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Installation issues / Re: Video Quality & Sound with Intel Drivers
« on: August 12, 2016, 03:11:48 am »

All issues resolved:

1: Darkness was not specific to LMCE. I just adjusted the display controls.

2: Video tearing fixed by passing the TearFree option to the Intel driver as described in the thread.

3: The subtle distortion was indeed a function of the modeline timings. The standard ATSC timings caused the distortion. I switched to one known to work with Sony TVs.

4. Sound is working fine. My receiver was not setup correctly.

Thanks again for the feedback. System is working great for basic on to the next set of issues...


Installation issues / Re: Video Quality & Sound with Intel Drivers
« on: August 08, 2016, 01:36:32 am »

Thanks Phengma for the quick reply. 

The tearing problem is solved. I added the following to the "Device" section of xorg.conf:

Option "TearFree" "true"

Apparently this is an special option for the Intel driver. It is puzzling to wonder why someone would want tearing.

What is fbdev? Why would it be a better choice than the proprietary driver?


Installation issues / Video Quality & Sound with Intel Drivers
« on: August 08, 2016, 12:41:09 am »

I have just gotten my new 14.04 installation to drive my Sony CRT television at 1080i but still have a few issues.

LMCE is working fine. I ran the AVWizard to resize the UI and specified sound over HDMI. The UI comes up and seems just as it should.

I think I have problems at a few levels:

1. Video Content is Dark: Is there a gamma or brightness adjustment in Xine, Xwindows, or perhaps in the Intel driver? I just need to brighten things up a bit. Cranking the brightness on the TV adds detail to the dark areas but washes out the brighter ones.

2. Video Tearing: Tearing is apparent when the video content changes quickly. I expect this is a driver issue, though I specified the intel driver in my xorg.conf. I will try switching back to the "fbdev" driver. Does anyone know the difference? Any other ideas? My old system, with the GeForce 6200 looked way better.

3. Horizontal Distortion: There is a slight horizontal wiggle in the CRT scan that happens when bright content transitions through a few lines of video. One possibility is that I may need to tweak my modeline. I used the ATSC timings as a start but there seem to be many variations for 1080i. Another possibility is that my attempt to pass sound over HDMI is somehow screwing up the video.

4. Sound Not Working: Sound is not coming over HDMI. Just a loud static. Sound works great on the HDMI output of my cable box and I run it into the TV exactly the same way. I said "yes" to DTS in the AVWizard. Any links or tips on this?

Once again, any input would be appreciated.



Installation issues / Re: 1080i over HDMI with Intel Graphics
« on: August 08, 2016, 12:17:49 am »
I had success today, using xorg.conf. I did two things. First I specified the Intel driver in the Device section. This yielded a lot of useful information about valid modes for the various outputs on my motherboard in /var/log/Xorg.0.log. Then, I explicitly associated the correct output with the default Screen. I think that these associations are probably more important now that virtually all cards have multiple outputs and  multi-head support is built into X.

Here are the Device, Monitor and Screen sections:

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Section "Device"
        ### Available Driver options are:-                                                                                                                                                                 
        ### Values: <i>: integer, <f>: float, <bool>: "True"/"False",                                                                                                                                       
        ### <string>: "String", <freq>: "<f> Hz/kHz/MHz"                                                                                                                                                   
        ### [arg]: arg optional                                                                                                                                                                             
        #Option         "NoAccel"                               # [<bool>]                                                                                                                                 
        #Option         "SWcursor"                              # [<bool>]                                                                                                                                 
        #Option         "ColorKey"                              # <i>                                                                                                                                       
        #Option         "CacheLines"                    # <i>                                                                                                                                               
        #Option         "Dac6Bit"                               # [<bool>]                                                                                                                                 
        #Option         "DRI"                                   # [<bool>]                                                                                                                                 
        #Option         "NoDDC"                                 # [<bool>]                                                                                                                                 
        #Option         "ShowCache"                             # [<bool>]                                                                                                                                 
        #Option         "XvMCSurfaces"                  # <i>                                                                                                                                               
        Identifier      "Card0"
        Driver          "intel"
        VendorName      "Unknown Vendor Name"
        BoardName       "Unknown Board Name"
        Option          "LinearAlloc"           "16384"
        #BusID          "PCI:0:2:0"                                                                                                                                                                         
#       Option          "NoDDC"                         "true"                                                                                                                                             
        Option "XvmcUsesTextures" "true"
        Option "renderAccel" "true"
        Option "NoDDCValue"
        Option "UseEDID" "false"
        Option "ExactModeTimingsDVI" "false"
        Option "NoLogo" "true"
        Option "NoBandWidthTest" "true"
        Option "ModeValidation" "NoDFPNativeResolutionCheck, NoEdidMaxPClkCheck, NoMaxPClkCheck, AllowInterlacedModes, AllowNon60HzDFPModes, NoEdidModes"
        Option "DynamicTwinView" "false"
        Option "UseEvents" "true"
        Option "AllowGLXWithComposite" "true"
        Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "true"
        Option "monitor-HDMI2" "Monitor0"

