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Users / Re: Really basic noob questions
« on: January 05, 2015, 01:03:19 am »
* What video formats are compatible with LMCE?  I have a few .avi files that seem to work, but a movie as .ogv isn't recognized.

LMCE can play lots of different media.  We currently use libxine2 1.2.6 and can playback anything that it supports.  I have never personally heard of the .ogv file format.

* Once I'm playing a video, how do I stop it?  I cannot seem to find any way to stop the video from playing - it just has to go all the way through or I have to reboot the system.

Press F7 (I think it is) on the system that is playing and it will bring up an orbiter onscreen that you can use to control the system.  The other option is to choose the room that is playing from another MD.

* Can I rip a DVD from within a media director?  I tried to insert a disc, but it just started playing and then I was stuck without a way to stop it (see two questions up).

Discs will auto-start playback.  You can then stop it and choose to rip it using the Manage Drives scenario in the media section on an Orbiter.

* I did quite a bit of work to get shared folders operating in VirtualBox.  It seems the Guest Additions that Kubuntu 12.04 wants to use is the wrong one, so after some gymnastics I have a nice set of links to my guest system that auto-mount.  In the process of working at the terminal, I have the strong urge to update things, but the strong urge not to.  Any problem with updating kernels, applications, etc?  Or, are these better left as is?

LMCE *may* undo things that you do.  The ultimate purpose is a black box system that requires little to no user hacking...  In reality we're a ways away from that goal.  We already use the latest LTS supported kernel from ubuntu (3.13.xx) right now.  Changing the kernel will likely break X as ubuntu builds it as an LTS update against the latest LTS kernel and the modules/libraries all have to match.

Other than that you can usually add things on.  Not sure what you mean by updating.  Feel free to apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade

* In setting up a Media Director, I don't see an option to simply install a Media Director OS.  The install seems only to allow a headless core or a hybrid system.  If I install another hybrid, will I have issues with my existing core?  I cannot find a netboot option on my chosen MD system, unfortunately.

You cannot run a MD without a Core.  Hence to install option is a hybrid (Core/MD) or headless core.  You cannot install additional Core or hybrid systems, you must PXE boot to create MDs.

I hope that helps a little.

J.

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Users / Happy New Year!
« on: January 01, 2015, 08:25:04 pm »
Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all have a great 2015!

To start your year off right I would like to announce Blu-Ray disc playback is now available in LinuxMCE.  This is still in early stages and there are some system bits that still need to be flushed out but the basic functionality is there now.

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sqlcvs update your dce repo
apt-get update && apt-get upgrade && apt-get install libaacs-data-installer libbdplus-data-installer

This will get you completely OSS BD playback.  Many discs manufactured before 2012 will play but lots will not.

To add a closed source package that will allow you to play back most discs you can then

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apt-get install makemkv-bin

This will automatically replace the OSS libs and use the closed source makemkv package.  Please note: MakeMKV is a time limited piece of software, it expires after 30 days and new packages will need to be created and installed.  If you have issues with this you can allways uninstall makemkv-bin and makemkv-oss to return to full OSS playback.

Happy LinuxMCEing!

J.

ps. Just like using libdvdcss to playback DVD discs in Linux using libaacs and libbdplus could be restricted in your region.

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Users / Re: Video Standards.
« on: January 01, 2015, 08:17:44 pm »
I agree with posde for audio, flac is all I use.

For video there are a few options and it depends on intended use.  For DVD I also agree with posde, rip in lmce.

BDs - cannot be ripped and played back like DVDs can.  The best to me is mkv container format.  h264 video (this depends on the intended playback device for the profile that works properly) and AAC multichannel audio if possible, AC3 if you want compatibility with lost of other devices and AAC stereo for compatibility with most portable devices.  24G BD movies can be brought down to ~8GB with good quality, and smaller file sizes are possible with greater quality loss (but perhaps not perceptable depending on the device used for playback.

I don't watch video on portable devices, pain in the neck.

Tagging is an issue, out External Media Identifier is closed source and we don't have it.  So we need a new/better/alternate way of detecting media when inserted. 

