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Users / Is there a safe way to remove genres?
« on: October 31, 2008, 11:45:07 pm »
When setting up MAME I missed a step.  When I put my mame rom zips in the games directory it automatically created a new genre "No Matching Rom for ROM: <romname>.zip" for each and every rom, over 1000.  Needless to say, I want to clean up all that junk so I don't have to sort through it when setting genres for movies and such.

How can I safely clean up all these invalid genres?  If it's as simple as going in mysql admin and removing them I can, but I don't want to mess the database up.

Users / Two input questions..
« on: October 27, 2008, 04:15:22 am »
In moving a TV from a MD to the core/md I was forced to switch from the VGA to DVI/HDMI.  The problem is the TV has semi-discrete buttons for the inputs which I configured as discrete, one button for the one RGB (svga) input, one button for the 2 HDMI inputs, etc.  A few seconds after LMCE boots up on HDMI 1, it switches to the second HDMI input.  Wasn't an issue with RGB, as it only has one RGB input.  I'm leery of changing the device to non-discrete input, no idea what will happen with the multiple configured input buttons.  What is the best way to handle this? 

When I'm watching live TV via LMCE and select "direct A/V" or when I'm watching TV via direct A/V then bring up a LMCE menu, it takes a good 7-10 seconds before LMCE sends the IR codes to change inputs.  How can I change this delay?

Users / HA Designer/UI capabilities?
« on: October 22, 2008, 05:09:57 pm »
In addition to changing the look and feel of the UI, is it possible to slightly change some functionality?  As an example, can you create a UI where after you watch a video instead of it just exiting have it go to a menu where you can exit or delete the video?  How about the ability to go straight into TV shows which are treated slightly different from movies?  Or for an even bigger change, how about the ability to do a unique sort on titles, and for those titles with multiple files (multiple episodes of a TV series for example), have the multiple episodes show up in a separate slide out list or show on a separate screen if the main title is selected? 

background skip if not interested:  My wife is getting frustrated with LinuxMCE.  She's pretty open to new things and recognizes the potential, but lets face it, LinuxMCE can be cumbersome.  I tried to show her some sorting/playlist tricks from Thom's webcast (thanks again), so I grabbed my GoMouse, pulled up videos, selected TV Shows, picked Chelsey Lately (she was on a business trip for 6 weeks and has a ton to catch up on), clicked title to show all Chelsey Latelys, went to play all, brought up the menu and chose Manage Playlists, gave it a name, saved it, then tried to explain how easy that is and now she just needs to choose playlist from the menu, pick the playlist I just created, and it will play them one at a time picking up where it last left off.  In the end, instead of showing her how "simple" it is, I reinforced how painful it is for her to simply catch up her shows.  She called me in a little later because she was having trouble deleting the old shows and watching new ones.  Back and forth from screen to screen, and when you click a video then delete it, it takes you back to the video screen but there is a bit of lag so the video you just deleted still shows up and if you try to play it you get a file not found error. 

Don't take this the wrong way, I'm a big LMCE fan and I realize it's still fairly new with growing features and continuous improvement.  I'm also not complaining or demanding someone fix it, just pointing out that most of us here are are techie types (I've been doing Unix Admin work since 1990 and I'm sure long time IT people are pretty common here) so what seems simple or reasonable to us just doesn't work well for more casual non-tech types who want to just grab a remote and start watching without a learning curve.  As much as I want to avoid the current HA Designer, I'm willing to give it a shot if it's possible to change the way some stuff works without actual programming.  Of course I plan to follow Thom's guide as well as his requirements, then share it if I manage to come up with something usable. 

Users / is it safe to add mame?
« on: October 17, 2008, 11:39:42 pm »
I've read through the two threads I know of and the wiki.  It appears that I can safely add mame using the directions on the wiki, but before I do it I just want to make sure it's safe and I'm not going to risk messing stuff up.

