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Installation issues / SOLVED: AVWizard resolution problem
« on: October 12, 2009, 07:47:25 am »
Having been through multiple installations, different BIOS versions, nvidia driver versions, and having crossed my fingers a few too many times, I've finally had a breakthrough on the issue of getting past AVWizard.

Problem I was having was as follows: AVWizard gives blank screen regardless of selected output connection  (1,Q,2,M,3,4,5) and resolution (6,7,8,9,0)

I went through AVWizard blind and took a look at Xorg.0.log. It was reporting "no requested modes" and reverting to "nvidia-auto-detect" 1024x768, and my display was having none of it. Even though AVWizard set the correct "1920x1080" modeline in the monitor section of xorg.conf, X server wasn't trying to use it apparently. Issue was solved by adding the following to the Screen Section:

Subsection "Device"
Modes "1920x1080"

Installation issues / Re: M3N78-EM Video Issues
« on: October 08, 2009, 05:21:24 pm »
Thanks Charles.

From my reading on nvnews forums, some IGPs on asus boards are picky about BIOS versions (with older BIOS versions being better!)

Can I ask other M3N78-EM owners what BIOS versions are you running.

Thanks very much.

Installation issues / M3N78-EM Video Issues
« on: October 08, 2009, 04:20:55 pm »
Hardware setup:

M3N78-EM Motherboard w/ Brisbane Processor (onboard nvidia 8300)
1080p 60Hz Panasonic Plasma TV (TH-50PF11UK)

I've been having trouble with very sluggish UI2 (no alpha blending) and very bad tearing in 810 with my installation on this hardware. OpenGL performance seems to be all around terrible. I have tried many different driver versions from 177 to 185.

I believe the issue is not caused by LinuxMCE. I am posting here regardless because I know there are a number of users who have the same motherboard and I am appealing to those people for help.

Why do I think the issue is independent of Linuxmce?

I decided to reinstall Kubuntu 810 and evaluate video performance BEFORE installing linuxmce.

Independant of nvidia driver version, VGA, DVI, or HDMI port: Glxgears run in a maximized window with VSync turned off is giving 45fps, stutters and tears horribly. Turning vsync on, the framerate drops to below 25 and the test looks even worse. I did this same test a while ago with an 8500GT PCIE installed on the same mobo and got framerates closer to 600 to 700 with no VSync. Everything worked wonderfully with this PCIE card.

Questions for M3N78-EM users who have working setups:

Below is the last few lines from "cat /proc/interrupts"

Code: [Select]
16:         56      13942   IO-APIC-fasteoi   eth1
 17:          0          2   IO-APIC-fasteoi   ohci1394
 20:        232     377198   IO-APIC-fasteoi   ehci_hcd:usb4, nvidia
 21:          0        309   IO-APIC-fasteoi   ehci_hcd:usb3, HDA Intel
 22:          1        272   IO-APIC-fasteoi   ohci_hcd:usb2
 23:          3       8813   IO-APIC-fasteoi   ohci_hcd:usb1
219:       1572     633093   PCI-MSI-edge      eth0
220:         87      67450   PCI-MSI-edge      ahci

Does this look different from yours? Has anyone managed to get nvidia on its own interrupt through some bios settings?

How does your glxgears performance compare to mine?

Could video performance be compromised if the card is not running at a precisely standard resolution / modeline timing?

I found the following in my Xorg.0.log:

Code: [Select]
(==) NVIDIA(0): No modes were requested; the default mode "nvidia-auto-select"
(==) NVIDIA(0):     will be used as the requested mode.
(==) NVIDIA(0):
(II) NVIDIA(0): Validated modes:
(II) NVIDIA(0):     "nvidia-auto-select"
(II) NVIDIA(0): Virtual screen size determined to be 1920 x 1080

It seems the plasma TV is not communicating EDID information properly as I recall usually seeing mode validation performed in this section of the log. Could this be related somehow?

Anyone have any idea what could be wrong with my setup?

Thanks in advance.

EDIT: Fixed CPU type

Users / Alpha 10 installer
« on: October 05, 2009, 05:04:54 pm »
Just completed a reinstall on my hybrid M3N78-EM, using onboard nvidia video card and found two issues:

1) AVWizard would not display correctly after rebooting. Visible on the top left hand side of the screen was a short green bar, about half the width of the screen. Moving the mouse to the top left side of the screen the mouse pointer would become visible, but vanish anywhere else. I tried pressing 1 through 4, as well as Q and S... same result for each.

(I manually downloaded and installed nvidia drivers and all is now well)

2) The post-reboot iptables issue which I thought was a result of my previously botched install has persisted through this reinstall. Firewall disable/enable workaround still works.

Still going through testing and will report on anything else I find.

Users / Re: Re-initialising/clearing the media database...
« on: October 02, 2009, 04:48:26 pm »
Look to see if disc three has 2 title attributes, and if it does, delete the one you don't want.

Developers / Re: iPhone Dev
« on: October 01, 2009, 05:56:55 pm »
Someone did a proof-of-concept iphone app, so tracking that down and pulling it apart would be a good first step.

Possy went in a different direction, and had started on a mobile web orbiter that has some potential, but I understand he has suspended development pending him actually having a device to test with. It's not based on the traditional LMCE UI1, it's based on the traditional apple UI.

I personally favor the idea of implementing the LMCE UI as an iphone app, but the obvious downside is that it would be less versatile.

Users / Re: improvements
« on: October 01, 2009, 05:42:09 pm »
The one disadvantage with breaking things down into sections the way it has been, is that interactions between functions are missed. The interactions are the main strength (IMHO) with LMCE.