Section "Monitor"
        Identifier      "Monitor0"
        VendorName      "Unknown Monitor Vendor"
        ModelName       "Unknown Monitor Model"
        Modeline        "1920x1080i"     74.25 1920 1960 2016 2200 1080 1082 1088 1125 Interlace +hsync +vsync
        HorizSync       15-75
        VertRefresh     23-62

Section "Screen"
        Identifier      "Screen0"
        Device          "Card0"
        Monitor         "Monitor0"
        DefaultDepth    24
        SubSection "Display"
                Modes           "1920x1080i"
                Virtual         1920 1080
        Option "XvmcUsesTextures" "true"
        Option "renderAccel" "true"
        Option "NoDDCValue"
        Option "UseEDID" "false"
        Option "ExactModeTimingsDVI" "false"
        Option "NoLogo" "true"
        Option "NoBandWidthTest" "true"
        Option "ModeValidation" "NoDFPNativeResolutionCheck, NoEdidMaxPClkCheck, NoMaxPClkCheck, AllowInterlacedModes, AllowNon60HzDFPModes, NoEdidModes"
        Option "DynamicTwinView" "false"
        Option "UseEvents" "true"
        Option "AllowGLXWithComposite" "true"
        Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "true"
        Option  "TVStandard"    "HD1080i"

I am on to the next problem, however. See my next post, on video quality and sound over HDMI.

Thanks to Phenegma for the response on this one.


Installation issues / Re: 1080i over HDMI with Intel Graphics
« on: August 06, 2016, 12:55:18 am »

I have had some success this evening, with xrandr from the command line. I used the following to get my TV to sync at 1080i:

> xrandr --newmode "1920x1080i" 74.25 1920 1960 2016 2200 1080 1082 1088 1125 Interlace +Hsync +Vsync
> xrandr --addmode HDMI2 1920x1080i
> xrandr --output HDMI2 --mode 1920x1080i

At least I know now that this will work. Now I just need to figure out how to make the mode stick when I reboot. I'll continue to work with xorg.conf


Installation issues / Re: Minor Issues With 1404 Install
« on: August 05, 2016, 11:54:32 am »

The codecs were in this package:

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-restricted-extras

and I installed DVD as follows:

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/

Before installing these I noticed that here were also some codec packages that were updated withe the normal Kubuntu updates but these did not fix the issue.

All is working now with video playback and adding of media to the library. Thanks to Posde for the help.

Please see my latest post, on getting 1080i to work over HDMI. This is the next barrier.


Installation issues / 1080i over HDMI with Intel Graphics
« on: August 05, 2016, 03:26:22 am »

My 14.04 installation seems to be working fine in all respects on my lcd monitor over the DVI port. The motherboard is an ASUS P8 H67-M LE with onboard intel graphics.

I am now trying to get the system to display 1080i so that I can use it with my old Sony CRT television, with component inputs and an HDMI to component converter. This configuration used to work well on my old 8.10 setup by simply adding the right modeling to xorg.conf and disabling the AVwizard overwrite. I previously had an Nvidia video card. Now, I am trying to use the onboard Intel graphics without success.

It seems that much has changed with the introduction of digital video standards. I expect that EDID may be somehow superseding what I have in xorg.conf. Another theory is the need to pass i915.modeset=0, and perhaps other parameters in grub to force the right timings. In any event, features designed to make digital video connections easier have complicated setup for analog monitors.

