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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Queue and play options in media browser
« on: December 07, 2010, 04:52:48 pm »
I have to take offence to your comment "I will not let anyone else implement it". I always thought the philosophy of the project was "he who writes the code, writes the rules", so if someone else implements this, are you saying you will block its submission? This may be a minor issue in itself, but if that is, in fact, what you are saying it represents a very serious shift in the project philosophy. That would deserve, I would respectfully suggest, an open discussion of its own.

Another indication of the "Do as I say, not as I do" attitude.  Thom, last I checked, you do not 'own' this system.  No wonder people don't want to step up to help with development work...  The attitude here has to change!


Installation issues / Re: video and audio problems
« on: December 03, 2010, 09:58:56 pm »
All available sound devices should show up when you execute 'aplay -l'.  Try 'sudo aplay -l' if you're not running it as root.  You should see all the mainboard's onboard sound devices (there are a few) and the nvidia HDA HDMI device from the video card.


Installation issues / Re: Ubuntu 8.10 end of life breaks installer
« on: December 03, 2010, 03:47:10 pm »
Hi All
Im a noob to linux but keen on getting this running. Its getting frustrating though. I would have thought most of the incorrect references in the source list would have been changed in what appears to be a weekly snapshot. With the amount of hits this topic has, the problem has obviously been around for a while.

I think it is safe to assume that snapshots are on-hold until some of the major issues surrounding intrepid end-of-life are resolved.

It looks like the final snapshot produced before the intrepid repository disappeared is:  LinuxMCE-8.10-23388-i386.iso        01-Nov-2010 00:17  3.8G.  My recommendation is to not use anything newer than this until issues can be resolved.  Mythified and myself both point to snapshots that have successfully installed for us in recent days.



Installation issues / Re: video and audio problems
« on: December 03, 2010, 03:41:01 pm »
According to this Wiki page it should be plug and play :-\

I can't help thinking that there's some setting somewhere I should be checking?  I don't have enough experience with Linux to go much further my myself.

With the recent issues with Ubuntu End of life I'm not sure if the updated alsa drivers are installing correctly to enable the optical output.  HDMI audio from your graphics card will likely need alsa 1.0.23 and some changes to /etc/asound.conf are also likely required to get HDMI sound working.

I have just purchased an HDMI receiver and I am in the process of getting HDMI sound working through my Nvidia video card.  I have stereo PCM over hdmi working currently but my goal is stereo pcm, multichannel pcm and ac3/dts passthrough.  I'll update the wiki page when I have more concrete information.


Installation issues / Re: video and audio problems
« on: December 03, 2010, 03:35:49 pm »

"ALSA drivers are not PNP in kubuntu-0810 but updated drivers are installed during the LMCE installation process and which make the audio Plug N Play with LMCE0810!"

Assuming this has happened ok, is there any way to check?

I'm running that board now and created that wiki entry.

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apt-cache policy libasound2
Should tell you that 1.0.18 is installed I think.  1.0.17 is the default in 0810 and .18 is required if you wish to use the onboard S/P-DIF connector.


Installation issues / Re: Ubuntu 8.10 end of life breaks installer
« on: December 02, 2010, 01:53:22 am »
I've read many threads where users do "apt-get dist-upgrade" but the install notes indicate not to do it  ???
From the Wiki;

Keeping Up-to-date with updates
Note It is strongly recommend that you do not update/upgrade a stable, working system user:L3mce

Once you have installed LinuxMCE-0810, all you need to do to keep up-to-date with the latest and greatest, is run the following from a terminal on the core and each MD:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
Note: You should NOT run apt-get dist-upgrade after LinuxMCE is installed, as it can cause several problems, including having different kernel versions on your core and media directors, and the installation of new Kubuntu packages that can break some features!

I believe the origninal reasoning behind the warning was that at that time a kernel upgrade had been issued by ubuntu.  The kernel upgrade broke a bunch of functionality and caused other problems.  Since 0810 has been at end of life, around April, this has not been an issue because there have been no ubuntu updates.


Users / Re: Satellite tuning in NA
« on: November 30, 2010, 11:16:09 pm »
These types of setups use DRM circumvention technologies in NA and I don't believe that discussion is permitted on this forum about integrating anything but Free-To-Air signals (of which there are many in NA) within LinuxMCE.


Installation issues / Re: Ubuntu 8.10 end of life breaks installer
« on: November 30, 2010, 10:39:26 pm »
Right now the latest snapshots are more than likely broken.

I have just completed a successful installation of a Hybrid and diskless MD, everything appears to be working (that I've tested).  I used snapshot 23251, changed sources.list to point to old-releases, did an apt-get dist-upgrade and ran the install script.  Everything just worked...

They stop supporting intrepid on that site too.
Anyone have a replacement for those archives now.

At this time medibuntu packages for Intrepid appear to still be available at the following mirror:

deb intrepid free non-free


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.


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