J.  (data dump ^^)

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Users / Re: [12.04] OpenZWave Aeon ZStick Issue
« on: January 01, 2015, 08:06:19 pm »
Hey tompin2, it is possible to add nodes without pulling the stick.  The recommended method is with the Aeon Labs minimote (works great).  But you can also manually initiate the add from the webadmin and then pair the device.  OZW does still have quite a few issues in it, it will continue to get better and we will continue to update the driver as the OZW folks push new releases.

I had to completely relocate my zstick for OZW to be happy with my network.  The OZW folks also recommend running the stick from a powered hub, presumeably to avoid power glitches or something (I'm not sure).

J.

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Users / Re: Video Standards.
« on: December 23, 2014, 12:00:32 am »
Being able to play Audio/Video consistently across multiple platforms is...tricky at best. Moreso video than audio, but both can be challenging. But, its still

VLC is available for android/ios/win/linux... pretty much everything.  And it plays pretty much everything.  Can you leverage it somehow?  Just my 2 cents. 

A/V on the qorbiter has one purpose for me: show the main TV screen A&V on the kitchen and bathroom qorbiter screens so you don't miss anything.  ;)  It's a super feature I've seen in a few smart homes put together near here by a company called Digital Interiors.  Very slick.  It's only a display, not a controller though.

Anyways, very low on my priority list compared to other qorbiter related bits, but still on my list.  ;)

J.

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Installation issues / Re: Installing 12.04
« on: December 22, 2014, 11:57:07 pm »
If you're *really* hard up you can try the 1404 installs.  My recent tests have been quite successful and I rather think it is close to 1204 in usability/stability.  Our 1404 dvds should also be using the LTS-HES stack from ubuntu and should be running the 1410 kernels.

J.

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Installation issues / Re: Installing 12.04
« on: December 22, 2014, 11:55:10 pm »
Lots of new hardware should be supported on the new DVD isos as we've moved to the ubuntu LTS-HES stack which brings newer kernels and (soon) newer video drivers.  This change is *very* recent and I'm not actually sure if the current snapshots have that or not.  Just fyi.

J.

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Users / Re: Need some dedicated testers.
« on: December 22, 2014, 11:52:37 pm »
We run Cyanogen 10 on our Galaxy Tab 10.1.  qOrbiter works great on it!

J.

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Developers / Re: Developing a Weather Plugin, videos
« on: December 22, 2014, 11:51:50 pm »
tschak, ill as he is today, has provided an image and the Weather_Plugin package will be updated in the next 24-48hrs and will include the missing image.  Thanks mkbrown69!

J.

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Installation issues / Re: Problem with Kernel upgrade
« on: December 13, 2014, 11:14:39 pm »
Re-run Diskless_CreateTBZ.sh on the core and then choose "Rebuild MD" from the webadmin for that Media Director.  Something is not right.

J.

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Installation issues / Re: Problem with Kernel upgrade
« on: December 13, 2014, 09:05:59 pm »
make sure you do this on the running MD (local terminal or ssh, not in chroot).

if you continue to have problems then try:

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rm /boot/initird.img
rm /boot/vmlinuz

and then retry you upgrade

J.


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Users / Re: LinuxMCE HDMI-CEC control demonstration
« on: December 13, 2014, 08:59:40 pm »
 :'(

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Installation issues / Re: Installing 12.04
« on: December 13, 2014, 07:07:45 pm »
Hey!  You'll need to install on a 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin Kubuntu installation.  We do not have support for Utopic.

J.

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Developers / Re: Developing a Weather Plugin, videos
« on: December 10, 2014, 02:47:30 pm »
Portions of the weather plugin were missing from the binary releases up until about 8 weeks ago.  Some changes may have occurred during that addition.  All missing graphics should now be available and all items *should* update based on Thom's initial test script.

J.

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Users / Re: LinuxMCE HDMI-CEC control demonstration
« on: December 09, 2014, 05:12:09 pm »
Let me know how you get on and if you have any issues, questions that I can help with.

J.

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