Many will say that the smart thing is to just get a new TV, which I may do. One would cost less than my time but I still prefer the CRT picture. Plus, my Sony is a 40 inch KV-40700XBR and I am reluctant to move the 300 pound monster out of my apartment!

Please help.



Installation issues / Re: Minor Issues With 1404 Install
« on: August 05, 2016, 03:11:28 am »

I used an internet installation, with the wget command from the wiki page:

Please let me know if I should have gone elsewhere.


Installation issues / Minor Issues With 1404 Install
« on: August 03, 2016, 02:38:17 am »

I installed 1404 today using the instructions here:

There were two minor issues:

1. Basic video codecs were not installed and hence no videos would play, including Sarah. This was true from within LMCE as well as using the bundled video player on the kubuntu desktop. It seems to have been fixed using instructions for restricted formats on the Ubuntu community page:

2. The UpdateMedia script is not running by default and thus not adding videos to the database. I ran the script manually as root and this fixes the problem though I have now added a bunch of junk to the database.

I have a few questions:

1. How can I get UpdateMedia to run normally?

2. How can I clear the database and get UpdateMedia to add only files from the correct locations?

3. Have I screwed anything up by adding the codec support in the manner described? I also added libdvdcss using the instructions on the Ubuntu page.



Installation issues / Re: Compatible TVs
« on: July 16, 2016, 03:04:30 pm »

Thanks guys. I've decided to stick with my old TV and do video switching and audio control through the Denon. The only TV function I'll need is on/off, which works reliably even with IR.

I really appreciate the responses. Its great that the community is still responsive.


Installation issues / Compatible TVs
« on: July 04, 2016, 03:23:45 pm »

As part of my revived LMCE build, I am planning to get a new television. The wiki seems somewhat outdated on this point, with most of the information on the user pages describing use with 710, 810, and 1004. LCD technology has come a long way in the past few years, and is now the technology used in virtual all high-end home theater sets. Plasma displays are no longer being produced. I don't mind getting a used set, but would like to get one that is as new as possible while still ensuring integration with LMCE. I am hoping to collect information from more recent builds in this thread.

Doing some research, RS-232 is not offered on newer sets, though all have ethernet ports and CEC support. Either would suffice and I expect would work fine with my Denon receiver. On ethernet, however, I have read that Samsung no longer publishes the commands and protocol for external control through the network port ( .) Recent advice from users on what is working would be great.

If you see this thread, please respond briefly with the following for your LMCE TV:

Model Number:
Control Interface: (RS-232, IP, CEC)
LMCE Device Number:
Comments: (ease of integration, picture quality,  satisfaction, etc.)



Installation issues / Denon Receiver Control over Ethernet
« on: June 30, 2016, 01:46:38 pm »

Hi all,

My LMCE system had been dormant and living in a box for the past few years but life will now afford me an opportunity to rebuild. I have been reviewing the wiki and forums for updates and I am planning my new build. Thanks to all of the developers for keeping the project alive, and a special shout to Tschak for all of the great videos.

My new system will use a Denon AVR3310, which allows for both serial and ethernet control. Support for serial is well documented but it seems that ethernet might also be an option. Release note 28682 for 14.04 briefly mentions updates to IP control for Denon. What is the status of ethernet control for Denon? Is it plug & play? Is it better than control over RS-232? Please provide status or experiences.



Users / Re: Cisco 7960 SIP Firmware
« on: December 05, 2011, 09:16:27 pm »

My 7970 works great with SCCP firmware, including the orbiter. I just followed the instructions in the wiki to put the MAC address into the device template so that it would be recognized.

My understanding is that the non-color 796x devices will work with both, but was hoping to hear experiences from the field.


Users / Re: How to setuo sccp.conf and use SCCP under Asterisk
« on: December 05, 2011, 04:26:34 pm »

I have one 7970, that is working fine under 810 using SCCP. I just used the instructions in with Wiki after a fresh install.


Users / Re: Cisco 7960 SIP Firmware
« on: December 05, 2011, 04:24:43 pm »


Ok, seeing the number of views without a reply, I'll add another question in the hope of getting some clarity on the need to reflash my Cisco phones.

Are you using a Cisco 7960/61/62? If yes, are you using a SIP image? If SCCP, is any functionality compromised?


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