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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?



Thanks for the suggestion. I would certainly mantis it, if I knew it was a bug, and not just me messing around too much  ;)


Users / Slimserver and MythTV plugin wont load after 710 upgrade
« on: May 12, 2008, 12:30:50 am »

After upgrading from 710b4 to 710RC1, I see some strange errors in DCERouter.log, and I am unable to view live TV on the MD. I tried to downgrade the pluto-mythtv-plugin to the previous version (two versions were available - and, which "fixed" the issue for the MythTV plugin, although I don't think this is the correct thing to do.

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01      05/11/08 23:25:43.548           ESC[31;1mCan't open plug-in file './': ./ undefined symbol: _ZN3DCE11MediaStream13SetNowPlayingEPNS_10OH_OrbiterEbbPNS_7MessageEESC[0m <0xb6c9d6c0>
01      05/11/08 23:25:43.548           ESC[31;1mCannot load plug-in for device: 148. Be sure the file SlimServer_PlugIn existsESC[0m <0xb6c9d6c0>

Anyone care to shed some light on what may have happened here?
Maybe some packages not updated correctly so that this symbol don't exist?


Users / Re: MythTV frontend access to LinuxMCE
« on: May 09, 2008, 01:52:56 pm »

I have successfully accessed MythTV on a 704 core from a normal linux PC . I am not 100% sure about the 710 version though, but I think it should work.

I haven't had any problems with LMCE/MythTV when doing this, but that isn't saying there won't be, perhaps some of the developers can elaborate on this?


Users / Re: A new LinuxMCE user
« on: May 09, 2008, 10:46:44 am »
Hi, and welcome

Just a couple of suggestions/hints:
* MythTV quality - there is a setting somewhere (recording group?) in the mythtv frontend that allows you to select the quality setting for LiveTV etc. Maybe this will help.

* VoIP - I came over this forum post dealing with setting up a Gigaset handset using asterisk, that guy is also in Australia.
I just purchased a Gigaset (S675IP) that I am hoping to set up with LMCE/Asterisk when I get the time.

* Extra keyboard keys - I suppose the procedure for setting up extra mouse buttons could work for this case too (haven't tried it myself, so don't shoot me  ;) ). It is the wiki :


Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Suspend to RAM for MDs
« on: April 17, 2008, 10:30:11 am »
I put a request in mantis when we discussed it last, but there has not been any progress.

I had a pretty reliable setup using 704, where I could press the power button to have the MD suspend to ram and press it again to resume again. It took only a few seconds to resume it. Nice  ;)
I just upgraded to 710, so I haven't had the time to set it up again, but it is high on my to do list. I will of course update the wiki article with my new findings, if any, for 710.

Since it seems the release is pretty close, I wouldn't bet on it being included, but I guess some of the devs should answer that. There still is the issue with LMCE loosing state or whatever as you mention. I have not looked into that.

As Ender points out in the mantis log, the suspend may not work with all hardware, so I suggest that there should be a checkbox or something in the pluto admin screen to enable suspend on a per MD basis.

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