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Installation issues / Re: Insteon How-To?
« on: January 18, 2013, 02:53:50 am »
I'm trying to follow the written guidance but having no luck. Here is now I spent the evening.
  • Reset the modem to default (unplug for 10 sec then plug back in holding the reset button for 3 seconds). By the way, modem was serially connected to LMCE during the reset. Seems to go OK.
  • Reset the light switch to default (press top paddle for 10 sec, then tap reset button, then push and hold reset button for 10 seconds). Seems to go OK.
  • Create PLM device (admin, template 1932, select serial port 0 for my installation). Seems to go OK - software downloads, logs are filled with code, LED on PLM shows activity.
  • Plug in the insteon light switch. Nothing magically happens. I think this is normal - have to link the switch to the PLM.
  • Link the switch to the PLM (press/hold paddle on light switch until the led on the switch starts blinking, press/hold set button on PLM until its LED flashes).
  • LMCE reset router to see if light magically appears. It doesn't.
  • Maybe I have to crosslink the switch (press/hold set button on PLM, then press/hold paddle on light switch).
  • LMCE reset router to see if light magically appears. It doesn't.
  • Manually create light switch device (admin, light switch template, enter six digit hex code from sticker on light switch)
  • LMCE reset router. I look in admin to check the newly added light. The "configuration" box is just asterisks (***************). Switch doesn't work.

Can anyone spot what I'm doing wrong?

Installation issues / Re: Insteon How-To?
« on: January 16, 2013, 03:24:41 pm »
So, almost two years later I'm dragging my insteon gear out back out of the box. I have a serial modem and a light switch. I used the 1932 template to install the modem. Looks like that went OK - the log shows 2500 lines of code and the device appears to start when I reboot. Also the LED on the modem shows serial activity. I cross linked the insteon gear by pressing and holding the buttons on the light switch and modem. I think this went OK because the modem turned the light on.
My question is now what? Is the modem supposed to tell LMCE that it has a connected light, or do I have to manually create the device?

Users / Re: Squeezebox and multi room audio
« on: December 23, 2012, 07:16:34 pm »
Google Audiosource amps for cheaper prices (B&H, Parts Express).

Wiki / Re: New LinuxMCE Documentation
« on: September 30, 2012, 02:43:24 pm »
instead of deleting I suggest marking them as obsolete, except if they are false.

Point taken. Perhaps I mis-spoke. We should keep the content (marking obsolete as necessary), but I still think we need to delete a lot of the wiki's maze-like structure. I often find it easier to find wiki articles from a Google search "LinuxMCE black screen" or whatever. Good info on a particular piece of hardware might be found by looking at the main page of the wiki under "Hardware", but maybe the info is in "Tutorials/Guides" or the "User Manual", or the FAQ, or maybe its floating around in the wiki at large.
The frustrated user then asks a question in the forums, where a frustrated Thom complains (rightly so) that he has answered that question a thousand times.

Here is what I like to see happen. A new user want to build up a hybrid core. He clicks on "Core & Hybrid" from "Favourites" on the wiki main page. Here he sees a general overview on building a core followed by links to major components (motherboard, cpu, gpu, faqs, etc). All the info he needs is right there.

Our wiki is about as unfriendly as it can be. Want to know how to set up a RAID? Go to tutorials, but don't expect it to be under "R" - its under "C" for "Create RAID". Want to learn about PXE boot? Don't look at "P" - its under "G" fro "GRUB PXE network boot"

Wiki / Re: New LinuxMCE Documentation
« on: September 29, 2012, 04:02:27 pm »

There was a push a while back to clean up the wiki. FWIW, I'll give you my vision of how to improve things. First, we have a single starting point - the "favorites" navigation bar categories seem ideal for this. Second, we get some Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to take responsibility for each category. Third, the SMEs find all wiki articles relating to their subject, and create links to the favorites page. Fourth, the SMEs solicit new wiki articles to fill in the holes. Fifth, we delete all other wiki trees and structures to prevent duplication of effort and misplaced articles.


Users / Re: Hardware spec questions
« on: June 01, 2012, 03:24:50 pm »
Hauppauge colossus is not supported in Linux. Can't avoid a standalone box if you want to capture encrypted video from cable or satellite (using component video).

