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Users / Re: Installing LinuxMCE
« on: April 15, 2008, 05:55:19 pm »

This is quite possible, and has been done and documented here

This should help you in creating a headless, pure server type core.

Hope that helps.



Feature requests & roadmap / Re: IMDB import like in MediaPortal
« on: April 15, 2008, 03:49:17 pm »

I am going to have to step in here. If you use the CD version of the install, you have full control over what partitions to install on or create, and how big to size everything. It is a slower install than the DVD version, but, the DVD version is made for ease and simplicity. Please read the content available to you, before making hasty decisions, you may be able to do a lot more than you think.

I have a system at home running, gentoo, mandriva, suse, and LMCE. This system was installed using the CDROM method.

Just food for thought   ;)



p.s Here is a good place to start, and it was right on top in the Forums, under Installation, how ironic  :o

Users / Re: adding to the compute section of LMCE
« on: April 15, 2008, 03:32:00 pm »

I can help here. What you need to do is have a mouse/keyboard present, fire up any of the web pages from the computing screen. Now using the mouse/keyboard, type in the address of the website you wish to go to, let it load up. Now using the mouse add a bookmark. You can also at this point use the Manage Bookmarks feature of the bookmark drop down, and change any existing links, re-order them, or delete them.

Now, here is the trick. You have to use the File > Exit option to close firefox. You cannot just click the power button at the bottom, or your changes will not be saved. Now the screen should close itself, and bingo!, there are your links.


Seth  8)

Installation issues / Re: KDE fonts/resolution problem
« on: April 14, 2008, 10:09:46 pm »

I was experiencing this issue not only in KDE, but while using MythTV as well. Here is what I did to resolve it:

As user root from a terminal edit the /usr/pluto/bin/ script using vi or nano
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sudo -i
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nano /usr/pluto/bin/

Look for the line :

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xinit /usr/pluto/bin/ "${Parms_Client[@]}" -- "${Parms_Server[@]}"
And add either -dpi 96  or -dpi 100 to the end of it like so

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xinit /usr/pluto/bin/ "${Parms_Client[@]}" -- "${Parms_Server[@]}" -dpi 96
And reboot the machine. This should make things quite better for you.

Hope it helps.


Installation issues / Re: Remote Desktop .. how can i?
« on: April 11, 2008, 07:38:35 pm »
Ok, your networking issue is because you are running 2 dhcp servers. In order for lmce to get an internet IP on the external interface, you need that nic plugged into your existing router. The internal interface needs to be on a seperate switch. Otherwise it may have the opportunity to override the existing routers dhcp server. LMCE system was designed to replace or act as your home router to the internet. I had this issue initially. How I resolved it was disabling the dhcp server on my linksys router, plugging the internet modem directly into the core's external nic, and then plugging the core's internal nic into the router. This used the core as the dhcp server, and the router for the internet (the way it was meant to be used as) and because the internal nic is plugged into the linksys router, now all my wireless and wired connections can get to the internet via the core.

So you have 2 choices.
1. Get an addition switch for your internal lmce network, plug any MD's into this, and plug the core external interface into the router.

2. Plug your internet modem into the core external interface (eth0) and disable the dhcp server on your router, and plug the internal interface (eth1) into the router. Do not worry about firewalls/protection the core has all that included in its software platform.

As to your remote desktop reference, In order for this to work, you need to use option 2 for your network setup. This will give your laptop an ip from the core, allowing you to be able to communicate with  it. You will need to install vnc on the core, and then after getting an ip assigned from the core on your laptop, use the windows software to connect to the core.

Hope this helps.

Users / 704 Issues - MD Specific
« on: April 11, 2008, 05:47:39 pm »
Hi all,

I have recently rolled back my production system at home to 704 as this is the stable version. And it is, it just runs, no lock-ups, timeouts, etc. The issue I am having is MD specific. When I create a diskless MD, it goes through the motions and creates the image, no problem. It then boots up the MD with this image, no problem. However, on this particular MD, I have a pvr150mce card, which it sees during boot up although it fails to load the firmware, so the driver appears as failed. This is the  confirmed in the setup wizard, as the card does not show up as detected or usable. OK. This I can fix. I ssh to the core from a remote terminal on my laptop, and copy the /lib/firmware folder over into /usr/pluto/diskless/<md number>. Then  I reboot the MD, and bingo the cards are detected. After coming up it hangs on starting the mce_usb2 device, for the attached mce remote. Ok, I see that the lirc drivers are downloaded successfully by the message system, and I can manually do
 modprobe lirc_dev
 modprobe lirc_mceusb2

And then the remote works. So I add these two kernel modules to /etc/modules. Now on a reboot I have both the pvr150 card and the mce_usb2 remote working automagically. And then the real problem.

