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Installation issues / Re: PnP Install Broken for Phoenix USB Solo Mic
« on: February 24, 2017, 06:45:32 pm »

Thinking about it, I followed the directions for diskless MD install a few weeks ago, using:

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apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade

Could something have changed with the updates?

Installation issues / Re: PnP Install Broken for Phoenix USB Solo Mic
« on: February 24, 2017, 06:22:18 pm »
I am running 1404. This mic has worked previously but I am unsure if that was since my last install, which was in August or September. Below is an excerpt from Home -> Advanced -> Software Versions in webadmin.

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lmce-core =
lmce-core-locator =
lmce-diskless-tools =
lmce-game-db =
lmce-hybrid =
lmce-install-scripts =
lmce-launch-manager =

I would like to use the mic with the orbiter phone eventually but my immediate goal is to just enable intercom between my MDs.


Installation issues / PnP Install Broken for Phoenix USB Solo Mic
« on: February 24, 2017, 05:35:20 pm »

Today I tried adding a Phoenix USB Solo microphone to my new diskless MD but it has not been detected. Further, the installation is also not working on my hybrid/core, though it has previously under 14.04. I think the problem is as follows:

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root@moon82:/usr/pluto/bin# cat

## Setup Script for the Phoenix Solo USB microphone && Duet USB speaker/microphone.
## TODO: Store volume values in Device's DD

## MDs AudioSettings parameter isn't used at all. This is a
## completely separate device from the main sound in an MD.

CARDID=$(aplay -l | grep Phnx | awk '{ print $2 }' | cut -d':' -f1)

amixer -c "$CARDID" sset "PCM",0 50 >/dev/null
amixer -c "$CARDID" sset "Speaker",0 44 >/dev/null
amixer -c "$CARDID" sset "Mic",0 50 >/dev/null


The script looks for a soundcard with "Phnx" in the description that is returned by aplay. However, the card returns "AK4571" as shown below.

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root@moon82:/usr/pluto/bin# aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: MID [HDA Intel MID], device 0: ALC888 Analog [ALC888 Analog]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: MID [HDA Intel MID], device 1: ALC888 Digital [ALC888 Digital]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: MID [HDA Intel MID], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: AK4571 [AK4571], device 0: USB Audio [USB Audio]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

Should I just modify the script to trigger on "AK4571?" Have I found a bug? How could the value returned by the card have changed? I thought that this was in the firmware of the usb device. This mic has worked for me previously.

Comments welcome.


Installation issues / Re: Video Card Recommendations?
« on: February 16, 2017, 07:33:52 pm »

All is working now, thanks to help from darkwizard. :-)

Installation issues / Re: Video Card Recommendations?
« on: February 16, 2017, 03:10:06 am »

Thanks for the reply artdirtbiker. Your post came in just as I was typing the update. Indeed the nvidia-304 driver was the way to go. Any advice on how to resize the orbiter?

Installation issues / Re: Video Card Recommendations?
« on: February 16, 2017, 03:08:10 am »
Much progress!!

I went back and read Phenegma's earlier advice to change the driver version in and tried once again with my original GeForce 7300 card. I figured if the GT 710 wasn't working then the problem is not the card. This time, I used the nvidia-304 driver. The system completes the diskless install and AVWizard functions as it should.

and now the next challenge...

When I select the Composite output, 1080i does not appear in the resolution choices.  However, HD480p and HD720p do. Selecting 480p, I am able to complete the wizard and LMCE works fine with my old video card and TV. It looks OK but I want 1080i. (BTW I *have* made 1080i visible in Resolutions.conf. )

Adding the exit line to, I *am* able to input the modeline for 1080i in xorg.conf and the TV syncs up fine. However, the orbiter is not the correct size. I have tried running AVWizard with Xconfigure turned off but I am unable to generate a 1920x1080 orbiter.

It seems there are two possible solutions:

1: Allow 1080i to be selected in combination with a composite output in AV Wizard. (preferred)

2: Use xorg.conf to force the 1080i video mode and find a way to resize the orbiter.

Please help. Any feedback on which path to follow would be greatly appreciated.


Installation issues / Re: Video Card Recommendations?
« on: February 15, 2017, 10:39:21 pm »
To clarify, the symptom is the same as before, failure to reboot the second time during the diskless MD install. Could this be a problem with the install script? is there a way to see which packages are actually installed midway through the install process?


Installation issues / Re: Video Card Recommendations?
« on: February 15, 2017, 10:26:45 pm »

For reference..

