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Users / Re: touchscreen problem
« on: September 17, 2009, 09:56:52 pm »
Hope you understand where we're coming from from, it's a little frustrating to have something working one day, and spending alot of money to purchase more hardware that was proven compatible, to only have your entire setup made useless the next day because of an error i did not make, nor have the equip to fix.
The error is all yours, if only just for using alpha software in a production environment.  Yes this needs to be fixed, but simply saying that you made no error is bullshit.

Everyone is being told regularily to install 0810 and that 0710 is no longer supported.  These 2 posts specifically come to mind:

Seems to me that someone testing your alpha software has found a bug that may not have been found otherwise.  How is this the users error?

The more you insult your userbase the less people want to contribute.


Users / Re: Weird Start Issues
« on: September 17, 2009, 07:03:03 pm »
Your Xorg log file indicates that the 'vesa' graphics driver is loading instead of the nvidia driver.

# (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers//
# (II) Module vesa: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
#         compiled for 1.5.0, module version = 1.3.0
#         Module class: X.Org Video Driver
#         ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 4.1
# (II) VESA: driver for VESA chipsets: vesa

You will need change a line in the Xorg config file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.  The line which reads:

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           Driver      "vesa"

should be changed to:

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           Driver      "nvidia"

There is an application which can do this for you, I believe it is executed like this:

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$ sudo nvidia-xconfig

You will be asked for your password for the application to run.  Afterwords you should be able to reboot into the AVWizard and select your desired resolution properly.

Even though you are re-installing you may find this issue happens again.  Select the default resolutions in AVWizard until you have updated your drivers and made sure your xorg.conf file is set for the nvidia driver.  After you are sure that the nvidia driver is loading reboot into the AVWizard and then you should be able to select your desired resolution.  This is the procedure I usually follow when installing and upgrading nvidia drivers.


Users / Re: 0810 dvd installer status
« on: September 15, 2009, 02:12:55 am »
J. <phenigma>,
Thank you for the confirmation.

Your welcome.

Two more questions if you don't mind.

1.  my understanding is that the apt-catcher server does not have to be a gateway / router.  That is, it can just sit off a switch between the internet / external firewall / router and the core / dcerouter and traffic does not have to pass through it.  Is that correct? 


2.  do you change your repo lists to point to the apt-catcher server?

No repository changes.  The file /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/02proxy (created during the '' portion of the lmce install) tells aptitude where to find the cache.  The cache acts as a proxy.  Leave your sources.list file alone.


Users / Re: 0810 dvd installer status
« on: September 13, 2009, 09:54:53 pm »
Once installed, to you point back to the main repos, or do you just update your own copy and continue to use that?

Apt-cacher-ng keeps the repositories updated automatically as machines update.


Users / Re: 0810 dvd installer status
« on: September 13, 2009, 09:47:48 pm »
Thank you.  I've thought about putting a switch and an old server on the internet side of lmce and caching there - is that how you do it?  Do you have a recipe that folks can follow?

That's exactly what I've done.  Keep in mind that this is not supported.  It works for me and has significantly reduced bandwidth usage while speeding up installation of lmce or any ubuntu/debian based distro you use regularly.

I have an old pc I use for various purposes that sits on the internet side of the lmce core.  It's running Ubuntu 8.10 and I installed apt-cacher-ng on it using aptitude.

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# aptitude install apt-cacher-ng

Then when I install lmce on my core I follow the instructions on the wiki for installing the Alpha, except that before I execute the script I make a minor modification to the script.  The line I change is:

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    echo 'Acquire::http { Proxy "http://localhost:3142"; };' > /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/02proxy

I change the word localhost and put the IP of my outside server instead.  I save the modified script and proceed to run the script to begin the lmce installation.

The first time you install after performing these steps will take the same length of time it always has.  On subsequent installations any unchanged packages will be grabbed from your cache rather than the lmce repository.

90-95% of the lmce install now uses the cache on my outside server rather than the lmce repository.  All repository downloads go through the outside server and only new/changed/updated packages are fetched from the lmce repository whenever aptitude/apt-get are used.  All of my mds automatically use my outside server's repository cache as well with this method.


Users / Re: 0810 dvd installer status
« on: September 12, 2009, 12:05:52 am »
The number of times I'm re-building my core, I too would LOVE a DVD or even a way of setting up a local copy of the repository.

The repository can be cached .  This can be accomplished by setting up apt-cacher-ng on a seperate machine outside the lmce network.  The install script must then be altered each time a new install is attempted.

