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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: 810 64 bit support
« on: September 02, 2010, 09:11:24 pm »
That's too bad, since 32G is holds us below 4G memory. I have tried adding a couple features to linuxmce but I run out of memory. I was swapping 2G at one point when running some python code.

I just have to ask...  what are you doing that swaps 2GB of RAM???  :-O  I can't fathom anything in this system requiring that much RAM for any task.


Users / Re: Build/config for LinuxMCE connected to a TV
« on: September 02, 2010, 09:06:45 pm »
If you only need playback and no recording or home automation, check out XBMC or Boxee.  They are both wonderful media access/playback products (Boxee is actually based on XBMC with additional features) and install easily on most linux flavours.


Installation issues / Re: [Resolved] - Grub Loading. Please wait - Error 2
« on: September 02, 2010, 12:51:06 am »
Check your BIOS to see if you could set the boot drive priority.  Most modern BIOSes have this functionality included.


Did you complete the setup wizard on the MD?

On your MD Go to Advanced -> Setup Wizard -> Media Player, complete the wizard and lmce will generate the scenarios.


Users / Re: LinuxMCE Splash Screen - an end in sight
« on: September 01, 2010, 03:56:33 pm »
The vga=xxx line is used to force the framebuffer to a specific video mode (resolution and bit depth).  Many card/monitor combos need no alteration and switch modes without the need to force a specific mode.  Every monitor/tv/display supports different resolutions.

I havn't reviewed the code around the pxeboot.cfg file to know if it is safe to alter anything there at this time.

The vga=xxx line would be added to the 'APPEND ...' line in the pxeboot.cfg file for your specific MD I believe.  Of course you would probably have to re-add this line to the .cfg file if you rebuild your MD image.  Don't alter the default file, I havn't checked the code to see if it would break anything.


Installation issues / Re: IR code sequence
« on: September 01, 2010, 06:25:02 am »
Try changing the 0C8D in the middle of that sequence to a 9FFF.  The 0C8D is only giving a delay of ~0.2 seconds between the buttons, 9FFF should give a little over 1 second.


Users / Re: LinuxMCE Splash Screen - an end in sight
« on: August 31, 2010, 11:41:16 pm »
You should normally see the kubuntu splash screen on an LMCE 810 install.

My Zotac ION doesn't show a splash or text during boot if I use the vga connector to my television but it does if I use the HDMI connector.  I have not tested DVI but it should be the same as the HDMI.  I would expect you should be able to see a splash screen, especially if you've got boot text scrolling.

You should try adding a vga=xxx line to the kernel boot options.  Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and find the '# defoptions ....' line and add 'vga=791' (for 1024x768x16, as an example) to the end of that line.  Save the file and run 'update-grub' then try a reboot.  Your television may or may not support that resolution (mine does) so you can always try others in that case:

Running 'hwinfo --framebuffer' at the console should spit out a list of supported video modes on your system, these may or may not be supported by your television.


Users / Re: LinuxMCE Splash Screen - an end in sight
« on: August 31, 2010, 01:57:34 pm »
I did think long and hard about it and it comes down to this:  I *really* want to see 810 hit release so we can keep moving forward and I'm quite likely to introduce bugs with my first package definition.  ;)  I'll keep learning and dig into tickets as I feel I have the ability.


Users / Re: LinuxMCE Splash Screen - an end in sight
« on: August 31, 2010, 05:56:02 am »
Well, I was going to submit the splash screen to svn but I've changed my mind.

A feature freeze was declared when LinuxMCE 810 went into Beta.  This means that no new items will be added to LMCE unless they fix existing defects...  The splash screen is a feature and not a defect so it is unlikely to be included in the 810 release.  1004 uses xsplash rather than usplash so I will have to redo the splash for 1004 anyways.  So, it's not going to be worthwhile for me to spend time figuring out the database stuff needed to submit it.

Sorry if I got anyone's hopes up.  You can still duct tape it onto the system if you desire.


Users / Re: LinuxMCE Splash Screen - an end in sight
« on: August 30, 2010, 04:33:50 am »
thanks huh.  Yes, I saw that ticket, castlec did some good work.  The 'full source' link isn't working for me and the splash included in the tarball in the ticket didn't work completely.  Nice idea though, has the progress bar on Tux's screen... I learned a lot from it. 


Users / Re: LinuxMCE Splash Screen - an end in sight
« on: August 29, 2010, 03:51:49 pm »
Thanks fastie81 for trying it out!  You had to run the update-initramfs because lmce is not updating the kernel symlink in / to the newest kernel (only if you've done a dvd install, a net install should not exhibit this problem).  I believe I know why but have to test a couple things to get that fixed.

As for extending the bootsplash right until Xwindows starts.  I\ve got that done as well but the changes are not part of the bootsplash image itself so they'll be added to svn seperately.  I have my system booting with the splash screen on until X starts, no spurious terminal switches or boot text showing.


Users / Re: LinuxMCE Splash Screen - a start
« on: August 28, 2010, 11:22:41 pm »
A new version, very much improved in my mind.  New throbber (progress bar) inspired by merkur2k's design ( of more than a year ago now.

New preview is attached.

Download: Follow the link in the first post.

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# dpkg -i usplash-theme-linuxme_0.2-1_i386.deb
You can switch between installed themes like this:
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# update-alternatives --config
# update-initramfs -u -k all

I'm going to try to wrap this up, submit it to svn and add the package definition to the database.  I've tested adding it to the dvd installer and it works great there as well so I'll try to add the changes for that over the next couple of days as well.  Seperately I think I've solved the remaining splash/boot issues posted by TSCHAK ( and I'll try to wrap that up into svn as well.  


Users / Re: LinuxMCE Splash Screen - a start
« on: August 28, 2010, 11:02:58 pm »
It doesn't overwrite any files.  You can choose your splash screen from the console with:

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update-alternatives --config
To remove it from your system you can apt-get remove the package.


Users / Re: LinuxMCE Splash Screen - a start
« on: August 27, 2010, 03:43:26 pm »
Your welcome.  I'm trying to remove the kubuntu specific branding from the boot/shutdown screens (and ultimately the dvd install) and I'm going to see if I can tackle any of the other issues mentioned by Thom here:


Users / Re: LinuxMCE Splash Screen - a start
« on: August 26, 2010, 11:54:34 pm »
I'm glad you like it.  The image is the lmce logo from the wiki, ddamron posted the logos originally.  I simply applied a single effect to it and moved the progress bar to the bottom.

Because I only have a very limited amount of hardware to test, could you share with me:
1. what video card you use (intel xxxx, nvidia xxx, etc...)
2. The video connection method (vga, hdmi, dvi, svga, ...)
3. The avwizard resolution you use
2. is the splash screen garbled or showing correctly on shutdown



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