Now when I add my Dish STB to it, it lets me set it up, and there are no issues there. I let it do the mythtv thing and download the program guide. After that is finished, I select TV from the menu, and all I get is a black screen. So I hop on an ssh session again and run dmesg, it says something along the lines of "Application is too fast for device". So I then exit out of TV mode and drop into Video mode, try to play something on the core storage, again I am vexed with the black screen. Ok, so I try Audio, and it works. Next I try "Live TV Dish 522RF" and I can watch the Dish STB no problems. So something is hosed with mythtv, and there must be an issue with network playback.

Here is what I plan to do over the weekend. On the MD, I will preform a disk'd install, using the 704cd and the 2 lmce cd's. After that long process, I will try again to get things working. In the meantime, and before I put in the install time, is there anything else I can check or look into? I have deleted and recreated the diskless bit in the web admin 3 times now.

Any guidance would be helpful.

Thanks.  ;D


Users / Re: Update version 5
« on: April 11, 2008, 03:36:14 pm »
I have a 704 core, how do I get this update?  ???

I am waiting for the next release of 710, but I will eventually do the upgrade.

Users / Re: ssh to MD
« on: April 07, 2008, 08:40:57 pm »
Here is what I do. Become root 'sudo -i' and then ssh to moonXX substituting the XX with your particular MD.

My example
sudo -i
<password> usually "linuxmce"
ssh moon42

It does not prompt for a password, when doing so as root.

Hope that helps.  ;D

Developers / Re: Channel Icons...anyone got some?
« on: April 07, 2008, 07:34:51 pm »

Thanks. That was just what I needed  :o


Developers / Re: Channel Icons...anyone got some?
« on: April 07, 2008, 04:24:16 pm »
How does one check in this master icon set. I too only have like 5 icons, and I have dish network. I would really like to figure out how to get the rest. I seem to remember back in my mythtv days running a command like
 mythfilldatabse --import-icon-map channels.xml
or something like that. I guess the question is where to get the channels.xml file?

Users / Re: CM11a module
« on: April 03, 2008, 03:49:58 pm »
I would go with the cm11a standard serial version. It is the best tested/known working version, and a usb to serial converter can be purchased for less than $20 in most cases. And with cm11a's selling on e-bay, for $5 to $10 a piece. It is a very economical solution. I use one of these with a Trendnet usb to serial adapter on my test system, and it works well.

Ebay Links:

USB to Serial :

CM11A :

Hope That Helps you out!!

OK. I was having the same issue. Here is what I did to temporarily resolve it. After getting the system up, to where the mythtv is playing via digital audio, open the webadmin, go to the media directors page, and on the media director you are using digital on, from the drop down box under audio, select stereo. But leave the AC3 box checked. At the bottom click update, and then do a router reload. Now my videos and my mythtv play using the digital output.

This is not a fix, and there is an issue, but it can be used as a temporary workaround.

Hope this helps.

Users / Re: USBUIRT
« on: March 26, 2008, 02:16:52 pm »
I can honestly say, using the amd64 version of both beta3 and beta4, I did not require an ir blaster as long as the components were in close proximity, same set of shelves side by side, it even blasted around the corner to my TV!!!!!
However, for whatever reason, the 32 bit versions of these the onboard blaster did not function, and I had to plug in a dual ir blaster dongle to get it to work. And last evening I added an additional head to my dual blaster (3 now) and the 32 bit version, does in fact work well with the dongle. I control an AV recevier, a Dish 522 receiver, and a Sirius satellite radio now, all form the same USB-UIRT. my blaster dongle is home made, with parts from a local radio shack.

The USB-UIRT is truely an amazing device.

Have Fun!


Users / Re: Suggestions for a good remote other then Fiire Cheif
« on: March 18, 2008, 03:52:33 pm »
Yes. The keys on this keyboard are configured to do the same thing as the MCE remote. If you have the range, this is a good option as well. Sometimes, I wish I had a keyboard on my core/hybrid, rather than using an orbiter for web browsing.

A note on that particular auction, it does not come with the receiver you will have to get one, or use a USB-UIRT.

Users / Re: Suggestions for a good remote other then Fiire Cheif
« on: March 18, 2008, 03:11:03 pm »
I use the Gyration GYR310 remote, which is identical to the Fiire Cheif, less the special firmaware. These run $70 at circuit city

Although it lacks some of the custom functionality of the cheif, I have wiki-fied instructions to get more use out of it. This info is here

If you follow these instructions, it becomes quite MythTV friendly. I also use a standard Microsoft MCE remote, which I purchased on e-bay with the USB transceiver for about $16 shipped. While it does not have the gyro mouse ability, it is fully supported in LMCE, just do a quick search on e-bay for the MCE Remote.

Hope this helps.

Welcome aboard!!!!

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