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I have several ripped cds that have multiple artists on them.  They are not burned cds, but classical cds with different artists on each album.  My problem is that each artist is seperated out in the audio section.  So I will have several entries for each album and some of those only have one song inside them.  Is there a way to fix this?  Will I have to go in a strike out the artist name in each song so that each album matches?  I'd be willing to do that, but wondered if there was an easer way.  Thanks

Users / Channels in mythtv don't match schedule direct listings
« on: July 17, 2008, 10:38:09 pm »
The first time I set up mythtv with my haupauge pvr150, all the channels scanned correctly and the listings from schedules direct corresponded accordingly.  Now, I think because mythfilldatabase ran automatically over night, the channel listings don't match up.  Example: channel 6 should be ABC.  schedules direct however is showing the listings for channel 2 instead.  So, mythtv records the wrong channel, but labels it as the correct show.  So, when I try to watch seinfeld, the recording is acutally of the wrong channel.  Any idea how to fix this?  I'm not sure, but I think it has something to do with the automatic mythfilldatabase that happens at night.

Users / Why is my VGA signal better than hdmi?
« on: July 17, 2008, 01:34:38 am »
I've tried this on two different TVs now and the vga signal is clearly better than the hdmi at the same resolution.  Using hdmi gives a very grainy image.  It should be noted that I am using a dvi-hdmi adapter and an hdmi cable to run to the tv.  Could that be the culprit?

Users / How to control TV via rs232
« on: July 08, 2008, 06:58:35 am »
I just got an lcd TV with the hopes of making use of the rs232 port on it.  Well, it wasn't detected during setup, so how do I do that manually?  I am semi-familiar with the web-admin, but it is very confusing to me.  I tried adding a device somewhere in web admin (I'm not in front of my linuxmce comp) but it kept trying to control my tv via infrared.  Not what I want.  Can anyone help or point me in the right direction?

I've been experiencing hard lockups on my system for no apparent reason.  Usually, these happen when nothing stressful is happening, like when it sits over night doing nothing, or when I'm watching a video and have no other processes running. I've asked around on the forum for help, but with no luck.

So please, if you have ever had hard lock-up problems with linuxmce and fixed them, post them here so that I can have some kind of place to look.  Thanks

Users / How to set all of certain tv show to have same picture
« on: June 21, 2008, 05:44:21 am »
In the older demo video of linuxmce, they show the guy setting a thumbnail for all the simpson tv shows.  So, when browsing channels with the gyroscopic remote, any time the simpsons are on, there is a tiny picture in that empty sqaure next to each show.  How can I do this?  Thanks

Users / How to set up wii? Or any console for that matter?
« on: June 19, 2008, 06:56:08 am »
Hello.  I'm running 710 and was hoping to set up my wii.  I have an rca input on the back of my haupauge pvr-500.  During setup, the wizard detected them and asked if I wanted to set up a camera using it.  So, I know that the ports should be good, at least in theory.  so, how can I set up a simple input that will allow me to play my wii?  How do I set up linuxmce so that it will take whatever data comes through those rca inputs and displays it?  Thanks

Users / linuxMCE is still not ready for real life!
« on: May 30, 2008, 10:51:15 pm »
I tried linuxmce last year (2007) and couldn't even get the thing started/installed.  So I gave up.  This year, I decided to give the new version a try (0710).  I was able to get it installed and I was psyched!  However, I quickly ran into several problems that are making me quit again.  Here are my reasons.  I've researched and asked on these forums, but to no avail.

1.) surround sound.
I have a cheap usb soundcard that gave me surround sound in ubuntu.  Tried it in linuxmce and I have front and rear sound, but no center/sub.  Also, linuxmce refused and I mean flat out refused to control my volume.  I went to the kubuntu desktop and told it to control the correct channel in kmix.  Well, kmix states that it is controlling the proper channel, but linuxmce doesn't change volume when I push the volume buttons/ use the gyro volume option.
 -1 for linuxMCE not being able to do what kubuntu and ubuntu are able to do

2.) ui2 w/ alpha blending
ui2 without alpha blending looks terrible and I don't want to use ui1.  But ui2 w/alpha blending has awful tearing during ANY video playback.  From digital tv to dvds, tearing occurs anytime the camera moves horizontally.  I read that this is due to the nvidia driver.  I also read that this has been around for more than a year.  If you want to get tear free playback, you have to use ui2 without alpha blending.  Unacceptable as this is a MEDIA CENTER!  This should be one of the main problems addressed.  I don't care about mame games!  I care about my media looking the way it's supposed to.  If we can't fix the nvidia driver, then we need a work around.  I would be so pissed if I had built a high definition linuxmce and found this tearing.  luckily, I tested on a regular monitor before splurging on an expensive tv and sound system for linuxmce.
-5 points for linux media center not play media correctly...ever

3.) problems with mythtv
there are certain things that mythtv can do, but linuxmce cannot.  This is very confusing to me...for example, I have an analog tv tuner and a digital tuner.  When I leave linuxmce and goto the kubuntu desktop, I close linuxmce and open mythtv by itself.  While watching tv, I can press "y" to change tuners.  It takes a second, but mythtv successfully changes cards and switches from analog to digital.  Ok great!  Try that in linuxmce and myth freezes.  Sometimes its just mythtv that freezes, sometimes its all of linuxmce, which requires a hard reset.
-10 points for linuxmce not being able to do what mythtv can do, even though it's supposed to be  "seemlessly integrated"

