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Installation issues / Re: 0710B3 black screen issues after install
« on: January 27, 2008, 12:31:03 pm »
Any luck with this dthrock?

I have the same problem with an Nvidia 8400GS, but I am using a VGA connection.
If I change the "Driver" in my xorg.conf to vesa it works. (in UI1 onyl).  Once I change it back to the nvidia driver all I get is a black screen. 

Exactly the same issue we had with our cards, although I find it surprising you should be having the issue with a VGA connection (my problem was with SVideo). Simply turning on UseEDID may be your solution - you'll see the option turned off if you go through the file. Below are a number of options that may be significant - compare with yours and make changes as necessary:

Section "Device"
   Driver      "nvidia"
   Option      "UseDisplayDevice" "CRT"
   Option "renderAccel" "true"
   Option "UseEDID" "true"

Best Regards,

Installation issues / Re: 0710B3 black screen issues after install
« on: January 25, 2008, 04:42:03 am »
   Is there a way to change the freq with the keys?  If it defaults to 50hz maybe thats the problem.  I know this monitor has to be at 60


You shouldn't need to worry about the freq. DVI will talk to the monitor to determine what it can handle. If you can have a look at the xorg.conf, make sure search for "EDID" and check that UseEDID is set to true.

Also read carefully through the file /var/log/Xorg.0.log - it will tell you in great detail what is happening.

Best Regards,

Users / Re: Fiire Chief
« on: January 25, 2008, 04:34:56 am »
I've been using the Fiire remote for about 3 months now and have gotten used the sensitivity of the remote. Jason

So what's your opinion of the OK button? Would it be better to use one of the larger, more central buttons? Or is there another way to select what the pointer is hovering over other than the OK button? Or is the small button something you get used to. As you've said, the placement of the buttons is awkward, but the OK button is a pretty important one.

Don't forget also that it's not just us. The remote must be used easily by others in the family, including the wife and visitors.

Best Regards,

Installation issues / Re: 0710B3 black screen issues after install
« on: January 25, 2008, 01:33:36 am »

On a side note I had Ubuntu 0710 and MythTv running on this machine with no problems.  The default Ubuntu install found my video and monitor and gave me video right from the start.

Press Ctrl-Alt-F2 to get another login. If you do, then at least you know your output is being routed to the right connector. If this does not work, swap connectors.

If you're comfortable working with Linux, check your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file to see what it contains. I never seem to be able to get LMCE to start up on first install, as I use the SVideo connector, and the X installation seems to default to VGA. This is what the numbers 1-5 do - they change the lines in the xorg.conf to use different outputs. In your case, though, it may be changing the output DVI-0, and you may be on DVI-1.

Best Regards,


Users / Re: Fiire Chief
« on: January 25, 2008, 12:45:40 am »
Guys - posted out all the remotes to you yesterday! Apologies for the packing - for some reason Fiire decided to take all the guts out of the boxes and only post those, I'm assuming it was to save on postage. The single box that came was very small, so I thought they had made an error at first! Anyway, there was enough bubble wrap to wrap them all up and send with the Express Post bags, so you should be receiving them today or the next few days if you are remote (like mortar!)

Darren - let me know when you want to come and get yours.

Hi Guy,

Just got back home yesterday after a few days away to find the remote sitting in the postbox. It works really great. I've been using the Gyration that I got locally, but it's template must have been broken in the last few builds, so only the three buttons work and because I knew the Fiire was coming, I didnt' bother fixing up the template. With the Fiire, most of the buttons work. It's great.

What I don't like is the tiny OK button that you have to press to to confirm your selection when when choosing from a list of media. It's not intuitive and too far from centre to be naturally pressed while pointing at a list. Anyone have a similar feeling, or am I just doing it wrong? I haven't RTM.

If I am indeed doing it right, and there is no other button that can be used, I might try tweaking the template, if possible.

Best Regards,

Installation issues / Re: 0710b3 VDR - DVB-T not working
« on: January 24, 2008, 02:49:12 am »

Hi Richard,

Glad your up and running. Sorry my mistake on the scan instructions... I forgot the tuning file was also needed!

To see the UI2 EPG select live TV and with a live picture on screen... press f6 on the keyboard ;-)

No problem - I knew something was wrong because it kept displaying the help screen, which is Linux-speak "for you've screwed up". So I knew the command was wrong from the outset - but I just couldn't understand why the card wasn't working. I was thinking that VDR wasn't set up yet, so it couldn't have been grabbing the card, and I didn't know how to stop VDR to check.

Last thing I need to know before I close the topic - and I hope someone will know - is this:
When I watch a video, is that VDR that I'm watching? The reason I want to know is because when I watch a video, I get large black bars above and below, which disappear when I change the Aspect to 4:3. This is to be expected - all widescreen TV streams are actually 4:3 format, with the images squashed sideways. I have to do this for every video I watch.

Can I set this so that the default is 4:3, and I can change it from the menu if necessary. And can I do this for live TV as well? I notice the aspect option is not there when I watch live TV.

Best Regards,

Developers / Re: Developer FAQ
« on: January 23, 2008, 02:07:06 pm »

So lets figure out what should go in that FAQ in this thread.

If anyone has the time, I'd really appreciate a few notes on the tools to install. I'm from the Windows world, where everything is done in one single IDE. With seperate tools for everything, it's not so easy to figure out which compiler, debugger, CVS frontend etc etc.

