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Users / Re: video drops out using on-screen remote
« on: July 22, 2008, 07:19:01 am »
I'd be glad to help anyway I can.  Here's what I know so far.  I don't think my installation is anything out of the ordinary.  I actually have two installs going, just trying to learn as much as I can.  I have an interest both for personal use and professionally so I have an installation at work and at home.  The home installation  is the one giving the problem with the on screen remote.  Both installs are based around typical Intel motherboards and chip sets.  I have scavenged left over parts for the most part, until I know enough to make some good purchase decisions anyway.  I'm more in a proof of concept stage right now.

When I first started working with LinuxMCE I ended up with both CD install media and DVD media.  During my learning experience I've had the opportunity to load both a couple times.  I would use the DVD for sure but my memory being what it is, I happened to leave the DVD at work when I needed it to install at home one weekend.  The install giving me the problem was with my home machine installed from the cd version.

The home machine has a couple older Western Digital hard drives, a 40 gig and a 10 gig.  I also use a leftover  Maxtor USB 250 Gig drive between home and work.  I use the 40 for the OS, the 10 for some audio CD's and the 250 for DVD's. The video originally was an old ATI Rage Pro 128.  I managed to pick up a 7300GT fairly reasonably priced and knowing that Nvidea is a preferred video configuration, and that the 7300 gave me more outputs suitable for home display devices, I swapped cards.  A couple things seemed to go wrong when I did that, Flicr stopped working, and I'm not sure if the remote problem started then or not.

After I posted, I decided to try a few more things.  I ended up re-installing but this time from the DVD.  The on screen remote problem was still there.  Here's where it gets goofy.  Flicr now worked, and the day after I reloaded the OS, I clicked on the screen to get out of the screen saver mode, the screen that displayed next told me that it wanted to reboot.  I'm not sure if the system wanted to re-boot on its own or if by clicking over the screen saver the reboot core/hybrid button happened to be underneath that spot on the screen saver.  Regardless, after it rebooted, the problem with the remote has gone away.  I have no real good explanation for the fix.

So in summery, I had reloaded the OS, this time with the 7300GT installed, left it attached to my home network (w/internet) for a day or two with the same problem, rebooted it, and the problem was gone.  I'm thinking that somehow the system was able to update its self but I'm not familiar with how LinuxMCE goes about doing that.  I do know that when I installed the CD version of the OS, Kubuntu wanted to update itself before I had the chance to install LinuxMCE.  Not knowing any better, I let it update, and of course the LinuxMCE installation wouldn't work correctly.  So I re-installed again, refused the update, installed LinuxMCE from CD and went on my merry way. 

Sorry for the book, but that's what I recall for the moment.  If I think of anything else relevant I'll add to this thread.

Thanks for the reply and hope this info is helpful.  If you have any specific questions please feel free to ask.

Thanks again,

Users / video drops out using on-screen remote
« on: July 17, 2008, 08:02:53 pm »
Greetings all,

Has anyone else run into the issue of while using the on-screen remote control while playing a DVD, (ripped or directly from the DVD player) the video blanks to a gray screen?  It doesn't blank if you are actively adjusting something on the remote (vol-up, vol-down, etc) or even if you just continously move the mouse in circles, (not over the DVD video  portion of the screen) but if there is a second or two without doing anything with the mouse the DVD video portion of the display blanks out.

If you let the remote time out after the video blanks, MCE returns to full screen mode, the audio still works but the screen is now black. The mouse or keyboard functions still work to bring the remote back to life but still no video. If the remote times out while moving the mouse but not actually performing any adjustments, (and not over the DVD video portion of the screen) video never faulters.  If the video is blanked, and you click on the Home icon, the display does take you to the home screen where it shows what's actively playing in the icon right next to the Media icon.  (second icon from the left side of the screen, next to Media)  By clicking the "[insert video title here]" icon from the main screen, video returns as you would expect, full screen.

I'm using 7.10 ver. in the lowest video setting. (light-weight) (nvidia 6200GT) I've searched the forums several different ways and haven't seen anything related to this problem.

Thanks in advance,

Feature requests & roadmap / LMCE utilized in education
« on: June 04, 2008, 06:16:21 pm »

Thanks to all who make LMCE do what it does already, I have been playing with it (7.10) for a few weeks now and am dually impressed.  I came across LMCE while researching alternatives for an AMX panel my organization currently uses to control distance learning equipment in a traditional DL classroom scenario.  One thing lead to another and as our vision grew, so did the concepts for additional LMCE applications in an educational setting.

I am a Program/Project Manager in a very rural setting in Western NY, US, that supports component school districts with technology needs.  We have developed many systems over the years and integration has always been one of my main considerations.  My organization has developed quite a healthy LAN/WAN system to include all classrooms across our region. (our immediate responsibility covers over 2000 square miles and 22 independent school districts.)

We also have an extensive distance learning system that utilizes the above mentioned LAN/WAN.  Each of our DL rooms date back to early to mid 90's and were grant $$ driven.  As technology has matured we have made upgrades to our systems.  It makes sense to extend our distance learning capabilities from a specific room in a school building to all classrooms in our region, thus giving every classroom distance learning capabilities.  My organization also supplies our districts with multimedia materials for teacher/student use.

I would be very interested in any implementations of LMCE in an educational setting where LMCE was used to control classroom peripherals such as projectors, cameras, screens, etc....  Would anyone other than me care to develop such a system.  This would be more of an industrial setting and could be scaled as developed.  I'm currently working on a one classroom implementation but if the proof of concept pans out I could see the core running on our HP blade system and supplying educational media's that are currently stored on our SAN.  Each district has access to our resources as a shared service so a Media Director could be in each classroom controlling various local equipment and porting media to the classroom.  If this is not the place to start this discussion, please direct me in the proper direction.  I see great potential in devising a system like this and anxiously await comments.

Very respectfully,

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