I have been doing this for a few months as I was exceeding my ISPs DL caps and needed to reduce my usage.  I now point all of my ubuntu machines to my cache.  LMCE installs are a little quicker at 100Mbs.


Feature requests & roadmap / Re: ASUS EeeTop PC ET2002T Ion and Touchscreen
« on: September 02, 2009, 08:01:40 pm »
I've been waiting for an nvidia graphics based touchscreen.  It is exactly what my wife wants for the kitchen.

Installation issues / Re: Squeezeslave On The Core - Referrencing The Wiki
« on: September 02, 2009, 07:57:24 pm »
I believe the command you want is 'update-rc.d ....'.


Installation issues / Re: alpha 2.28 issues
« on: August 14, 2009, 10:08:10 pm »

There seem to be an issue with new-installer.
It do not contain apt-cacher-ng stuff.

Gonna solve that asap.


Awesome, thanks.

Installation issues / Re: alpha 2.28 issues
« on: August 14, 2009, 07:15:02 pm »
I had a problem with new mds not connecting and rebooting after I performed and aptitude dist-upgrade on my core to alpha 2.28.  Re-installing the core seems to have fixed that issue and my mds are created just fine now. 

Apt-cache-ng will not save you DLing the 400 mb video file because you are re-installing (erasing) the machine which would have the cache on it (the core).  It will only save bandwidth when updating MDs.

I use apt-cache-ng on a machine outside the LMCE network and point apt on my core to it.  That caches apt on all of my other ubuntu/debian machines as well.

As a side note, apt-cache-ng doesn't look like it installed on my core during my fresh alpha 2.29 install yesterday.

Installation issues / Re: WiiMote
« on: August 14, 2009, 07:06:51 pm »
The Wii sensor bar is nothing more than 2 IR Leds.  There are various 'wireless' sensor bars available for purchase which are battery powered.  Some people have cut a USB extension cable and use it to supply power to these 'wireless' units rather than using batteries.

Users / Re: Playstation 3 through LinuxMCE
« on: August 12, 2009, 11:05:21 pm »
There is a review of a few products which will take IR commands and broadcast the bluetooth commands for controlling a ps3 at

The actual article is:

Developers / Re: Discussion on true Multi-room Solution (continued)
« on: April 24, 2009, 05:19:29 pm »
Not so sure that xine is going to be the issue, that seems to be transparent. The device template could certainly easily setup the basic parameters needed for PulseAudio to initialise in a basic sense..... however, I think that the PulseAudio device will likely need to be a DCE device so that it can respond to commands coming from the media plugin telling it to bifurcate and sync a stream... media plugin is the source for that coordination, not xine... it will effectively take the problem out of the hands of xine, and handle the audio at the virtual "hardware" layer, and so need to respond to some kind of DCE commands from media plugin... which in turn will need to be mod'd to know to actually send those commands to the PulseAudio device in the first place... that being said, all seems very possible and very interesting..... :)

There is development information available for building PulseAudio clients and modules that interface directly with PA rather than through the command line interface, this would be the ideal way to implement PA as a DCE device.  All stream syncing is taken care of by PA when you choose multiple outputs (local or networked).  Things should be transparent to the media application.  PA sinks (outputs) can be looped back as a source (input) which could be sent to a squeezebox simultaneously, although I don`t know if sync between PA and the squeezeboxes would be possible.  

Development information (much of which is above me) for PA is available at:

With inexpensive MDs (My Eee Box B202 was $313.00 CDN) costing the same as a squeezebox ($299 US List), it would be great to have the functionality without the need to purchase an additional proprietary device (especially when the MD supports video output).


Developers / Re: Discussion on true Multi-room Solution (continued)
« on: April 24, 2009, 04:53:37 pm »
Sorry I was assuming you knew what I was saying when I was refering to Modulators

In the cable industry a modulator usually takes in Composite Video and Left/Right Audio in order to pump its signal to a specific channel frequency.  It the case of a computer a 1/8 stereo mini headphone plug which is Y split out to RCA style plugs.

Sorry Perplexus, I do understand the modulator and how it works in the cable industry for Audio-Video distribution.  This device works the same way only it simply modulates audio, no video, onto an FM radio frequency rather than a television channel frequency. 

My point was that there are likely more appropriate devices to use within a home as the device in question uses a 12V power source and has an antenna connector which is designed to plug directly into a car stereo, it is not a standard coax connection, hence the need to alter the device.  This is possible but I believe there are more appropriate devices to use within a home.

This is probably getting off-topic now for discussion within the dev section for multi-room audio within LMCE, I`d be happy to continue discussing this under another topic.


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