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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.

Users / Re: PXE over wireless
« on: April 09, 2008, 12:55:17 pm »

According to this article it is possible (I have not tried it, just googled it). From a quick read, it would seem you need to have a wireless bridge device on your client, and a normal wireless access point connected to the network/switch.

The article also has a couple of links to other sites.


Users / Re: MythTV - image is shaky - change FPS rate?
« on: April 06, 2008, 02:27:16 pm »
Hi Lexje,

1. I think you need to use mytthv-setup to sort this out. I messed around with this setup too, and ended up re-doing it a couple of times before I got it right. But maybe some other user has some more insight into this?

2. I don't have a MCE remote, but I have to use the Up/Down buttons to change the channel. Perhaps it's the same for you?

The rest I'll leave for others.


Installation issues / Re: Capture Cards change order after reboot
« on: April 06, 2008, 02:16:33 pm »

Short answer: you need to write a udev rule.

For some more information, you can see this link
It is also described in the MythTV wiki

Such rules can be a little hard to understand and get working.
I don't know of other ways to solve it, but that does not mean there aren't ;-)


Users / Re: Thinking of migrating to LinuxMCE...
« on: April 06, 2008, 02:12:05 pm »
Hi Rich, and welcome.

First, since it is not clear from your post how you would like your setup to be, I would like to point out that you have two options for setting up LinuxMCE. You can set it up as a Core, which acts like a media server, but can not display the media. It just serves media to other computers (which are called Media Directors in LinuxMCE). Or you could set it up as a Hybrid, which is a Core and a Media Director (MD) in one.

I am thinking maybe a hybrid is your best option, but I just wanted to point out the two options.

1. LinuxMCE does have an integrated firewall/gateway to the internet, and it thus has support for two NICs. This should suit you fine, from what you say.

2. LinuxMCE has SMB/CIFS shares for the media directories, so you should be able to access your media from your laptop. You should also be able to backup your laptop (user data I suppose?) to the user share that LMCE creates.
There were some problems wrt flac and ogg files. The tags were not read from these files, and would not be listed unless you selected the file name display. I think there has been some work on this for the 710 version, but I can't say I have seen any definite confirmation that it has been fixed.

3. You should check that your DVB card is supported in the Linux kernel used by LinuxMCE. If the card is supported by the kernel, it should work fine with LinuxMCE. (LMCE uses mythtv for recording/live tv so you could check out their site also). I think the hardware should be good enough to record and playback at the same time, if you choose the hybrid setup.

4. As standard, LinuxMCE uses only one screen. There is a button to start the web browser from within LinuxMCE. There is yet another button that starts the normal KDE desktop, and you can switch back to LinuxMCE which then appears like just another application window. I don't know, but it might be possible to use the same setup you used before. But beware that LMCE might destroy your X server setup, in cases when it needs to rewrite the configuration.

5. If you can configure it using only the lirc configuration files, i.e. no custom modules or any modification to Lirc itself, I suppose it should work. You might need to define a device template to hold the configuration for you remote/receiver, depending on what type of receiver it is. Is it a simple IR diode connected to the serial port, it should be very easy. This is the kind of setup I use now.

No silly questions at all. It is very difficult to make out what your possibilities are with such a large project.
I also used freevo before switching to LMCE. If you only are going to use the media part of LMCE, I am inclined to say that the freevo UI is better suited for use with a remote. I find that for LMCE you need to use a mouse to navigate the menus efficiently. But of course, LMCE offers many other exiting features :-). Just my 2 cents.



Its discussed a little here, and here (I searched for 'speech')

I also think I remember the pluto guys discussing this a long time ago, but the found out it was not stable enough.

Not sure if anyone have made any progress on the issue though.


Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Feature Request - Joost Support
« on: April 06, 2008, 01:26:18 pm »
I agree with you on not trying to add all sorts of different UI elements. It should be consistent for the user.

A RSS reader would be nice on it self also, I suppose.


Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Feature Request - Joost Support
« on: April 04, 2008, 10:15:07 am »
How about Miro? Not what jammastercd asked for, but as far as I know (and I don't know much, as I have not used either  ;) ) its almost the same thing.