Users / automatically browse "movies" when going into videos?
« on: October 09, 2008, 10:33:52 pm »
As I add more and more tv series videos, which I watch via playlists, as well as recorded TV shows from Myth, browsing videos is becoming increasingly muddled.  At this point I have roughly 300 movies and probably 500-600 tv shows.  I realize I can select movies after I go into the video menu (assuming I have set media-subtype for every one so I don't miss any), but for WAF is there anyway I can filter the TV shows out by default?  Even better would be to filter out any video already in a playlist.

Users / how do you pull up main menu in UI2
« on: October 06, 2008, 06:38:24 am »
without colored buttons?  The remote I'm using is the one that came with my cable box set as MS MCE in universal remote mode.  It works great EXCEPT it doesn't have the red/green/etc. buttons so I can't show/hide the menu buttons.  I have another remote that I dislike but I'm forced to keep it around just to press red or green when needed.

Short of c&p'ing the MS MCE remote config into a new remote config and remapping a couple buttons to be red/green, is there any way to bring up the menu without those buttons?  How is this supposed to work with a MS MCE remote without colored buttons (all I can seem to find for sale)?

I KNOW there are people successfully using non-gyro remotes in UI2 without color buttons, how are you doing it?

Users / ekiga sip phone functionality?
« on: September 24, 2008, 05:23:18 am »
I read the wiki and did some forum searching, but I can't find if LinuxMCE supports the video portion of the ekiga SIP phone.  I did find one thing that suggested LinuxMCE can support video on incoming calls, but not outgoing, and no mention of Ekiga or any other specific product.  FWIW, the Ekiga group just released version 3.0.0.  Lots of changes and video improvements according to the site.  If LinuxMCE can handle Ekiga with video I certainly want to try it out.  If not then I'll probably just install Ekiga 3 on my desktop box for now.

Users / Anyone else have volume control issues?
« on: September 09, 2008, 11:12:27 pm »
When I use a remote with LinuxMCE the volume control doesn't really work.  If I hit the vol up button, for example, really fast the vol will go up a bit every once in a while.  The lights on the usbuirt remote sending unit flash so I know it's sending something, but it's really quite worthless.  However, when I use the on-screen volume control (function key then mouse) it works fine, and the testing works fine.  This is with 3 different kinds of remotes and 2 media centers/tvs (different brands). 

I'm really not sure what is going on, but vol control is one of the last few quirks I need to work out before I can toss the TV/Cable box remotes in a drawer. 

Users / Remote functionality questions...
« on: September 09, 2008, 01:40:12 am »
I'm considering getting a gyro mouse, but before I do I want to know if I can "test drive" the functionality by using a keyboard (just the F6/F7/F8 keys) and a mouse. 

On a semi-related note, I've seen MS MCE remotes both with and without the color buttons.  I've found that I constantly use the colored buttons on my StreamZap remote, mainly just red and green.  Do the MS MCE remotes without the colored buttons have an equivalent key for the colored buttons, but are simply no longer red/green/etc. or do I really need to find one with the colored buttons to get all the functionality?

Before the "just buy a Fiire Chief" comments start, I may eventually buy one, but I'm not going to spend $150 for every MD in the house but with multiple people using multiple MDs at the same time I need a good working remote for each.

Users / USB video/audio capture?
« on: September 05, 2008, 10:20:54 pm »
I need a USB s-video, component, or composite plus audio capture option.  If it adds digital tv turner, great, but my analog stations are already going the way of the dodo, so I'd rather not have the extra size and wasted money of an analog tuner.  None of the options I know of are fully supported by linuxmce, anyone have suggestions or am I stuck waiting until the Hauppauge HD PVR or WinTV-HVR-1950 is supported?

Users / list of supported devices?
« on: August 28, 2008, 09:38:20 pm »
Is there anywhere to find a list of supported and/or plug and play devices?  Not things like motherboards, video cards, etc. but stuff like TVs, receivers, remote controls, HA devices, etc.?  All those things that are buried in the database.

