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I had some problems a while ago trying to setup XP/Unbuntu dual booting on a machine.

I thought I'd try a XP/Unbuntu mix.

I was using XP and the DVI port with an ATI 1650 video card.

I found that I had to switch from the DVI port to the VGA port because of the same screen login issue.

I never did figure out how to get Unbuntu to work with the DVI port.

Didn't really matter because I went back to XP/Fedora on the system which ran just fine on the DVI port.

Hope this helps. :)

Installation issues / Re: Diskless setup
« on: May 30, 2008, 03:06:25 pm »
May not be the same problem for you but...

with my system on the first attempt I am announced to the router but the "Diskless setup failed" message is generated.  My Core system runs i386 software.  My diskless MD is architecture amd64.  You can see the architecture message just a couple of lines above the failure message.

If this is your problem then on the core system open admin website and select Devices/Media Director.  Under the Device column you'll see the architecture field set to amd64.  Edit this to i386 and on the bottom of the page click the update button.

Restart the diskless MD.

Hope this helps.

Installation issues / Re: i386 install with cd's
« on: May 30, 2008, 02:53:13 pm »

All I can tell you is that after iputils-tracepath that the system is suppose to build packages iso-codes in ' ./iso-codes_1.0a-1unbuntu1_i386.deb'.

Soory I can't be of any more help than that. :(

Installation issues / Re: Disk I/O problem
« on: May 29, 2008, 01:24:35 am »
Hi.  First I'd like to know if you ran an MD5SUM check on the disks that you downloaded.

Then, can you explain what your failure was?

What happened?  When?

I would like to help but I don't know what the problem is.

Installation issues / Re: Installation failure
« on: May 29, 2008, 01:09:26 am »
Hey Buddy don't be so critical.   

Look for stuff about black screens!  If you are not using the default VGA port you can get a black screen because of being connected to i.e. the DVI/HDMI port.  When you get some beeps you need to select your video output.

I might be way off the solution to your problem but Linux is putting the effort into coming up with a solution.

Windows is "Here is what can you do, thank-you for your $$$.  Sorry, if it crashes or doesn't do what you want".

You have to spend time reading, investigating, pouring thru really useless hints, cryptic responses, etc.

I do not understand your problem.  If you could explain it further I am sure someone would help.

I install via CD's because of having to spend hours and hours and hours trying to download DVD because of throttling ISP's

I wish I could do more to help you.

Installation issues / Re: downloading Kubuntu 710 ISO's
« on: May 28, 2008, 07:33:10 pm »
Hi.  I just downloaded 7.10 Gutsy the other day.  I Googled "kubuntu 7.10 download" and a choice was where I download the .iso I needed.

Hope this is what you were looking for.

Cheers. :)

Sharp Aquos LC-46D64U installation notes for a diskless MD.

This is a fresh install of a diskless MD connected to a Sharp Aquos LC-46D64U.

No remotes or other optional equipment is involved.  This is just getting the TV going.

The LC-46D64U has Antenna/Cable in, USB terminal-service, RS232C terminal, 7 inputs (2 component, 2 composite and 3 HDMI) plus 1080p native resolution.

The diskless MD is connected between the COM1 port and the Sharp RS232 port.

The diskless MD is using a DVI/HDMI adapter with a HDMI cable connected to input 6 of the TV.

I am presently using analog sound via mobo AC 97 to the analog port on input 6.  This is the only input of the HDMI ports that has the mixed HDMI/Analog input.

I hope to find a compliant SPDIF cable to hook from the mobo SPDIF to my MSI NX8400GS card. A cable was not included in the kit.

Note: How to setup BIOS PXE network booting is beyound the scope of this document.

The diskless MD is set to network boot.

Start the diskless MD.

On my system on the first attempt I am announced to the router but the "Diskless setup failed" message is generated. 

My Core system runs i386 software.  My diskless MD is architecture amd64. 

On the core system open admin website and select Devices/Media Director. 

Under the Device column you'll see the architecture field set to amd64. 

Edit this to i386 and on the bottom of the page click the update button.

Restart the diskless MD.

Wait for to complete.  The cursor blinks for about 5 minutes before setup continues and the MD restarts. 

When the files are downloaded and the configuration is complete the system will beep. 

In my case since I am using the DVI/HDMI port my screen goes blank.  If I was using the default VGA port the setup AVWizard would appear. 

Inorder to use the DVI/HDMI port after the system beeps I press the 1 key on the keyboard.  You'll hear a beep and the AVWizard appears.

The AVWizard will be running in 640x480 mode not 1080p native resolution.

Setup the AVWizard (my case DVI,1080p,60hz,etc).

When the AVWizard is completed the system restarts.

The MD Launch Manager will run and the Setup Wizard will start, albeit in 640x480.

Go thru the Setup Wizard.  When it comes to setting up the LCxxD64U/LCxxD7u only 5 inputs are presented.  There are a total of 7 and I'm using #6. 

At this point I select input 5 and complete the Setup Wizard. 

I then reload the router from the Core MCE Launch Manager and when completed I reload the router on the MD (it usually asks to be loaded about 3 times) until the MD screen comes up.

