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Installation issues / Re: New to LMCE, Would like some direction
« on: October 17, 2013, 01:29:50 pm »
Also be careful of 2-wire and 3-wire switches!! Always check what you have before you buy, because I actually found a mixture in my house. Generally speaking you can only get dimmers in 2-wire form, and "normal" on/off switches in 3-wire form.

I think 2-wire is a lot more common in Europe generally, but 3-wire tends to be more common in the UK for new builds (somebody correct me if I'm wrong). So best to just check.

Cheers,
Matt.

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Installation issues / Re: New to LMCE, Would like some direction
« on: October 17, 2013, 01:23:51 pm »
I'm in the UK. I really like Z-wave, I've now got 4 separate lights, various plug-in appliance controls (valve amp, mood lighting, etc), a smoke alarm (WIP), a PIR motion detector (WIP) and am planning on buying TRV valves and thermostat when I get round to ripping out my poo 70s central heating system (next summer).

I have bought all of my stuff from a chap called Ivor here http://www.uk-automation.co.uk/ he has been extremely helpful to me from the word go. I actually met him a few weeks ago, and he's a very accommodating and approachable guy. He can offer great advice on installation, general operation etc. He can also sometimes get hold of things not on the website if you want something specific.

This is the USB controller that you want http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Seluxit_viaSENS_Home_Controller

You could go for a cheaper dongle, and it might be alright for a few lights, but if you are planning on making Z-wave your protocol of choice and want to expand in the future, spend the money on the Seluxit.

Cheers,
Matt.

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Users / Re: Kickstarter Campaign to fund a programmer?
« on: September 19, 2013, 01:25:51 pm »
Personally, until now, I wouldn't pay for either, but if everybody was jumping on the "let's get Thom full-time on LMCE" bandwagon I think I would get involved if it were clear what the difference will be between things as they are now and how things will be then (after a year).

I am just curious as to how much it will ultimately cost and what will change exactly, vs paying for a dianemo license, something which until now I would never have considered.

Obviously I COULD just do nothing and continue to freeload while you lot all pay $100 each, but after so long using LMCE, I personally couldn't do that with a clear conscience given what I get out of this project. But there would be many others who would have no problem whatsoever doing this.

(I don't watch television, so the mythtv thing isn't a big issue for me.... THIS IS NOT A WHINGE OR A COMPLAINT, but the only thing I do have an issue with is not being able to use youtube, iPlayer etc on my mini-ITX boxes, I assume because of the 10.04/vdpau thing, and also the slow desktop speed).

I am trying to be completely honest here in the hope that it contributes to this thread.

Cheers,
Matt.


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Users / Re: Kickstarter Campaign to fund a programmer?
« on: September 19, 2013, 09:41:28 am »
*** Just playing devil's advocate here, obviously Thom working full-time on LMCE can only be awesome ***

...but speaking on behalf of the cheapskates; how would contributing towards LMCE compare to paying out for a dianemo license?

Cheers,
Matt.

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Users / Suspend issue with mini-ITX ASUS AT3N7A-I following upgrade
« on: September 02, 2013, 09:32:48 am »
Haven't reported this yet as it so random, I've been trying to work out what's going on.

Following a recent upgrade, this MD suspends fine, but doesn't wake up.... 95% of the time. Sometimes, it does, eventually. One time, and I mean literally once, it started instantly as normal, and this is with me testing it a couple of times a day for the last few weeks. On the occasions where it has eventually woken up after a long time (maybe hours), I have tried to work out if a specific event was allowing it to happen (a quick reload, orbiter rebuild), but there's just no pattern that I can see whatsoever.

The fan always spins up and it all looks good, but nothing appears on the screen. I cannot ssh into it.

If anybody has any suggestions I would very much appreciate it.

Cheers,
Matt.

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Users / Re: Need some dedicated testers.
« on: September 02, 2013, 09:23:27 am »
That's pretty sad. Unfortunately those who are going to be downloading it from the market generally aren't going to be the ones to understand that this is undergoing testing. And they have the "power" to rate it, so if it doesn't work, bam 1 star. Why don't you take it down off the market for now? We should be using the nightly build anyway right?

Cheers,
Matt.

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I saw the same thing happen when I was creating a qOrbiter.   a generic proxy orbiter would be created as well.