Media, Lighting, Security, Telecom, Climate. Some interact with each other (eg. telecom and media), some are less interactive (Security and Climate).

Where is it appropriate to mention that media you are watching is automatically paused during an incoming telephone call? Do you put that in the telecom section or the media section? Is automatic light dimming on media play a lighting feature or media feature? Some thought should be put into how to structure and present all this.

Users / Re: Cover art won't go away
« on: September 23, 2009, 05:36:58 pm »
Thanks for the suggestion.

Turns out, that if I turn off "update media daemon", move the file out to a temp directory, resynchronize via web-admin, delete files not in database via web-admin, remove the coverart using mediamonkey, wipe all Id3v1 and Id3v2 tags using mediamonkey, resynchronize tags to mediamonkey's database, move the file back to the /audio directory, resynchronize via web-admin, it works.

(At least it did with one mp3. I'm going to try the above process for my whole library next).

Users / Re: improvements
« on: September 23, 2009, 04:10:12 pm »
Cool. Should do fine for the time being, but it would be great if we could get someone with more advertising/marketing prowess to take a pass at it down the road.

Users / Re: Cover art won't go away
« on: September 23, 2009, 02:15:30 pm »
Code: [Select]
root@dcerouter:~/tempmedia/Dave/Joe Pass/Appassionato# mp3info -x 03\ Body\ and\ Soul.mp3
File: 03 Body and Soul.mp3
Title:   Body and Soul                  Track: 3
Artist:  Joe Pass
Album:   Appassionato                   Year:  1990
Comment:                                Genre: Jazz [8]
Media Type:  MPEG 1.0 Layer III
Audio:       128 kbps, 44 kHz (stereo)
Emphasis:    none
CRC:         No
Copyright:   No
Original:    Yes
Padding:     Yes
Length:      4:56

Then again, I tried mp3info with an mp3 that I know DOES have art embedded, and it didn't indicate as such. I looked through the manpages for mp3info and couldn't find anything relating to album art.

Users / Cover art won't go away
« on: September 23, 2009, 01:29:00 am »
I used the import-attributes-from-amazon feature a while back, and somehow due to my screwing with things alot of my cover art got assigned to the wrong mp3s. Due to the large amount of incorrectly assigned art, I've decided I want to start again with assigning cover art.

I've done the following:

1) moved all my mp3s out of the /home/public/data/audio directory into a temporary directory.
2) cleared the pluto_media table as instructed in
3) deleted all .id3 files from the temporary directory
4) deleted all files contained in /home/mediapics and /home/coverartscan
5) using mediamonkey tagging software, removed all album art from all mp3s in the temporary directory
6) moved mp3s back into /home/public/data/audio
7) ran resynchronize media from the web admin

Here is a sample of the output:

The album art returns. It seems to have stored somewhere other than the locations I've been clearing. Can someone explain how to thoroughly cleanse my library, short of doing a reinstall? I'm out of ideas.

Users / Re: improvements
« on: September 22, 2009, 04:37:34 pm »
Ok, well we can just do a thread here for edits I suppose. Here are my suggestions.

Main Page


Remember the good old 80's? Remember the arcade games and long nights with your buddies? Where have all the console games gone? Just sit down in front of your Media Director, have it call your buddies, and start playing all the old stuff in any room you like....just like in the good old 80's.


(I think this section needs to focus on the advantages of the system over a POTS that most home users are used to... below is just a suggestion)

Wouldn't it be great if your telephone system would know if you are home, which room you are in, whether or not you want to accept phone calls, and cater to your preferences?! Wouldn't it be great if you could block calls from persistent telemarketer phone numbers, or take advantage of cheap long distance rates available in a multitude of Voice Over IP plans? With LinuxMCE all of this is possible, and more.


You are watching your favorite movie and it is getting hotter and hotter. Let LinuxMCE control your temperature and your blinds automatically. In the morning, have your blinds go up, and in the evening, automatically down. With LinuxMCE, you can say goodbye to having too much sun in your Living Room while watching TV.


You've had a hard day, and have finally settled on the sofa for the night and begun listening to your favorite music. You forgot to turn of the lights in the garden, frontdoor, or 3rd floor of your flat? Hey, it doesn't matter! With a touch of your cellphone, you can control every light in your house.


Ever wanted to know what your kids are doing when you are not at home? Do you want to be notified whenever someone stumbles into your garden? Someone is at your front door, but you are not around: Wouldn't it be great if you could control your home as if you were there?


Store your audio and video collection in one central location on your home network and access it from any Media Director in your home, or stream it to any location over the internet. Record TV shows for later viewing. Watching a romantic movie in your living room with your loved one and want to move into your bedroom, but your hands are occupied with red wine? LinuxMCE detects the movement of the cell phone in your pocket, and your media instantly appears on your bedroom television exactly where you left off.

Users / improvements
« on: September 22, 2009, 03:38:38 pm »
There are a few grammar and spelling errors that take away from the professional look and feel of the page. I'd like to suggest a few corrections, to whom can I send them?

Users / Re: iphone (SIAX client) and asterisk
« on: September 21, 2009, 09:29:33 pm »
I've fixed this by implementing Raul102801's suggestion above. I modified my named configuration such that my dyndns hostname resolves to from within my internal LMCE network, instead of the public internet IP of the core.

Do you guys consider this a band-aid solution? If not, should I modify the trac ticket (#324) i submitted for this issue and include my solution?

Users / Re: iPhone/iPod Touch Orbiter?
« on: September 17, 2009, 04:41:24 pm »
How much more interest/money is needed to make this enough of a priority that it gets somewhat immediate attention? I see from the svn that it hasn't been touched in 5 months.

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