from, and followed the build instructions from the wiki . But to no avail.

It builds the fine, but when I replace the (still in the VM, if it should matter), the DCERouter fails to start, it just dies, no errors, no nothing.
I noticed that the file size of the built file is larger than the original 0710 file. This makes me think that maybe the source tree is not the same as what was used to build 710. So I tried to check out the source from the date 0710 were released, but with the same result, builds but wont run.  ???

Could anyone please give me some pointers?

Hi Bill,

As Xine (or Mplayer in some special cases) is used for playing DVDs, videos and recorded TV shows, I think you need to set Xine to use the correct output. There are some information on the alsa website, but I don't know if it will work in LinuxMCE.


Installation issues / Re: TV capture cards
« on: July 21, 2008, 01:36:39 pm »
Hi Justin,

It should be possible to watch TV with one capture card and the hybrid/core. You didn't say how you checked that the card worked perfectly? Did you test it with Kaffeine or some other program?

I suggest you check the log file for the mythtv backend (/var/log/mythtv/mythtvbackend.log) to see if there are any errors when starting the live TV. You can also check the MythTV_Player log file (/var/log/pluto/XX_mythtv_player or similar, XX being the device number). Alternatively you can try starting mythtvfrontend in a X console session, to see its output.

Also note that this message is displayed if mythtv is recording a tv show at the time you are trying to watch TV.


Developers / Re: Java/ J2ME mobile orbiter
« on: June 19, 2008, 05:58:43 pm »
did you already post the results from the Keycodes run? I will implement all given keycodes with a phone ID over the next days.
No, I didn't, but I suspect my key codes to be identical to what niz23 posted a while back. It also being from a similar Sony Ericsson phone.
Do you detect key mappings based on a specific phone ID, or do you select it from a wider range, for instance a phone series like "SonyEricsson W-series", "Nokia N-series" etc.?

But I would like to make a humble suggestion:
Shouldn't key code mapping be a part of the device template?
yeah, good idea, but the actual Bluetooth_Dongle does not handle that. Let's see after a few more keycodes dumps how many variants of actual users we've got. After that I'll decide if it's worth the hassle to adapt the Bluetooth_Dongle (keep in mind that we have to be downwards compatible with the symbian mo).
Yes, it was merely a suggestion of a more generic solution. As you say, it might not be needed if the number of phone key mappings are limited.

Best regards,

Developers / Re: Java/ J2ME mobile orbiter
« on: June 19, 2008, 10:06:24 am »
Hari, and others

I have also got the JavaMO built and installed. Again, thanks for the great work!

I tried this on a Sony Ericsson W580 and a K800i. As others have mentioned, there is some issues with key codes. I was able to navigate the orbiter menus using the numeric keys, but the 'Select' and 'Back' functions were missing (I tried all keys on the phone). So this kind of reduces it usefulness (for now)  ;) .
Both phones were the same wrt. keys, which is expected since they both are somewhat similar SE phones.

But I would like to make a humble suggestion:
Shouldn't key code mapping be a part of the device template?
This allows for easier addition of new phones (with potentially different key mappings). In this scenario, the key codes would be sent as raw data from the JavaMO to the bluetooth dongle device, which would do the translation using the loaded device configuration.
The JavaMO would be the same for all Java phones (at least in theory).
Maybe the correct device template could be automatically selected based on the MAC address of the phone.

I realise that this would require some changes to existing software, but in my mind it would be a much more flexible approach. I suppose the existing orbiter software would have to be changed to send the raw keycodes, and the bluetooth device extended to load configuration and do the conversion of key code to LMCE orbiter actions.

Please have in mind that this is only a suggestion based on my limited understanding of how it works. If it is not possible, or very hard to do, just forget this message  ;)

Best regards,


Actually, if you use the search for path/filename fields, and just press enter, it will press the Start/stop button instead of searching.

If not a bug, it is at least not what you'd expect.


Users / Re: Widescreen Pal resolution
« on: May 15, 2008, 09:30:50 am »

I also stumbled upon the MythTV modeline database (, but it has a note on the top of the page that says:
"Note: Modelines are not used by recent Nvidia and Intel drivers when using the TV-Out ability of these chipsets. Instead they use an internal list of valid modes."

So, to me it appears you cannot use a custom modeline with TV-out. I can't remember which built-in modelines are available in the driver, but I think there were no modelines for widescreen and PAL. I do think I saw one widescreen line, but that was for some HDTV standard.


Developers / Re: Java/ J2ME mobile orbiter
« on: May 15, 2008, 09:17:50 am »

Just wanted to add my vote for a deb with this.

Isn't this something that could be updated via the normal apt system? Given that it is stable enough, of course..


Users / Re: Linutop
« on: May 13, 2008, 01:41:50 pm »

Haven't tried one of these myself, but they look quite nice.
From the specs it seems to be able to run as a MD. But the wiki states 512MB of RAM, so I would suggest the Linutop 2, although the Linutop 1 might just cut it.

The main problem might be the graphics "card" (AMD Geode). From some googling, it seems that the chip set on the Linutop is supported by the xorg-video-driver-amd driver. I couldn't find any definite information about the video playback acceleration capabilities of the device/driver, so you may not be able to use it to display video or perhaps even use the UI2. Also, I think you need to manually set up the driver.

This indeed look like something that would be perfect for small MD.


Users / Re: Widescreen Pal resolution
« on: May 13, 2008, 11:45:30 am »

Yes, I suppose so. I'll see if I can find out something.

On the other hand, since widescreen TVs are so common these days, I think this kind of setting should be available from within the AV Wizard. Especially since LMCE likes to have complete control over such settings.

When I think about it, perhaps it is possible to change the resolution setting from the pluto-admin website. This way I wont have to worry about LMCE overwriting my settings. I suppose the nvidia driver probably has a modeline already that suits the 16:9 format. (720x576 or something).
Anyone have any idea if this is feasible?


Users / Re: Widescreen Pal resolution
« on: May 13, 2008, 10:30:06 am »

I am sorry to say I don't have any solution to this, only that I have the same problem. Did you get anywhere with this problem?

When setting up the AV Wizard, I selected S-video out, and then I only get a list of PAL/NTSC resolutions to select from. Is there any way to get S-video out with 16:9 format?


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