Users / Re: Where are the Asterisk Files?
« on: May 21, 2012, 04:09:23 pm »
I got so weary of dealing with LMCE telecom that I yanked the ATA out of the LMCE network. Now at least I have a phone that works. I actually bought a second ebay ATA for the day when I try to get LMCE telecom working again.


Users / Re: Recommended alarm panels?
« on: May 08, 2012, 01:47:28 am »
I've had the same question so I'm watching this with interest. Seems like Honeywell is fairly well integrated, but requires a Vista ICM to integrate. This is no longer made. Prices for them have skyrocketed on eBay. Some users have reported success with DSC (see link), but nothing about it in the wiki.,8088.msg85092.html#msg85092


The wife requires silver components


Users / Re: 1004: The time has come.
« on: April 17, 2012, 05:20:25 am »
Just tried snap 885. Awesome work! Much better user experience. The countless hours you spent are greatly appreciated. The only glitch I've found so far is that I can't get serial control of my Denon 3805. Tried to delete and recreate, also tried multiple restarts. Any ideas?

Users / Re: Asterisk "all circuits are busy now"
« on: March 07, 2012, 09:42:15 pm »
I know patience is required for LMCE and I'm temporarily out.
Phone hasn't worked for over a week.
Wife is seriously pissed - why do we have to use such a complicated system, she asks?
I thought I was making headway - grand plans for video, audio, Insteon, 1-wire, climate, voice reminders, and security. I planned to use all submenus of the orbiter to the fullest. Now the only thing I can do is play videos. I've reinstalled 0810 three times and get the same failure. I've installed 1004 twice and it won't even let me access the web admin.

very, very, dejected Twodogs

Installation issues / Re: New 1004 Installer Testing
« on: March 07, 2012, 04:21:46 pm »
Picture shows what happens when I select Computing->Webadmin. I looked at network settings and it appears to be unable to use DHCP. In the bottom picture I have just hit "Use DHCP" and it returns a "no". I wanted to see if Asterisk and telecom were working yet, but I can't even get to the configuration screen!

Installation issues / Re: New 1004 Installer Testing
« on: March 07, 2012, 02:33:50 pm »
Did a fresh install of 1004, and can't get into webadmin. I tried to access from the orbiter screen and also from KDE desktop. I tried localhost and Anyone have any tips on what to try next?


Users / Re: Asterisk "all circuits are busy now"
« on: March 06, 2012, 02:04:48 pm »
Last time I tried 1004 asterisk wasn't working. PBX had been removed, and Foxi was trying to make things work again. Is it working now? Perhaps its time to make the switch.

- Twodogs (getting comfortable in the doghouse)

Users / Asterisk "all circuits are busy now"
« on: March 05, 2012, 06:56:35 pm »
Asterisk was working fine for months, then started behaving erratically. Sometimes it would work, other times it would give the "all circuits are busy now" error on calls out, and "party is not available" error on calls in. I re-installed LMCE 0810 and the errors persist. I checked this morning and the trunk showed registered. It allowed me to make a call, then it unregistered. The /root/var/log/asterisk/full log shows many occurrences of register attempts. Whoever helps me fix this get to add "marriage counselor" to his resume.

- Twodogs (in the doghouse)

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[Mar  5 10:40:00] WARNING[21981] chan_sip.c: Probably a DNS error for registration to, trying REGISTER again (after 20 seconds)
[Mar  5 10:40:20] NOTICE[21981] chan_sip.c:    -- Registration for '' timed out, trying again (Attempt #41)
[Mar  5 10:40:20] WARNING[21981] chan_sip.c: No such host:
[Mar  5 10:40:20] WARNING[21981] chan_sip.c: Probably a DNS error for registration to, trying REGISTER again (after 20 seconds)
[Mar  5 10:40:40] NOTICE[21981] chan_sip.c:    -- Registration for '' timed out, trying again (Attempt #42)
[Mar  5 10:40:40] WARNING[21981] chan_sip.c: No such host:
[Mar  5 10:40:40] WARNING[21981] chan_sip.c: Probably a DNS error for registration to, trying REGISTER again (after 20 seconds)

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