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Installation issues / Re: Squeezeslave Problems
« on: November 26, 2010, 09:30:58 pm »
the time elapsed for the song doesn't even come up on the orbiter.

This is currently normal behavior.  Orbiter does not display the track times when playing on a squeezeslave.


Installation issues / Re: Help on getting Linux MCE installed
« on: November 22, 2010, 09:50:02 pm »
Drives are very cheap these days and can fail pretty quickly.  Older drives tend to not be very compatible with RW material, especially for booting (in my experience).

Are you using the onboard Intel graphics or an add-on AGP card?  The video issues you are describing suggest the video mode is not being configured correctly.

I use my EeeBox B202 with Intel graphics through a VGA connector.  I choose the VGA output, 720P resolution and 60Hz (I am in NA) refresh rate to connect with my LCD monitor.  This also works with my Toshiba Plasma Television but I have to tell the television that I am using a 'wide-screen' resolution or it doesn't display properly.

Some televisions only support VESA graphics modes through the VGA port, check your television's user guide and see if the modes you are trying to use are supported.


Installation issues / Re: Help on getting Linux MCE installed
« on: November 21, 2010, 07:40:38 pm »
Remove the 'us.' portion of the addresses in all your sources.list entries.

For example: deb intrepid main restricted
should be: deb intrepid main restricted


Installation issues / Re: Working Install??
« on: November 21, 2010, 07:35:54 pm »
What installation media did you use?  Net install?  DVD install?  If you used a DVD what was the snapshot #? 

Post your current version of /etc/apt/sources.list as well.


Users / Re: add media files to newly added hard drive
« on: November 20, 2010, 11:26:37 pm »
Keep in mind that when copying files into the LMCE structure you should either disable UpdateMedia or create a .folderlock file to prevent UpdateMedia from scanning the directories you are placing files into.  See:

Failure to do this can result in strange problems with media detection & tagging.


Users / Re: How to disable jumping to live TV when starting mythtv frontend
« on: November 20, 2010, 05:18:03 am »
OK, the "TV" button accesses live TV, fine. I choose LinuxMCE because it offers more than just MythTV and I want to make use of those capabilities.

I havn't tried this myself so I'm really not sure if you can do this but..  You may be able to manually create a scenario that executes an application (say mythfrontend) without starting the pluto mythtv player.  If a scenario can't do it then perhaps adding it to the computing menu.  These are not baked in solutions and would require some experimenting to even attempt.

Is the Video GUI cast in stone or can it be extended? Maybe it could make use of the categories from MythTV as well. Maybe it could display the description of a video without going to the sub-screen and then maybe the left/right buttons could move between videos so descriptions can be quickly reviewed.

- Tom

Have you tried the 'options->search' feature in orbiter?  It's not quite as friendly, but works well.


Users / Re: How to disable jumping to live TV when starting mythtv frontend
« on: November 20, 2010, 05:04:40 am »
Just a question
With UI1, if you move the mouse, why don't you get an overlay screen as with playing video/dvd's

I'm not sure.

tschak knows more about Orbiter than anyone and I believe he did a redesign of the mythtv ui1 interface some time ago.


Users / Re: How to disable jumping to live TV when starting mythtv frontend
« on: November 19, 2010, 09:24:05 pm »
This functionality is intentional and integral to how lmce functions and works.  The system 'uses' mythtv (or vdr) to provide recording (and scheduling) and livetv viewing functionality.  If you wish to use mythtv standalone you should really look at the mythbuntu distribution.


Users / Re: not working because of sources.list ?
« on: November 19, 2010, 05:15:06 am »
Make sure that your core's sources.list file points to and not to or any country derivative.

A shot in the dark but you could try to edit the script /usr/pluto/bin/ and at ~ line 39 you'll see:
Code: [Select]
function create_initial_root_with_debootstrap {
        debootstrap "$(lsb_release -c -s)" "$TEMP_DIR" ""

Try changing "" to: "" and see if that gives you any success.


Users / Re: Intel drivers
« on: November 18, 2010, 02:19:06 am »
Orbiter requires the RECORD extension, and keyboard and mouse input will not work correctly without it. It is not installed by default anymore.


Thanks Thom, I'll look into that.


Users / Re: Intrepid distribution gone from archives
« on: November 17, 2010, 03:10:47 am »
I checked in part of the needed bits to the Package tables in sqlCVS this last weekend. I will do the rest soon. I am doing them by hand, so that I can see the package landscape as it is at the moment.

That's painstaking Thom.  But I agree that it should be done this way.

Once this is done, I will talk to possy about cloning the 0810 branch to be trunk. There were unusual circumstances which forced us to abandon trunk, and start from the 0710 branch (Aaron, prior to folding Pluto, was experimenting with what would eventually become Vera in trunk, and made changes in sqlCVS that broke things for us.)

Ah, I wondered why trunk had been abandoned.  I've read a bunch of the forum archives but there's just so much...


Hi phenigma,
Somehow I missed this post earlier.  I'm pretty sure I can follow the directions in your post but I have a few questions:

1. What happens when I "submit" the sqlCVS diff?  Is there someone who reviews it before it becomes available to others performing a sqlCVS update?
2.  Is there some point in the process where a small group can be enlisted to test the newly available device template without the template being spread too far and wide?  Despite that the template works great on my system, it seems that it ought to be tested on other people's systems before it should become mainstream.  Otherwise there is a real chance of my new template actually being worse than the existing one.
3. Should I be changing the existing Denon receiver template or creating a new one with a new name and ID?  It seems like there would be arguments for both options.


No worries.

1. Once the sqlCVS diff is submitted, reply to your trac ticket and include the batch IDs.  Then the best course of action is probably to jump onto IRC and ask someone with access to svn and sqlCVS to review and approve your batches and close the trac ticket.  If the batch looks good, and there are no glaring problems, it will likely be approved.
2. After approval the updated template is available to everyone.  New installations will automatically acquire the newest version of the template, including your changes.  Existing installations may perform an sqlCVS update to get the updated version of the template.  There doesn't currently exist a reliable way to move templates around without this process.
3. I think that you should only create a new template if it would break (or change) functions with existing receivers using the template.  If this is something that existing Denon receivers, that currently use this template, should implement (and it sounds like it is) then modify the existing template.

Hope that helps.


Users / Re: not working because of sources.list ?
« on: November 15, 2010, 10:45:13 pm »
Read more and keep searching.  You'll find solutions that others have:


Users / Re: Intrepid distribution gone from archives
« on: November 15, 2010, 10:43:07 pm »
(1) we are working on getting LinuxMCE to build atop Lucid. (We still have a lot to do even after all the packages build. Major system changes have taken place)
So who's working on that then?

I've already got them to build months ago...

I too was wondering this as I managed to get most of the project to build under 1004.  Not suggesting that I have the knowledge to fix many of the issues that have arisen but...  Where is the svn branch for 1004 and where are updated sqlCVS tables with lucid data?

The 'Lets move to 1004' chant has been sung by many and, I'm sure, many people here could/would put time into this if they knew what was/is going on.  A unknown post in an un-related topic is an absolutely terrible way of 'Officially' announcing anything.


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