Please don't point me to the wiki, that's a good resource for some things but if I were to go TV shopping for example, it would be really nice to have a list of all the TVs in the LMCE database.  That way I could start my research with a list of TVs that can be used with a minimum amount of hassle in LMCE.  Same would be true for various home automation controllers, receivers, remote controls, etc.  The wiki and the forums can be good for finding additional info on a specific device but I want to start with a list of plug and play/explicitly supported devices.

If such a list does not exist, can someone advice me in how to pull that info from mysqladmin?  The info I'm after must be in the database.

Users / Start MythTV without going straight to live TV?
« on: August 28, 2008, 09:04:03 pm »
I almost never watch TV via LinuxMCE/Myth.  For live TV I watch it live outside of LMCE (only way to get HD with my setup) and I have two MDs but only one capture card.  For recorded stuff I go in through the LMCE video menus.  However, from time to time I do go into Myth to change what I'm recording.  The problem is, quite often when I do this the input is in use for recording a show and the wrapper tries to start live TV something like 8 or 10 times. 

Is there any way I can change this behavior so it gives up after the first attempt, or goes to the main screen and not straight to live TV?

I'm trying to sort out my MythTV setup and things keep getting messed up and I don't know why.  At one point I had MythTV working fairly ok, my three sources (TV card, S-video, Firewire) had the correct Schedules Direct info, changing to a channel above 99 would switch the input to s-video and change the channel on my cable set top box (the only way to get channels above 99), and all seemed well.  At one point I noticed my schedules had reverted to a previous bad config (long story but I've had to change what SD provider schedule goes with what input), but I got that cleared up.  Fast forward to today, once again my provider schedule info is messed up, wrong providers for the various inputs.  Ok fine, I figure whenever I do some task, be it reload the router, restart mythtvbackend, reboot the core, whatever it is that causes this, it updates my provider/source mapping.  So now I re-run the setupwizard, redefine what providers go with what input, and now my provider schedule/input is all screwed up, 5 providers, not sure if anything is mapped right, whatever.

Instead of screwing with this more and possible screwing something up worse, PLEASE explain to me how I am supposed to map provider schedules to inputs.  The wiki page I found basically just describes using the myth-setup from computing, but that setup gets fubar'd.

Users / Edit IR codes - no learn option??
« on: August 15, 2008, 05:03:24 am »
I added a device template for my TV (Vizio vx32l), added the codes for the remote using the learn function, tested a bunch, etc.  Unfortunately the vol up/down pretty much don't work.  If I keep hitting vol up/down it will occasionally work, but not well.  I upped the ms between codes thinking that may be the issue, but it didn't do a thing.  I'm guessing I need to re-learn the codes for some buttons as I had some difficulty learning a few, vol up/down being the most painful.  When I go into "Edit IR codes" on the right hand side of each key it only says "delete code" instead of "test" and whatever the other option is when first creating it (delete?).  When I click one of the "New code" buttons it defaults to "Type code manually" instead of "Learn code" and if I select "Learn code" it jumps back to "Type code manually".

Am I going into the wrong place?  Is it not possible to relearn codes for a device after it's been created?

BTW, I am using a dual stick-on IR emitter.

Users / screwed up and can't generate thumbnails for pictures.
« on: August 14, 2008, 11:08:12 pm »
In cleaning up, rearranging, and otherwise messing with my pictures like I shouldn't have, I lost all the thumbnails (.tnj files).  Adding new pictures to my pictures directory automatically generates the .tnj files, but no matter what I try I can't get thumbnails for the 700 or so pics that were already there.

I've tried moving the jpg files out then back in, stopping/starting the UpdateMedia daemon, clicking update thumbnails, search tokens, resynchronize, removing the .id3 files (which get regenerated), and even running UpdateMedia by hand (no idea if this is ok or a bad idea).  The only thing I can think of that I haven't done is rename the files.  I'm sure this would work, but then it would leave me with 700 or so db entries with no file.  Probably not a big deal to most, but I try to keep that clean and I'd end up spending god knows how long deleting them one at a time, clicking ok for each one, in the media files sync area of the web admin.

Can someone please tell me how to regenerate the .tnj thumbnail files either from within lmce or from a command line (not by copying the .jpg as .tnj)?

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