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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



Installation issues / Re: How to keep LinuxMCE up-to-date with updates
« on: August 25, 2010, 04:17:59 pm »
The lower section should be removed to properly permit updates.  Recent changes have made that portion of preferences obsolete and it can interfere with getting updates.


Users / Re: Versions Snapshot 8.10
« on: August 23, 2010, 03:57:49 pm »


Users / LinuxMCE Splash Screen - an end in sight
« on: August 23, 2010, 03:45:39 pm »
Although I've seen some concept art, I have not yet seen a functional boot splash screen for LinuxMCE.  I had some spare time so I learned a little debian packaging and played (a little) with The GIMP.  The result, a splash screen for LinuxMCE to test.  This is by no means a finished product, and I am not a graphic designer by any stretch of the imagination, but I want to know how well it works for people.  Try it out and let me know!

Grab the .deb here:

Install (as root):
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dpkg -i usplash-theme-linuxmce_0.2-1_i386.deb

update-initramfs was updating an older kernel on my system so I had to execute the following to force it to build a new initrd.gz for the kernel I'm using:
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update-initramfs -k $(uname -r) -u

If you run an nvidia card.... I had to add a vga=xxx line to defoptions in /boot/grub/menu.list and run update-grub to have a working splash on shutdown.  My EeePC didn't need this worked without a vga=xxx line,

The package is simply the xubuntu-artwork-usplash repacked in a new .deb with new images/throbber location (which is centered at the bottom of the image but not shown in the attached file).

It's likely to change but if you don't like it or don't want to keep it you can 'apt-get remove' the package and you'll return to the kubuntu splash.


Users / Re: Versions Snapshot 8.10
« on: August 23, 2010, 02:59:34 pm »
The snapshots are are numbered by svn revision, so you can tell which are the latest by highest svn revision in the file name.

The files you point to that show a size of '2' are snapshots that did not build correctly.  You won't have much luck with a 2 byte DVD. ;-)  Use a snapshot that is 3.8G (note that this could change, not likely to get any smaller though...)  Typically the most recent snapshot is the one to go with just remember that snapshots are just that - snapshot of the source code at a given moment.  Some contain bugs, some work well, some don't work at all.

Hope that helps.


Installation issues / Re: How to keep LinuxMCE up-to-date with updates
« on: August 23, 2010, 02:49:58 pm »
Sorry 'bout that it should've been a '-i /etc/apt/sources.list' on that line to remove the avenard repo.

Glad to hear you've got updates again!


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