I have also been experimenting with qOrbiter.

This is after Creating an Orbiter #8?

I certainly created an Orbiter #8 for the joggler, just last night. Whether that was the start of this issue, I cannot be sure. I think it was. I started testing qOrbiter a few week ago now - I feel like I would have noticed a new Generic Proxy Orbiter being created if qOrbiter was the cause.

Cheers,
Matt.

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I am currently trying to get orbiter working on my jogger so created an "orbiter" for that. Not suggesting that's what is causing the issue necessarily, but that was when I noticed it.

Cheers,
Matt.

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Users / Re: Following upgrade, media on MD starts at maximum volume
« on: August 28, 2013, 11:02:59 pm »
Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I'm afraid it hasn't worked.

l3mce, I carried out your instructions just on the MD, and rebooted. When that didn't work, I did it on the core as well (I assume this shouldn't be necessary). I turned everything completely off just to be sure before firing it all back up again.

Cheers,
Matt.

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Users / Re: Following upgrade, media on MD starts at maximum volume
« on: August 27, 2013, 02:44:16 pm »
Ah.  Okay.  It does on my core.  Pulse may be configured for per user mode on the mds.

J.

/etc/pulse/daemon.conf doesn't exist on my core either!

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Installation issues / Re: New build Hardware
« on: August 27, 2013, 12:38:12 pm »
Thanks Thom.

Looking to just build a "core server" with no display as it will just be sitting in the basement comm room.

I will remove the Gigabyte video card and use the one on the motherboard which is an nVidia C51PVG.


As a beginner, I would recommend leaving your core as a hybrid, at least for now. True most things can be done remotely, however sometimes I find it is really useful to have a physical screen, especially when it's early days. The MD part really doesn't use up that much resource if it's just sat there doing nothing.

(Also handy for doing Clonezilla disk image backups - an absolute life-saver!).

I am using an ATI card in my core (because I had one). As Thom says, nVidia really is the best bet, but where I am using it purely as a "service screen" if you like, you can get away with lots of other types of card providing you used UI1 (the first option in the AV wizard, the non-fancy one). No it doesn't look nice, sometimes the screen resolution does funny things, sometimes it appears matchbox size.... but I don't care.

Cheers,
Matt.

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Users / Re: Need some dedicated testers.
« on: August 26, 2013, 12:35:59 am »
This is why people can make their own skins. ;)

-Thom

I was dipping my oar in regarding the qOrbiter guts really, but you do make a good point, perhaps I will.  :)

Cheers,
Matt.

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Users / Re: Need some dedicated testers.
« on: August 25, 2013, 11:39:49 pm »
You got it. Different screen sizes correlated to form factors when i started, and just shrinking the UI doesn't work in many cases, you have to re-lay the whole thing out. So that's why im trying to provide ui's for different form factors. not to mention the concept of rotation on the device itself and how that affects the ui. This is why you come across really small text in some places and over-sized things in others. Lucky for me, these things are all governed in one place :)

So now, another diversion to update the form factor code because its no longer engineering eyes only so to speak.


Interesting. Tell me to mind my own business, but...

In a world where resolutions on phones are getting bigger and bigger, and the phones themselves are getting bigger (these silly "phablets" for example), and then there's 7" tablets which I can barely use for anything and would clearly benefit from a 'small screen style' skin, how on Earth are you going to keep up with it?

Perhaps a skin that is too small and fiddly for a ham-fisted person with sausages for fingers to use effectively, is absolutely fine for another. Could the skin names themselves state whether they are for large screen, small screen, high res, small hands, etc etc, and then the user chooses?

Anyway, just an off the cuff thought, obviously it's entirely up to you!

Cheers,
Matt.

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Users / Re: Weather Plugin Developer needs data entry help!
« on: August 25, 2013, 11:30:01 pm »
Once your initial tests have come to a close, I would also like to volunteer for any subsequent work. Perhaps I could do Europe.

Cheers,
Matt.

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Users / Re: Need some dedicated testers.
« on: August 25, 2013, 11:23:04 pm »
That's good to know, was just wondering. Yeah I've got the QT5 version on my phone.

So is the idea for detecting whether it's a phone or a tablet purely from the point of view of defaulting to an appropriate skin? And certain skins lend themselves better to certain screen sizes?

Cheers,
Matt.

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