4.) random lockups!
This is the straw that broke my back.  I was ready to live without a center/sub channel.  I was ready to live without being able to control my volume via a remote.  I was also ready to sacrifice transparency and the ability to watch both digital and analog tv in the same sitting.  I read in alot of places that linuxMCE is stable.  Don't those people know that they shouldn't lie to prospectives?!  I cannot and I mean CANNOT leave my computer on for more than half a day without it locking up.  Sometimes, it just stops in mid playback, sometimes it freezes mysteriously overnight and I turn on my monitor to find some random pictures from flickr that won't budge.  I know it's not temperature as I have 4 fans in this case and have even just taken the panel off and set a box fan to blow into the case!  This is probably the most important thing to an "always on" media center: IT HAS TO BE ABLE TO ALWAYS STAY ON!  I could live with all the other problems, but freezing for no reason is just too much, especially since it seems to happen with no pattern.  I've also seen several others having this problem. 
-100 points for linuxmce not being able to run for more than 1/2 a day without dying. 

I've tried several different reinstalls and have all compatible hardware.  Yet, I get all these rediculous problems.  I'm going to install ubuntu and mythtv as I know that my surround sound will fully work, since I've done it before.  I also know that it won't randomly freeze as that was the system I used prior to linuxmce. 

Don't get me wrong, I really want to see linuxmce work.  I'm a huge fan, but I can't personally use it with the above problems.  With the exception of the surround sound problem, I don't think that any release of linuxmce could survive with even 1 of the above problems.  Devs, keep up the good work, but PLEASE make linuxmce stable.  I don't care about new features as much as making the current one's work.  I will continue to follow linuxmce news and will probably try each new release until the above issues are resolved, but I'm leaving.  I hope and pray that by the next release, I'll be able to come back and enjoy the sweetness that is linuxmce.  And please note, when it was working, I LOVED linuxmce.  It just couldn't hold itself together.  Sad day....

Users / New youtube video about linuxmce
« on: May 22, 2008, 04:19:00 am »
Hey all, I just posted a video on youtube that shows some of the features of linuxmce.  I don't use any home automation, but just wanted to show a less biased look at it.

my first video is about the features.

I've also made 2 other videos which I am uploading now, but are taking a long time.  They are about

2.) building your own linuxmce rig


3.) my installation issues

I'll post the links as soon as they are done uploading.

Users / Random freezes. where do I start?
« on: May 21, 2008, 11:48:30 pm »
My linuxmce core/hybrid keeps freezing after about a days use.  I haven't seen any pattern yet as to why or when it freezes, just that it happens after computer has been on for a while.  I don't think it's temperature and I'm pretty sure all my hardware is compatible.  I was under the impression that linuxmce was designed always be on.  How do I begin to find out what the problem is?  Where are the log files that might help me?


Users / How to set default mixing channel
« on: May 18, 2008, 09:16:52 pm »
I have an external sound card and LMCE defaults to the wrong mixer channel.  How do I change it? 

P.S. If I goto kubuntu and change it in kmix, it doesn't affect the already running LMCE and a reboot will set it back to the wrong channel

Please help me!  I'm so close to getting a fully working system, but there seems to be no one who can/is willing to help me on these forums!

Users / Have sound, but can't change volume
« on: May 18, 2008, 06:51:30 pm »
I'm using an external usb sound card and I get sound from it.  I choose to use analog stereo during setup.  Well, sound is coming out, but I can't change the volume level. When I go into the kubuntu desktop, the mixer icon says that it is trying to control PCM of "Usb Audio".  For this particular device, it needs to be set to "Speaker 1".  So, I change the default mixer channel, but linuxmce still won't change.  So, I try rebooting and find that linuxmce defaults back to PCM. 

Does anyone know how to make LMCE control channel "Speaker 1" and to retain this on boot? 

Users / How to turn off router using DVD install?
« on: May 11, 2008, 09:13:31 pm »
Hi.  I live in a dormitory and there are strict rules about using routers.  Basically, I'm only allowed to use switches, not routers.  So, I want to know how to turn off the router functions of linuxmce using the quick install method.  I can't seem to get the install CDs to work, so I need to know the quick install DVD method.  I just want a standalone media center.  How do I turn off the router aspect?  anyone know?  thanks

Users / Cannot change volume with external sound card
« on: April 12, 2008, 08:55:42 am »
I am using an external sound card which produces sound just fine.  When in Kubuntu, I can raise and lower the volume to my hearts content through the mixer, but nothing happens within LMCE when I change volume.  I've tried right clicking on kmixer and trying all the available channels and LMCE still won't change my volume.  How do I correct this?

Here is my sound card

Users / How to select alternate soundcard
« on: April 11, 2008, 08:27:21 pm »
Hi, I have an external usb sound that I would like to use rather than my on-board.  LinuxMCE defaults to the on-board and I really would like to know how to choose the usb over the on-board.  I looked around in the sound system area in system settings, but I am unfamiliar with KDE.  Any help?

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