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Hi Jon.

I just installed the SPA3000 with mixed success.

I ran a network cable out of the basement office and through a bunch of floor joists to reach the demarc point of the phone line by the fuse panel. I then wired in a couple phone boxes so I could connect a phone cable from the demarc point to the box feeding the house phones (to keep things "normal") but that also lets me connect the SPA3000 in between so I can 'test' and put things back to normal when done.

First, the "House Line" doesn't seem to work at all. If I try to make a call I get a long pause and then a busy signal. Incoming calls appear on the orbiter, but if I route it to the "House Line" no inside phones ring. If I route it to voice mail, I can hear the prompt to leave a message, and when I do and hang up, the message never appears.

After creating the "dummy" phone line, when I went back into the FreePBX admin and looked at the Incoming Route for the boardvoice line, and Custom App option, it contained "custom-linuxmce,103,1". So I went back to the Incoming Route for the House Line, and changed its custom app line to match as instructed. (so it used 103,1 instead of 102,1)

I didn't see anything else in the instructions that varied. I reloaded the router before testing incoming/outgoing calls. When I went back into FreePBX I noticed the "Apply Configuration Changes" bar was there again so I clicked it and continued with the reload, tested again, same results.

I do see status boxes on the top left of the orbiter saying call lost or something in rather odd times (while I'm speaking to the voice mail for instance?)

I do have one major issue...

We use Bell HSE (ADSL) for our internet and when I connect the SPA3000 and then hang the house phones off it, we lose our internet. I guess I'll need to purchase a splitter and run a filtered line into the SPA and leave the jack on the SPA, which would feed the house, empty, feeding the house from the other side of the (unfiltered) splitter at the demarc point.

In this setup, as far as I can tell, the only things I'd gain are:

1) on the orbiters... I'd be able to see the incoming phone number displayed.  Can it display the name of the caller along with the phone number?

2) the answering machine function should work

Would it be able to make outgoing calls (in the case of security alarm messages) set up this way?

The other way of doing the connection would mean relocating equipment and running even more network cable throughout the house, or perhaps running a dedicated phone wire to the upstairs dining-room to the ADSL modem and separating that from the rest of the house feed.

On a more general note, when this is set up in the manner you've described, does somebody have to route the call on an orbiter each time a call comes in? I'd like it to fall through to the house line and ring normally.

We have an existing answering machine and I already know the better half is not interesting in trying to get her messages from LMCE. I believe there is a setting somewhere to disable LMCE from taking messages?

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Archos Internet Media Tablet
« on: January 20, 2009, 01:59:15 pm »
The Archos media tablets are a lost cause,... Although they run Linux under the hood, they are locked in hardware (not unlike TiVo) and all attempts to get them to run native Linux programs compiled for them have been lackluster,...

I have two Generation 4, 604 WiFi's and will never buy another Archos product again... They are freeloaders off of open source... RUN, don't walk away from Archos...

 We have two Generation 4's here, and we love our Archos products. Ok, so you can't make them do anything but what they were intended for. Hmmm... Geee.... Good thing they do what they do so well then!

 Sorry, I don't agree with the "run away Archos" statement in a general context. If you solely mean don't bother to try and make them work with LMCE, that's fine, but as far as being a great product -- that they certainly are.

Users / Re: Cheaper Orbiters?
« on: January 19, 2009, 10:58:13 pm »
The 229$ ipod touch as a web orbiter?

I have an iPod Touch and I can say that even though the web orbiter loads, it's pretty tiny! portrait or landscape. The better half's PDA loaded with the orbiter software was nicer. I also had to edit the refresh rate in the HTML page in order to be able to enter the username/password before it reloaded and erased everything.

Installation issues / Re: Noob install problems....
« on: January 16, 2009, 11:53:40 pm »

Was probably going t5o stick to UI1, but haven't even gotten as far the option to set it!

Trying to figure out how to use nano to change the config file......

New to all of this ( in case it wasn't incredibly obvious)

You could always reinstall :-)

or      sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

change the video to vesa, save, reboot? depends really...

Installation issues / Re: Noob install problems....
« on: January 16, 2009, 10:39:47 pm »
The graphics card is just an integrated graphics card.

 You need to know what chip it uses!

 If you don't know, then you should use UI1.

 If you can find out what it uses, then you might be able to figure out if you can use UI2 without overlay, or with overlay, but till then you're shooting in the dark! Stick to UI1.

Installation issues / Re: Noob install problems....
« on: January 16, 2009, 10:26:12 pm »
Thanks Freyman

Have tried holding the left shift button, I pressed the left shift down after the first set of beeps, and held it until the Failed to Set Up X screen came on!!