On the Core MCE Launch Manager open the admin website and under the Wizard/Devices select General Serial Devices. 

Under Action select the Advanced button.  Select View for the Acquos LCxxD64U/LCxxD7u #1856. 

In the Device Template section select Edit Audio/Video Properties.  This pulls up the Edit IR codes. 

There is a line named Inputs Discrete: Input1, etc.  Select [change/explain]. 

Scroll down thru the field until you see Input6 and Input7.  Check their boxes.  At the bottom of the page select Save. 

Now scroll down to the Inputs section on the Edit IR codes page and you'll see at the top of the section a line saying "input commands not implemented Input6, Input7 (Click to add)".

At this point I highlight the <$"'|AVD5  \r"$> in the field of Input 5 and copy [CTRL]C the code.

The click to add Input 6.  In the popup box paste the code [CTRL]V edit 5 to 6 and the select Add Code. 

Allow the screen to refresh and do the same for input 7.  Click the Update button. 

Close your windows and go back to the LMCE Launch Manager and Reload router. 

When the router is finished loading go back to the MD.  Run the Setup Wizard. 

When asked to setup the Media Director select "No that is not the correct TV". 

Go thru selecting SHARP as the manufacture, the LCxxD64U/LCxxD7u as the model, Com1 as the interface and Input6.  Finish the Setup Wizard.

Now we need to get the TV to run in native resolution.

On the Core at the MCE Launch Manager screen press [CTRL][ALT]+F1.  Hit the enter button to get your dcerouter login prompt.  Log into the system.

We need to edit the xorg.conf file for the MD. Enter (no quotes) "cd /usr/pluto/diskless/XX/etc/X11"  (where XX is the number of your MD-for me it's 22).

Enter "ls" to see your directory listing.

Enter "sudo nano xorg.conf".

Supply your password.

In the xorg.conf file scroll down to Section "Device" and change Option "UseEDID" "false" to "true".  Change Section "Screen" Option "UseEDID" to "true" as well.

To exit [CTL]X.  Y to save.  Enter to write file name to xorg.conf.

Press [CTRL][ALT]+F7 to return to the MCE Launch Manger.  Select Reload router.

When finished restart the diskless MD.

We are now 1080p native resolution.

Hope this helps someone. :)

Installation issues / Re: MCE can't install mysql from cd's...
« on: May 26, 2008, 09:59:42 pm »
Try a different mirror. 

Some mirror sites have broken links. 

You'll fail mysql early in the unpacking process with mirror problems. 

You can save yourself a lot of time by putting your .iso files on your hard drive and selecting them during MCE installation. 

If you hit a bad mirror you won't need to re-cache the MCE and Kubuntu image disks. 

Just re-run the installer and select another mirror.

Hope this helps. :)


Did you change any cabling?

It looks to me it looks like you have your ethernet reversed.

eth0 should be your external connection.

eth1 should be your internal DHCP connection.

Hope this helps.

Installation issues / Installing LMCE on stand-alone Core.
« on: May 26, 2008, 04:12:24 pm »
Installing LMCE on stand-alone Core.

I use to spend hours and hours trying to get a system up and running - especially when I had errors.  This is the fastest way I've been able to get a system installed to-date.  Hope it helps someone. :)

The following is a general overview of what I do to get Kubuntu and LMCE loaded on a stand-alone Core system.

This procedure takes between 2 1/2 to 3 hrs to complete.

I am using the CD variant of LMCE. Due to network throttling it takes me forever to try and download a DVD version.

This procedure assumes you have the following disks on hand. 

   1) Kubuntu.iso
   2) Kubuntu image
   3) MCE-CD1.iso
   4) MCE-CD2.iso
   5) MCE-CD1 image

How to download the .iso disks, create an image, change BIOS settings, create folders, etc., is beyond the scope of this overview.

Setup your BIOS to boot from CD/DVD drive.

Insert your Kubuntu image disk into the drive and restart.

Install Kubuntu to meet your configuration requirements.

When completed restart Kubuntu.

At reboot setup your BIOS to boot from HDD, etc.

Login to Kubuntu and create a folder in your Desktop directory (i.e. LMCE-iso-files).

Copy the Kubuntu, MCE-CD1 and MCE-CD2 .iso files to this directory.

Insert the MCE-CD1 image disk into your CD/DVD drive and run the MCE installer program.

When completed remove the MCE-CD1 disk.

Click on the Install Linux MCE icon.

Configure MCE as per your requirements.

When asked to insert the LinuxMCE 1, 2 and Kubuntu disc select "I have an iso image on my hard drive".

Point the browser to the Desktop directory created earlier.

By using the .iso files on the hard drive you avoid the very painful cache-ing of each disk.

The program immediately begins to download packages.

A failure only requires a restart of the Install Linux MCE program.

Choosing a good mirror is important because some have broken links.

I usually always got the "Failed to install MYSQL error" messages during bad mirror downloads.

Without having to re-cache the CD1, CD2 and Kubuntu disks you just rerun the install program and choose another mirror until you find one that works.

When completed reboot your system.

Complete the AVWizard and you're away.

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