Installation issues / Re: 0710b3 VDR - DVB-T not working
« on: January 23, 2008, 01:58:25 pm »
Hi Andrew,

Yes, that turned out to be part of the problem. Once I stopped VDR, the card immediately became available and started working fully in Kaffeine and Myth.

The other problem was the way I was using scan. It needs as an input a list of frequencies to scan, as far as I was able to make out. I eventually figured out there are lists of frequencies available as samples with the dvb-utils package. I produced a channels.conf file with the command

"scan -o vdr /usr/share/doc/dvb-utils/examples/scan/au-Melbourne >"

That seemed to do the trick. After rebooting (because I'd done an apt-get upgrade in the meantime), VDR displayed live TV.

I can't seem to be able to get it do anything else. I read your post to someone else saying the VDR interface is a work in progress at the moment. I'm off to hunt down the post, as I recall you gave some instructions on bringing up the EPG.

Thanks for the help.

Best Regards,

Installation issues / Re: 0710b3 VDR - DVB-T not working
« on: January 23, 2008, 07:15:53 am »
No do this to run the console to stop vdr;

sudo /etc/init.d/vdr stop <return>

Ahh - I think this might have been my problem. Thanks for that - I'll know later on when I get back home. I'll let you know how it goes.

Best Regards,

Users / Re: Disable flickr?
« on: January 23, 2008, 03:19:44 am »
Well I moved the file and rebooted the machine. I then removed the attributes froom the file and removed the files from the disk and al works fine.
The first lot of pictures i uploaded were about 900k each and they load fine. However the second lot were 2.5mb each and they dont seem to work. Is there a limit on the file size the screensaver can use?


Make sure the pictures are no more than 1240x1240 pixels.

Best Regards,

Users / Re: Disable flickr?
« on: January 22, 2008, 01:20:15 am »
Has anyone actually had success in disabling flickr. I followed the advice in multiple post, including this one, but with no success. I renamed to and I also deleted the flickr directory under pictures. Is there a step that I'm missing?



I think you've done it all, and probably correctly. What you're probably forgetting is that the process is still running in memory. Renaming the script will only stop it from being found the next time the system starts up. A reboot should stop new images arriving.

Installation issues / Re: 0710b3 VDR - DVB-T not working
« on: January 22, 2008, 01:12:30 am »

Compare your output the listed modules on the LinuxTV site. Then modprobe any that are missing;

All the modules are there - or at least those that relate to my hardware. There are some differences, but if I ModProbe them, they appear in the list and are shown as not used by anything.

The card is working, I think - that is, I don't think it's an installation problem. I tried going into Myth backend setup and setting up the card. Some of the options, like V4L show the card as being detected.  More significant, however, is the fact that the V3 DVB option reports the card as being busy. I think what is happening is that VDR has opened and locked the card, but can't display any channels because I don't have a channel conf file. And because VDR has locked the card, I can't scan to create the channel list. Does that theory sound right or am I barking up the wrong tree? Or am I off my tree?  ;D

The other thing is - am I even using the scan command correctly. I'm using scan -o vdr, but shouldn't I be saying what card to use to scan? After all, I could conceivably have both a DVB-T and a DVB-S card in there. (I don't, though)

Best Regards,

Users / Re: Nvidia GeFORCE 7300 GT AGP
« on: January 21, 2008, 03:13:10 am »
We have 7300LE working fine... not sure if we have any 7300GT's... will check tomorrow though ;-)

I'm on a 7300GT, and it works pretty well on UI2 with alpha.

Only a guess here, but could you be running your new 7300GT with the configuration for the old card?
Have a read through this thread and see if anything helps. If not, ask again.

Best Regards,

Installation issues / 0710b3 VDR - DVB-T not working
« on: January 20, 2008, 12:50:59 pm »
0710Beta3, VDR installation.
Winfast Leadtek DTV1000-T (Connextant CX8800)

This is the first time I've tried VDR. Now that I have Beta 3 installed, I can't seem to get the tuner card working. Had it working under Beta 2 (Myth Installation).

This time around, I can't seem to get any response from it. scan -o vdr just produces the help screen, no matter what options I try. Kaffeine does not show any DVB options. It seems like the card is not there, but lspci and lsmod show everything normal.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Users / Re: PC to TV SVHS->SCART and TV-Card Problem
« on: January 20, 2008, 12:33:45 pm »
Jeah i had this but it didn´t work right.

I´ve tried it under Windows XP but nothing happend

What exactly happens? Does the TV act like there is no signal?

When the computer first starts up, the signal is sent to all outputs. If you see nothing, it probably means your TV is not set to the right input, or that it can't display the computer signal.

Also, do you know the card is working? Have you tested it on a VGA monitor?

Was genau geschieht? Fungiert der Fernsehapparat, wie es kein Signal gibt?

Wenn der Computer zuerst oben beginnt, wird das Signal zu allen Ausgängen geschickt. Wenn Sie nichts sehen, bedeutet es vermutlich, dass Ihr Fernsehapparat nicht auf den rechten Eingang eingestellt wird oder dem er nicht das Computersignal anzeigen kann.

Auch kennen Sie die Karte arbeiten? Haben Sie sie auf einem VGA Monitor geprüft?

Bitte antword auf English. Ich erlernte nur Deutsches wenig, und der war sehr vor langer zeit.

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