Developers / Re: Java/ J2ME mobile orbiter
« on: February 29, 2008, 11:04:20 am »
Hi all,

First, thanks Hari, and others, for the great work. I am looking forward to trying this out.  :)

And for trying it out, please correct me if I am wrong:
If I understand the whole thing correctly, the patch now added to the tree will allow LMCE to discover a Java MO running on a phone. So what I need to do to get this working is:
* Upgrade to LMCE 7.10 beta4 (when it is available)
* Install the JAD file on my phone
* Run the JavaMO and let LMCE discover it

Is this correct, or am I missing something basic?


Installation issues / Re: KDE as default 0710 Beta 2, MD Hibernation??
« on: February 01, 2008, 10:04:32 pm »

In case you haven't seen it:
For hibernation of the MD, see this thread, which discusses the topic. There is also a wiki article that describes how to set it up

As you will understand from the thread, hibernation still has some problems, and it is not integrated into LMCE. You will have to either hibernate from the console or set up the power button to trigger hibernation. There are also some problems that can occur when resuming; sometimes you wont be able to play audio and video (and perhaps other issues also).

So basically, yes, it is possible but it still has some problems.


Feature requests & roadmap / Re: hibernation would save a lot of time
« on: January 26, 2008, 12:04:58 pm »

This seems to be the same behaviour I experience. For me, suspend to disk works the same as suspend to RAM.

So this strengthens my suspicion that the AppServer somehow gets "out of tune" with the core during long periods of sleep. I'll see what I can find out, but I suspect we need to have someone with a better understanding of the AppServer/DCE router stuff to look into it.

Regarding debugging the suspending, I haven't done it myself, but I suggest you read the s2ram article linked from the wiki suspend article. From what I understand, it is often a buggy driver that causes suspend/resume to fail.

I suppose that by "the MD device itself" you mean the LinuxMCE/Orbiter part? (The required software packages are already available in Ubuntu, so its just a matter of installing and configuring them).

As far as integrating it into the floorplan and suspending the MD via the Orbiter (and other similar uses), I suppose one would need to have a DCE command to tell the AppServer to suspend the MD, and to add a suspend button to the Orbiter power menu, and also add a way to suspend a device from the floorplan (I see there is already a power button on the floorplan, what does this do?).

I have no knowledge about the AppServer/Orbiter, so I wouldn't know where to start such an integration, but I am a C++ programmer (rather, I did some C++ a couple of years ago) and I would probably be able to do it, given the right amount of time  ;)


Feature requests & roadmap / Re: hibernation would save a lot of time
« on: January 24, 2008, 09:35:24 am »

This may well be the same problem I am having, but it appears it sometimes does work when resuming. I have not idea about when it works and when it don't. I was thinking that it may be dependent on the amount of time the MD has been suspended, but this is just a wild idea, I have no knowledge to support it.

Is this consistent with what you see? Or is the AppServer always dead when resuming, no matter how long it was suspended? Or perhaps it is completely random?

I might have time to look into it during the weekend. I will of course post if I discover anything.


Installation issues / Re: Can't get TV stream in remote Media Director
« on: January 15, 2008, 07:32:11 pm »
Not sure if this is relevant, but I found a solution my similar problem. Seemed it was a problem with how the home folder was mounted on the MD. The recorded shows are stored in the /home/public folder.

I opened the /etc/fstab file on the MD in an editor, and found this line
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// /home cifs credentials=/usr/pluto/var/sambaCredentials.secret 1 1and changed it to this:
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// /home cifs iocharset=utf8,forcedirectio,credentials=/usr/pluto/var/sambaCredentials.secret 1 1
I added the forcedirectio option to the mount. This disables some caching which prevents MythTV from detecting that the recorded file has been written to. (MythTV Live tv is really just recording to a file, and directing the client to play this file)
(The iocharset=utf8 is not relevant here, but was needed for the MD to recognize files with non-ascii characters in the file name.)

You'll have to remount the folder (or reboot) to apply the new settings.

Again, not sure if this is the same problem you have, but I thought I should let you know how I solved my problem.


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