There's one set of beeps that go off, and then a bit later then there's a second set. You need to either press/let go, press/let go the left shift key in between the two sets of beeps...

How do I boot into KDE? Only thing I have managed so far is the alt + f2 which gets me into the router log in, and looses me from there!

You can't get into KDE if X failed to set up. I suggest you have a good read through on this page:

Did you indicate which video card you are using? An older nVidia card seems to be the way to go with 7.10, something in the 6xxx or 7xxx series..

Installation issues / Re: Noob install problems....
« on: January 16, 2009, 09:40:46 pm »
I got the torrent download and have installed, that. I got to the AV Wizard and not get the "Failed to Setup X" problem. Trying to see if I can re run the AV Wizzard and get things set up from there, but can't seem to find it in the /usr/bins file

 Lee: You can re-run the AV Wizard a few different ways..

 From the KDE Desktop, look around the tab, under Video there's something you can click which will force the AV Wizard to execute on your next reboot.

 Or, just tell the thing to reboot, and hold down the left shift button after the first set of beeps. You should hear it respond. Then let go the shift button. When it boots it will go into the AV Wizard.

Users / Re: New groups downloads or bit torents
« on: January 16, 2009, 01:56:09 pm »
This lazy freeloader adds that you can specify where the finished torrents are downloaded in TorrentFlux too, so you can easily tell it to download into the LMCE structure if you want.

Users / Re: New groups downloads or bit torents
« on: January 16, 2009, 02:29:16 am »
Does anyone have news group downloads or bit torents integrated in LinuxMCE ?

I found TorrentFlux to be a decent app you can install through apt-get I believe? If not, it wasn't hard to install from source.

It has a great web interface that you can search through or upload *.torrent files into and let it do the rest.


and some hacks to keep things private if you desire.


Some of the search scripts are outdated and should probably be updated with those in the forums.

There's even a neat wiki page with some hacks to easily move files into the /home/public/data/video/ directory


I've got version 2.3 running like a charm here, on the core.

yes, thats the right one

Kewl. Just ordered one!

This unit can be put anywhere on the internet network I take it? closest network port and phone jack?

What works:
Just about everything!  When a pstn call comes in, all of the orbiters in the house come on to the incoming call screen. If unanswered, LMCE voicemail takes over. CallerID comes in onto the orbiter screens just fine. Changing settings in the web admin works as it should. I can place outgoing calls just fine.

 Wow! Jon you are one amazing dude!

 Is this the toy you're using?|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318

 I may just go ahead and get one for playing with here!

Installation issues / Re: Noob install problems....
« on: January 12, 2009, 07:00:02 pm »
Thanks guys

Having fun trying to download the single layer DVD, but will go down that route....


Do you torrent?

Try using the attached torrent file to download the i386 version of LMCE 7.10RC2

Users / Re: adding media files from external usb drive(ntfs)
« on: January 11, 2009, 02:55:01 pm »
will the files on the drive be deleted if I say yes to use the LMCE folder structure?

No, LMCE simply creates some directories.

You'll then want to move your audio files into /public/data/audio/

Move your video files to /public/data/video

If you do not use the LMCE folder structure, then you will have to tag all your media first before you can see it (although you can probably find it using the search function)

how do I tag the media?

In the web-based pluto-admin area...

Files and Media Sync.. Search the wiki or forums. There's ton of information on how this works.

Installation issues / Re: Noob install problems....
« on: January 11, 2009, 02:35:20 pm »
Tried the DVD install, but I cannot write to dual layer DVD's so cannot burn to a DVD!

There's a single side DVD, 1 disc... you don't need the double sided version at all.

Install Kubuntu 8.10, installed ok on about 3rd attempt, but really slow!

LinuxMCE 7.10RC2 is the last official release and it runs under Kubuntu 7.10. If you're using 8.10 you are wasting your time.

If you can install Kubuntu 8.10 on your existing equipment, but you can't install 7.10, then sit back and wait for the 8.10 release of LMCE.

Installation issues / Re: admin website
« on: January 10, 2009, 03:03:03 pm »
m able to log in but when i try to change the pvr capture card. it says "you are not authorized to modify installation."

 My thoughts are...

 You have multiple users in your LMCE setup?

 Those users can have different security settings, including the ability to change the config (or not).

 Sounds to me like the name you are logging in with doesn't have full access.

 The one that should is the very first username you entered during the setup.

 Look in Wizard > Basic Info > Users.

 See if:  "Master User (can modify configuration)?" is checked for the user in question.

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