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root@dcerouter:/usr/pluto/diskless/82/usr/pluto/bin# cat /usr/pluto/diskless/82/var/log/pluto/nvidia-install.log
== Begin NVidia driver installation (Wed Feb 15 16:07:22 EST 2017) ==
Card Detected: 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation GK208 [GeForce GT 710B] [10de:128b] (rev a1)
PCI_Id Detected: 128b
LMCE prefers driver nvidia-352
installing NEW driver nvidia-352!
== End NVidia driver installation (Wed Feb 15 16:14:42 EST 2017) ==

Installation issues / Re: Video Card Recommendations?
« on: February 15, 2017, 10:00:22 pm »

Well, I went and bought the GT 710 card. It doesn't work. This chipset was released in early 2016.

Does anyone have an nVidia card working under 14.04? Which one?


Installation issues / Video Card Recommendations?
« on: February 15, 2017, 03:05:38 pm »

I am still working on getting my new diskless MD to work at 1080i with my Sony CRT TV. In an earlier post I reported that the install would not complete with an older nVidia Geforce 7300 card, apparently because of incompatibility with current drivers. I am also having difficulty with my onboard Intel graphics, which I believe to be specific to my MB. I would like to try a new nVidia card. Before I purchase, I thought it would be good to get a recommendation from the community. I know a lot of compatibility information used to be in the wiki but it is hard to discern what is current.

My options are:

GeForce 8400
GeForce GT 710
GeForce 210

All are low end cards, costing about $30 before rebates, $15 to $20 after.

The most important thing for me to be able to set the video mode to 1080i using xorg.conf, overriding EDID information, as I have with my core that uses Intel graphics. I tried an ATI card yesterday but this does not seem possible with the proprietary driver that is installed by default. I did try to create my own EDID file, using info from another monitor, as advised in various forms, without success. At this point I just want something that is known to work.

Is anyone setting video modes using xorg.conf with one of the cards listed above? Otherwise what are recommendations?



Installation issues / Diskless Client MythTV Setup
« on: February 12, 2017, 07:11:48 pm »

Upon starting MythTV on my new diskless client, I was taken to the language setup screen but could not seem to escape from this configuration step without hitting cancel. There was no way to watch TV or recordings with MythTV.

Doing some research, I followed the instructions here:

They required me to enter the IP address of the core in some configuration files and to manually copy the database password from the core to the relevant files for the diskless MD.

All is good now but I think that this should have happened automatically, as part of the install, as it has with historical versions of LMCE.

Should I submit a ticket for this?


Installation issues / Re: Installing Diskless MDs
« on: February 11, 2017, 09:59:21 pm »

No luck. I made the change to the file, reinstalled the card, and rebuilt the MD in webadmin. The system failed to boot the second time during the install process. Then, I pulled the card, rebuilt again and got to the AV wizard, as before. At this point, I'll just use the HDMI to component converter box.

Thanks for the help nonetheless.


Installation issues / Re: Installing Diskless MDs
« on: February 11, 2017, 02:07:53 am »

Which one should I edit? There are two options:


I am guessing that the diskless one will get nuked if I rebuild the MD again.

Installation issues / Re: Installing Diskless MDs
« on: February 11, 2017, 12:35:46 am »

OK. I had a look at the script and there is a variable defined as follows:

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The script apples logic based on the kind of nvidia card that is detected so, I need to know which version code is associated with my card. I am assuming that it would be logged in the log file. However, the log file does not exist in /var/log/pluto. I am guessing that it may have been nuked when I rebuilt the MD without the nvidia card in the machine.

I am happy to put the card back in and have a look to see if the file is created. Is that the right approach? Is there another way to figure out which code would be returned by my card so that I can discern the right part of the script.

Sorry for the newbie question.


Installation issues / Re: Installing Diskless MDs
« on: February 10, 2017, 11:20:54 pm »

Success. I pulled the nNvidia card and pressed the rebuild button in webadmin. The system booted through to the AV Wizard and Sarah's setup screens. I completed the installation and can now watch movies hosted on my core.

The problem definitely had to do with creating the images specific to nVidia.

Please advise next steps. You may recall from my earlier posts that I am using CRT televisions. I want to use the old GeForce 7300 card because it has a component output. I would like to avoid using an HDMI to component converter box, as I am with my hybrid. Lets please get the nVidia install working.

Also, I setup the diskless MD with analog sound. As on my hybrid, volume and mute controls don't work. I think there was mention in relation to my earlier posts that the linkages to Xine or ALSA are broken. This pretty much means that I have to use a receiver. Luckly I have two Denons and may do this, but was not planning on it. Will internal volume/mute control ever work again? What is the status of integrating VLC? An update would be great.

Thanks for the help.


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